Johnny Lee Cameron

We're happy to present our latest feature - an artist who may be a first of his kind on PEV: a gentleman named Johnny Cameron who comes from the honorable Cherokee Culture. Cameron has a new record on the way, an effort the he says helped him find his "Cherokee warrior spirit, my natural stubbornness, determination, and single mindedness". Not too shabby. We asked him to tell us more about the new album - he says to expect "Progressive & power metal. These genres have always been heavy metal's arena for perhaps the largest palette of the fusion of various musical elements from Thrash metal, melodic death metal, speed metal, power metal, classic metal, then you have blues, classical, rock and jazz even soul and funk." Expect it all. Johnny will be busy in the coming months, so keep an eye out. There's much more to get into, so keep reading for the answers to the XXQ's.

XXQs: Johnny Lee Cameron

PEV: Do you remember the first time you thought to yourself – “I am really onto something!”?
JC: Hmmmm the first time I played  Led Zeppelin's Dazed and Confused
PEV: What can fans expect from a live  show?
JC: Incredibly impassioned performances of the music night after night executed with technical excellence and proficiency.
PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?
JC: Excitement to see the fans, the joy of playing the music for them plus it's a blast to be there! Being onstage is what it is all about!
PEV:  What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?
JC: Real life events past experiences, indigenous cultural inspiration... Things I read, world news, politics, social and societal commentary. I try to however, wrap it up in metaphor so I don't sound like I'm getting on my soapbox and preaching. I want my music to inspire individual thought and speculation in my fans based on their experiences, thoughts and perceptions.
PEV: Tell us about your latest release. What can fans expect from this work?
JC: Progressive & power metal have always been heavy metal's arena for perhaps the largest palette of the fusion of various musical elements from Thrash metal, melodic death metal, speed metal, power metal, classic metal, then you have blues, classical, rock and jazz even soul and funk. Well this will be my first ever international release and my first release as an artist with Synchronicity PR. Amanda Moore, my manager understands my musical goals and direction.
PEV: Describe the kind of mindset you had to be in to create this album?

JC: Well it's still in process, I found my Cherokee warrior spirit, my natural stubbornness, determination, single mindedness

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew you wanted music to be a large part of your life, if not the biggest part?
JC: Gosh, I'd say from the time I was about five onwards.
PEV: What one word best describes Johnny Lee Cameron?
JC: perseverance undaunted. There you go two for the price of one!
PEV: How is life on the road for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?
JC: The best parts are the fans, the cultures and places you get to experience.. The worst parts? If you eat bad food and get sick!!
PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?
JC: Wow, I wanna go everywhere all over the world...The UK,  Asia, Europe, The middle East, Africa, India, I wanna bring my music everywhere!!
PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play at your hometown?
JC: They're wonderfully supportive and happy for me since I signed with Synchronicity PR.
PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
JC: I'm always studying the guitar and music theory! I love seeing bands play live. I go to music stores to check out guitars and gear. I also am huge into my Cherokee Culture, so powwows to meet other indigenous americans and share stories cultures and traditions are a big part of my life too.
PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?
JC: Into Eternity are a great power/progressive metal band check them out metal fans!
PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think you would be doing as your career?
JC: There is nothing else I would rather do.
PEV: So, what is next for Johnny Lee Cameron?
JC: Going forward in this new direction. Gathering new musicians and assembling the best power/ prog-metal ensemble possible, and putting us through our paces through rehearsal practice and composing. Then getting our vids out, and rehearsing more creating the best music possible putting out there on CD and other media.. Making more music and going onwards musically.

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