So it’s been a little while now since Beale Street Music Festival has taken place, but there was one band that I met while on my journey there that deserves special attention. As a music lover, I’m always on the hunt for new and quality music. In Memphis, I found just that with The Band CAMINO. The best part about our meeting is that since then, they’ve  been featured on the Spotify Viral US Top 50 and broke over 100,000 streams on their EP My Thoughts on You. It’s been such a sensational time watching them grow and continue as a band and I was fortunate enough to grab an interview with the local Memphis 4 piece.

Electric Sloth: So, tell me, how did you all come together?

The Band CAMINO: Well, Jeffrey didn’t go to the same high school as us, but Graham played with Jeffrey in his country band. We started off as the Jeffrey Jordan Band as an original six piece. But, us four, we had a real succinct vibe and moved to the Indie Rock genre. Graham came up with the name when he saw a Camino car, and then everyone started calling us The Band Camino. Plus, Camino also means “road” in Spanish which is pretty cool.

ES: Oh, right on that’s sweet. I noticed that some of you guys are actually studying music at university. Would you tell me how your education has helped your music grow and evolve?

TBC: Andrew tells me he’s a classically trained percussionist – like Stewart Copeland I add – yeah exactly! I learned jazz, marimba, etc. All my formal training came in handy in knowing my instrument really well. Graham’s Uncle was a famous bassist. He tells me “I got serious when I was at my uncle’s funeral.” It was “the catalyst for my calling as a musician.” Both agreed that music education pushed them to be great – because they had to be in school. Spencer describes his life as growing up as a choir kid and in the church band. He’s done classical piano for 6 years and didn’t pick up the guitar until they started The Band CAMINO. He says, “It helps so much, not having to worry about notes and rhythms, you can look at the idea and focus on how you want to portray it.” And that, “It’s humbling. We’re all on the same level musically. No on is better than anyone. We’re all just friends and trust each other.” Jeffrey started writing songs in middle school and I ask if he prefers the name Jeffrey or Jeff. “Jeffrey seems more young. Jeff is my dad.” We all laugh.

ES: You guys have been together for almost eight months now, and now you’re playing at Beale Street. Eight months is a pretty quick turn around, isn’t it?

TBC: All the guys nod in agreement. We came together with the idea of heavily marketing to our friends and creating our brand. Our first headlining show was at Otherlands coffee shop. Sold the place out. We gained notoriety from like 160 people. It was awesome. The brand and our friends is where we contribute our success. We just put ourselves out to the right people and we practice a lot.

ES: When did you get invited to play at Beale?

TBC: It’s actually a pretty crazy story. We played the new daisy show in February and this guy named Mikey Vlin tried to book us for Beale. So, we got the call and were so excited because we thought we had just been booked for the festival. We call the guy the for the contract, and he told us they had no spot for us. We were devastated. But then we got called back by Jim Holy from Memphis in May and a spot opened back up: Sunday at the Bud Light Stage. But this time we didn’t get overly excited. We waited to sign the contract and then we told everyone.

ES: That’s a pretty epic story. I notice some of your guitar riffs and drum fills sound a lot like a band I know called Hippo Campus, do you by chance draw any influence from them? And who do you mostly draw influence from?

TBC: Andrew lights up in agreement as we both share a fondness for Hippo Campus. I listen to their drummer and that helps me think about how I think about my parts he says. Then Graham tells me he approaches his bass how the bassist from The 1975 approaches his. Everyone agrees The 1975 is their biggest influence. But we also draw influence, from U2 the Killers, bands like that.

ES: Andrew, you mentioned that it was your calling to be a drummer, what did you mean by that?

TBC: Well I feel personally that God meant for me to become a drummer. “He orchestrated everything in my opinion. This is not for me, this is for God.” We pray before shows. Does that bother you other guys? If you’re not religious that is. The guys tell me that it’s an act of coming together as a family before shows. “It’s brotherhood. That’s definitely what it is.” 

ES: All right. Last question, are you looking to do music full time?

TBC: We all want to do music full time, but it’s a slow process. Spencer adds that it’s a full time job, but it doesn’t pay like a full time job.

Electric Sloth: Guys, thank you so much for this interview and for your show. You guys killed it.

The Band CAMINO: Thank you Garrett. It was nice to meet you.

Boom! Just like that I walked back to whatever I was doing but with a larger grin than ever before. The best part of this interview is that the guys and I had a lot in common and they actually asked me about myself afterwards – which doesn’t happen very often with larger bands.

I’m obviously biased now, but I seriously and sincerely believe in The Band CAMINO as a quality band that’s musically in shape and attitudinally (if that’s not a word I don’t care). If you haven’t listened to them, check out their links below to connect.


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