Sometimes people stumble into your life and you can't really understand why. When I first met Cameron, he recently moved back to Los Angeles after spending six months traveling all over Australia - hired by Virgin Australia, for a campaign called "The Best Jobs in the World" (read more about his experience here)
We got to chatting and Cameron mentioned he was off to play a show in Hollywood that evening and extended an invitation. I had other plans, so I politely declined - but we exchanged information and I promised to listen to his music. And listen i did. I loved his singer-songwriter sound and I knew I wanted to share him with you all. I was able to sit down with Cameron to discuss more about his music, what brought him to California and an exclusive performance of "Underneath this Sky" for Established California.
Tell Us A Little About Yourself! Where are you from? What brought you to California?
I'm a small town boy from Kansas. I left my roots upon graduating high school and went to college at USC to study theater and communication. After graduating as a Trojan, I moved to Dallas to live at home for a bit and pursue my music (my parents had moved while I was away at school). Now I'm back in good ol' sunny California!
Do you have any musicians or bands that have been a big influence for you as an artist?
In high school, I was really influenced by Aussie singer-songwriter Missy Higgins, and to this day, her music still inspires me. I've always loved The Fray as well. I'm really a fan of any singer-songwriter who writes and sings honestly from the heart. It's my goal right now to dig back and listen to some older singer-songwriters and see how that influences my music.
Where’s your ideal place to write music?
Well, I grew up writing on my piano at my parents house, and pretty much all of my songs until recently have been written there. That piano room definitely feels like home to me. Although, now that I'm living out here, I'm curious to explore some other good places to write. If I could take a piano to the beach, that might be the perfect spot.
If you could tour with any musician (dead or alive) who would you want to tour with?
Coldplay puts on some pretty epic shows, and I can only imagine what it would be like to be on that tour. Although I'd love to jump on with some more indie acts like Missy or The Lumineers.
How was it having the “Best Job in the World?”
Landing The Best Job in the World with Virgin Australia still feels like a dream. My life was unbelievable insanity for six months straight in the land down under. I flew on around 55 flights to over 40 different cities and saw many parts of the country that even Australians haven't seen. I went skydiving, swam with sea lions, camped in the outback, rode camels along the beach...it was all pretty magical, and I'm so thankful to have gotten the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience it. Definitely something I'll be sharing with my grandkids someday.
If you could do it again, where would you want to travel to?
It's pretty difficult to top Australia, but I think if I could do another crazy trip, I would travel to the top 50 beaches in the world (including the resorts on them -- ha, why not?). Sounds like a pretty tough job to me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lindsay Vacek has a passion for style, details and design. As a Fashion Editorial Photographer, she's worked in the Entertainment Industry for over 10 years and has a love for adventure and travel. She spends her spare time globe-trotting her way through foreign countries and loves new cultures, food, music and the arts.
Being a California Native, Lindsay loves meeting new people and sharing her version of life with others. With an infinite list of things-to-do, places-to-go and sights-to-see - she believe everyone can have a little more California in their own lives.