MUSIC FEATURE: Five Minutes With…Never Loved
Photo Credit: Kayla Surico
Get ready for plenty singalong moments on Never Loved‘s debut album Over It. The alternative rock trio teamed up with multi-platinum producer Matt Squire for the record, which also features co-writes by The All-American Rejects’ Nick Wheeler – guaranteed to make an excellent summer soundtrack. We caught up with vocalist/guitarist Cameron Knopp following the album release, to discuss the band’s formation, influences, ambitions and more.
Firstly, tell us a bit about yourself and your band.
My name is Camm! I play guitar/sing for Never Loved. We’re an alternative rock band from South Florida.
How did the band form and how long have you been together?
It started off by recording some songs in the studio with Matt Squire. At the time it was just me, I went into the studio with the mindset of just focusing on the music. I didn’t know what would materialise from the music. After hearing the finished songs, Squire and I agreed that this is a band. From there I asked Jay, a long-time friend of mine, to be part of the project. Shortly after that, we asked Shane to join the band after doing a couple of tours with us. We’ve been a band since late 2018.
Can you remember the first time you realised you wanted to make music?
I was always intrigued by music ever since I was a little kid. I used to dig through my parents’ CD collection to find something to listen to on my CD player. Some of the first records I remember first blowing me away were Smash by The Offspring and Nevermind by Nirvana. I played guitar growing up and I would say high school is when I realised I wanted to play in a band.
Who and what are the band’s main influences?
We’re influenced by all types of artists and music. It’s kind of hard to pinpoint it down. I think collectively we all love a lot of music from the late 1900’s and early 2000’s.
What do you aim to achieve as a band?
Music has always influenced me to create, or resonated with me when I can relate to the lyrics. It would be awesome if someone wanted to pick up a guitar, bass, etc or felt inspired by Never Loved to create music. At the end of the day we want to have fun and find ways to keep growing as a band.
For those who are yet to see you live, what can they expect from a Never Loved show?
Aside from a fun time, probably Shane bleeding on his guitar, Camm climbing something, and Jay making bad jokes on stage (sorry Jay).
What’s next for Never Loved?
We’re hitting the road with Armor For Sleep this fall until the end of the year and another song or two or three, idk.
Never Loved‘s debut album Over It is out now via Equal Vision Records, available to stream or purchase HERE.