We had the good fortune of connecting with Camilo Villa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Camilo, what are you inspired by?
What inspires me the most is seeing how much passion and energy my favorite musicians put into their work. Martin Garrix and San Holo are great examples of this because you can tell how much they invest in their music every time they release a new song or play a show live, and it always makes me want to go make my own music.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m very proud of how far I’ve come in my journey towards making music. I started making music almost 4 years ago and I’ve been releasing music for the last 2 years. However, it hasn’t been easy and I’ve given up making music before as well. The hardest thing for me was struggling with the fact that I would have ideas for songs that I thought were great, but I wasn’t able to make them because I didn’t understand enough about sound design, song structure, or how my music software worked. I actually still struggle with these issues to this day although to a lesser extent. When I quit producing music, it was because I felt like I would never be good enough to be taken seriously with my music. After all, I kept comparing the quality of my work to the music of my favorite artists who have been in the industry for much longer than I have, and have entire teams around them to help them succeed. After long enough of not being happy with what I was making, I decided to quit music and just focus on school and completing college. I stayed off music for several months until I went to a San Holo concert at Stereo Live Dallas. It was the first time I’d been to an EDM concert for an artist whose music I genuinely enjoy, and being able to see San’s love for his work along with the excitement in the crowd for his music, I told myself to give it another shot. This time, however, instead of comparing myself to my favorite artists, I decided instead to compare each song I made to the previous one. And instead of trying to make myself as good as the best artists in the world, just focus on making progress. Since then, this mindset has allowed me to get better at a significantly faster rate, and I’m very proud of how far I’ve come. As for right now, I’m excited to be starting my YouTube channel to accompany my music brand. It’s a project I have been wanting to start for a while now and I think I’ve reached the point where I can provide value to other musicians, and that’s what I want to accomplish going forward, along with creating more music of course.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
During the day, I’d probably take them to the Perot Museum. Personally I really enjoy science and technology besides the music, and I think the Perot is a really cool spot for that kind of stuff. In terms of eating though, some of my top places are Serious Pizza and Nori Handroll Bar both in Deep Ellum, along with North Italia near downtown. But my go-to for nightlife is to go barhopping in Uptown, I tend to always have fun when I go there with a small group of friends. And of course, I would check to see if there were any DJs in town to go see live either at Stereo Live Dallas or the Bomb Factory.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
In terms of learning how to actually make music, I have to give a huge thanks to Alex Rome who runs a YouTube channel by the same name where he talks about producing EDM music extensively because I would watch his videos all the time and follow along myself to learn how to do it. But for actual support, I have to thank my family of course who has supported me with my music. But also all the friends I made in college who were always there to listen to my work and get excited about it, and of course to give me valuable feedback.
Other: SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/camilovillamusic
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