Q & A With Cam From Dead Man’s Chest

Q & A With Cam From Dead Man's Chest

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Our new EP, “Dear God,” will be released in February on Upstate Records. We have some things in the works that we will be able to start revealing in the New Year.

How long has the band been together?
DMC first started in 2006.

What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Why? Drugs, money and sex- of course! Nah, I think the main reason any of us started a band was just being troubled kids, who needed a legal outlet to release their emotions. Who knew you could ride those coattails for 30 years?

What is your music background?
I don’t think I have much of a music background. I still play half-assed Slayer riffs, same as I did when I was 10 years old. Except now my current guitar player actually corrects me and says I can’t get away with that shit anymore. Lol

What image do you think your music conveys?
Honestly? I haven’t the slightest clue. I don’t really care much about the image it paints. But if I had to say anything, I’d say our music paints reality. We are just telling it like it is, and hopefully some people can appreciate and enjoy that.

What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
I think we’d all like to play more than five shows in the next year, as that’s all we were able to play this year. 2019 was transitional and developmental for DMC. We adjusted in a lot of ways and ended the year on a great note. We want to keep that momentum going and hit the ground running in 2020. Releasing a full-length record will also be next on that list for the near future.

What are your long-term career goals?
We want to make music that will withstand the test of time- not just what the flavor of the week is. We will keep making fast and heavy tunes that everyone can enjoy. Our goal would be to simply keep on, keepin’ on.

Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Nothing will ever beat the feeling of playing for a live audience.

What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Oh you know… a bit of death, destruction, blasphemy, overthrowing your world leaders. The normal stuff.

Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
I’m sure the other guys have some crazy shit. I am fairly new to DMC, but the shenanigans have already begun. Something about sitting on cakes or eating them… I don’t know. It gets weird.

What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
A guy asked for my panties right after I was done playing. And he wanted me to sign them. People are strange.

Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
My mom was surprisingly supportive of me playing in a band. She would drive me to my shows when I was kid. Probably because it kept me away from drugs/drinking and fighting- well, as far as she knows.

What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Dear God is probably my favorite track to play live. It has a bit of everything, which is super fun. Burden to Bear is also a favorite of mine, even though I haven’t had the opportunity to play it live yet.

Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
I think The Distillers were the band that made me want to seriously play in a band. I always wanted to be as cool as Brody Dalle. Seeing a tough ass chick like that play in a band was super cool when I was growing up.

If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
That’s really difficult to answer! My picks would be: Slayer, Despised Icon, Dying Fetus, Hatebreed and Enemy Mind. I probably wouldn’t last one night on that tour.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
I did a tour in Japan with my old band, back in 2013. I think that was the overall biggest accomplishment I’ve made so far. But I have a feeling that may be soon surpassed with DMC.

If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
I would probably be doing the same thing I am currently doing. I work at the local Humane Society, in the medical department. I love my day job and am lucky to be able to do two things that I love.

What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
I’m currently using the Darkglass Alpha & Omega as my main amp with a SansAmp. It’s really useful for going overseas, without paying loads for checked baggage. At home, I use an Ampeg SVT-7 with the SansAmp RBI. I have an LTD bass in England and also use a MusicMan Stingray at home. But I’m looking to make some changes to my live rig.

What do you think of the current music scene?
Honestly, I’m not too involved with the local music scene at home anymore. Living in California and playing in a band from England, has put me in a place where my eyes are mostly on DMC. We don’t have too many local DIY clubs anymore in San Jose, which is a shame. So most of the local bands have to play out of the area, or they try to open up for the large touring packages. There are some pretty good bands out here though.

For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
That I’m a girl, lol! If people haven’t seen photos of the band, they assume Cam is a guy’s name. So that’s usually a shock. Also, that I’m American. Since DMC is based primarily in England- people always ask me if I’m crazy for traveling like that. But it’s working out so far!

If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Probably something along the lines of… Think about if Slayer and Suffocation had a baby, but the surrogate mother was Hatebreed and was co-parented by Merauder.

Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Thank you for giving DMC a chance and evolving with us over the years. We appreciate all of the recent support we’ve received this past year. We can’t wait for you all to hear this new record!

Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS Rock!


Dead Man’s Chest are:
Martin – Vocals

Kay – Guitar

Hamish – Guitar

Cam – Bass

Andy – Drums


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