Friday, July 17, 2015

Artist Spotlight – Corrin Campbell

Army Sgt. Corrin Campbell, originally from Duluth, MN and now living near Nashville, TN, has been bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase “working musician”. As an active-duty U.S. Army soldier and combat veteran, Corrin has been working two careers – one of a Soldier, and one of an unsigned indie artist. Finally the two have merged and Corrin began touring on behalf of the US Army in 2012, telling her Army story and what it means to be a Soldier while maintaining your individual identity and life goals. “I am unique; I am still me. The songs and words are mine.” says Corrin. “The Army is a place where I can direct my passion and skill sets to benefit a team – a huge team of individuals who wear the same uniform, represent diversity, and work for a great purpose.” This unexpected facet of the Army will be bringing solid rock music to the Hard Rock Kevin Says Stage of Vans Warped Tour 2015. Sgt. Campbell tours across the United States over 300 days per year performing across the country.

1.) What made you want to get into the music business in the first place? Did anyone influence you to do music? If so, who? Influences? Role Models?
Music has become a major outlet for me to express my emotions. My grandmother was a huge influencer in encouraging me to love myself, be passionate about anything I strive for, and always told me I could do whatever I set my mind to. I’m heavily influenced by rock bands like Foo Fighters and Hoobastank, as well as bands with strong female front-women like No Doubt and Paramore.

2.) Unfortunately the music industry is full of talented individuals who just don’t get any recognition for their talent and/or work. What do you plan to do to make sure you stand out and get noticed?
As the front-woman and bass player of a power trio, I have consistently communicated that I am “certified Auto Tune Free”. Of course, that isn’t a real certification, but I want people to know that I am dedicated to creating truthful songs with authentic top-notch musicianship. We don’t use pitch correction, beat detection, or any other fancy “fixers” in our recordings. It’s just real music.

3.) Would you rather be on a major label or would you rather stay independent? Why or why not?
I love being an independent artist. I have direct communication with my fans and can really listen to what they love about the music. The longer I can keep middle-men out of the mix and be accessible to those who support me, the happier I will be!

4.) Do you think that the traditional music industry model as we know it is dead? Why or why not?
Absolutely not! I think that various genres will all have their fan bases, and will stay as diverse as the listeners are. Though it’s hard to compete with some of the major pop acts, my goal has never been to be famous. I just want to make a living playing the music that is true to me, and my fans have been incredible supporting me in that venture.

5.) How do you think the internet and social media affected the music industry and how musicians are able to market themselves?
It’s a double-edged sword, really. It’s wonderful because anyone can release music now – there isn’t a “gate-keeper”. But at the same time… ANYONE can release music. There’s a wonderful freedom in it, but it also means that breaking out above the noise (instead of just adding to it) is a challenge.

6.) What is the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in life and has that had any effect on your path to becoming a musician?
Being a Soldier in the Army, while trying to pursue a music career, has been exceedingly tough. A lot of people expect Soldiers to be a certain way, or think certain things. Sometimes I feel a little pigeon-holed that way, but that’s why I just consistently tell people not to worry about preconceived opinions and just “listen to the music.”

7.) Artists who try to make music for the general public and make more money are usually seen as “sell-outs.” Do you see it that way and if so, what do plan to do to make sure you make music that is true to your brand and make a good living at the same time without having to “sell out”?
I think everyone has to do right by themselves, and all musicians need to make money to survive, just like any other small business owner or employee. There’s a careful line to walk between “selling out” and making a living. Plus, when you’re signed to a label, you may get even more pressure to be something you’re not to sell albums. That’s one thing I love about being independent: I can be authentic, be myself, and those people who feel that realness will respond. If I can pay my bills and live in reasonable means by writing good and true songs, I’ll be happy!

8.) When you do music, what would you like your listeners to get out of your music?
I hope that my songs communicate trials, joys, pains, and successes that listeners can relate to. Music is a great language for us to find common ground, even with completely different life stories; it’s a way to find a friend in an uncommon place. If my music can bridge that gap between me and fans, or others across the globe, that goal will be achieved!
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