Never Loved is an up-and-coming act from South Florida, consisting of guitarist/vocalist Camm Knopp, bassist Jay Gayoso, and drummer Kevin Blackburn. However, the band almost didn’t quite get together.
There was a time when Knopp wasn’t quite sure what he was going to do, having played in prior bands and even doing some ghostwriting for other projects — however, nothing was really quite working. “I was going from project to project and it just wasn’t right,” he explains. “I was in college and not having a good time. I didn’t know what I was doing or what I was going to do. I knew what I loved and what I wanted to do, but people thought I was crazy that I wanted to make music. I was just fed up and felt like I had to do something, because I was so frustrated and wanted to move forward.”
Never Loved came together after Knopp started working with Matt Squire (Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, All Time Low) on some demos, and “Dead Inside” — the first track off of Never Loved’s self-titled EP, released today on Equal Vision Records) — was the first recorded between the pair. It acted as a catalyst towards Knopp self-funding the recordings, and while he was in and out of the studio, he brought in Gayoso and Blackburn to round out Never Loved.
With their debut EP dropping today, the band is making their mark as passionate, skilled songwriters that work together as a cohesive unit that is truly impressive. While they have already began writing new material, it’s still important to take time to appreciate what they just released. To prove that, we are teaming up with the band to bring you a premiere of their new video for “Charged.”
“‘Charged’ is a song about acknowledging negative thought patterns I get stuck in sometimes and realizing I need to disrupt them. When life gets too repetitive, boring, extremely routine, etc., I’ll kind of get lost in my own head. When I wrote this song, I was working 6 days/50+ hours a week to save up for initial recording funds, music equipment, etc and days began to feel like they were starting to blend together,” Knopp tells Substream. “This is when I’d kind of get lost in my own head and frustration would sink in leading to negative thought patterns. Sooner or later I realize it’s a cycle, that this happens sometimes and everything ends up working out anyways so I need to take a deep breath and break the stuck state that I’m in. It’s all about not letting myself get the best of me.”
You can purchase the new EP here.
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