Country singer Cameron Hawthorn took the time to talk to us about his new single, ‘Dancing in the Living Room’, his coming out and authenticity. Check it out below:
If you had to recommend a song to someone who has never heard your music before, what would it be?
Definitely “Dancing in the Living Room” 🙂
‘Dancing in the Living Room’ marks a new musical chapter for you, was it difficult opening up to the world about your sexuality?
The difficult part is putting it out there for all to see. But now that’s it out there, it feels extremely liberating.
How do you think this openness has effected your music?
I think I’m growing so much as an artist from being open and honest. Now I’m not afraid to dig deeper in the new music I’ve been writing, and I’ve never felt more free as both a singer and songwriter. It feels wonderful.
As a gay person, the representation in your video for ‘Dancing in the Living Room’ was really special to em – particularly for lesbians, its hard to find representation that isn’t sexualised. What made you want to make the video in this way? Do you think this type of representation should become more popular?
For me, the song and the video are just about love. I wanted to simply show that through different types of couples dancing in their living rooms. Love comes in all different shades in the diverse world we live in, and I think it’s important to have more representation of those not often seen.
What would you like to achieve through your music?
My deepest desire is to connect with people through my music and to inspire them. I want people to feel free to be their true, authentic selves and I hope my music can be the catalyst that gives them the freedom to do that.
You draw on aspects of many genres in your music, which artists do you think influence you the most?
Lately I’ve been so inspired by the legendary artists of country, rock and roll, and songwriting. Elvis, Johnny Cash, James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac, to name a few.
Country music really bridges generations; it’s the only genre of music where both me and my Granddad enjoy the same artists! Do you think this inclusivity is important?
Wow, I love that. I agree, my Mamma and Pappa love country music and I have memories growing up and listening to it with them. Country music has deep nostalgic roots for me and a lot of people I know. I think that’s something special.
My Mum always gets me to ask this question; what’s your favourite app on your phone?
The Starbucks app? Lol, guilty.
CD, vinyl or digital?
I’m definitely a digital guy in the digital world we live in. However, I just bought my first vinyl record the other day: Judy Garland & Liza Minnelli Live at the London Palladium.
Do you have any plans to come to the UK?
No plans as of now, but that would be so fun! I’ve only been to London once and I loved it.
Where do you see yourself, ideally, in 5 years?
Playing sold out stadiums. Making the best music I’ve ever made. Loving life.
Check out the video for Cameron’s latest single ‘Dancing in the Living Room’ and be sure to listen to his album when it’s released. His new music is more authentic and combines the best parts of a range of genres. Don’t miss it!