Cam Meekins is a talented artist to say the least. This 21 year old Boston native has been making the rounds for years now, but this album is special. He broke off from his Major Label and did this 100% his own way. His latest release ‘1993, vol. 2‘ just dropped and he was kind enough to answer some questions about Lamp City, Collaborations and where the fuck he goin’ (Inhale anyone). Sit back and enjoy.
Eargrub: So you’ve just come off dropping 1993 Vol. 2, what’s the message you want to get across with this album?
Cam: Yeah man, just dropped the album… the response so far has been awesome! Mainly, I guess the message I was trying to get across here was more so letting people into the vibe I have going on right now with my music, and career. We just left a major label, and started my own label Lamp City Records. This is the first project completely independently released through that imprint and I wanted to just get back to my 1993 roots a little bit with an upbeat, summertime vibe that had some great beats and a lot of singles you can listen to and have a good time to. That’s obviously why we called it 1993, vol 2. Another reason is because I see this time in my life as a big transition period with the whole label switch, turning 21, etc. and 1993 original was about transitions too. I was turning 18, graduating high school, a lot going on. Both transition periods, just in different ways.
Eargrub: What was it like working independently on 1993, vol. 2 versus a label?
Cam: It was awesome man! I got attracted to hip hop and music in the first place not just because I love being creative with writing music, but because it allows for another creative canvas in business to dig deep and take a lot of risks as an entrepreneur and it is so fun. The stakes are higher these days as I basically am a small business owner and have to manage accounting, finance, marketing, production, distribution as well as write and produce the music, BUT that is exactly what I’ve always wanted and I am having a great time. I am able to move 10x faster than I ever was with a major label because I don’t have to get stalled in the work-flow of climbing the corporate ladder of approval before executing a marketing campaign. Being able to just digest all this stuff that’s happening and come up with the best plan between Tim and I’s experience and knowledge, it’s dangerous man… I am excited for the future. I would suggest for anyone who understands the business side, go it alone and create your own leverage.
Eargrub: Do you think your sound has matured since your last big release?
Cam: I think from a music perspective, I’ll always be maturing with each song I write. All of my projects have their own unique vibe though, so I don’t like to compare and contrast across my catalogue. Lamp City is Lamp City, 1993 is 1993. etc. I make the music for the time I am writing it, and I do it to reflect and report on that time in my life. It’s always changing and will keep changing. My next shit though… just wait.
Eargrub: Your song ‘Hater’ addresses the modern day trend of ‘Making it’ in music rather than making something you’re proud of. What was the writing process for the song like?
Cam: Ironically enough, since that song is about “making it” and mainstream music, I actually hired a songwriter to help me write a poppy hook for it with those lyrics I put together. I then threw the verses on there and we killed that song in probably about 4 hours. Shout out to the Futuristics and Ross Golan!
Eargrub: Oh Word!? is another tune that you worked on with Jitta On The Track, a big up and comer. What was working with him like?
Cam: Jitta is MY DUDE!! Jitta and I met on tour last summer and struck a friendship from there. We had been sitting on Oh Word?! for a little bit and he really made that track 100%. What he added was exactly what we needed to make that a hit. I love that song probably my favorite on the album ..
Eargrub: What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to pursue their passions?
Cam: It’s the wrong mentality. I completely understand with today’s climate in education why we have so many people closed off to the idea of starting something from scratch, like a company or a music career, but it sucks because that rhetoric stems from all the wrong information. If you work hard, and put the time in, there is opportunity out there to turn that hard work into a viable career. There is capital out there to invest in you. There are people out there to mentor you. You can’t be afraid to find it.
Eargrub: What’s your next step?
Cam: Gonna continue moving forward this Lamp City movement! Make a big play in digital marketing, and invest and pursue some other things on an entrepreneurial level, and probably have another project out there sometime this year… Working title = Stories From The Green Line.
Keep and eye out for Cam Meekins and be sure to cop his latest album [HERE]