by Kirsten Fabian
The Pacific Ocean is full of music resources to discover. Singers like Gotye and Kimbra have invaded our radios those past months and proven that, yes Australia and New Zealand have great artists to offer. Catchy songs with sincere lyrics might even be their signature. And Australian singer/songwriter, Cam Nacson, seems like a good example of it. He has been exercising his vocal talents for the better half of his twenty-one years, building up a musical resume of over ninety songs. With his growing success and passion for touring, it is only a matter of time before we are all lucky enough to see him on stage. After hearing he had an upcoming Australian tour planned and some new music coming our way, MadlyJuicy settled an exclusive interview.
MadlyJuicy: When did you first take an interest in singing?
Cam Nacson: Before I can remember, apparently. According to my parents, I knew the (Australian) Twelve Days of Christmas off by heart when I was two years old, so I guess I always knew what I wanted to do. But I probably decided when I was 9 or 10 that music was something I seriously wanted to pursue and at about seventeen I was working professionally in the industry.
MJ: Why is music important to you?
CN: Music is my outlet. I don’t deny trying to write music a certain way to cater to trends and sounds of the modern world, but ultimately the themes I write about are, for the most part, taken directly from my life. It helps me get things off my chest, and I think when people listen to and love my music, it is better than any therapy. I’ve truly never felt more happy or passionate than when I’m on stage performing for a receptive crowd.
MJ: Do you have any favorite songs that you have written?
CN: I’d have to say my favorite song I have written is one that is about to be released called “No Other Plan.” It is a song I wrote when on tour in America about the fear of my future, whether my dream of being a regularly touring musician will leave me without a real, sustainable love life. Ultimately, it is about the passion that love inspires and the desperate lengths we go to keep it.
MJ: How would you label your style of music?
CN: I like to take inspiration from all styles of music and meld them with the themes of singer/songwriter and the catchy melodies of pop. I am particularly into Jazz/Pop at the moment as well as dance/Pop.
MJ: Who is one of your biggest influence musically, and why?
CN: I’d have to say my mate Ron Pope. He has become a mentor to me and I admire not only his talent for writing and performing, but also his integrity and determination to push forward. He is one of the groundbreakers in a new era of the music industry, one where the artists hold the cards, not the multi-million dollar labels.
MJ: Are you currently working on any projects?
CN: I have some big projects coming up, but I’m really excited about the music video for “No Other Plan.” I just got the final edit of it and it is incredible. The work people put into it, is incredible. It is directed by Jake Weisz and filmed by Jack Toohey. It features some of the most talented young dancers and actors in Australia. I feel like it is somewhat unique in this country. It’s a really nice, passionate, contemporary music video with an emphasis on incredible dance and raw emotion. I am also incredibly excited about touring Australia with Ron Pope in November.
MJ: What is your favorite part of life as a musician?
CN: It’s seeing the way people react to something I’ve created. It is indescribable. I absolutely love what I do.
MJ: What are some of your major goals for the future?
CN: More than anything, I want to be on the road, touring and playing my a** off. That’d be the dream, really. I genuinely don’t even mind if I’m not playing ridiculously huge venues. I’d rather pack out a nice, small club in every town and make enough to travel the world doing what I love.