We had the good fortune of connecting with Camp Kona and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Camp, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Sometimes I feel like pursuing a career as an artist is kind of silly. There are a lot of other things I could have studied, other jobs I was interested in. I would love to work in the outdoors, or with kids, or focus on sustainability, but I knew that if I did any of those things I would regret not doing music, and didn’t feel the same gravitational pull towards anything else.
I spend most of my time thinking about music these days; listening, writing, singing along, sharing – really getting into the nitty gritty as much as possible. Maybe this is just because I make music but I feel like every bit of my life is made better when there’s a song underscoring it. The perfect party playlist, a good cry to an emotional ballad, huge pop songs to fuel my workout, or just putting on something relaxing at the end of the day. Art makes you feel something; Or at the very least, it facilitates the possibility of feeling something. I want to be a part of that.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Camp Kona is all about accepting and feeling confident in grey area and fluidity. Being able to put yourself and others into categories and labels can be easy but that usually doesn’t full capture the people we are. I’ve learned to step into the parts of my identity that are a bit blurry, and try and write about the in-betweens as much as possible.
Right now I’m most excited about creation. I have been trying to finish a lot of work right now for my upcoming singles, and it’s been really nice at times to just sit and start a new song from scratch without any expectations that it will go anywhere. I’m also really looking forward to expanding the Camp Kona visual world, as I’m working on my first ever music videos. I can’t wait to share them soon!
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.
I actually haven’t spent a lot of time in Los Angeles – which is funny because I grew up in the Bay Area. I think people who don’t live in California don’t realize how massive the state is, and how far that drive can be. That being said, I’m visiting LA soon and I’m really excited to explore the city. I think what I’m most looking forward to is just meeting and collaborating with other young creatives and continuing to explore what Camp Kona can be.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It’s all about community <3. My friends who’ve shown up to every show, helped on photoshoots, designed cover art and learned all my lyrics – that’s who I owe it all to today.
Piper Raine (green sitting photo), Larson Rogers (all other photos)