Lamp City Family

For this post, I wanted to talk about a certain artist I interviewed recently. His name is Cam Meekins, and he’s from Boston, Massachusetts. He identifies himself as a “Rapper/Entrepreneur,” who has been making music for the past ten years. While finishing his senior year of high school, he had gotten an offer from a record label to pursue his music career. He chose to do music full time, and decided that college wasn’t really for him. Cam is signed with the record label Lamp City Records, which he is also a founder of.

Everyone always asks artists what made them pursue music, and for Cam, he speaks personally. “I grew up loving all types of music,” he says. “My brother played in a band when I was younger, so I used to go downstairs and play around on all the instruments they had lying around. I taught myself how to play every instrument and started writing random songs. Then once I got a little older I fell in love with making hip hop beats on the computer, then started rapping on my own beats and put it out on Youtube/Facebook and started actually growing a fan base.” Meekins says he’s inspired by artists like “Kanye, Jay Z, and Wiz Khalifa,” which gave him a reason to pursue the career he has now.

Talking about his music today, he’s collaborated with similar artists like Cousin stizz, Skizzy Mars, Sammy Adams, and more. Meekins also says he would like to work with Wiz Khalifa in the future. A lot of artists’ music changes over the years, and for Cam Meekins, he mentions how, “my music is a reflection of what I’m going through at that time, so naturally the sounds and subject matter tend to change. I think I have a different level of maturity in my music now vs when I was younger.” Asking Cam of all the songs he’s made, which one would be his favorite, he said “Hmmm… probably this song I have that isn’t out yet.” For any fans reading this, be prepared to hear that one.

“I’m just incredibly thankful that I’m able to do what I love and make a living from it. I feel blessed to wake up and call this a job.” Meekins says when asked how his career has impacted his life today. “I recently moved to Los Angeles since most of the people I work with live there. It has really helped my productivity and it’s a great vibe in general.” A powerful transition for a lot of music artists, like Cam, is heading to Los Angeles or New York. “I would tell anybody who’s trying to be a professional artist to trust themselves and come up with a plan and stick to it. A lot of people want to tell others how to do something but unless they’ve done it before, their advice isn’t worth much,” Cam speaks on his advice he would give to upcoming musicians. Writing music is a big factor for artists and how they write their own songs. Cam briefly talks about his advice for writing music, “I think a lot of the writing process has to do with confidence. Confidence to expand on a thought, or idea that comes up very quickly. Learning to say “yes let’s try that” instead of “no that won’t work.””

A special question that always gets asked is about the fan interactions, and the craziest memory. Meekins wasn’t sure on the craziest fan experience but he did mention, “I love meeting anybody that supports my music! Always try and make time for that at shows, especially as an independent artist, they truly are the reason I’m able to succeed music wise and financially.” That’s the most important thing for any artist, is making time for fans, and it’s clear Cam does that. In the future, Cam sees himself “doing what I’m doing now but just bigger and better,” in the next five years. He also says there’s no changes he would make to his job, and if he didn’t have this career now, he isn’t sure what exactly he would be doing. “I know I would be doing something creative and something entrepreneurial,” he said.

This interview I did with Cam shows a lot about his professional artist side. He knows what he wants, and how to go about getting it. For anyone who doesn’t know of Cam Meekins, you do now, and I suggest looking into his music! His new music will definitely be one to look out for, and I know I’ll be supporting it. Links to his social media sites are down below!

https://twitter.com/CamMeekins

https://www.instagram.com/cammeekins/?hl=en

https://www.facebook.com/cammeekins/

https://open.spotify.com/artist/0wNuUG1alVKXEEiwEypprs

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/cam-meekins/383024065

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Holiday Tours

Happy Holidays everyone! I can’t believe it’s already that time of the year, so for this post I want to reminisce on the past two Sammy Adams holiday tours. Over the years, Sammy has done holiday tours after Christmas, which are usually all on the East Coast, and lasting only a couple days. Some of the shows will be back to back, or have a day in between for a break. I’ve attended his “Home Alone for The Holidays” tour in 2016, and this past holiday tour. 

Home Alone for the Holidays tour, which was back in 2016, was my first holiday tour of Sammy’s! It was such an experience seeing him perform at the House of Blues in Boston. He had Huey Mack and INDY Raps open up for him, and Huey had brought out Cam Meekins. When Sammy came on, it was amazing just seeing him perform, and singing along with him to his songs. I love seeing and hearing other fans sing along, and enjoying the presence of Sammy too. He sang some older songs that tour like “Only One,” “L.A Story,” and some songs off Boston’s Boy. I never heard Only One live before, so hearing that was amazing, I basically got the whole thing on video! He always ends his shows with All Night Longer, and he had a special guest appearance by Mike Stud at the end, and they sprayed water on everyone from the water bottles on stage. Huey Mack, Sammy’s friends, and family came on the stage at the end to enjoy the moment with him. The show ended and we all went to get merchandise from the table and headed home afterwards.

Sammy’s last holiday tour I attended was in 2017, being last year! I went to three shows that tour, with the first one being in New Jersey. It was a crazy week, with having to be up at 5am to head to Boston to meet up with my friend, and then drive to New Jersey together. We met up with my other friend, and we all got ready together quickly to head to the venue in time. We were in the back just chilling, and watching the opening acts and dancing to the music. Sammy finally came on opening to “Thunderstorms,” and we tried moving closer, squeezing through the crowd. We were about three rows back, and decided to just stay there for a bit, until we saw Andie side stage, and headed over there to talk to her. We all sang and danced listening to Sammy perform, and watching him do his crazy dance moves to each song. It was interesting since he didn’t end the show with All Night Longer, but instead I Hate College.

The next day we saw Sammy in Boston, and met up with some more friends! After VIP happened, we all went to the barricade to talk about our pictures, and watched everyone else take theirs. It was the same setlist again, and opening song to start out with after the openers performed. After that show ended, we all were going home the next day, when last minute, my friends and I decided to go see him Rhode Island! We ended up getting free VIP, where I was bugging Sammy to sing Just Love Here next tour. (We’ll see about that one.) After VIP, we went to the barricade to secure a spot and did the same thing as the past two shows, sang and danced.

His venues were smaller this tour, like every other holiday tour he’s done. Sammy likes to have an “intimate” setting for the fans, and making it all about the connection he has with us. I’m sad to say I won’t have any upcoming holiday shows this year, but we all know I’ll see Sammy soon in the new year!