Weatherstar is an exciting new up and coming project created by the very talented Cameron Walker. On the verge of releasing his first EP entitled Planes, Oceans and Symphonies, the songs found within are infectious and instantly memorable. Fans of bands such as A Rocket To The Moon and Jack’s Mannequin are sure to enjoy what Weatherstar has to offer. The forecast seems to be a bright one indeed, so Highwire Daze decided to check in and find out more about Cameron and his music. Our Weatherstar report begins now…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Weatherstar, and how long the project has been together. And how old are you?
My name is Cameron Walker, I sing and play guitar in Weatherstar, I’m 20 years old. Weatherstar started officially about a month ago. But these are song that I’ve been working on for a while.
Where are you from and what is the local music scene like there?
I lived the majority of my childhood in Westport, Connecticut. When I was growing up the pop punk scene in CT was starting to pick up some speed – I remember watching established local bands like Outpatient Zero and These Green Eyes, these were bands that I looked up to. Recently I moved to New York City. The City is such a crazy place, it’s amazing, but it’s so enormous and everyone has their own agenda. I’m honestly still trying to find my place in the scene out here.
What made you decide to go with the name Weatherstar?
In most of my songs I find myself drawing connections between the weather and human emotions. Weather in general is a powerful thing – right before it rains all of the hairs on my arms stand straight up and at that moment I feel like the rain has taken control over my emotions. I think that’s one of the best feelings in the world.
Prior to Weatherstar, were you in any other bands?
Throughout High School I was in and out of a few different local bands. Last year I moved out to Menomonee Wisconsin for 6 months and played bass for a band called Linden (nicest people ever). Most recently I did a small tour with Show Me The Skyline as their touring guitarist.
How much touring did you do with Show Me The Skyline, and have you toured on your own with Weatherstar yet? Are you still working with Show Me The Skyline?
I met Larzz (SMTS) at an acoustic show in Connecticut that we were both playing so that’s where that whole thing started and he became one of my closest friends. It had been a long time since I had played music with other people so I was really aching to do that. I ended up doing a 10-day run of Hot Topic in stores for Show Me The Skyline. Right now all of my energy and focus is on Weatherstar this is where I am supposed to be. Weatherstar is still a really new band so we haven’t done any touring. I can say that there are some things in the works this year that I’m really exited about. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Who are the other members in your band and what other bands have they been in?
My good friend Jesse Weyher plays drums. He was the first touring drummer for A Rocket To The Moon. Matt LiVigni (bass/backup vocals) was in an established CT-local band called The Knockouts. We knew of each other in high school but only recently started talking. I couldn’t be more stoked to have both of these dudes onboard.
How close is your first EP to being released and is there a title for it? Any story behind the title?
We are very close to wrapping up the EP. We are aiming for a late November release.
Where did you get the ideas for some of your lyrics? Please cite two song examples and what the lyrics are about…
The Second verse of Sick of Tonight is:
“and to speak honestly
I don’t believe a single word you say
so baby let it die
we’re walking on thin ice and I don’t think we’re gonna make it out alive”
I think everyone’s been in a relationship or situation where things just aren’t working out and going in circles. You’re saying to yourself “No matter how many times you say things will change, they never do” you’re sick of it and you feel like giving up. That’s what this song is about.
Weather or Not is a song I wrote a while ago but it’s one of my favorites lyrically:
“I hate surprises
and how the forecast is never right
so there’s no way to predict where you’ll hit next”
This is about how chasing a girl is like chasing a storm. Relationships are tough and sometimes they “move too fast” No matter how much you think things through it’s impossible to predict how things are going to work out in the end. There’s no forecast for love.
How did you wind securing two opening spots for The Higher and Quietdrive?
Casey Herz,… a good friend of mine, has played a huge part in getting this band rolling and he set up the shows for us. Great dude – He’s for sure going to be doing amazing things for this industry in the near future.
Who are some of the other bands you have opened for and what have the experiences been like?
Recently we had the opportunity to open the ‘A Rocket To The Moon’ headliner tour on their Hartford, CT date at ‘The Webster.’ This was one of the best shows I’ve ever played. We were all surprised at how good the response was and how so many kids knew the words to our songs (despite the fact that they aren’t even officially released).
Did you get to meet Mark Hoppus? How did that come about and are you a big fan of Blink 182 and +44?
Haha, yes! Last night I was walking home after the Blink 182 show at Madison Square Garden and had the opportunity to talk to Mark a bit. I’ve always been a huge Blink fan and I also loved his work with +44 so this was definitely a cool experience for me.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music?
I want people to listen to my music and afterwards feel like some of their everyday stresses and problems have disappeared for a little while, like a huge weight has lifted off of their shoulders. I also just want to convey an overall “feel-good” vibe. That’s what life is about.
Any strange or unusual Myspace stories you’d care to share?
Most of the kids on Myspace have been amazing. Kids have been so supportive of my new music and I’m so grateful for that. I make it a point to read and respond to nearly every single message and comment. I’ve been doing a good job so far!
How supportive are your parents and family of your music?
Both of my parents are very supportive, My Mom is a musician/artist and my Dad is just awesome. They both understand what I’m trying do.
What could one expect from a live Weatherstar show?
Good times. Jesse’s hot bod. and a whole lot of rockin’!
Any messages for people reading this who might now want to check out your music?
Give it a listen! – www.weatherstarmusic.com – If you like what you hear come to a show and hang out! We’re all about having a good time. (Interview by Kenneth Morton)
Weatherstar on Myspace