The message behind the sound.
Music is a journey of the mind…
At least, that’s how Hong Kong-born musician, producer, and songwriter, Cameron Williamson, aka zenxienz, sees it. Growing up on the island of Kaua‘i in Hawai‘i, the tropical landscape fed his developing artistic mind. With influences such as Radiohead, Flying Lotus, and Pink Floyd, Cameron pushes the boundaries of jazz, hip-hop, psychedelia, and electronic music by drawing inspiration from unexpected combinations. Cameron’s music has been described as psychedelic rock meets dnb, and everything in between. A two-year finalist in the International Songwriting Competition and a Na Hoku Hanohano-nominated songwriter, Cameron has a knack for capturing the experiences that that stem from finding opportunities in the obstacles, light in the dark, and beauty in the soul-wrenching moments that make his instrumentals move you in a unique, introspective way.
From a young age, Cameron always dreamed of a life on the stage, acting in over 20 performing arts productions before even graduating from high school, although a career as a musician didn’t begin to materialize until he wrote his first song at the age of 12. He went on to form a band with a few of his Kauai friends, ultimately moving to California with the group to forge a career in music. Through the six-year life of the band, Cameron performed on stage for over 20,000 people, played to an audience of 6,000 at Kauai’s Concert In The Sky, and shared the stage with the band Hot Chelle Rae at the Kauai Music Festival. The group was also well received on the radio all over the island of Kauai, and ultimately created three EPs and one full-length album.
Despite the band’s best efforts, disaster struck late in 2015, as Cameron found himself in the grips of a deep depression, leading to apathy toward songwriting and the music scene in general, ultimately causing the band’s collapse in early 2016. Feeling without purpose, community, or direction, Cameron struggled for months to find his calling, trying any means necessary to pull himself up. After many months searching, Cameron eventually stumbled upon solace and meaning through a many tough nights of struggling through his own consciousness.
Cameron now works to spread awareness and hope for those suffering from mental illness and advocates for a positive shift in the current atmosphere surrounding psychedelics and psychedelic therapy to provide more options to those in need. In the hope of providing both entertainment and education on the topic, Cameron’s live shows are a perfect potpourri of visuals, music, and message. Cameron works to turn the mirror on society with his captivating instrumentals and animations, all while inspiring, and promoting change and connection with other human beings. One can expect to leave Cameron’s performances with the feeling of finally coming home, with an open heart, mind, and soul.
The release of his debut album, “Mind Sigh”, an eleven-song, instrumental LP, is a blend of internal demons and rediscovered passion colliding in a heavily jazz-inspired, electronic debut. Cameron is already hard at work in the studio on his next project, due sometime in late 2017.
My vision is to advance the collective consciousness of society and reconnect humanity with meaning by capturing the beauty of the human experience through artistic means.
Life is such a precious, confusing gift, and it pains me to see so many of us waste our time and our unique passions trying to live up to something we aren’t. To suffer through depression and apathy and anxiety, all the while giving up and losing purpose. Having been in that very position, I feel obligated to help others truly find themselves, using the mediums that most inspire me, music, art, and animation.
It is my mission to open the minds and hearts of as many people who are willing to be inspired and to help bring a new wave of awakening to the world. Through the power of music, art, video, activism, and love, I hope to bring a mindset shift to how society looks at mental health, psychedelics, and individuality. Enlightenment is more than a state of mind, it is a way of life, and, so long as it doesn’t adversely affect others, humanity should be free to achieve it in any way possible. So let us join together to work past fear and uncertainty, and be the change we wish see for the world. Together.
“With subtle hints of hip-hop, he daringly fuses electronic and psychedelic mediums to create a rhythmic concoction that completely consumes the soul.”
— EDM Boutique
“Williamson’s latest single as Zenxienz is a frenetic, genre-bending piece that feels like a sonic pouring of thoughts.”
“I mean, it’s hectic, but at the same time it’s so damned interesting and original, I can’t help but come back to it again and again.”
— Indie Shuffle