We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyle McCammon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kyle, what inspires you?
Visual art is very inspiring for me musically. I find a trip to an art museum refills my creative tank, if you will. I recently picked up a piece from an artist friend Joel Shackleford that’s hanging over the piano in my studio space. Alongside all of that, my non-music hobby is taking 35mm pictures on my point and shoot camera. For me, it’s inspiring to step away from music when I have the chance. I find it gives me more clarity when I come back to what I’ve been working on.
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’m a producer and songwriter based out of Los Angeles, CA. Most recently, I’ve started to see my art end up on a lot of film and TV shows which is very exciting and rewarding in a lot of ways. One thing that I’m a big advocate of in such a tough field is consistently working with a positive outlook. There is so much out of our control in the music industry but what I find I can do is to keep moving forward and I try to be inspiring to be around.
I was originally a touring bassist. I got to travel performing with a lot of great artists for years and I’m so happy that I got to have that experience. At a certain point though, I knew I wanted to transition into writing and producing full time. At first, it was really a grind and I struggled to maintain my overhead but through consistently working hard, things have all been working out for me professionally and I couldn’t be more grateful for that.
The more that I do this professionally, the more that I find fulfillment out of getting somewhere that they want to go artistically. I love to go in deep with an artist, find out where they envision their project going and then helping them get there. I’m fortunate to have artist come into my sphere that trust me in that process and I don’t take that trust for granted.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I just recently moved my studio into a loft in DTLA. I have to say that I really love it down here. There are so many cool restaurants and shops opening up down here.
In DTLA, I’d say Good Clean Fun or Shin-Sen-Gumi for dinner, The Ace Hotel rooftop for drinks and the Broad (when it reopens) for art.
My personal favorite place in LA is Point Dume so, for a beach adventure I’d go out there and hang out on Zuma beach afterwards.
If someone has never been here, I’d do a whirlwind day and take them to all of the tourist spots, Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Blvd, Rodeo Drive, Venice Boardwalk. Part of what I love about LA is that there are so many completely different areas so close together.
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?
I really couldn’t agree with this sentiment more. I feel like I’ve ended up where I am today because of the support of so many people. I have a large group of really positive, like minded people both in and out of music and honestly, I never would’ve pursued music as a career if my mother wasn’t my number one fan.
Some of my friends I’d love to shout out are film composer Tyler Strickland, Mike Baron from a new project called Sohma, who’s music will be out in the near future, Stephen Johnson from my project Lean, Matt Maroulakos, Dana Lamarca, Sonia Kreitzer from Doe Paoro, Aaron Steele, Davy Greenberg, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Kieran Kelly from the Buddy Project. I’ve been fortunate to have many greats along the way act as mentors to me including Rachel Z, Richie Zito and the late Ralph Peterson who has influenced me in so many ways. I also would love to shout out Dan Coleman and Shayna Casey from Modern Works publishing for believing in my work and pitching the mess out of it for film and tv.
I really and truly find inspiration and support from every single person I interact with though and I could really go on and on with my list. I’m grateful for everyone I’ve met along the way.