Cameron Marion (Indie)
Posted May 28, 2008.
How did you get to where you are today with your music?
Persistence and networking. I knew next to nothing about the business when I started out, and while my parents have always been very supportive, I knew it was up to me to gain every bit of knowledge I could about this crazy career path. I would spend HOURS online Ã¢Â€ÂœgooglingÃ¢Â€Â everything from agents, managers, labels, songwriters and producers, to reading articles and publications on the industry. One person and opportunity would somehow always lead me to another, even if the initial event itself didnÃ¢Â€Â™t pan out. It just became a snowball effect after that. IÃ¢Â€Â™ve learned that every person you meet will end up being an asset to you in some way.
You seem very young. How old were you when you started performing?
I get this question a lot! I am actually 22, even though most people think I am around 17 or 18 (my mom says IÃ¢Â€Â™ll be glad I have these genes later Ã¢Â€Â“ haha!!) I started performing at a really young age because I was a dancer growing up, but I really started pursuing music to the extent I am now when I was about 12 or 13 years old.
Before you did this, were you in any other bands?
Haha, this could become quite a list. I started off in a pop duo for a couple of years called Ã¢Â€ÂœIllusionÃ¢Â€Â, then I did the solo thing for a bit before I was placed in a 5 girl Ã¢Â€ÂœtweenÃ¢Â€Â pop group called Ã¢Â€ÂœDLGÃ¢Â€Â that was being put together (keep in mind this was all before I could even drive a car). Then I went back to the solo thing again for a few years before I auditioned for and made one of three spots in a pop / urban trio called Ã¢Â€ÂœTotal Knock OutsÃ¢Â€Â (TKO) which was headed up by Angel Carter (reality star on the E! ChannelÃ¢Â€Â™s Ã¢Â€ÂœHouse of CartersÃ¢Â€Â and sister to Nick and Aaron Carter) which moved me to first Orlando, FL, and then Hollywood, CA, with the group. After a couple of years of that, and realizing that my country roots were what I always came back to, I decided to get back to my solo project full time and fuse my love for popular music with my naturally southern Ã¢Â€Âœtwang.Ã¢Â€Â Hence the direction I am headed in now!
How do you like working with Code Blue Media?
I think itÃ¢Â€Â™s great how they connect you to so many resources. There are so many discounts and perks with companies that they have worked out that are so invaluable to a struggling, up and coming musician.
What are some of your major influences that affect your music today?
Mainly just life in general; the good, the bad, the happy, the sad.
What were some of your favorite bands growing up?
I grew up in a house where music was constantly playing and my parents listened to a little bit of everything. I had an OBSESSION with Michael Jackson when I was a child (and I say obsession because most children donÃ¢Â€Â™t run around wearing gloves with no fingers at age 4, but thatÃ¢Â€Â™s another story! Haha). I loved Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, Bette Midler, Peter, Paul & Mary, Anita Baker, quite the array of artists! IÃ¢Â€Â™m sure IÃ¢Â€Â™m leaving out so many!
What can we expect from you, Cameron, in the near future?
IÃ¢Â€Â™ve been speaking with a few labels since the start of the year so hopefully we will work something out, but if not I plan on finishing recording and putting out an album on my own, and then putting a tour together to promote it. So I guess that means IÃ¢Â€Â™m gonna be a pretty busy girl
Do you believe in UFO's?
Well, without getting too deep, I kinda find it hard to believe that such a magnificent universe has been created and yet that life would be left to only exist on one tiny portion of it. So if that means I think there are UFOÃ¢Â€Â™s, then I donÃ¢Â€Â™t know, but I definitely think there is probably some sort of life elsewhere.
What do you think of Big Smile Magazine?
I think itÃ¢Â€Â™s awesome that you give a voice to the independent artist.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your fans reading this interview?
Thank you!! You are why I continue to do this! I hope to meet you all one day
www. myspace. com/cameronmarion
This article edited by The Bear (is the Editor)