Cameron Spencer

Freelance keyboard player

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Passionate freelance keyboardist with experience performing live, teaching children and adults, co-producing tracks in DAWs, recording piano in a studio environment and re-arranging music.

Cameron Spencer is a 25 year old keys player specialising in Rock, Blues, R&B, Funk and Soul music. He started playing the keys aged just 8 and has been passionate about music ever since. After working through the ABRSM Classical and Jazz grades, he began studying Music and Music Tech A levels at college. From 2014 to 2016, he was tutored by highly regarded industry professionals such as Brian Henry (Soul II Soul, Mica Paris) and Frank Tontoh (Amy Winehouse, George Michael) at the ACM in Guildford, where he achieved a 2:1 in Professional Music Performance.

Cameron has several years’ experience providing piano lessons to people of all ages and abilities, in person, in schools and online. He has produced many of his own documents to aid students’ learning and has a methodical but fun approach to teaching. With a diverse knowledge of subjects such as theory, culture/history and music technology, Cameron aims to give students a broad overview of all things music related.

Most of 2019 was spent working for Princess Cruises with party band 'The Sound'. In between contracts, he depped for many function bands, laid down keys in various studio sessions for artists inc. DD Allen and played with exciting original bands/artists such as The Maitree Express (tour of Andorra), while also finding the time to collaborate with up-and-coming producers like Sudhan Gurung.

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Interview with Cameron Spencer

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Collaborating with Sudhan Gurung and up-and-coming talent Aizen on the song ‘Up In The Morning’. I played the keys/synth parts. It has over 145k hits on YouTube as of March 2022.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Collaborating with various artists online making synth pop and other electronic music.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: A mix of both. Digital is easier to use and manage but analog gear has a real warmth.

  7. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  8. A: My MacBook, Shure headphones, Yamaha keyboard, Fender Rhodes and Hammond Organ!

  9. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  10. A: I've been playing music for around 15 years and have worked with many artists in a range of styles.

  11. Q: How would you describe your style?

  12. A: A mix of bluesy rock keys player and soulful chords and funky syncopation. I also like to play in a classical style and produce cinematic music.

  13. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  14. A: I'd love to work with Nile Rodgers because he has a great attention to detail and knows how to craft a great song.

  15. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  16. A: Allow for some dynamic range and maintain a human feel.

  17. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  18. A: Soul, Funk, Rock, Pop, Synthwave.

  19. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  20. A: Being able to play with emotion and subtlety, not overplaying.

  21. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  22. A: I like to use my creativity and add rich harmonies to a song. I try to inject energy where I can and make things sound full and 'fat'.

  23. Q: What's your typical work process?

  24. A: I will collaborate online, sharing my audio/screen with musicians and lay down keys tracks or compose/arrange different musical ideas. Once that's done, I will refine what I've done and try to shape it into something special.

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: Keyboards: Yamaha MOXF8 88-key keyboard (gigs), Yamaha P-250 88-key stage piano (studio) Technology: Macbook Pro Late 2013, Logic Pro X, Mainstage, Sibelius VSTs: Keyscape, Komplete Ultimate, Waves, FabFilter Headphones: Shure SRH840

  27. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  28. A: I'm inspired by great artists such as Jamiroquai, Steely Dan, Rush, Van Halen, Moby, Justice, Stevie Wonder and Daft Punk.

  29. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  30. A: Recording tracks via VSTs (mainly keys, strings or synth parts), composing and arranging tracks via Logic Pro X.

GenresSounds Like
  • Jamiroquai
  • Steely Dan
  • Electro Deluxe
Gear Highlights
  • Yamaha MOXF8
  • Yamaha P-250
  • Yamaha RBX 800 Bass
  • Logic Pro X
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