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5 Questions For: Camden Connor of Rasputin

As a booker for underground venue The Tip, (which regularly plays host to Lowell mainstays like Knock Over City, Subpunch, and Crowfeeder, among others) as well as a key player in local ambient/shoegaze group Rasputin and post-hardcore band Sunstained, Camden Connor is firmly entrenched in Lowell’s music scene both as an active participant and a tastemaker. To round out 2019 it felt only natural that we should ask…

5 QUESTIONS FOR CAMDEN CONNOR

1. What’s the last GREAT album you’ve recently listened to?

Frail Body’s A Brief Memorium, which came out earlier this month. They’re a screamo trio from Illinois who play a style that’s both chaotic yet pretty and there’s some post-rock influence n the mix too. Listening to this EP was such an experience, and you bet I’ve been listening to this multiple times!

2. What band or artist would you most like to share a bill with?

I’m currently in the process of booking shows and talking with the guys in The Refectory (CT) about playing a show together next time they come up to MA; It was quite an experience seeing them for the first time down the street at The Glitterbox; they combined a blend of math, prog, and sludge rock and brought their own light set up and it was just all a life-changing experience. Since that point onward, it was my mission to find a way for us to gig together, and on top of them being talented and creative musicians, their super kind and hella supportive of us and our friends. They’ve already grown to be one of my favorite bands in New England!

3. What passions and hobbies do you follow outside of music?

With school and outside music projects/shows combined, it seems like music makes up most of my hobbies, HOWEVER, I’ve always loved mountainous activities like hiking and skiing. Part of my family is big into skiing and that’s what drew me into it at a very young age, yet I still continue to have fun with it today. And being a boy scout growing up, I’ve always been drawn to nature, whether it’s camping, photography, hiking, or just overall caring for the environment. If I wasn’t following a career path in music, I’d probably specialize in any of those hobbies as a career path. But who says you can’t do both, right?

4. What’s the one thing about the music scene as a whole you’d like to change?

For Lowell in general, it’d be cool to have more all ages, or maybe even just 18+ venues downtown. Not only does it attract younger concert goers, but rather, ANY concert goer, and plus, it opens up more opportunities for younger musicians to play shows or get involved in the music scene/industry in Lowell. With the beloved UnchARTed gone, Lowell needs that more than ever…but I’m sure everyone else who misses UnchARTed wants that too. But other than that, as long as everyone is helping each other out and there are opportunities that are open for more musicians, it’d be a perfect world.

5. Where do you see yourself as a musician in two years?

(This question comes from the previous 5 Questions interviewee Liz Bills)

Hopefully graduated college by then with a career in music composition/songwriting industry, that’s my main goal for when I’m done with education. Other than expanding my creative boundaries in making music and playing in bands and booking shows, there’s not much else I definitely want to happen with me in the future in reference to music, but I’ll do fine with myself, as long as I’m making or sharing art with people

Further information on new material and live dates can be found via Rasputin and Sunstained‘s respective BandCamp pages.

– Lilz Martin

Featured photo by Jake French