We had the good fortune of connecting with BadCameo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi BadCameo, how do you think about risk?
The music industry is a risky place to be in, especially as an independent artist… but only those who take risks really have a chance at living out their dreams. It’s been just over a year since we quit our full-time jobs so we could dedicate ourselves to “BadCameo”, and it’s been the best decision any of us have ever made. We took this chance in the middle of COVID-19, knowing that if we could do this during a pandemic we would be able to do it once the world returned to its regularly scheduled programs.

With everyday spent on something music related, we’ve learned and grown in such a multidimensional way! Not only have we had the time to practice and hone in on our craft, but we’ve also been able grow our brand, tour across the country for weeks at a time, and ultimately share our music with so many people! And you realize that when you are so passionate about something to the point you prioritize it over everything else, you inevitably create a space and community that others want to be a part of… and how amazing is that! So all in all, it’s a really incredible feeling to know that our decision to become musicians has been appreciated by so many people.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We like to describe our music as indie-funk fusion. Often times we use the motto “fuse whatever you got into this music” because we really do draw from a variety of influences. The threes of us come from different backgrounds and musical upbringings, so we try our best to incorporate all the ideas we each have into the music we create together. That’s why when you listen to our discography you can hear how we push the boundaries of pop, jazz, funk, and even samba! This kind of approach has been really important for our creative development because there’s always something new to try and we continue to reinvent ourselves in small ways.

The motto also reminds us we don’t just play music… we’re also entertainers! A big part of why we decided to be musicians is because we love to perform! Whenever you go to a BadCameo concert, we guarantee an all-out dance party! We will literally jump into the audience while playing, we’ll crack some jokes, do some improv and freestyles, and we always bring giant stuffed fish to throw around the crowd. Getting people moving is essential to the experience for us. It’s like we share the stage with them and they become a part of the band’s image for the night. Live music also has the power to create a time-warp kind of feeling. A two hour show can go by in a minute because you’re totally absorbed into your surroundings and escape the monotonous routines of life.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We moved to Tampa, FL from North Carolina a year ago. It’s been a great transition and we love the funky vibes Florida has to offer. So if someone were to visit, first thing we’d do is go to Caladesi Island State Park and enjoy the nicest tropical beach. There’s hardly anyone ever there and it’s the quintessential tropical paradise we all dream of! It’s home to a lot of ospreys and bald eagle nest, and with all the diverse flora, you get a good feel for Florida’s natural beauty.

When it comes to the Tampa downtown scene, you have to go to a Wave Theory show. Wave Theory is this artist collective of rappers, MCs, DJs, and visual artists. They have some of the coolest performers and the most welcoming platform for anyone to showcase their talent- shoutout to our man Mike Mass for leading the charge with Wave Theory! We also would highly advise going to a Heightened Senses event, where our friends in the band Katara usually perform. They’re an insanely talented group of jazz musicians and will often team up with Perception, one of the city’s up and coming rappers, for a wonderful evening of jazz-hop. But the Heightened Senses not only feature their music, they will also have dancers, visual artists, and vendors at their events, making for a night of interdisciplinary activities.

And last but not least, if you’re in the Tampa area you also have to go check out Ybor City and St. Pete! Ybor is a historic neighborhood with lots of vintage shops and home to a lot of the Cuban and Latin American eateries. You’ll be sure to find something delicious while sitting under some beautiful architecture that you can only find in Ybor. In the other hand. St. Pete is a very young and growing city with a lively night life. Our favorite venue, The Floridian Social Club, has music every night of the week and attracts some major touring artist from all over the world. They also have aerialist and contortionist perform in between set! Literally no where else but at The Floridian. But beside the plethora of fun bars, pizza places by the slice, and cool boutique shops, St. Pete is home to the Tampa Bay Rays stadium, so going for a ball game in the summer is always the move!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

We also want to give a shoutout to Craigslist! That’s where we found our drummer Dan’s posting about being a “good drummer, will come over to play your kit, no metal or country music”…. so thank you craigslist for brining us together!

Website: https://badcameo.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/badcameomusic/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/badcameomusic/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKSQfiCAs-XDni5OXLgQiBQ

Image Credits
Personal Photo: Julie Bailey Other Photos: Will Trent

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