From a young age, art + music were major parts of my life. My childhood was full of piano practices and painting lessons. Having parents who exposed me to all sorts of art shaped me into a person who appreciated talent and I started to look for it in hidden places. From unknown painters to budding musicians I decided to establish a series featuring the creators who I know and love and want you to love too!! Wanna help? Read about these amazing people, scope their work, and share their interviews with the artists in your life!!
Today I have the privilege of sharing an interview with Evan + Taylor from CAAMP. Simply put their music makes me happy. It’s soft and soothing and makes me feel calm...and as a girl with a swirling mind and fiery soul it takes a lot for music to make me feel that. Songs like “Down the River” and “Great Heights” perfectly highlight Evan and Taylor’s talent...their voices are delightfully raspy and the connection they have with their instruments in almost audible...it’s like you can hear the love.
Pop in some earbuds and listen to CAAMP’s latest single ‘Misty’ as you read this fresh interview down below!!
How did you get your start in music?
E: I picked up a guitar for the first time in middle school after my parents took me to see a Tom Petty show and I was hooked ever since.
3 things that make you laugh:
E: 3 things that make me laugh are myself, Taylor and Will Ferrell
T: It’s Always Sunny in Philly, Evan, Seinfeld
Evan - where did you learn to play the banjo, and how did you decide that was your instrument?
E: I picked up the banjo for the first time in 2013. Taylor had just shown me a batch of good songs he had written while I was on a family vacation. Our friend's house at the time where we were rehearsing had a banjo in the basement and I picked it up and learned a few chords. And now I know a lot more chords.
Taylor - if you could play guitar like anyone who would you choose?
T: If I could play guitar like anyone it would be Stephen Stills (Tree Top Flyer)
What kind of music did you listen to growing up?
E: I grew up listening to my parents music. Tom Petty, The Clash, Elvis Costello. It was weird music to my friends at the time, but I couldn't get enough of it.
T: My mom listened to Dixie Chicks, AC/DC, REM, Talking Heads when I would ride around in the car with her.
If you weren’t pursuing music what would you be doing?
E: We'd find other ways to tour the country like truck drivers. School wasn't for either of us and we both have a tough time being told what to do by other people
T: Most likely a Garbage man.
What time of day do you feel the most inspired?
E: This depends! Sometimes I will wake up feeling inspired by something and sometimes it can be after I eat Jimmy Johns. You never know when it's going to hit you so I like to keep an instrument close by at all times.
Which comes first: lyrics or composition?
E: For me it's usually composition but some days I'll have a lyric bopping around in my head before a melody
T: Simultaneous for me
How do you define the difference between a hobby and a passion?
E: A hobby is something that is always fun and shouldn't require any stress. A passion is something that gives you that fire inside
If you could go on tour with any artist or band besides Rainbow Kitten Surprise, who would you choose?
E: RKS are the nicest dudes making some incredible music and they enjoy their Budweiser. But if we couldn't tour with them the rest of our lives I'd say a rock n roll band out of Chicago called Twin Peaks would be fun.
T: Blind Pilot. They are my favorite live band
Where can we find more of your music?
E: Find our music on Spotify and iTunes and come see a show!
You can learn more about CAAMP on their website. They are currently on tour with Rainbow Kitten Surprise and it’s not too late to grab tickets!! Check and see if they’re playing in a city near you.