Cameron Williams Is In His Sound Space
You may say “hello” to Cameron
Williams, but if Cameron has headphones over
his ears, it’s most likely that he didn’t realize you
were there because you may not be in the same
place as Cameron.
For Cameron, sound is hypnotic and it’s
most likely that he was in a hypnotic state when
you tried to talk with him. When he takes off his
headphones, then both of you are in the same
place, and he will be the first to tell you what
attracts him to music.
“It’s the way that sound is so hypnotizing.
Sound in itself can take you to a different place
depending on any kind of sound,” he said.
For Cameron, no sound goes unnoticed,
not even the clanking of metal objects.
According to Cameron, “some friends tell me
when they hear sounds of clanking it reminds
them of jail. So it takes them to a different place.
As Tom Morello said from Rage Against The
Machine, ‘All music is subliminal.’ The way that
sound can take you to a different place is what
attracts me to music.”
Growing up in Colorado and Texas, rap music has
always been a part of Cameron’s life. It’s part of
his culture. “It’s where I come from in my
neighborhood. It’s the culture. It’s embedded in
it. Honestly it has helped get out of more dark
places than I can account for. It’s therapeutic for
sure,” he said.
And Cameron just doesn’t listen to other
rap artists to get inspired. Cameron draws on his
love for all types of music to get his messages
out. “There is so much that is connected,” he
said. He draws inspiration from Led Zeppelin,
Duke Ellington, Big Band Jazz, Fusion jazz,
classic rock, even blue grass. “I’m able to reach
from those places that those artists reached from
in their time to infuse that into what I’m doing,”
Cameron believes that musicians all live
“There is always struggle involved (for
musicians) and there is always passion. I think
some of the best artists are some of the most
passionate. They are truly dedicated to their craft
and they have given up a lot of things,” he noted.
has a passion
about their struggles. He equates their
experiences with his own experiences, and by
doing so, tries to make a new path to walk down.
“I’m trying to write my own stories and trying to
write my own passage.”
Because he wasn’t blessed with hands to
play guitar, Cameron uses rap music and the
spoken word to tell his stories. “I’m not really a
musician, but I know that the spoken word is the
most powerful thing in the world to me and to
According to Cameron, the oral tradition
of passing down information through storytelling
is very much alive in music. “Hip-Hop comes
from that. It’s all about oral tradition. A lot of
music has that (oral tradition) but it’s song over
melodies where rap is actually spoken, but to the
syncopated beats. The sound is hypnotic and the
music itself can put you in a trance.”
But during the writing process, Cameron
is a recluse. He says his creativity comes in
waves. “I don’t force creativity. Sometimes the
music writes for me – a melody or sometimes I
write then i find the music meaning if I am going
through something or if I see a situation in
society as a whole where I have to speak on it or
I have an opinion, I’ll write.” Cameron said that
Hip-Hop has two sides to it, and he wants to
bring balance to the genre. For Cameron,
positive energy and being open minded are key.
“You have to think outside the box. Don’t
let what you see every day influence your way of
thinking and the way that you view life,” he said.
-- Michael Zabrodsky
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