10 Questions with Cam Mansel

Cam Mansel is the host of the ZM Snapchart, the world’s first interactive music chart based entirely on listeners' snapchats. We catch up with him about de-stressing, perfect summers and what artist he never gets sick of hearing.

1.   You host the ZM Snapchart show - how cool! How is this different to other shows?

ZM Snapchart is different from other shows because the countdown is decided by people’s snapchats. It is literally the votes that decide the order of the countdown. It is very interactive and brings an element of audience involvement to the show which I think the listeners are really loving. 

2.     Who is your favourite artist that you’ve seen live?

It is impossible for me to choose! I have been very lucky and have been to a lot of concerts, and they are all so amazing in their own way. Stand outs have been Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, One Direction, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, and Alicia Keys. I'm going to see Adele in a couple of weeks - I can’t even explain how excited I am. 

3.     What is your perfect Kiwi summer?

My perfect kiwi summer involves a lot of boat trips, water skiing, and picnics. Or music festivals. There’s nothing better than getting lost in a crowd at a music festival and finding new music. Recently I went to Laneway, and one of my friends really wanted to see Refused. It’s not normally the music that I like, but get in the front of the mosh and it’s hard not to love it. 

4.     What destination is at the top of the list for your next adventure?

Going on adventures is literally my favourite activity. I would love to go to Harry Potter World but my next adventure is going to Japan, which I am so excited about. I’ve always wanted to go - their culture is so different to New Zealand so I am really looking forward to experiencing that. Oh, and I love Japanese food so that will be a massive bonus. 

5.     What artist do you never get sick of playing?

There are a few, but Alessia Cara is my go to girl at the moment. I love how positive and empowering she is. She often talks about how she just loves creating music and how she isn’t interested in partying and the glitz and glam that comes with being a musician. I really respect that. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of everything but she stays true to herself and I love that about her. 

6.     What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was younger I always wanted to be an actor. There was something about getting lost in a character and escaping reality that I really loved. School is an interesting place - often you can feel judged on what you wear, what you say, what music you listen to. Acting was an escape from that - people can’t judge a fictional character. 

7.     Cats or dogs?

This is like asking a parent to choose their favourite child! If I had to choose I would say dogs, because they’re more willing to hang out with you, where I feel like you are staff to your cat. They love you when they want something but most of the time they are pretty independent. 

8.     What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve ever given someone?

Haha I love this question. The worst advice I have ever given was telling my friend to stay out a bit longer. We were at a party, she was flying to Brazil the next morning and she missed her flight because she slept through her alarm… Not the best advice from me, but we did have a good night though! 

9.     If you could have dinner with three historical figures, who would they be?

Mahatma Gandhi - I am fascinated with his independence movement. Rosa Parks - she stood up for what she believed in. She is someone we could all learn something from and I’d thank her for dedicating her life to equality. I really want to know if they actually did land on the moon, so I would also invite Neil Armstrong. 

10.  What’s your favourite way to de-stress and relax after a busy week in the studio?

It probably sounds really boring but at the end of a busy week I love walking along the rocks in Takapuna. Growing up in Tauranga I feel most at home when I am by the sea, and there is something magical about seeing the sun reflect on the water and jumping rock to rock between Takapuna and Milford. 


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