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All Equal on the Dance Floor

by JC Alvarez
Friday Apr 25, 2014

This article is from the March 2014 issue of the EDGE Digital Magazine.
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With this year’s music festival season already in full swing, leave it to darlings of the circuit scene The Perry Twins to deliver one of the most hyped-up original tracks of their careers. The dance floor commanding "#AllEqualOnTheDanceFloor" is the dynamic duo’s latest original offering since their previous chart-toppers "Bad, Bad Boy" and "Activate My Body." Like those searing club-thumpers, it has the twin titans teaming up with a vocal powerhouse, a relative newcomer that has already proven he’s got the "X factor" to make a splash on our shores.

Scottish-born singer and songwriter Cameron E Neilson made quite an impact with U.K. audiences when he competed on the British version of the reality music competition "The X Factor" in 2010. That season, Cameron saddled up the competition that included the then unknown teaming of the group One Direction, and he proved himself quite the contender.

Now hitting the United States with his barreling sound on the syncopated Perry Twins’ new single, Cameron is leading the charge and raising the roof on equality while boosting the treble - and, like the track suggests, "Just listen to the beat drop!"

That "X" Factor

Cameron was initiated into the club scene early. He attended his very first rave in his teens. "The first time I went to Ibiza I was 15," he said. "My dad actually would pay the bouncers to get us into the clubs." He was inspired by early EDM confections like "Better Off Alone" from Alice DeeJay and chilled out to Cafe Mambo. "I always say Ibiza is my spiritual home."

Cameron would take inspiration from the careers of Euro-pop favorite Kylie Minogue to mine his own direction as a musician. Though his passion was very much in performing for the stage, his musicality often clashed with the restrictions and control necessary for musical theater. "I would always get in trouble for singing things with my own style or changing notes," he revealed, "but I love the versatility it’s given me, how much I have learned about writing music and singing with technique."

Challenging himself, he risked everything to participate on "The X-Factor." "I’d seen enough reality shows to know that they can get a lot of criticism, and that longevity of an artist can be very short," Cameron insists. "But the people you can meet in such a short space of time - and so quickly - can [otherwise] take years." Certainly having an audience with Simon Cowell alone was worth the experience. Cameron was fortunate enough to be mentored by the longtime TV competition show producer and personality. "I sang at his home - that was amazing!"

And he turned the time on the show to his advantage. A year and half ago, the artist got the attention of the Perry Twins and a collaboration was soon in the works. "I fell in love with the twins the moment I met them," Cameron said about his producing partners. "I like that they are so humble and down to earth." The Perry Twins are notorious for their onstage antics while spinning. Cameron was most surprised by how shy they could be, but on stage: "The Perry Twins come alive!"


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