In this Dream Tour segment, the pop rock duo, camelcase, reveals who they would want on their ultimate tour lineup. You can check out their picks, after the break.
There’s not much more we could dream of than headlining a sold-out venue with an amazing sound system and absolute face-melting rock music happening. What could enhance that dream would be some of the people I get to play alongside. My first choice all day, every day, is Switchfoot. I grew up listening to those guys and they have such unique chemistry to their band that you are just staring in wonder that five people could love each other. Much of my style and sound comes from Jon Foreman’s influence in my life. I think it’s so important to not only discuss the deeper things of life but to do it in a way that is open and embracing of those around us. They just seem to get it right more often than not.
For pure rock madness, ya gotta say, Muse, right? Matt Bellamy is a god in the music world and for good reason. They’re the best live show on the planet and just three guys that love making music. So technically proficient yet also so engaging – that’s just such a hard thing to do! Right after Muse wraps their set, I’d love to have Pink Floyd do their thing. When I was a kid, the very first classic rock song my dad showed me was “Renegades” by Styx, then “Carry on My Wayward Son” by Kansas. I dove in – searching for more of that style and one day I found Dark Side of the Moon. I remember thinking “dang, there’s no WAY this is 40 years old!” – it was just so innovative and absurd and beautiful to me that it shattered the illusions that rock had to be this four-piece song that was three and a half minutes long. Definitely, the first band where I noticed (and subsequently fell in love with) reverb. Gilmour’s guitar playing taught me so much as a fledgling musician. I grew up in a house that loved guitar shredders and basic Tom Petty-esque riffs. Nothing too much in between or experimental. I literally remember saying during “Comfortably Numb” that “the guitar is telling the story!”. It just blew my mind that you could move someone to such heights with a guitar like that. Modeled quite a bit of what I do off of that and frequently compare my finished things to that tone and sound.
Finally, for an opener to the most amazing show ever, I have gotta say, Phoebe Bridgers. I remember listening to her song “Emotional Motion Sickness” when it came out years ago and then forgot about her. But when Punisher dropped right at the start of the pandemic in 2020, I listened to it and said “That’s EXACTLY the kind of music that’s been locked in my head!” The difference between Phoebe and I is that she writes in such a beautiful, narrative way and I feel I write a bit more conceptually, but it is my #1 goal early in my career to get to work with her on a future single. I think she’s awesome – one of the few albums that brought me to tears because of its pure emotional force.
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