SEANNIE CAMERAS INTERVIEW
grew up in the Washington Metropolitan area his entire life and discovered journalism, photography, and TV production in high school. He went to college in the Mid-West and returned to DC after college in 04 w/ a grandiose notion of doing a documentary on the DC hip hop scene that he felt had been criminally, under-represented in mainstream America. From there, it spiraled into me meeting a ton of people, artists, musicians, promoter's, etc From there he floundered around for awhile and did a lot of work w/ Definitive Jux Records (RIP) and considers that an amazing turning point in his life. Aside from those things and more, Seannie tours with bands and a snowboard competition (3rd Rail Jam!!!), works for Tittsworth.com ,writes EDM columns for
(Shut Your Fucking Face And Listen), films music videos, shorts, photography, and works on film sets.
Highlights? Too many to name, but: 2007 Ill Sleep When You're Dead tour, Jimmy Kimmel Show w/ Ozzy Osbourne and Jorge Garcia (Hurley, LOST), the privilege of touring w/ and knowing Michael "Eyedea" Larson (RIP), 3rd Rail Jam Tour 2011, Winter Music Conference w/ Steez Promo 2004, and many an unforgettable nights in BK and DC.
Greatest inspiration or influences?
- Family for support in what I want to do and also realizing that I want to be my own man and have nothing to do with the lifestyle they lead, or many other's in the DC/Metro area lead.
- 2007's ISWYD tour, for sure. Being on stage, instead of in the crowd.
- Producing 1 magical photograph out of 500 digital images taken in a set. The end result of hours and hours of shooting and editing: The final product.
Most interesting projects you have worked on so far?
Anytime being on tour is a complete rejuvenation process for me, almost like a re-birth and re-focus of my hustle, passions, and where I want to be in life.
Off-topic, when I was first starting off I linked with a producer fthat was doing a documentary on a murder that happened in 1982 in Flint, MI. It was racially motivated, even though nothing was proven or ever brought to court for that matter but if you hear anything about the 80's it was a lot of drugs and a lot of continued racial tension. After a couple trips there, we were shooting in front of the bar where the victim ran to (on fire, literally) to get help and was blocked from the door. We were shooting a prominent government activist (name withheld) re-telling the accounts of what happened that night and the owner of the bar comes out and starts hailing insults and racial epithets in our direction (I was the only white guy) and the police were called. It was astonishing to see that after 2+ decades, that this town hadn't forgotten and that the line between the two sides of town were distinctly still intact. What a lesson.
- Got to shout it out to SYFFAL.COM and TITTSWORTH.COM for keeping it trill,
- NINUNINA.COM for keeping it real!
- Aside from that, The Creator's Project through VICE Magazine is amazing, The Levi Workshop, Dishlicker.com, Fuck Yeah Cilantro, Sonders Photography, Mad Decent, too many to name...
Anything else youd like to share?
In a world where everything is digital, there's no staying power in anything, everything is a commodity that is here today, gone tomorrow the only thing that will remain is yourself and your autonomy. Hold onto that for dear life, don't take things for granted and like Zombieland says in Rule# 32: "Enjoy The Little Things". Because sometimes, that's all there is, the little things.
Stay creative, and stay tuned...