Feature: The Anatomy of 'Picket Fences' with Myles Cameron

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Up-and-comer Myles Cameron recently took some time out for us to dive into his latest single 'Picket Fences' — learn more about the track below.

I wrote 'Picket Fences'... in an attempt to shine a little bit of light on a narrative that I don’t think gets represented much in music. I’ve spent a lot of time working through what it means to be black in white spaces and I hope that this song makes other people who share that experience feel less alone in it.

The story behind ‘Picket Fences’... is one of two distinct parts. Months before recording the current version of the track I wrote a tune on piano that was more of a downtempo reflection on growing up black in the suburbs. A lot of the imagery and spirit of that first song was adapted to fit the Picket Fences instrumental once we came up with the chords and the hook.

My favourite lyric is... “I never fit in boxes, but fitting in is stupid.”

It was made… in a garage…well, a home studio built inside a garage that belongs to my producer Frankis.

My main inspiration was… the following quote by Zora Nealle Hurtson: “I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background."

It sounds best when… it’s playing on big speakers and you’re dancing in the mirror.

You can listen to 'Picket Fences' by Myles Cameron below: