“When you’re hungry and think there’s an opportunity to increase your position, you sometimes move too fast not thinking that the other party has zero interest in you or your product except to get their hands on your money.”
Check out the interview with Cameen exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Cameen: It all started for me when I was a pup living in Brooklyn. My uncles would play all of the great artists of their time (Luther, Marvin, Stevie) and tell me to practice their songs. My real building came from being around my cousin William Allen who was once a great bass Jazz musician. He helped me find my voice. After this I simply practiced singing everyone else’s music until one day I learned how to turn my poems into songs of my own.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use everything to promote. The internet is clearly the fastest way to get directly to the masses. However, I also make sure to stamp my website on everything possible. I also reach out to independent companies in multiple cities and ask if they are willing to take part in my cross promotional campaign.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Scams! And yes I can admit. I have been scammed before. When you’re hungry and think there’s an opportunity to increase your position, you sometimes move too fast not thinking that the other party has zero interest in you or your product except to get their hands on your money.
I fixed it by getting things in writing, asking a million and one questions, and making sure I’ve researched as much as possible about the opportunity. And yes, I’m a firm believer that nothing is free and that everyone should be paid for his or her services.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I think the future of the music industry is going to continue to grow in a massive way because people are more open to experimenting with new ideas. Artists need to be prepared to ride the changing waves that occur in the industry and take positive advantage of each opportunity they encounter.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
They should learn as much as they can about their genre, as well as others that are closely associated with it. Learn how to network. Attend conferences. Understand that they will hear no more than they want to but not to give up. Stay focused. Do not allow just anyone to validate them or their art. And that success comes in many forms.
What inspires you to write your next song?
It depends on where I’m at and what I’m doing. When I’m looking for that club vibe I hit the hot spot on the block and people watch. If it’s a ballad with a melancholy feel I attempt to go back to a place where I was entrenched in some sort of mental anguish. And sometimes I simply jump into the role of another and write vicariously through their experience.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I generally start with the hook and build from there. I’ve learned that once I have a strong hook that it tends to catapult me to the next part of my creative madness.
What do you think makes a great song?
It depends on the song. I think a strong, memorable hook, a hot melody, and rocking beat is always a winning combination. However, as I said it depends on the song. A great ballad or mid tempo could just need a nice hook, lyrical content that fills the mind and nice melody.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official Website: www.cameen.com