Interviews

Cam MacLean – New Horizon

November 25, 2019
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With luscious melodies that encapsulate and charm you, Wellingtonian Cam MacLean’s recent single ‘New Horizon’ acts as a fantastic emergence into the NZ music scene. Full-bodied and equally charming, ‘New Horizon’ has a delightfully refreshing vibe about it.

Coming off the release we caught up with Cam to have a chat about how the single came together, his inspirations and how he got into making music.

Check it out below;

Tell me a little bit about yourself? Where you were born and where do you reside now?

I’m a born and bred Wellingtonian; almost popped out on the steps outside the hospital haha. I live in Wellington at the mo.

What would you say your influences are? Whether that be in your personal life or musically?

My musical influences range from Mac Miller, Frank Ocean, The Beatles, and Amy Winehouse to name a few. Aside from these, I’m heavily influenced by my fellow NZ muso’s Benee, Tom Scott, Will McClean and Simloco. There’s so much great music being made on our turf at the moment and I feel such a big sense of community within the NZ music scene. A community where artists feed off one another’s energy and climb up the ladder collectively.

How did you first get into music? What were some of your early experiences?

My dad being a jazz pianist and my mum a flutist resulted in me inheriting musical genes, which swayed me into a musical pathway. It definitely explains my love of chords and melodies. The first musical experience I can recall was singing the alphabet in class aged 5 and when my mum taught me the Recorder when I was 5 or 6 years old. 

New Horizon acts as your debut single, can you tell me a bit more about your musical journey leading up to releasing the single? 

Yeah sure. It was around this time last year that I created the song in my garage jamming with my Stratocaster. Once I had a rough demo I got a group of muso friends together and booked a studio in Wellington for 20 hours. The studio was set up with my dad’s Rhodes, bass, guitar and drums. Day one we tracked the band and day two recorded vocals. 20 hours later, I clocked out with a song that sounded like a good demo. I felt a bit down about this because I assumed that I would come out with a polished track. I was oblivious to the wormhole I would soon fall down haha.

From this point, I linked up with Nigel who helped me explore sonic spaces and opened my mind to endless possibilities. Here I fell in love with his Juno synth. Although I described the track as a good demo, it had stems that were of high quality which set the foundation for the track to evolve on top of. Long story short, ‘New Horizon’ evolved over versions and versions. So many versions that I started calling them ‘levels’ so whenever I command saved I leveled up haha. The track could’ve molded into a completely different form but I’m beyond stoked with the end result.

Tell me a bit more about the single itself? What was the inspiration behind it?

To be honest it was one of those songs where you don’t know what the heck it’s about until it’s finished. Now I see the bigger picture. I’d say that it was heavily inspired by the summer conditions I created it in. I was trying to evoke nostalgia. To take listeners to a time and place of radiance and good vibes. There’s so much bad shit going on every day in this world so producing something that exudes good vibes was the goal. For the people that listen to it and for my own sanity. 

Now that your debut single is out, what is that feeling like?

So liberating. I feel the weight of the world off my shoulders haha. It’s so great to have a piece of art that I’m proud of out in the Universe. It’s not even mine anymore. People can take it or leave it but I’m just stoked that my mum and dad love it.

So what are your plans for the rest of 2019 and 2020?

I’ve got a debut single show coming up on December 18 at Valhalla, which is going to be super fun. In 2020 I will release more music and an E.P at some stage. I plan on playing more shows, collaborating with new people and enjoying life.

Check out ‘New Horizon’ below;


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