Interview Series: CMRN.
Melbourne-based producer Cameron Ross AKA CMRN is a creator, a visionary, and an artist, in the truest sense of the word, who’s been making huge waves recently – and he’s just getting started. His music is the synthesis of the future, wave, trap, and everything in between; raw, grimy, but nonetheless uber clean low ends, sparkling synths, gorgeous vocals, and crisp, punchy drums all work in tandem to dazzle the listener and evoke a profound emotional response.
Simplicity is often an art unto itself, and CMRN strikes a perfect balance between elegance and coherence. His tracks feature beautiful sonic design and infectious composition, but his style ensures that such qualities never come at the expense of feelings of overcrowding or disjunction, instead allowing each element – whether that be a melt-your-face-off lead synth or cute vocal hook – to shine through brilliantly.
Having recently released through preeminent up-and-coming collectives The South East Grind and Future Vibes [part of the Future Network], CMRN has quickly earned the support of some of the game’s mainstays, helping to propel him from relative obscurity to the fore in short order, as one of the most exciting electronic acts to have emerged from Melbourne in recent times. With already four tracks at the 100k play count (all of which released in just the last eight months), look for CMRN to reach new heights over the coming months.
In his most recent single, “Liminal,” a stuttering synth line and perfectly placed drum fills hold down an ethereal track. “Tides,” with LA-based Hex Cougar, meanwhile, is an absolute stunner, featuring one of the heaviest future synths you’ll ever hear, and CMRN’s patented vocal chops. Finally, “Hands to Myself” puts on full display CMRN’s prowess with wave-type material, and is sure to have you head bopping. Read on for the full interview below!
How did you get in touch with Hex Cougar for “Tides?”
Just through Soundcloud! Hex Showed a bit of love on a couple of my tracks so I messaged him and it went from there. It was honestly the easiest collaboration I’ve been apart of, plus getting an idea on how other producers work is always helpful.
You’ve used a lot of sampled vox in your past tracks – any material in the works with singers, or plans on otherwise working with vocalists some time down the road?
Yeah definitely! I’m actually working with a couple of singers at the moment who are both amazing in their own right. It’s a completely different process when compared to working with producers but fun nonetheless.
The South East Grind is doing some really cool stuff right now. Talk a little more about the roster of artists, and your interaction with everyone there.
I have to hand it to Henry (founder of TSEG) for creating such a good vibe between everyone involved. The roster is probably the most versatile I’ve seen and they’re all progressing so quickly. My social media game is terrible so I really only stay in touch with a few of the guys on there. Being online all the time gets to me, so I try to avoid it as much as I can.
What about the whole Future Vibes network? Talk about another stacked roster…
Future Vibes is probably the most professional, transparent and supportive label/collective I’ve come across. Andrea has worked hard to put together a great group of like-minded producers with a strong focus on what they want to achieve.
How do you feel about the Melbourne scene right now?
It’s kind of hard to say how the scene is going but there’s definitely a strong group of passionate people who keep it moving. At the same time, given the size of the city it could be a lot bigger. Music culture in Melbourne varies a lot though.
Have you got any more collabs lined up? Or artists you’d love to connect with?
I’m actually starting to work with Bola, a digital artist based in the UK. I want to combine amazing visuals with my music and Bola is the perfect person for that, his work is crazy (beyondbola.com).
As an account manager for a supply company, you must have your hands full with what I can imagine must be a great deal of time spent on production – what’s the end goal, for music-making to become a full-time gig?
As much as I like where I’m working at the moment, it is just work.
I would love for music to be a full-time gig but I’d be just as happy being apart of anything creative/meaningful.
You’re an awesome photographer, man! Any accounts we’ve absolutely got to follow?
Haha! Thanks dude yeah I love photography although I must say I’ve still got a lot to learn. You definitely need to follow Omniment (@omniment) and also my good friend Lachlan Monty (@lachlanmonty). They are both extremely talented musicians in their genres and their photography is just as good.
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