Greg Camp

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Greg Camp
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Camp performing in Las Vegas, June 30, 2010
Background information
Birth name Gregory Dean Camp
Also known as Collin Sik
Born 1967
West Covina, California, United States
Genres Rock, surf, garage, new wave
Occupation(s) Songwriter, musician, producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals, keyboards, turntables
Years active 1990–present
Labels Seavolt Sound, Beautiful Bomb, Interscope, Bar/None Records
Associated acts Smash Mouth
The Maids of Honor
The Selectrics
Website Greg Camp Records.com

Gregory Dean Camp[1] is an American Grammy Award-nominated songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist. He is best known as the founding guitarist and songwriter for the rock band Smash Mouth (1994–2008, 2009–2011, 2018–present).[1][2] Camp is credited as the primary songwriter,[1] whose songs catapulted the band to acclaim with hits, awards, and multi-platinum albums.[3] Camp left Smash Mouth after 16 years and has remained an active songwriter and music producer.[3]

Biography[edit]

Camp was born in West Covina, California, but attended Lynbrook High School in San Jose, California. Before Smash Mouth, he had been a musician in the California rock scene since the 1980s. He was part of several bands including the Gents,[4] when Steve Harwell and Kevin Coleman approached him to form a new band. Camp declined, but Harwell and Coleman persisted, including harassing Camp with a morning pounding on his apartment window, until Camp agreed to look at the songs they had written. They formed Smash Mouth soon after.[5]

Camp has written Smash Mouth's most memorable songs of the later 1990s and early 2000s, including "Walkin' on the Sun," "All Star," and "Then the Morning Comes". Camp's song Heave-Ho was about his experience living in San Jose's St Leo neighborhood.[6] He was the guitarist and backing vocalist from when he co-founded the band in 1994 until he left in summer of 2008.[1]

After leaving Smash Mouth, Camp released a solo album, Defektor, on Bar/None Records.[3][7] Guitar Player wrote that the album "weaves together everything you love about vintage guitar tones, tortured Farfisa, '60s frat-rock vocal hooks, and epic Moriccone-esque soundscapes."[8]

In June 2009 Camp played a couple of concerts with Smash Mouth, but never rejoined the band. He also plays guitar and sings with Santa Cruz rock band The Maids of Honor and Los Angeles The Selectrics.[9] Camp currently works as a songwriter and producer in Los Angeles.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Collar, Matt. "Greg Camp biography". Allmusic. 2010 Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  2. ^ "Current Issue - Santa Cruz Weekly".
  3. ^ a b c "Greg Camp". Bar None Records. 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  4. ^ Quillen, Shay (August 14, 2008). "Smash Mouth's Camp goes it alone". San Jose Mercury News.
  5. ^ Hiransomboon, Andrew (January 9, 1998). "California foursome Smash mouth are realising their dreams thanks to the success of 'Walking on the Sun'". Bangkok Post.
  6. ^ Purdy, Mark (October 19, 2006). "The San Jose sound: 40 years later, South Bay is Recognized for its role in rock music". www.highbeam.com. San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, CA). Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  7. ^ Gold, Jude (May 2009). "Greg Camp on Going Indie". Guitar Player. 43 (5): 22.
  8. ^ Gold, Jude (October 2008). "Greg Camp: Defektor". Guitar Player. 42 (10): 78.
  9. ^ "Songwriting Scene Q&A: Greg Camp of SmashMouth". Songwriting Scene. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  10. ^ "Greg Camp (credits)". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-12-15.

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