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A Tribe of Noise Spotlight Interview with an evocative poet with a rock lover’s heart.

 

In Jeff’s biography you will find:

Jeff Campbell’s onstage experiences have taken him to coast to coast countless times and found him sharing stages with John Mayer, members of Counting Crows, The Grateful Dead, and opening for Train. After being crowned winner of Guitar Center's National Singer Songwriter Competition out of over 13,000 entrants,  his 2013 EP Release, “In Spite of Everything”, produced by 6x Grammy Winner John Shanks, premiered at #1 on the iTunes rock EPs and singles charts, following a performance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show. His 2015 followup “The Kitchen Sink” followed and the release, along with almost 2 years of touring, were received with positive reviews. 

Watch him strap an acoustic guitar on his back, board a public bus with 75 strangers, and traipse his way across the country. Here’s a singer-songwriter who loves nothing more than the sound of his voice reverberating off a music venue’s back walls. Yes, this is Jeff Campbell’s life, and as he’ll readily tell you, it isn’t so much a choice as it’s his calling. “This is just who I am” says the vocalist, impassioned songwriter and lifelong musician who with The Kitchen Sink, has at long last concocted the album that represents him at his core and is willing to do whatever it takes to feel the rush of human connection. 

But what is Jeff’s creative process, what inspires him the most and what is his dream venue?

 

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… and listen to Jeff’s band, Static and Surrender, at the bottom

 

What is your creative process/how do you write your material?

Odd to say, but I really don’t have one. Often times, a melody (or sometimes an entirely produced song) just pops into my head and I blah blah blah it into my phone and if it’s a good one, it’ll stick in my head and I’ll look forward to finishing it and usually will. 

 

What inspires you the most?

Other peoples’ lives mostly. I really like writing from what I think the perspective of someone else would be. 

 
 
 
 
 

What makes you stand out musically?

That’s a tough one to answer myself. I’m often told I have a very distinct style; like, when someone hears me just noodling on a guitar, they immediately know it’s me. And my vocal inflection(s) is often pointed out to me too. Me, I just think I sound like every other over emotive singer-songwriter ;) 

 

What’s the last album or song that changed you?

The Velvet Teen’s ‘All is Illusory” has been my total obsession for at least 2 years. I can’t listen to it enough. The latest Queens of the Stone Age album, ‘Villians’ has also been in constant rotation. 

 
 
 
 
 

What’s the coolest gig you’ve ever played?

My band and I did Jimmy Kimmel Live a few years ago. Best time onstage I’ve ever had. The whole day was a blast. 

 

What’s your dream venue?

Either the Fillmore in San Francisco and the TLA in Philadelphia

 
 

Listen to Jeff’s band, Static and Surrender

 
 
 

Like to learn more about Jeff Campbell?

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