Los Angeles-based singer Camryn makes unapologetic, unpretentious pop music. Her goal is to write songs that soar—the bigger the hook, the better. A pristine distillation of this ethos is Camryn’s new single, “Machines,” which we’re premiering here and which gets its official release tomorrow. The song is built to make a stadium rumble, a sensation Camryn surely felt when she opened for One Direction in 2012. ”‘Machines’ is a very powerful and empowering, song,” says Camryn. “As an artist, I want to reach as many people as possible with my music and make people feel something all over the world, in any culture. I think anyone can relate to being so laser-focused on something, or wanting something so bad, that you will work as hard as you can to achieve it. The idea of ‘and we do it like machines’ is my way of saying, ‘I’m going full steam ahead with my music—who’s coming with me?!’”
Below, watch the striking lyric video for “Machines,” and get to know Camryn better.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
My aesthetic is urban rock star. I want to bring back to life all of the things that made rock and rock stars so popular and put a Camryn “modern twist” into it.
How did your career get started?
I’ve always been that person who sang around the house growing up but it wasn’t until I recorded my first demo that my career officially started. I began to record music and before I knew it, I was on my first tour going all over the U.S. with Cody Simpson and Greyson Chance.
Where do you hope to be professionally in five years?
I hope my music will have spread around the world and [I am] on a worldwide tour of my own! Honestly, I love what I do, and as long as I am still doing what I love then I will be happy.
What’s your next project?
Right now my main focus is my single “Machines” and getting it out there for people to hear. I am in the studio working on new music and look forward to playing some shows this year. I absolutely love getting a chance to see my fans and, hopefully, make some new ones too!
What are you most proud of so far in terms of your career?
I have been so lucky to have done the things I have done thus far such as the One Direction tour, however, I’m most proud of myself for truly finding and redefining my sound. It’s so important for me to have control of the music I put out, and I’m really excited for the road to come!
What famous person, dead or living, do most wish you could have as a roommate?
Beyoncé. Why? Well besides the obvious reasons, I think she is one of the most talented artists out there and she really does put her whole heart into everything she does, and that is something I admire.
What is your favorite driving music?
I love listening to Kygo while driving. I am totally obsessed with his music and he always sets the mood for a great drive.
Whose career would you most like to emulate?
I like to draw inspiration from many different artists because I don’t want to be someone who already exists. Some of the artists that a have strongly influenced me are Paramore, Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy, and The Weeknd.
If you had to live in a past time, what do you think would be the most fun era and why?
I would love to live in the 1950s. Grease is one of my favorite movies and I always imagined myself as Sandy. Life just seemed so free and fun. Plus, who doesn’t love a guy in a leather jacket?
What activities do most enjoy doing alone?
I love binge-watching Netflix and driving while blasting my favorite music.
How do you wind down before bed?
Taking a nice long bath and getting into fresh sheets on my bed is my absolute favorite—I’m almost instantly asleep within 10 minutes. I also like to scroll through my phone and maybe watch a few YouTube videos.
When are you most relaxed?
I’m most relaxed when I’m singing along to my favorite songs. I don’t know why but the second I start to sing I just completely relax.
What kind of person were you in high school?
As a homeschooled senior I really took advantage of being able to tour and travel the world so I didn’t get the “typical” high school experience. But, I did get to enjoy the lovely experiences of the SATs and finals. You know, the good stuff…
Can you tell me a quality about yourself that you are genuinely proud of?
I love the feeling of being able to make people laugh—I must say, I am pretty good at it.
Do you have any phobias?
I ironically have a fear of flying and horses. Flying is a hard one to get around because I kind of have to do it for my job but I make it through. I used to love horses, and I still love them, just at a good distance away from me. I fell off of one when I was nine and ever since then I’ve been terrified.
What’s a serious side of you that people are unlikely to know about?
I love real estate. I’m obsessed with shows like Million Dollar Listing and all the house flipping and buying shows on HGTV.
What are some new hobbies you would like to take on?
I would like to get my real estate license and maybe do that as a hobby. I know it’s kind of random but I love it.
What are some of your favorite Internet “memes” of all time?
All of the Kermit the Frog memes where he is sipping tea and saying, “But that’s none of my business, though.”
How do you hope to grow as a creative person?
I want to grow with my music and just continue to make the music I love, and if in 20 years I’m singing country music and loving it, then that’s what I’ll do.