Versatile and creative, Young Cam Da Don is one of those artists who reinvent himself at every release, keeping his sound fresh and engaging yet straightforward, intense, and genuine! Honest and direct lyrics, brilliant performances, and contemporary narrative make Young Cam Da Don stand out from the crowd!
Today, at Planet Singer, we have the great pleasure of discovering more about this multi-talented artist with an exclusive interview!
Young Cam Da Don, thanks a lot for being here with us today at Planet Singer! You are one of those artists who can easily span from music to dancing, to acting with ease, yet deliver outstanding performances! We are thrilled to know more about you and your artistic journey, so let’s start from the very beginning; when did you discover your passion for music, dancing, and acting?
Well, thank you for having me. It’s an honor to be here. I discovered my love for music when I was six years old. My mom would play music from incredible artists like Prince, Guy, Jodeci, Aaliyah, and Destiny’s Child. I would dance randomly for no apparent reason, and my father would encourage me to do it. To this day, I still dance randomly, lol.
You released some excellent music in the past years, and your latest release, “Candy,” is proof of your artistic maturity and versatility! Can you tell us more about this release?
Candy was a play-along song. One of my favorite producers Ryan Scales, was playing his beats as usual, and when it came time to hear that one, I jumped up and said, “AYEEEEE!” It wasn’t meant to be serious, and it didn’t make sense, but that didn’t matter because it was a club banger in its own right.
“Candy is also the result of the collaboration with talented producer Ryan Scales. How important is it to you to work with people that share the same artistic vision as yours?
Ryan has been instrumental in my music career; no pun intended. But he has directed one of my first music videos, produced one of my first hits, and we even traveled together to Atlanta, Georgia, for a showcase, with little or no money; we had to rely on the complimentary breakfast to have food in our stomachs to make it work until my deposit came. We lived up to the term “starving artist.” But to answer your question, it’s essential to have an artist/producer like him having the same vision as me because there’s no Plan B. We’d rather fall forward, unlike the phrase “Fall back.”
Are you planning any live shows for this year?
Why, yes, I am. I’m opening up for Twisted Insane this October at Topeka, Kansas, with the rest of the immaculate talents before me.
What is the music scene like in Topeka, Kansas?
Topeka has a considerable amount of talent and has gotten way better than it was 15 years ago. More venues, more technology, heck, the Topeka Library now has built-in studios and classes to learn how to operate them. It might not be much to the people outside looking in, but for a Topeka native like me, it’s blissful.
If you could collaborate with one of the artists who influenced you the most, who would you like to share a song and the stage with?
Cassidy, no question.
Your sound is incredibly strong, and another track that goes straight to the point is “Savage!” What’s the story behind this excellent track?
Savage was the answer song to the critics that reviewed my music and critically panned it. And to quote the great Michael Jordan, ” I took that personally.” The “Slap it trash it.” line paid homage to Wil Slap, who hosts The Slap it or Trash it online show. I also make fun of myself on that song so that critics can laugh at my own expense. Either way, it worked, and I’m happy with it.
Not only singles but also brilliant albums such as “Heart Break Cam 1” (2019) and “Heart Break Cam 2” (2021). Are you planning a new full-length anytime soon?
Yes, Heartbreak Cam 3 will be coming this year.
If you could travel back in time and have a chat with young Cameron making the first steps in music, what would you tell him? Any advice?
“Be yourself; you don’t have to try to lose yourself to be accepted, and please don’t be afraid to be different.”
How much of Cameron Brooks is in Young Cam Da Don and vice versa? Do you separate the artistic self and personal self?
I think the only difference is that I’m socially awkward, shy, reserved, and too friendly same goes for the persona. But that persona showcases confidence and the nothing to lose but everything to gain mentality. And yes, I do when I’m at work, with family, grocery store; I’m no better than anyone else who’s in line with me waiting for the self-checkout.
Do you feel making music and acting follow the same approach, or do you live the two experiences differently?
It has its similarities, but with the music, I can be myself. Acting, however, I’m breaking down a character and learning how I can bring life into this character. Yeah, you can say it’s a difference.
Can you tell us more about your upcoming project, I’m Just Gettin’ Warmed Up Vol.2?
Oh wow, you brought up that project, lol. We’ll see where it goes with that, I’m not saying it’s not being worked on, but it’s a TBA scenario.
Your songs stand out for the energy and narrative. Can you reveal what your creative process is? How does your music come to life?
I’ll usually listen to beats, and if I find one that I find interesting ill freestyle some suggestions or makeup sounds like a dog or a lion lol while I’m recording if it’s Wack; it’s Wack if it’s dope; I’ll keep it, then the writing process begins, and that’s the fun part lol.
What are your plans for the future?
Keep doing what I’m doing and trust the process.
Young Cam Da Don, it was such a pleasure having you with us today! Is there anything you would like to say to our readers and your fans?
Well, thank you for having me. I appreciate it. Yes, to all the readers, thank you for taking the time out of your life to read this. It means a lot to me. I want to give thanks to God because without him, nothing is possible. I want to give a shout-out to my mother, Father, Sisters, my niece, R.I.P. Sleepy Cobain, Fuelo, Robert, AJ, Gary, House, Big 7, Trell, Mickey Factz, Redman, Josh, Rachel, Animal House, Steve Alley, Channing, Andy, Unique, Tanya, Kayla, Alexis, DJ Top City, The Real OG, Chandler, my uncle Jay, Bryan, Rochelle, Xavion, my family from the circle, DJ Fab, and everyone who I missed. Thank you so much. I love you all.
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