Updated: Jan 5
Cam The Artisan is an artist that I have admired for many years, and seeing his evolution and growth in his artistry has been a beautiful experience. Artisan was once an artist who truly didn’t see the greatness that I saw in him. Now, he’s outperforming at venues, accumulating thousands of plays within his music, meeting new people, and gaining the recognition that I’ve always known that he deserved. I wanted to catch up with him for old time's sake. He was the first artist I ever interviewed when I first created ARTLMUSIC, so it was only right for us to return to one another in a place of love and evolution.
Let’s remind the people of who you are. How long have you been doing music?
“I've truthfully been doing music since I was a kid— 6 to be exact. I remember I always wanted to be a drum player. I would always ask my dad to buy me a drum set. That took a while to manifest, but it happened. I would always sing around the house as a kid, so music was always there for me. I remember writing my first rap as a 7-year-old, I believe, and I would listen to whoever my dad let me listen to (Ludacris, Fat Joe, 2Pac), and growing up I dropped it, picked it back up, dropped it, picked it back up, and when I became a freshman in high school I literally started making songs and recording them for the first time. So, music has always been there for me, honestly.”
What / who inspires you? If you inspire yourself, explain how.
“I'm inspired by a lot of things, mostly art. It's the true definition of creativity & self-expression. The fact that people invest in the most inexplicable artwork and it can have no real meaning yet it's worth so much, I really find it fascinating. I kind of use that concept as a blueprint for what I do. Also, just people that are around me: the conversations, stories, and just being alive. It's also a lot of artists in Atlanta that I'm inspired by— people that I'm growing with & people who are really doing their thing in the city. Just overall good music especially. I appreciate the hard work & dedication in each note, song, and album. It's not a lot of people who just make really good music & put their heart into what they do.”
What kinds of things do you consider when it comes to creating something new?
“I consider everything. That's kind of a curse I have, to be honest. I tend to overthink every detail of what I create. I have this whole idea of perfection knowing I can never reach it. My main thing is trying to meet every standard. I'm learning not to have that mindset. I just want to be seen as more than a "rapper" because I feel like I'm so much more than that, but to break it down I consider just the overall feeling a song can have. Like, just the little things that can make a person feel like someone or something they're not or grasp a certain feeling. The feeling of empowerment by a certain line or part of the song. Just engaging the listener in a sense and making them not feel like they're wasting their time when they listen to what I have to say.”
Who is your support system?
“I have a creative team at the moment. They just help me to clash ideas together & let me know I'm not going crazy [laughs]. Most of them are really good friends of mine who really go hard for me even when I don't go hard for myself. They're just super supportive & help me stay on the right path. And then there's my PR, just a lovely woman of excellence. She's like, I don’t know, just great & she really doesn't know how much I appreciate her even though I tell her to thank you all the time. She means a lot to me. More than she understands. Then the other members, Chris, Nani, Deanna, and Ja'El are all great people & I love them all dearly.”
What’s the energy in the studio like?
“The energy is this raw with a sense of bliss & comfort. I never feel out of place. It's always a “high no-nonsense zone” for me. Even my engineer knows I don't play when we get in there. It's this intense seriousness & just overwhelming vibe of art that I really can't explain.”
Artisan allows himself to get a little bit more personal... “I wish I had more time to myself. Honestly, when my mind wanders I just get these ideas and emotions & I harbor them in, keeping the good and throwing out the bad. It's like this huge puzzle that I get pieces of bit by bit and then everything comes together over time & things start to make sense. If I get stuck on something, I can go out and find a random piece of inspiration and it happens to like fit with the rest of it. It's weird, but I love it.”
Who would you like to work with in the future?
“Too many people to count. Moreso Kendrick, Kali Uchis, Cole, Anderson. Paak, Frank Ocean, Sza, it's so many people honestly, but those are the main ones I can think of.” What is your favorite track that you’ve worked on?
“I can't really narrow it to one but “Vibe Out Lady” and “Swim” for sure. The feelings I got writing those were almost like God-sent feelings.”
What do you want people to remember about Cam The Artisan?