We had the good fortune of connecting with Cameron Christensen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cameron, why did you pursue a creative career?
Writing and playing music has been a great journey, and worth all of the ups and downs. It’s a way of expression that makes sense to me. I feel like I say more through music as an artist, than any other medium. Maybe that will change when I get older, but right now it’s all about music.
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.
Speed of Light is made up of me (17), and my brother (Tyler, 15) and sister (Riley, 13). I play the guitar. Tyler plays the drums and Riley plays the bass. We all sing. We all write the music. I know siblings are supposed to fight, but when it comes to music, we rarely do. The music has brought us together and given us a common language. Even though we play rock and roll, the three of us like entirely different types of music. I’m more into blues rock… and I love Led Zeppelin, early 70s riff rock. Tyler loves everything from Slipknot to Kings of Leon. And Riley is into Radiohead, The Cure, Sonic Youth and she really likes Carseat Headrest. Somehow we take all three of our inspirations, throw them into the Speed of Light blender, and out comes our music. This whole journey started when I was 7. My grandma gave me an acoustic guitar for Christmas. Tyler saw how much fun I was having so he picked up the drums. Riley came in later with bass and vocals. We played music a lot, just for fun — and then one of us had the bright idea to give ourselves a band name and make it official. Speed of Light was born. Since then, we’ve played almost every Under 21 Venue in Los Angeles and Orange County. We’ve been invited to play in New York for a TV show. We’ve had several of our songs in movies. We even played Alienstock, a festival right outside the gates of Area 51 in Nevada last year! We’re also the house band for bands in barbershop. Between our residency at The Redwood Bar and all the other shows, I think we played over 100 shows in 2019! That is something we definitely miss in 2020.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If you’re coming to the LA area, here are my favorite spots: the best burrito is Eduardo’s Border Grill on 1830 Westwood. The best place to get noodles is definitely, hands down Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle on 2057 Sawtelle Blvd. I live in Santa Monica, so I’m partial to the beach and the Santa Monica Pier and that whole Third Street Promenade area. I love Silverlake too. There’s a Thai food restaurant there called Sticky Rice that I’m addicted to. I know I’ve already mentioned The Redwood Bar & Grill, but they have my favorite burger. They’re on 2nd Street in downtown LA.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This shout out is to Brian O’Connor. Not only has he been a great friend and mentor to me and my band, but he is the center of gravity to a whole community of bands, photographers and artists. He brings together musicians, photographers, tattoo artists, camera people, venue owners, bloggers, fans and he literally puts on shows that pull the whole community together. Before the lockdown, he was doing a concert series call Bands in a Barbershop along with The Satellite. When the times changed, and live shows were put on hold, he brought the music into his own backyard for another series called Six At Six. Keeping to the current rules of our time, bands get to play 6 songs, at 6pm with no fans (social distancing), no amps and he livestreams it for everyone to see. You’re lucky if you find a Brian O’Connor in your life. We definitely are. Another shout out goes to Eddie Lopez, who owns The Redwood Bar & Grill. He has been there for us, and many other musicians, throughout the years. Not only is he an awesome guitarist in the band Electric Children, but he has been a friend and mentor from the very beginning, giving us a place to play music and meet new bands and fans. We love Eddie!