We all love the french for their culture, Music, fashion, and their Bread! For most of us we can find an aspect of the French society that we admire. Thankfully, we don’t necessarily have to fly out to France, to experience the music. The great people at Goldenvoice and KCRW have come together to help bring that French flavor to Los Angeles with their wonderful Ooh LA L.A Festival. So come out, wear your dancing shoes, and your ears. This event is running from September 29th to October 1st.
Thankfully, we were able to interview the amazing DJ CAM, who’s style is impressive with amazing hip hop, Jazz, Trip Hop fusions. He will be playing at the El Rey Theatre along with Etienne De Crecy and Feadz (Ed Banger) October 1st. See you there!
Danceism: Favorite Color, Food, Cartoon?
DJ CAM: Green, Bread, Batman
Danceism: Describe your musical style in three words?
DJ CAM: Melancholic, cinematography, pure
Danceism: Right now there is resurgence in underground hip-hop and trip hop. Some artists like J Dilla, Dj Shadow, and Pete Rock are receiving much more success (J Dilla posthumously) and more recognition with this whole rejection of commercial hip-hop and preference for the underground sounds. As being part of this movement, what are you feelings and views on this resurgence, and what do you see it progressing into in the coming years?
DJ CAM: J Dilla and Pete Rock are always major influences. They are still underground but copied by commercial producers. It’s always like that. We are a big source of inspiration for them.
Danceism: Are their any artists that you feel haven’t received enough attention that you would like for us to check out and listen to?
DJ CAM: Me I’m joking. Yes, the 6th Borough Project.
Danceism: You moved from France to Los Angeles. What prompted the move and has it been a successful transition musically?
DJ CAM: I’m between Los Angeles and Paris. Now I spend a lot of time in LA, but I still have an apartment in Paris. I love the French culture and Europe. I want the best of both worlds. Musically LA was a big source of inspiration. Everything is big in LA. I love the nature, the space and also the ocean. There are no limits. LA inspired also my photography. Check my website: inflamable.com/landscape architecture
Danceism: Since being in Los Angeles what have you enjoyed about the city?
DJ CAM: The vibes of the people… they are cool and gentle, also the culture of the music. Los Angeles is the capital of the entertainment in the world. I’m here to do my first soundtrack…I really want to do a one. Meet some directors and work on their movies.
Danceism: Your new album is going to be released early October, but your video was recently released for your single Swim. The video and single go hand-to-hand to deliver an emotional experience. Is the video what you envisioned for the song?
DJ CAM: Yes, I love melancholic stuff, not dark, but melancholic. The video is directed by Sonia Sieff, who is a famous fashion photographer in France. She is working on the new Yves Saint Laurent campaign.
Danceism: Your single Swim has some recognizable influences like Radiohead. Are there any other artists who will have a recognizable influence on the album?
DJ CAM: Yes there is some Radiohead influence but it was not my goal, it was also a surprise for me. I have “discovered ” Radiohead two years ago only!!!!! Chris James influenced the tracks with the melody and the lyrics. My major influence for this album was Massive Attack. I’m such a big fan and I would love to work or remix one of their tracks. It will be a dream!!!!!
Danceism: What can we expect from your upcoming album Seven?
DJ CAM: Seven will be the follow up of my album Substances, but with an avant-garde touch. Seven is like a modern soundtrack, a trip. Not a collection of singles, but a real album with a story.
Danceism: You will be performing October 1st at the Ooh La L.A. Festival. What can we expect to hear, or should we expect the unexpected in your performance?
DJ CAM: It will be a DJ set with all the classics and some surprises.
Danceism: What’s your inspiration to make music?
DJ CAM: The world around me, and mostly the nature.
Danceism: Whom do you want to work with in the future?
DJ CAM: Massive Attack , Tricky
Danceism: What do you carry in your DJ Bag?
DJ CAM:My laptop, headphones and some promo cds of Seven!
Danceism:Anything you want to tell fans out there?
DJ CAM: Listen to Seven and go to my website: www.inflamable.com and check out my pictures. I’m working on an exhibition called: “Landscape Architecture “.