We had the good fortune of connecting with Cameron Black and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cameron, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
The end goal is layering my passions together to score soundtracks and record music professionally. I first played tenor sax in 2004, and since graduating college in 2012, I’ve been developing my chops, exploring genres, and following music wherever it has lead me. I’ve always had that “dream job” in the back of my head, and this year (with the help of some amazing people) I feel that the foundation for a solid path to that dream has been laid down. There’s a long way to go, and endless learning in the pursuit of that goal, but a life full of art is one full of surprises, imperfections, and all types of communication, and a career like that just sounds natural to me.
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.
I was fortunate enough to have music in my life from a young age. As I grew older, I realized that this was more than a passion, and that I could spend all day recording or getting ready for a show and enjoy every minute of it, even the arduous hours of downtime. I believe people find their art, the thing that allows them to express themselves fully, and the lucky ones are the ones who are able to pursue it. I want to be around those who also want to create. When I have the opportunity to play on somebody’s song, or jam with a group of people, I feel like I am establishing a true connection and able to express myself fully, without barriers. Those are the moments that I want to have over and over again in my life. 2020 was a crazy year for many of my family and friends, as it was for most people. I recorded an album to sum up some of the feelings floating around when LA went into lockdown: https://saxmancam.bandcamp.com/album/times-like-these
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Guisados or Taco Zone are always great, spend some time exploring Elysian Park, check out some books and get coffee at Stories, and when things open up again, go to a show at any of the local venues (when they happen again).
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents and brothers for introducing me to a wide-spectrum of musical tastes my entire life, Jerry Pinter for bringing his sax to a clarinet lesson and inspiring me to switch over instantly, all of my friends who I’ve shared a stage with, any songwriter who has trusted me to add to their songs, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, and Sam Butera for inspiring me, Kylie Hazzard for always pushing me to explore all creative avenues, Sean Fortier for always having a song ready, and Cris Cornejo for bringing his peaceful energy into my world each time we practice.
Other: Album: https://saxmancam.bandcamp.com/album/times-like-these
Kylie Hazzard Nikki Neumann