Interview with Cam Daye
New York City born Cam Daye drops his new single ‘Could You Be The One’ on promo, as the now Boston based artist continues his global rise up the ranks.
Thanks to his expansive taste & equalled appetite for musical knowledge, Cam Daye has embraced a number of styles across the years – until his curiosity led him to discover a new-found passion for electronic music & with it, an underlying desire to start producing & DJ’ing.
Since his debut ‘Your Eyes’ at the front end of the year, from the first beat Cam has displayed his production ability & mature artistic approach. The track traversed across genres, making it difficult to categorise into one particular style & set the tone for a star on the rise.
His follow up single ‘Weak’ saw Cam return with a more playful electronic ballad, also showcasing how comfortable the US artist is at producing slower, more down tempo music.
Now fast forward to the present, Cam Daye presents his new cut ‘Could You Be The One’ – signed to WAO Music. The record displays a maturing sound, along with a progression in studio prowess, quality & style – capturing much loved elements of both electronic & urban music, combining a heavy bass line, strong beat accelerations, an infectious top line and sublime vocal delivery.
As global promo gets underway, ‘Could You Be The One’ is set to light up club floors & radio airwaves.
Cam, Welcome to Artist Rack! How’s it going?
All is well! Thank you.
What inspired you to first start producing music?
Music has always been my favorite pastime. I picked up piano and drums at a very early age, and have been passionately playing music ever since. In 2014, I spent my summer on the Spanish island of Mallorca. When my friends and I would go out clubbing at night, I was exposed to many new styles of music that I had never really listened to before, specifically House and various other genres within Electronic Dance Music. I was extremely inspired, and it was right after that summer that I began my journey in music production.
Tell us a bit behind the journey of creating your new single ‘Could You Be The One’?
One day, I was in the car listening to the local radio station that plays classic R&B throwbacks from the late 80s and 90s, and I thought to myself, “how can I incorporate this style of music into EDM and give it a modern twist?” That is how ‘Could You Be the One’ came to be. After writing an R&B style chord progression at the piano, I got in the studio and started putting the track together. At the start of the song, the chord progression is played by a Korg M1 Electric Piano accompanied by classic R&B elements, then slowly develops into a fully electronic drop. In my opinion, this is what makes the song unique.
Who delivered the vocals for the record?
The vocals were performed and written by L.A. based singer Tiffany Fred, alongside L.A. based rapper Wakil. Their voices fit perfectly with the vibe of the track, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Are there any particular artists who have influenced your musical direction?
I get my inspiration from a truly wide variety of artists across many different genres, and in one way or another their unique styles have definitely had an influence on my musical direction. Some specific examples are artists/bands like Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, The Doors, and Sade. I also get a lot of my influence from foreign music such as Spanish language artists/bands Alejandro Sanz, Alejandro Fernandez, and Maná, as well as some Persian music.
What style/vibe would you define your signature sound as right now?
My style/vibe at the moment has definitely changed a lot since I started producing music in 2014, and I don’t really consider it a part of any mainstream genre. With that said, the tracks that I am working on at the moment, as well as ‘Could You Be the One,’ seem to all possess a similar sound that could maybe be described as Future R&B or Future Hip-Hop.
What are your highlights of 2018 so far?
So far, the highlights of 2018 have been finally releasing some of the music that I have been working hard on over the past couple of years, as well as launching myself as an artist. However, 2018 so far has mostly been about spending countless hours in the studio, working on developing my sound and producing new tracks.
If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
If I could collaborate with another artist, it would definitely be Sade.
And finally, what are your production plans for the rest of the year?
For the rest of 2018, I am going to be spending many long hours in the studio. I have several tracks in the works that are looking very promising, including a collaboration with a big rapper, and I am going to continue working day and night to have them ready for release later this year and into 2019. I can’t say much more at the moment, but what I can say is that this is just the beginning, or the ‘build up,’ and the drop is yet to come. Definitely stay tuned.