Hello, Honey Poppers, we are back yet again with another exclusive interview with one of our fave people, Brett Cameron. If you haven’t heard of Brett, well, he is, as mentioned, a very talented songwriter. He was a semi-finalist for an International Songwriters Competition, which had a panel of judges that consisted of people he looks up to. He’s opened up for some amazing performers, such as Jon Bellion and Kodaline. But we know with his talent, these are just the first of many! He was also nominated for two Independent Music Awards. How cool is that?
And now, he has released the iconic track ‘Ghost.’ Which is one you should definitely check out.
‘Ghost’ is about losing the one person that you loved during the pandemic and still feeling their presence- hence the ghost. ‘Ghost’ has a steady beat that immediately hooks you. But that’s not all, the lyrics will have you singing along, even mumbling along while you try to learn them. Overall, the track is unbelievable and very, very catchy. The chorus and how it lines up with the beat and the way Brett just belts it is amazing. We wished that it never ended!
You can check out the track, here.
Now, if that doesn’t have you intrigued. Well, sit back and relax as we pick the brain of Brett Cameron. Because, in all honesty, we loved his answers, and we know you will, too. We also know you’re dying to know more about ‘Ghost.’
Tell us a little about ‘Ghost,’ what was the writing process like? What was your mindset going into it?
Like all of the songs on the upcoming album, I wrote and recorded it in my home studio. This is more of a somber song and the atmosphere around the writing session matched that quite well. I wanted the production to be large, but to retain that core raw characteristic of my voice over an electric piano. Everything else in the production fell around that.
If ‘Ghost’ was a person how would you describe them?
A person in a leather jacket, sunglasses, and a baseball cap sitting at the end of the bar doing their best to be perceived as the person who only speaks when spoken to. Moody, but misunderstood. Secretly just wants a hug or a deep conversation, ha! We’d be good friends, I reckon.
If you could make a playlist of songs that you think give off the same vibes as your single ‘Ghost,’ what songs would be on it?
That’s a tough one! I’d personally think to add ‘lovely (with Khalid)’ – Billie Eilish, ‘Radioactive’ – Imagine Dragons, ‘Talk’ – Coldplay, ‘Something to Believe In’ and ‘Amerika’ – Young The Giant, ‘Falling Asleep At The Wheel’ and ‘Haunted House’ – Holly Humberstone, ‘Leave a Light On’ – Tom Walker, and ‘Lonely (with benny blanco)’ – Justin Bieber.
You recently were named as a semi-finalist in a songwriting competition; What do you think is your favorite line you’ve ever written? And what is a lyric you wish you wrote?
I’m not sure if this is my favorite line, but the line “‘Cause I love the irony / Start a war to find me peace” from my song, ‘It Comes in Waves & Then It’s Gone,’ is one of them. Recently, I wish I wrote a couple of lines from U2’s ‘Every Breaking Wave,’ such as “Every gambler knows that to lose / Is what you’re really there for” and “I thought I heard the captain’s voice / It’s hard to listen while you preach / Like every broken wave on the shore / This is as far as I could reach.”
What songs do you think shaped you into the amazing songwriter you are?
Well, firstly, thank you. Some formative artists are certainly Coldplay, The Fray, John Mayer, Michelle Branch, and OneRepublic (to name a few), but I think being of a generation exposed to an infinite music library cataloged via the internet has been the most impactful on my songwriting. You just get exposed to all different genres and ideas instantaneously.
If you could describe your writing skills from when you first started up till now, how would you describe them? Has anything significant changed?
At its elemental level, very smelly cheese –> pretty tasty mozzarella. Still cheese — runs the risk of getting dated –, but enjoyable and well accompanied by crackers, some good company, and good ‘ol self-indulgence/emotional reminiscence.
If someone wanted to get into your music, what three songs of yours would you recommend to them?
‘Kingdom Undone,’ ‘Jaded Youth,’ and ‘Miracle.’ My mom might disagree. I’ll get back to you.
If you could make a graphic visual album with songs you already have (‘Ghost’ can be included) which songs would you want people to see in it?
‘Fire & The Flood’ / ‘Do You?’ / ‘Wings on a Stranger’ / ‘Call Me’ / ‘Miracle’ / ‘BE OK’
Do you have a bucket list of things you want to accomplish in 2021? Have you checked anything off yet?
Get the music out to as many folks as possible and hopefully play music to actual people in an actual venue in, like, real life. Looking forward to the things I probably took a bit for granted over a year ago.
Finally, can you give us a sneak peek or some words on what future projects you have in store for us?
Two full-length albums made out of quarantine creativity/boredom/isolation/exploration/intermittent-The Office-songwriting-breaks. Coming real soon *ideally.
You hear that? More Brett Cameron talent is coming our way! Honestly, even if we have to wait, which we don’t really want to do, we will, if it means more music from Brett.
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