Today we’d like to introduce you to Jim Camacho.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in Miami, FL. My first memories of music were sitting on the swing in the back yard with my mom and brother, singing Beatles and Leonard Cohen songs. The Beatles made me want to be in a band. My brother John and I learned the songs and harmonies of John and Paul, and that really got it all started.
From there, we started writing and eventually formed a band called The Goods, which went on to record several albums, two of which were released by major labels. One was produced by the legendary Tom Dowd, who worked with everyone from the Allman Brothers to Eric Clapton and Aretha Franklin, to Ray Charles, the Bee Gees and John Coltrane.
The Goods broke up in 1999 and I began my solo career. I’ve since released three full-length LPs, three EPs, as well as several singles and videos. I have a new solo record in the works for release in 2020. My brother and I made time to work together again as the Camacho Brothers – more on this later.
After The Goods, I started writing musicals. The band had written two rock operas (one of which was unreleased), and this new endeavor was a realization of that spark. Fools’ Paradise was first staged in concert version on December 10th, 2004 and was performed several times including a sold-out run off-Broadway. Fools’ was realized as a full staged production in 2008.
Since then, my focus has turned to writing children’s musicals. It all started with the show The Cavie Islanders and the Troll, and since then I’ve written more than a dozen musicals that have been performed at venues in New York and Miami, including the Arsht Center and The Mandelstam Theater. My current focus is the annual production of MOUSE KING, a collaboration with Sesame Street veteran Noel MacNeal.
Recently, I’ve been writing music for other artists in Nashville, working with the AbFab Artists publishing company.
So in a nutshell, that’s how I became a songwriter. I blame John and Paul.
Has it been a smooth road?
Since I write songs all the time, a recurring struggle is dealing with doubt. That voice in my head that says ‘you can’t do it’. I try to stay vigilant and do my best to recognize the inner critic arriving at the blank page situation, and I keep my boot on the neck of that self-doubt. There is one tactic I highly recommend, and that is to use a 30-minute timer to force the writer to finish the song before the time is up and before the inner critic arrives. Whether the song is good or bad, a keeper or a throwaway matters less than the idea of starting and finishing it. This way of writing comes from my time in The Goods, and I use it to this day. It’s also the inspiration for my web series called Adventures in Songwriting.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I recently completed and launched the first season of the aforementioned web series called Adventures in Songwriting, featuring some of my favorite local songwriters: Rob Elba, Charlie Pickett, Ex Norwegian, Fernando Perdomo, Deaf Poets, and Elsten Torres. I invited them to my home studio to talk about the songwriting process, share stories about their journeys, and put into practice the tried and true 30-minute song challenge. Check out the first season and the new music born from it at www.AdventuresinSongwriting.net.
Earlier this year on Record Store Day, I released a double A-side of new music written and recorded with my brother John as the Camacho Brothers. There were also several music videos to accompany not just the two new songs, “Marshmallow” and “Vera”, but also lyric videos to tease the additional new material that will be released on the full-length album soon. Listen to the new music online here: www.CamachoBrothers.com.
Tickets for the 2019 run of MOUSE KING are now available at www.mousekingtickets.com. I’d love for everyone to join in the holiday magic at The Mandelstam Theater (8530 Red Road, South Miami, FL 33134) on December 13 – 15 and 20 – 22, 2019.
- Website: www.jimcamacho.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jimcamacho/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JimCamachoMusic/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/jimcamacho
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