Cameron Nino is a 6th grader with unusual skills and talents for his age. With guitar playing skills comparable to that of seasoned guitar legends like Tony Iommi, and an incredible stage presence, Cameron Nino is many years beyond his age when it comes to performing music. Cameron also produces his own Youtube videos using sophisticated tools like Adobe Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects, as well as less sophisticated tools like Action and Camtasia Studio. In 2011, at the tender age of 8 years, Cameron started learning how to play the guitar. The same year, he wrote his first song – Back In The Day. In the summer of 2013, Cameron performed an acoustic version of his song to the hook of Crazy Frog. Working with a team of musicians, Cameron later in October of 2013 performed the song live on stage at the 60th annual International Food Festival and Carnival. Not only is this young rocker a shredder, he is also a lead singer for his band – The Epic Gamers. With his band, Cameron Nino has performed on several stages. We got the chance to interview this young, talented, and quite busy musician – we had a lot of fun and we are rooting for Cameron Nino – the kid has talent!
Entertwine: Cameron, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions about who you are and what you do! Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Cameron: I was born November 25, 2003. I am an entertainer – I play the guitar, am learning how to play the drums and piano, love to sing and tell jokes. Mostly, I play rock guitar like Tony Iommi, The Edge and Randy Rhoads. But I also play some blues guitar, like BB King.
What inspired you to begin playing guitar and writing songs in the first place?
My mom took me to a recital when I was about 6yo, where I saw a kid playing piano and I wanted to be able to play an instrument also. So, when my mother asked me what instrument I wanted to play, I chose the guitar. At first, I was going to get an acoustic guitar, but my guitar teacher at the time told me he wanted me to play at a Rock Show (recital) and that I should get the electric guitar instead. So, my mom bought me the Fender Stratocaster starter kit. I nicknamed that guiter “The Wolf”. We later on that year got an acoustic guitar. Just recently, my mom got me my Ibanez electric guitar.
Song writing is something I have always been interested in, since I was in 3rd grade and we learned about poetic expressions. My mom suggested I write about my experiences, feelings and things that I care about. So, I wrote. Yeah, that’s how that all started. The more I wrote, the more I wanted to write. But sometimes, there is nothing to write about. So, I don’t. You know, it is something that I do when I am moved by an experience or event.
Could you tell us about your band (The Epic Gamers)?
My band members are – Riley 22 year old guitar player, Ezra 20 year old bass player and Ed also 22 year old, on drums. Riley is also one of my guitar teachers. I like working with them because they challenge me to be better. I have to up my game when I am playing with them. I chose the name The Epic Gamers because I love to play video and online games. On Youtube, my gaming handle is TheEpicGamer567. So, it was natural to name my band The Epic Gamers. We sometimes have guest appearances from players of other instruments like violins and clarinets.
Could you tell us about some of your most exciting live performances to date?
My most exciting performance was on October 18, 2013 when I played at the 60th anniversary of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament Carnival & Food Festival. It was my first appearance on a large stage. I used to wear dreadlocks at the time. My mom’s colleague – Patrick Kilpatrick, a famous actor introduced me at that show. It was very exciting for me.
Who are your biggest musical influences? Why do these particular people inspire you?
That is a very difficult question to answer. I am still experimenting, and I have not quite started defining my own style yet. So far, I have been exposed to people like Jerry Jammott, Sean Kingston, Ozzy Osbourne, Kanye West, Jay Z and T.I. I think they love their music, and I like that. My musical taste is still evolving. I like rock music. I like the blend of Rock and Rap (hip hop). So, I am working towards that goal. It’s a journey. A journey I just started and so I cannot identify who will influence my ultimate musical personality. That is a story that the history books and biographers will have to write about.
What are some of your hobbies outside of music?
My fav hobbies are Gaming, Comedy, Acting, Basketball, and Video Editing.
Do you have any upcoming performances booked for early 2015?
Not known yet. Still finishing off 2014.