We’re pleased to be speaking today with singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Camino! Welcome to Vents Magazine, Camino! Before we get started, how has the first four months of 2021 been treating you? crazy!
The world is in an interesting place right now, but for me the past four months have been stressful, but also fun and exciting in many ways. I’m releasing my debut EP I couldn’t be happier.
Congratulations on the upcoming April 23 release of your debut EP Burning Fire! Can you talk a little bit about what the genesis was of Burning Fire and what it means to you as an artist?
Burning Fire is about my aunt and uncle and there love of 60+ years. It’s about my aunt dying and my uncle having to cope with that and how hard that must be. To me, “Burning Fire” is my start. It’s my record I’m so proud of it and can’t wait for the world to hear it.
Take us behind the scenes on the production of the Burning Fire EP; was it a pretty collaborative production?
Absolutely! Mel, Mus and I made everything, but we brought a choir and string players and so much other live instrumentation. It was extremely collaborative.
What are you most proud of with the upcoming EP?
I’m most proud of the fact that the music is out and the world is finally hearing what I’ve been doing for years! So exciting.
Can you speak to us about your father and what sort of an inspiration he was in regards to you discovering music?
My father is my best friend and since I was a kid he would sing Elvis to me and naturally made me a massive fan myself. My father showed me a majority of all my inspirations growing up.
You hail from Jackson, Mississippi. How did Mississippi’s unique music scene inform your own music?
Mississippi has a very interesting culture of music and I wanted to tap into that. The soul/ the passion/ the blues I wanted to make people feel something when they listen to my music. If it doesn’t touch my soul, I can’t listen to it.
Are there any specific musicians that have inspired your own musical journey?
Adele/ Elvis/ BB King/ Imagine Dragons. There are so many, but I am heavily influenced by the greats before me.
With the worldwide pandemic still ongoing, what are the touring plans to promote the Burning Fire EP?
Yes! I can’t wait to get out on the road again and be out in the world and meet fans and hear their stories and sing to them! I’m hoping sooner rather than later.
You’re one of the rare breed of singers who also is a prolific and noted songwriter. Can you talk with us about why it’s important to you as an artist to have a hand in intimately shaping your music through writing?
Because I’m able to really be me fully in my music. It’s me, it’s raw, it’s authentic, it’s vulnerable. Being able to write EXACTLY how I feel is the only way I prefer to do it. It makes me really appreciate my work.
Do you have a specific method to your songwriting? Which comes first – the lyrics or the music?
Melodies, melodies, melodies always come first.
With melodies first, I’m able to capture the feeling I’m in at that exact moment or how the song makes me feel. Then words, then arranging. It works for me – I wouldn’t write any other way.
Many musicians have made the jump from vinyl to the silver screen such as Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Flea, Mick Jagger, etc.; do you harbor any desire to take up acting?
Absolutely! Any movie producers hit me up! Let’s make some magic!
What’s coming up after the April 23 drop of the Burning Fire EP? Any hints you might be able to give Vents readers?
An album later this year, but that’s about all I can say. I have a lot of amazing things happening, but you’ll just have to wait and see!
Final – SILLY! – Question: Best movie about the music business: This Is Spinal Tap or
This is spinal tap for sure. Haha!
Thank you for having me it’s Been an absolute pleasure!!! Sending my love!