Introducing Cameron Douglas

So, who is Cameron Douglas? He is a young and highly talented singer songwriter who I have been introduced to recently thanks to the website Tradiio. If you don’t know about Tradiio it is the first crowd sourced streaming platform where users listen to new music and identify the best artists by investing (virtual coins) in the songs they believe in the most. it’s a great site which is well worth checking out, come find me if you do!

I have searched the internet to get more information about Cameron and his music beginnings but there wasn’t much to find, so I thought I would try and ask the man himself for more information. I’m glad to say that Cameron was cool enough to answer some of my questions and this is what he had to say about his influences, his debut EP and more.

Who or what inspired you to become a musician and which musicians have influenced your sound?

I was born into a musical family. My dad is a singer songwriter and also works in classical music radio, so music was always in the air. I began taking classical piano and violin lessons from a young age, but it wasn’t until I was about 15 that I started playing the guitar. I learned from watching YouTube video tutorials! What inspired me to pick it up was the riff from ‘One Last Breath’ by Creed- that was the first thing I ever learned to play on guitar.

My early influences were musicians like Eric Clapton, Jason Mraz and John Mayer. I then went through a big Paolo Nutini phase. However, I would say the biggest influences to my sound now are First Aid Kit, Mumford and Sons, and Matt Corby.

When you write new music what is the important part to your process?

I don’t really have a set process when I write songs. I have to be in the right mood / zone to be able to write something half decent, which makes my writing quite sporadic. I also need subjects worth writing about. I don’t mean for this to sound pretentious- some artists can write catchy and beautifully lyrical songs about absolutely anything. I listened to a great song just the other day that was literally about a jar of plum jam. I’m not one of those artists though; I do feel the need to write about something that’s intrigued or impacted me in some way or another.

Talking about writing music, which is your favourite song you have wrote and why?

I do like ‘That Cigarette’. It was partly written by my dad, which is nice, and is about an event that happened in his life when he was a teenager. I think it’s quite special, and a little surreal actually, to perform a song about a moment that happened 40 years ago to some little East London kid who ended up being my dad. I’m also happy with the production- how the harmonies lift the chorus and how the song builds into a climax.

What album are you addicted to at the moment and why?

I’m really into Ed Sheeran’s latest album ‘Multiply’ at the moment. It’s just full of great songs and is a cool blend of acoustic, pop and R&B.

What are you future plans and goals for your music?

At the moment I’m having to balance my musical aspirations with a ‘proper’ day job, which can be quite difficult. Ultimately I’d like to be signed by a label. I have a ton of unrecorded material that I would love to release, but I could definitely do with support from a label. I guess the immediate goal is to gig more and hopefully find some management support!

Let’s talk about the music by Cameron and his debut EP called ‘Conscious Of Time’. When I first listened to this release I was slightly confused as his vocal style sounded mature with a retro tone and not what I expected from a young vocalist. I would compare his style to the that of George Ezra which I like as it feels more original than the generic singer songwriter style you hear in mainstream music of today.

As for the music, it is built on the foundation of his guitar which at times is so simplistic but offers so much to the listener at the same time. It is used to deliver a folk pop sound that varies in tempo to add different dimensions to each song. I don’t really like to bring age into music but it’s hard not to compliment his overall song writing style considering he is such a young musician. His lyrical style feels beyond his years as it has a good amount of emotion that you would usually expect from someone who has experience more from life.

Each song is filled with must hear lyrics that are strong enough to stand out on their own merit. This makes it difficult to choose my highlights. ‘Lisbon Love’ was the first song I heard from Cameron and thanks to its gentle vocals with matching guitar style it grabbed my attention. A definite highlight that you need to check out. ‘Cigarette Song’ is my personal favourite as it really shows off the wonderful way with words that Cameron possesses. The detail and story telling quality on show makes this a must to listen. I also like the variation in tempo from this song which has a delicate sound with some nice finger picking on guitar then it ups the tempo when it hits the chorus. So much to offer in one song!

Overall, this is a strong collection of songs that confirms that Cameron Douglas is one to watch. To listen to more of his music head over to his Tradiio page (click HERE) or alternatively go visit his Bandcamp page (click HERE where you can purchase a copy of his EP). You can also buy this release from the usual online stores like ITunes and Amazon.

‘Conscious Of Time’ is an impressive debut but I feel that there is something in his music that suggests the Cameron is still finding his feet and his best music is yet to come. To find out more about Cameron, head over to his social media sites at Facebook and Twitter.

Remember, independent music needs the help of its fans to continue and grow. Go support the music that matters to you by purchasing the music, attending gigs and spreading the word through social media. Hopefully this support will now be shown towards the music of Cameron Douglas.