London artist CAMZINO, born Cameron Sinclair, combines his love for the nostalgic grooves that raised him in his quintessentially Caribbean household along with the wide-ranging sounds being created by his contemporaries across the global village to create a sound that reflects the hybridity of his musical influences.

His musical journey began in the early years of secondary school where he mainly created grime, honing in on his lyrical ability before drawing inspiration from further afield. He then began to gain traction on the web for his infectious hooks over trap beats, showcasing his musical capabilities as neither a rapper nor a singer.

As his music journey continues to unravel, CAMZINO is forging a more unique, distinctive sound that is truly representative of himself and those like him through his self-entitled ‘Soufpunk’ genre.

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I'm CAMZINO, I'm a 20 year old artist from Southeast London. Having parents from the Caribbean meant that I listening to different music growing up in the house, a variety from reggae to jazz, to R&B. Not really so much rap growing up. Not until I got into my teenage years. I was always inspired to make music from a young age. I started making music around the age of 14, writing raps, listening to grime, fell in love with grime and it was so different to me. This was the closest thing to rap music I had ever heard and it made me think, “Wow I want to make this music thing and take it seriously”.

Your debut EP, Written For Her, is set out to be released in 2018. What should new listeners expect from this project?

Expect the unexpected. This project is really just the biggest insight into the way in which I create music. A lot of it wasn't even written, it stemmed from a lot of freestyles and a lot of different writing techniques I was experimenting with. I worked with a lot of different producers and artists as well that helped me with the songwriting. I think it’s important for people get an insight into who I am, the stories I like to tell in my music and the points I like to get across. And hopefully it's relatable to people and they mess with it!

The tracks you’ve put out previously on SoundCloud definitely have solid bars over soulful beats and you tackle topics relating to women, love and lust. How is this EP different from the music you’ve put out in the past?

Most of it stems from the production. These beats are completely different, we've created a brand new sound that complements a whole new genre, which we’re calling “Soufpunk”, where you'll hear some jazz and R&B all intertwined. The stories are also very detailed this time around; I put much more thought into what I was saying.

What exactly is Soufpunk and what does it represent?

The best way to describe Soufpunk is literally a melting pot of different people, genres and cultures brought together. That is literally how we make and receive music, how we like to live our lives. It's a lifestyle, a label, a way of living. When we created that, the goal was to symbolize where we're from and what we do.

The first single off your EP is out now. How involved were you in the creative process of the "Nightclub Lovin" video?

I definitely wanted certain scenes to be included and the guys really took into consideration the ideas that I had. I really have a love for all different types of creation, not just the music but the videos as well, they have to be a certain way and my team really made a conscious effort to take on board what I was saying.

What was the inspiration behind the song?

When I first recorded the tune I had two other artists on it, we were just creating a vibe. There was originally another artist who laid down a verse but then I decided to just take the tune upon myself and use it for EP material. I spent about three weeks on it, wrote a few more verses for it and chose this one as I felt it would really capture people. We just tried to paint a picture of a helpless romantic being at home, his girlfriend's out, and he's just trying to kick it with her. In the video you see he's at home, he's quite restless; he's really saying how he feels about her. He falls asleep and has a dream that he's with her. Then she actually comes throughh to his bedroom and they end up chilling.

What are some of the other themes you cover in the EP?

There are a lot of love stories, not just stemming from my perspective but from other people's perspectives as well. So I use a lot of writing in the second and third person. Some stories are very personal, others are just stories that I've seen others go through. I wouldn't say it’s an EP full of love songs, but each track gives you a different perspective on love, whether it's family love, romantic love or friendly love. It's just love.

What's in store for you in 2018?

Next year I'm hoping to keep my word and stay consistent with my music and videos for my core fan group that I've built through SoundCloud. Give people what they deserve. I've seen a lot of support in the last two years, so my goal is really to give back to those people and say thank you by giving them brand new content. I pray for more videos and I'm definitely already working on a second project to follow up the debut EP, too. In the meantime, we’re following up “Nightclub Lovin’” with “Would You Like That”, which is a different vibe. I think what makes “Would You Like That” special is the production, when originally hearing the beat it was the perfect canvas to vent on how I was feeling in that moment. Sokari and I knocked out the song in about twenty minutes. The job right now is really about consistency and showing range and diversity of style, so love to Sokari and KZ who made the magic happen.