Our WorldArts Spotlight Artist of the Month is The Band CAMINO! Hailing from Memphis, this million $ quartet spent 2016 touring the States and are ready to go global in 2017. Check out our exclusive Q&A with the band to learn more about their origin, influences, and bringing the rock back to the birthplace of rock ‘n roll!
1) Tell us about how you guys met & how the band came to be?
We formed after ‘accidentally’ writing our first song together and then seeing the our potential from it. We played our first show together in September of 2015 at a local fairground and now a year later, we want to bring Memphis full circle by bringing rock music back to the city where Elvis Presley started it all in the fifties. We’ve gained a growing, loyal, hometown fan base that’s extended now into Manhattan, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Our most popular song to date, “The Black and White” charted at #36 on the Spotify US Viral Top 50, which led to a live performance on Audio Tree and a performance at Beale Street Music Festival.
2) How do you describe the band to people, and what influences do you draw on when you create music?
We describe ourselves as pop-alt rock. We are influenced by bands such as The 1975, The Killers, Coldplay, and U2.
3) The musical history of your hometown (Memphis) is legendary. What is the music scene like there today?
The Memphis music scene is a very interesting one. Music is a huge part of Memphis culture and history, however as a band we are trying to break away from stereotypical Memphis music. Memphis seems to spend more time dwelling on its blues and soul history than appreciating the music that is being created today. Blues and Memphis soul are a huge part of our upbringing and we have so much respect for Memphis and the music that it stands for, but we can’t wait to show the world that Memphis has even more to offer. There is amazing talent in Memphis and we think that the next few years are going to be huge for Memphis as we continue to help the city break out of its musical shell.
4) If you could go on tour with any artist (past or present) who would it be?
5) What’s your ‘go-to’ karaoke song?
Jeffery – I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
Andrew – All The Small Things by Blink 182
Spencer – Banana Phone by Raffi
Graham – Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
6) WorldArts is all about giving tools and opportunities to artists. What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Put the time in. Practice. Just be proactive 24/7 about what you want to accomplish.
7) If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
I think if I could change one thing about the music industry I would rethink the function of commercial radio. Commercial radio controls and defines what people classify as “pop” and I think that its honestly an outdated source of music discovery. The power of radio throughout history is undeniable and its seems like wasted potential in our modern world.
8) What is the best way you’ve found to market yourself as a band?
To us, it’s all about content. Making music that is undeniably good speaks for itself. Beyond that we just focus on making sure everything we do translates as genuinely as possible. Social media branding, merchandise, and our live shows are all very intentional in the way they look and come across to our audience.
9) You guys played quite a few shows around the country in 2016. Tell us about your ‘on the road’ experience.
Well the road has been interesting and amazing. We have seen a ton of new places the past few months, and we’ve gotten to play a ton of shows and learned so much. It’s been tough traveling as a new band. Not having a van or tour support from a label can make the logistics of traveling more complicated than we wish, but as we continue to grow in size and resources we will be traveling much more efficiently in 2017.
10) What next on the horizon for you (shows/new tracks/in the studio etc.)?
In 2016, we traveled coast to coast, making our debut appearance in Los Angeles and New York City. 2017 is going to be a good year. We have an EP coming out in the spring, and will be traveling a ton. We can’t wait to put out the new music and play as many new cities as possible!
The Band CAMINO