Greg Camp on Going Indie

May 1, 2009

Camp has just released Defektor [Bar/None], a solo album rife with the trademark surf-adelic guitar hooks and neo-vintage sonic treatments he employed to help his former band go multiplatinum, and is enjoying a fresh start. “You no longer need a big label deal to make a go of it,” says the Santa Cruz, California, guitarist/producer. “Get your MySpace, Facebook, Snowcap, and Flickr pages intertwined nicely, get your music out there, shoot a low-budget video that’s creative enough to draw people in, and then get in a van and go out there and play. Just make sure you have some good merch, because that’s how you’ll make money. Indie rock has become an all-encompassing genre now, which is great. Ever since Beck proved that you can play folk guitar over a hip-hop beat with some weird synth freaking out in the background, there’s no format. You don’t have to be pigeonholed.”

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