Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Ironically when I met my current producer, I wasn't really ready to share any songs that I had written yet. Since then, my notes app has become this absolutely insane mess of songs and song ideas and lyrics and song names. I have found so much inspiration from songs by artists like Taylor Swift, Tate McRae and Olivia Rodrigo. I am truly a sucker for very specific lyrics and these artists have really shaped my writing style. I think this will become more apparent when my second EP is released. Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The last time I was in the studio I was working on my second EP and we had just finished recording the first song when my producer comes in the booth and tells me that a pretty famous music producer is going to be sitting in on the session for the next song. Of course the next song we are recording is the one I am most nervous about. I just remember recording the song thinking "ph my god this is the worst I have ever sounded this is terrible he's going to hate it etc." Once the song was done, he told me it was really great and even though I didn't believe him, the next day when I finally heard the song I LOVED it and it is still my favorite song I have ever recorded or written. What has been the high point of your music path?
I really think my high point was meeting my producer and working with him. I know it was pretty much the beginning, but it is definitely one of my high points. So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I would love to have a very organized answer, but I honestly don't. Sometimes lyrics randomly come to me during the weirdest points of my day, and I just type them into my notes app as fast as possible. Eventually I will go back and bring these ideas to my producer and we will create something together with these random lyrics and ideas strewn throughout my phone. What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
For me balancing school, work and music can be a little difficult. My biggest struggle is that on top of being the singer I also make all my own music videos and while I know I could hire a team for this, because of how I visualize the songs before I create them, by the time we are ready to film a video, I already have the entire thing planned in my head. Not to mention I want to be able to do this work alone anyways. But it is quite a lot to balance. If I was going to ask the music industry to change one thing it would be marketing. I know this is a huge issue being brought up on TikTok right now, but I really don't want to rely on TikTok to market my music. Musicians put so much work and care into their songs and right now, big companies are so focused on what would make a good TikTok sound. That isn't what I want music to be. TikTok is a fantastic marketing tool and I use the app all the time for fun, but I don't want to be asked to change my music to work for TikTok sounds.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
This is such a hard question and my answer changes all the time. Right now, I would love to share the stage with Fall Out Boy or Amine.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I always warm my voice and body up first, then go into singing. I tend to jump around quite a lot when rehearsing or especially in the studio. I just have a lot of energy. Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
The song I am thinking of isn't out yet but I am beyond excited about releasing it. My team and I were writing this song and I loved the chorus but the verses were just making me cringe a little. i listened to the demo of the song probably 100 times and just played the chorus over and over again which says "its gonna take an army to hold me back" and I got hooked on the word "army". Instantly I thought about princesses, and the kingdom and royalty for some reason and just built the verses again from that. Now the whole song has a princess theme and I am so happy with it.
What's coming up in the future?
So much! I have a single coming out 7/7 and my first EP is coming out 8/8. After these releasing, I am beyond excited to start releasing more singles and my second EP which consists of the best work I have done so far.
Tell us where fans can access your music.
About McKenna Camille
McKenna Camille Born and raised in Oregon, McKenna has always loved performing, but it wasn't until high school that her journey as an artist really began. Bullied throughout most of school, McKenna used those painful times as a catalyst for her music career turning those experiences into powerful songs dealing with anxiety, bullying, OCD, and depression such as her hit Bad One which discusses bullying. The carefree, fun side of this up-and-coming young artist can be heard in her summer hit Strawberry Shortcake. Not just a singer/songwriter, McKenna is studying acting
at the prestigious Tisch School of Dramatic Arts at NYU and is well on her way to a successful career. McKenna is also known for her work in mental health. She is event chair at Kappa Kappa Gamma at NYU, working with such organizations as NYDM, B Positive, and Active Minds among others. Growing up on a lake, McKenna is an expert in all water sports and was a member of the show/trick water skiing team, Portland Water Spectacular. When not working, writing music, or volunteering she enjoys playing golf, tennis, and spending time on the water or in nature.