What’s going on everyone?! Today, I am excited to share my interview with a rising interviewer who you may already know as Damon Campbell, of MuziksMyLife.com. For those of you who are unfamiliar with his work, Damon has an impressive catalog of interviews with many of your favorite music artists, and more! What I like most about Damon Campbell’s work is it’s genuine, smart, and unabridged. His attitude definitely brings out the best in every artist; and you’ll notice that his questions are well researched, which provide for some interesting responses, smiles, and laughs. Most of all, at the end of his interviews, it’s clear that something has been gained on all sides. So without further explanation let’s get to know a little about the man behind the interviews!
Q: Who are you and where are you from?
A: Hi, my name is Damon Campbell, 22 years old out of Michigan. I run a website called MuziksMyLife.com, which is basically a hub for my interviews and other exclusive content.
Q: What sparked your interest in music? Do you recall a certain moment or time period when music became your passion?
A: You know what? When I was little, I was obsessed with wrestling—WWF (now WWE), WCW, etc. And each wrestler would of course have their own signature entrance music. I specifically recall Hulk Hogan’s “Real American” theme song as being my favorite. I also watched a lot of Disney movies as a kid, and those were always very musical.
I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone this (not that I’m embarrassed by it or anything, it’s just never come up in conversation), but for whatever reason, I had this stage where I was really into boy-band music when I was like 6 or 7. My first few CDs were ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys, Five, and 98 Degrees. From there, I eventually got into Blink 182, and they were actually my first two concerts. One of my brothers also had the Dazed and Confused soundtrack, which had my favorite song “Free Ride” on it, so I borrowed that CD for a while and just listened to that song in particular on repeat.
Q: How would you describe your come up from that moment to now, with your success in interviewing artists?
A: This is still just the beginning, but it’s crazy to look back and see how far things have already come. Back then, I had no idea that this was what I would eventually be doing. It wasn’t until my junior year in high school that I really became involved with things and started my website, and even then I wasn’t exactly sure what it would turn into—I just knew it would be something music-related.
Q: What would you like to accomplish through your interviews?
A: I’d like people to have faith in the fact that they can press play on one of my interviews—no matter who it’s with—and be both entertained and educated in one sitting, regardless of whether the interview took place yesterday or 50 years ago. And when it’s all said and done, I want to be remembered as someone who genuinely cared about the people he was interviewing and respected their work, as opposed to someone who was just chasing the latest gossip or attempting to stir up controversy and saw his interviewees as opportunities to get ahead.
Q: Getting to know the artists behind the music is fascinating…From the idea, to the final product: What amount of work goes into each interview?
A: A lot, but it’s worth it to me. I would never wanna disrespect an artist or a viewer by wasting their time, so I dedicate as much of my own time as I possibly can to ensuring quality interviews. Besides, I really enjoy the process of preparing an interview. I think you have to in order to be successful at it—as could probably be said about most things in life.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to interview in the future?
A: Anyone and everyone really, but if I could interview one person in particular it would definitely be Drake—which is why it’s so crazy to me that we met a couple weeks ago. I’m not usually the type of person to be like, “Oh my god, I just met so and so,” because at the end of the day, we’re all human beings. But I’ve been telling people for a couple years now that Drake would be my top choice for an interview. So for us to have even met, especially this early in my career, holds a lot a lot of significance and goes to show that I’m on the right track.
Q: What’s on your playlist now?
A: Well I had been listening to Big Sean’s Hall of Fame, The Weeknd’s Kiss Land, Lil Wayne’s Dedication 5, Juicy J’s Stay Trippy, 2 Chainz’ B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, and a bunch of different singles and what not. But right now I’m stuck on Drake’s Nothing Was the Same, as you probably could have guessed.
Q: Favorite album(s)?
A: Lil Wayne’s Carter 3, Kanye West’s Graduation, and 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ come to mind as being probably the most sentimental to me personally. I have a vivid memory of my mom coming home from work with my copy of the latter, and can pinpoint exactly where I was at in my life and how I was feeling at the time of all those releases. The same goes for all of Drake’s albums.
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
A: Thank you for the awesome interview, and thank you to everyone who’s reading this! If you’d like to check out any of my interviews or keep up with me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., just visit MuziksMyLife.com—it’s all there. And while you’re at it, be sure to look up the Law of Attraction if you haven’t already. That’s the first step towards living a happy life and turning your dreams into reality.