Spotlight: Cameron Hardy

By Paula Araujo

At just 17 years old, Cameron Hardy knows he wants to make music for the rest of his life. After being honored as Billboard’s Woman of the Year, its no surprise Selena Gomez has caught Cameron’s attention when it comes to music and picking songs to cover. His latest video is a suave cover of Madison Beer’s “Dead”. Read on as he shares his musical journey, whats to come, and other music he’s loving lately.

Hey​ ​Cameron!​ ​Tell​ ​us​ ​a​ ​little​ ​bit​ ​about​ ​yourself​ ​and​ ​do​ ​you​ ​prefer​ ​pancakes​ ​or​ ​waffles?
What’s up! I am a 17 year old recording artist and actor. I’m a waffles kind of guy.

What​ ​drew​ ​you​ ​to​ ​the​ ​song​ ​“Bad​ ​Liar”​ ​and​ ​your​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​cover​ ​it?
I immediately fell in love with the overall sound of the song. It’s so different from Selena’s other music which was partially the reason I wanted to put my own take on it. I originally recorded a version with similar production to the original, but then decided to strip it down for an acoustic approach.

Are​ ​you​ ​particularly​ ​inspired​ ​and​ ​drawn​ ​to​ ​Selena​ ​Gomez’s​ ​music?​ ​What​ ​is​ ​it​ ​about​ ​her​ ​as an​ ​artist​ ​that​ ​attracts​ ​and​ ​inspires​ ​you?
I love Selena’s music. I think she is a very strong individual and that really shines through in her music. I love covering songs that have a ton of passion behind them and Selena’s music typically reflects that.

Can​ ​we​ ​expect​ ​anymore​ ​covers​ ​or​ ​original​ ​tracks​ ​soon?
Yes! I have another cover or two that I will put out in the near future, but I am really beginning to shift my focus to original music. Covers have really inspired me to create my own music and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to record these covers because now I am very familiar with the recording process.

How​ ​would​ ​you​ ​describe​ ​your​ ​sound?
Pop, without a doubt, with an alternative + dance kind of vibe.

What​ ​have​ ​you​ ​discovered​ ​about​ ​yourself​ ​through​ ​music?
I have discovered that I want to put a purpose behind everything that I do. Music has really opened up another viewpoint for me on how I approach life and I believe that everything you do should be meaningful.

Where​ ​do​ ​you​ ​draw​ ​inspiration​ ​from?​ ​Which​ ​artists​ ​inspire​ ​you?
I draw my inspiration from many different aspects of my life. Musically, I am inspired a lot by Charlie Puth, Rihanna, John Mayer, etc.

What​ ​are​ ​your​ ​long​ ​term​ ​and​ ​short​ ​term​ ​goals?
Long term, I hope to have a platform in which I am able to continue to make music and tour around the world. For now, I am working on finding a good team to make that possible and working non-stop on my sound.

What​ ​is​ ​your​ ​advice​ ​for​ ​other​ ​artists​ ​out​ ​there?​ ​What​ ​was​ ​the​ ​best​ ​advice​ ​you’ve​ ​been given?
Work extremely hard and hang in there. The best advice I have been given is to remain positive and put only good vibes out into the world. It will come back to you.

When​ ​was​ ​the​ ​moment​ ​you​ ​knew​ ​you​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​do​ ​this​ ​for​ ​a​ ​living?​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​recall​ ​your earliest​ ​memory​ ​involving​ ​music?
When I stepped foot in a real studio for the first time, I knew that I wanted to do this forever. It was 13 at the time. It just felt right, and knowing that I could do that for a living as well really opened the doors for me to pursue this professionally.

What​ ​was​ ​the​ ​first​ ​concert​ ​you​ ​went​ ​to?
Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” tour.

What​ ​are​ ​the​ ​last​ ​5​ ​songs​ ​you​ ​listened​ ​to?
1. Sleep Talking – Charlotte Lawrence
2. Fetish – Selena Gomez
3. How Long – Charlie Puth
4. Games – Demi Lovato
5. I’m A Fan – Pia Mia

Any​ ​particular​ ​album(s)​ ​you’ve​ ​been​ ​loving​ ​recently?
I’m absolutely in love with Demi Lovato’s new album. The entire sound is right up my alley. Also Dua Lipa’s album, she’s great.

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