An Interview With The Pop Artist, CAMILLE PERUTO On Her Latest Album, American Idol Memories and More!
Posted On 15 Jun 2017
Meet the pop/rock singer-songwriter Camille Peruto! She recently released her latest album “From The Sea To The Sky.”
Philadelphia based singer-songwriter Camille Peruto creates her music with a melodious blend of pop, rock and folk sounds. After appearing on American Idol in 2015, Camille began recording her new record, “From the Sea to the Sky”. The alternative/pop album has gotten significant recognition, and helped earn her a sponsorship from Larrivée Guitars. Tomorrow, Camille will also release a music video for the track “Silent Melody.”
“From The Sea To The Sky” stream link: https://camilleperuto.bandcamp.com/album/from-the-sea-to-the-sky
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Learn more about Camille Peruto in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! What are some words you would use to describe 2016 for you and your music? How has 2017 been treating you?
Thank you for talking with me! 2016 was the year I funded and recorded my new album, “From the Sea to the Sky”. It was a very exciting and busy year for me musically. 2017 has been amazing so far. After the album was released in late January, I began performing it with a full band. The shows we have done together since then have been unbelievable. I’m so happy that the album is catching on! There are a lot of exciting things coming up.
Where does this interview find you today? Is there music playing in the background? If so, what is it?
I just got home from a gig in Philly! I listened to the Red Hot Chili Peppers the whole way home. Love them!
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory? If you weren’t an artist today, what else could you see yourself doing?
Music has been in my life from the very beginning. I always loved singing, but it wasn’t until I started playing guitar at age 13 that I considered it a possible career. My earliest musical memory besides being in school choir and singing karaoke (non-stop) was the first time I saw my dad play his guitar. At the time I didn’t even know he had one and he took it out and played it flawlessly! If I wasn’t an artist today, I’d probably be a preschool teacher. I love kids. Or maybe a music teacher! Does that count?
I am curious to know what the music scene is like in Philadelphia where you are based? How do you think you as an artist have been influenced by being from there and living there now?
I have played some of my favorite Philly venues over the past few years including the Tin Angel and World Cafe Live. They are highly acclaimed venues to play and I always enjoy myself at both places. Sadly the Tin Angel recently closed. I learned a lot about performance and music in general by participating at open mics in Philadelphia when I first started out. I feel like what I learned early on helped shape the artist I have become.
Let’s talk about your recently released album, “From The Sea To The Sky.” What was it like putting this collection together? Did anything surprise you about the process at all?
I am so happy with how it turned out and I’ve gotten the best feedback from this release out of anything I’ve ever done! Recording this album was something I will never forget. It was tracked in 10 days by some of the world’s best musicians. I am not surprised that I love it and am proud of it, because I have held most of these songs close for so long! I had no doubt that my producer would do an amazing job. If anything, I was surprised at how some of the songs transformed themselves! Hearing me play them acoustic is very different then how they’re portrayed on the album.
Tomorrow, you will put out the music video for your single, “Silent Melody.” What was it like making this video? How creatively involved were you with the entire thing? Was it exciting to see your song in video-form? Was it a fun experience for you?
I’m really excited for the release! A great friend of mine does videography for a living and offered to help with the project. She is amazing at her job and I know the video will show that. I wish I could say more!
What was it like being on American Idol in 2015? What did you learn from that experience? Would you do it all over again and differently this time if you could?
My experience on American Idol was very eye-opening. I saw some of the best talent I have ever witnessed and most of it never aired. That show was definitely more of a “reality” show than I ever thought it would be, and that was slightly disappointing. I had some performances that I wish they would have highlighted but it’s all part of the show! I don’t think I’d do American Idol again but I would consider doing something more seriously geared toward the talent/singing aspect!
Where do you think you are happiest- on stage performing, in the studio recording music or elsewhere? Has this changed over time?
I love being on stage in front of a live audience! I can feed off the energy of the crowd and perform better that way! Oddly enough, my favorite part of recording is doing background vocals! Finding cool harmonies comes naturally to me and I love to challenge myself! None of this has changed over time. I have always especially loved singing live.
Who are some of your very favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? What musicians would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
I love artists/bands like Sheryl Crow, Sara Bareilles, Dido, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Mayer, the Beatles, and so so many more. I’d love to work with Sara Bareilles because I am so inspired by her songwriting. I haven’t written much on piano like she does. I assume that songwriting on piano is very different from on guitar. I feel like it would open up so many different avenues for melody!
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people take away from your songs?
Lyrically, I want to intrigue people. I want to leave them wanting more! I try to put out positive, fun and hopeful messages. Sometimes it’s good to stress serious topics as well. Melodically, I just hope that people find my songs catchy and unique. I love when a song gets caught in my head, and it is even better if the lyrics make me think.
What advice would you give to someone just getting started on this music path? Or even to a high schooler who is thinking of becoming a singer full-time when they are older?
If you’re just a singer, try picking up a guitar or a keyboard to accompany yourself with! Get out to as many open mics as possible and meet other musicians. There are so many people that would love to help you! Start a Youtube Channel and put out weekly cover videos to build an online fan base, and be consistent on social media. I started booking cover shows in my early teens but I never play a cover show without throwing in original music. Never give up on what you love and shoot for the moon!
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
Please check out my new album “From the Sea to the Sky” online, and follow along with my social media! There are a lot of fun things in the works. Thank you so much for reading and hanging out! The support means the world to me. 🙂