Remember SmashMouth? If you’re a fan of pop-rock from the turn of the 21st century, you do. I love the retro stylings of songs like Walking on the Sun, All Star and Then the Morning Comes, and turns out the band’s former guitarist, Greg Camp, was the Grammy-nominated songwriter of the group.
Greg has moved on to lots of other things — other bands, writing and co-writing for major-label artists, a new holiday EP with The Selectrics, a band he is in with his wife, Gina Marie — and it’s clear that he wants to exercise his songwriting muscles as much as he can, because he’s quite the prolific songwriter.
I chatted with Greg last week about everything from his days with Smash Mouth, to his experiences in the co-writing scene in New York and LA, and his everyday songwriting habits. You can also listen to lots of his songs here.
Why did you leave SmashMouth and go solo?
I think the band felt like it had run its course in a way and we didn’t have the big Interscope company behind us so I started writing for other people and myself, which created a bit of a wedge between myself and some of the members of the band. I felt caged a little bit and was pretty much given an ultimatum to write solely for SmashMouth or go, so I opted to go out on my own.