Interview with Cameron by Curtis Lyon.
For years I’d been friends with an artist who grew up in Aurora, Illinois. His name’s
Cameron. I’d met him through a creative writing forum back in high school but we’ve been able
to meet in person a few times. As one of the main inspirations for me to start creating my own
music, I was excited to be able to talk with him about his own musical journey.
CL: Who are you, what do you do, and why?
C: I am Cameron, I'm a musician in the loosest sense of the word and a producer, and I do
it because it's fun.
CL: Why is it fun?
C: Ultimately, I’ve spent a lot of time being way too serious about my art and my ambitions
with it, and eventually I just realized that it serves its purpose to me the most when I’m enjoying
it. It’s pretty fun to cut loose and not take yourself seriously and just make noises. And that’s
what I’m doing here.
CL: What's it like going to shows in Aurora. Have you had any particularly good or bad
C: Going to shows in aurora 4 or 5 years ago, and even earlier than that was really special.
Not to sound like a Hard Times headline but it was like akron in the 80s, but nowhere near as
innovative. [It was] just a very fun tight knit group of people. Almost every show you'd go to, the
crowd was the same, so you knew people. It was a real strong and very diverse scene back
then and almost every single band shared a member with another, like there were nights my
friend Harry and I's band would play on an 8 band billing, and we'd end up playing in 3 other
bands that night. Lots of cross pollination. The crowds in aurora were always real cool, they
didn't get bad or weird until you went east enough to be in naperville. Very white and very
snotty. I'm not sure if you can publish that but let the record show.
CL: I think I could publish that, but there's probably a more professional way to put it.
The big problem is that the core group of people who made up so many of the local
bands across all genres all moved away, and as of 2015-ish the scene is kinda dead in the
What kind of musical background/environment did you have when you started
playing music, and what was your first big inspiration?
C: My musical background and environment was pretty much entirely just middle school
band classes. I learned enough about the actual practice of musicianship, the technical stuff,
that I wanted to start applying that to Pop music, in the broadest definition. And my first and
probably biggest inspiration is and was The Replacements.
CL: What has the Aurora music scene done for you, and what have you been a part of?
C: The biggest thing the Aurora music scene has done for me was definitely the whole
togetherness aspect of it all. None of the bands that were around were really playing the kind of
stuff I necessarily wanted to be playing, my own band included, but being a part of such a
concentrated scene taught me a lot about being a person, lessons that I've built on to become a
decent person today after years of being not so decent.
From a musical standpoint the biggest thing the scene did for me was put in me in close
proximity to people who were much more talented than I was, people who I could learn more
about music making from just by being around.
In that scene I did just about everything - played in bands, produced other bands’ demos
(moonlighting as a real producer is perhaps my favorite thing to do musically outside of
avantgarde junk), and booking events. The biggest thing I think I ever did was put together a
massive charity show at an old church hall, right before the scene started to disintegrate. It was
kind of a huge sendoff at the time to everything we all stood for. We had about 15 bands in
about 13 genres, and collected 450 cans of food for the homeless.
CL: Anything you’d like to say to aspiring musicians? Anything you’d like to express to
anyone reading this?
C: I want to firstly say thank you - and secondly, just, to anyone reading this who doesn’t
have a scene, you can make one. Go out there and bang things together and scream if you
want, just do something. Anyone and anything can be and make music. Create. Learn. Grow, et