Catching Up With Kameron Corvet
Do you like acoustic guitarists? If so, I have just the artist for you. He is Kameron Corvet, a very talented guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer. He has already released two albums, Sayingthings in 2005 and Korporate Rockstar in 2008.
I can see why many have likened Kameron Corvet to such artists as Lenny Kravitz and Maxwell, and I would also argue that like these artists, Kameron has a certain style that is hard to emulate. He has the unique ability to cross genres with a seemingly effortless approach, one that feels like rock, soul and R&B all mixed into one composition. Whether it’s during his live performances in various domestic and international venues, or in his more personal Kam’s Cam video blogs, Kameron Corvet displays a variety of musical roots. I have an appreciation of Kameron’s artistry after an interview about his experiences as an independent artist. He said I asked him great questions. I think he gave even better answers. Here’s a little of our conversation:
Mimi Soul: As an independent artist, what are some of the things that you’ve done to maintain your creative integrity?
Kameron: Oh wow, good question! As an independent artist, you can more successfully establish what creative integrity means to you by being an independent artist first. That way, you’re more or less looking to partner with a major label and have them enhance the brand that you’ve already successfully created on your own. I think some people can get caught up (I did myself early on) with being so artistic that there’s no way to make their art relevant to the masses and that’s what the problem is. I hope people can find some understanding in some of the things they go through from my speaking of some of the things I’ve gone through.
I think creative integrity is about being creative first and then second, still being able to make your music relevant to people because that’s all a major label is gonna do. If what you’re doing is working, a major label is not going to try to change you. When your product is suitable for a lot of people, you want to get it to as many of them as possible.
Mimi Soul: I think I understand where you’re coming from. I read an interview where you said you bought D’Angelo’s Brown Sugar album 8 times because it’s good music and you just have to have it.
Kameron: That’s a great example. Someone told me good music has no expiration date so if it’s relevant at any point in time, it’s always going to be relevant.
Mimi Soul: What’s the best advice you’ve received since you started making music?
Kameron: I’d say probably the best advice that I’ve received is to just be me. Sometimes when you’re in the midst of your own journey, it may seem as though people are reaching their goals faster than you’re reaching your goals. But you just gotta stay on the path that you were already meant to be on. It’s a competitive industry and people are always comparing one another. Sometimes, when that happens, an artist can tend to change it up a little. But, you don’t wanna do that because once you change one time, somebody will be able to convince you to change a second time. So, the best advice I’ve been given is to not be afraid to grow and I guess that’s the mark of being myself.
Mimi Soul: What has been your most rewarding musical experience so far?
Kameron: I’ve had quite a few. I’d probably say opening for Adele in Atlanta has been my most rewarding experience. That was a situation where they originally weren’t going to have an opening act. But, about 2 weeks before the show they decided that they wanted one so I got the call. The show was sold out and I was opening just on acoustic so it was really an opportunity for me to sink or swim on my own and the crowd just ate it up.
Atlanta is a very interesting city for music because there are so many different people who are here and their taste is very expansive. So, you never know who you’re gonna get. But, this particular crowd for Adele ended up being my exact crowd. You wanna play for your crowd because your crowd is gonna buy your music, they’re gonna talk about you to someone who wasn’t there and they’re gonna continue to come to your shows. So, to do that show for a crowd of about 1,500 and have people hanging on the stage was an amazing experience.
Mimi Soul: I watched several episodes of your video blog, Kam’s Cam, and I especially liked the ones where you talked about the importance of having faith. What are some of the joys you’ve experienced in relation to your music as a result of your faith?
Kameron: I think confirmation is the biggest joy you can experience when you have faith and you’re doing something that takes faith to do. When you’re led by faith and you’re right, that is like euphoria defined. A lot of times when you’re taking a step and no one is there to tell you if you’re doing the right thing, you only really have that personal relationship to lean on to know that what you’re doing is gonna work out. So, when you’re pursuing something like music as an independent artist, if your foundation isn’t strong, you’re really a step away from quitting. For me, I can honestly see my own growth and I can be thankful for being on this independent road because I’ve been able to grow at my own pace. I took a break for about a year and when I came back, people could’ve said I was terrible but to come back and have people receive me was a testament to me having faith that this is what I’m supposed to be doing. No one ever said it would be easy, but it’s that much more gratifying to know that you’re doing what you were put on the earth to do.
I urge you to check out Kameron Corvet soon. I’m certain that you will find his music to be just as eclectically stimulating as I do. Just to get you started, here’s a clip of him covering Sign Your Name by Terence Trent D’Arby.