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What is your name?Kambui Olushala Nefta Chui Moore. Kambui Chui-Moore for short. Most people call me Kam.
What is your genre of music?
I’m still not sure yet, to be honest. I label it Alternative because I like the word, but my music incorporates a number of different genres.
Give us a little bio about you.
Born in Houston, Texas. Father was a pastor and mom a teacher. I was a quiet band kid that liked weird music and liked to draw. Grew up, went through a sports phase, and decided I want to compose my own music for playback and film…hopefully a really long time.
What made you go in to music?
Growing up in the church, I was always surrounded by music and singing. It was almost an instant introduction and an easy transition to picking up an instrument.
Are you a signed act?
I don’t plan on ever signing a recording contract. I like the freedom of doing whatever I want too much.
Tell us more about your track ‘Final Words”.
The words have always been in my head because I’m always in a mellow mood, right in-between happiness and complete sadness. Randomly and sometimes when I should be elated. It started with a piano progression and me singing these words. I can’t describe the feeling I get knowing that there is always something more to do or something I need to master and understand to ultimately be ok. That feeling has been described as depression and it’s something I know a lot of artists deal with during the creative process. So the lyrics naturally come out as my honest thoughts about dealing with life.
Your track draws attention to Mental Health, which many people can relate to, what advice would you give to those struggling?
You have to learn to be ok by yourself. Sadness isn’t dangerous if you accept it as a natural cycle. Find something to believe in and that will give you a reason to not give up on yourself. You’re ultimately fighting with your own thoughts so you need to shift the story and find your happy ending. Focus on that.
How has music helped with your mental health?
It’s been way for me to connect with other people I didn’t know had the same feelings. I’ve realized its a human condition, not just something I’ve dealt with. And that makes me feel connected again.
Are you involved with any charities or organizations?
I’m apart of Real Life 101, a scholarship fund that gives inner city youth assistance with the cost of education. I have so many things I want to get involved in so this is far from over. Mostly environmental and social healing.
Will you be releasing an EP or album? If so can you tell us more about that?
I will be releasing an EP later this year. 6 tracks probably. Called Space and Tempo.
Will you be touring this year?
I don’t plan on touring this year but hopefully next year.
Do you play any instruments?
I play the drums first. I’ve learned the trumpet, piano, and french horn.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
I just write about things that happen to me. When a situation lingers or drastically imbalances me, I have to write about it. I usually just let life tell me what’s important enough to write about.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I want to be in my home studio working on my second album and talking about how I’m finally ready for kids with my significant other.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I’m usually playing basketball or surfing the internet listening to new music.
Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?
I’d love to play the old Astrodome in Houston.
For anyone visiting Texas, where would you recommend them to go?
I recommend they go to the Galleria. Probably the most touristy thing you can do.
If you could collaborate with one UK Artists or Band who would it be?
James Blake hands down. Or probably Jorja Smith right now.
If you could collaborate with one US Artists or Band who would it be?
You are also a Basketball coach, what do your players think of your music?
I usually keep it away from them but they find it anyway and they like it. Probably because it’s me and they can poke fun at it.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
It would probably be an early BOB or Kid Cudi record. I can’t pinpoint one. My first song was recorded to Kanye West’s “Touch The Sky”.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Probably something my Dad said about doing what you don’t like to be able to do what you want.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Go as far away from your influences as you can.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Just be honest.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Snacks, water, toothpaste, toothbrush, and headphones.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Everything is @kambuicm. Soundcloud is @kcmvr.