At an early age he set his mind on being a drummer in a rock band.
He moved with his family to Hobart and attended the Hutchins School for his secondary education. Cam left school to manage his parents business on Tasmania’s East Coast. It was here he made up his mind to pursue his dream of playing as a drummer in a band. But he had to postpone his plans when he moved with his family to Adelaide and on to Darwin in 1989.
Cam attended the Darwin University where he met friends of a like-mind while studying for a fine arts degree.
They would form a band. Cam would be its drummer and they went looking for a singer. But Cam’s mum found the singer for the band they would call Blueprint. He thought he was home-alone, holding the notes to a Platters number. His parents bought Cam a guitar, not a set of drums and his career in music had begun.
Cam took easily to the guitar and in a short time his new band Blueprint made its debut at Darwin’s toughest venue at the time. The bird-cage bar, a meeting place for bikers. Cam’s parents attended with much reluctance, terrified that his first gig, filled to the max with rowdy, tough-looking bikers, might not go down well. He looked too young and his appearance might not fit. But they were wrong. He kept the big crowd spell-bound to the last rock song on his repertoire and responded to demands for encores, extending his gig deal to more than two hours.
Soon after his family’s relocation to Hobart, in 1992, Cam formed his second rock-band, Tapp and in a short time with his perfect renditions of popular rock covers became the most sought after band in Hobart. He also teams with the internationally renowned Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra to put his voice to a fund-raising song , Children.
Cam took his guitar on a surfing break to Indonesia, jamming in outlying villages where fate matched him up with Simon Nixon, a Londoner, whose brother successfully managed the band Kuka Shaker. He urged Cam to London with his demos and to make contact.
Months later, fate again stepped in as Cam heads to Canada, to catch up with Simon Nixon. Visa complications landed him in a Japanese detention centre. It turns him away from Canada and lands him in London.
Cam push-biked around the big city, selling sandwiches to high-rise office workers…all the while making contact with London musicians, music industry executives and playing solo gigs. This time it includes a raft of originals, which gets him onto the doorstep of the shakers and movers of London. He writes material for BMG Publishers – in the company of notables as Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Phil Thornalley (The Cure) and Natalie Imbruglia.
He also forms a band with a Belfast musician and the original guitarist for Snow Patrol and in Dublin is asked to record for Sony.
He is offered a deal from BMG. But in a changing industry Cam baulks at signing and returns to Melbourne where he forms Borne, a band that will make its mark internationally with Cam as lead singer.
Borne’s first single Beautiful in Melbourne is picked up by radio station Nova and networks on high-rotation. A second popular original makes it way into the hit Australian network reality show Big Brother whose eviction segment is tracked for two years in succession with Borne’s Don’t Go Now.
Melbourne recording company Jellyfish signed Borne and “The Guide” from Borne’s first album, Loss of Signal was downloaded a staggering 1.5 million times in its first week on iTunes in the USA. It was also the first time that a song had been launched simultaneously by iTunes in all countries. “The Guide” also went to #1 on iTunes charts in three countries and number 13 on the US digital Billboard Charts.
Meanwhile Borne and Cam were making waves at home in a clean sweep of the 2007 MusicOz Awards, including Artist of the Year, Best Acoustic Singer-songwriter, The Garth Porter Producer Award and the Nova Unsigned Initiative.
“The Guide” and “Don’t Go Now” from the same album also moved into the commercial and TV Network sector being used by Pal Pedigree, NBC’s Army Wives, Friday Night Lights and became the entrance song to the American WWE 25th Anniversary to a world-wide audience beyond a billion viewers.
Borne went on to record a further three albums including The Blessed Unrest playing live to packed audiences in legendary venues as The Roxy and the Hotel Café in LA and went on to perform at revered invitation-only gigs in Glastonbury, SxSW, 02 Wireless. Cam is also sidelined for a week, working with Disney Studios in a song-writing fest. Network shows with iconic presenters as Kerry Anne headlined Borne prior to its overseas tour.
On his return to Australia , fate again stepped in and a set of bright night-lights and a whirring chopper rescue blade ferried Cam to hospital after an accident that spared the lives of the singer and his bride-to-be.
Being in hospital and getting back gave Cam much time to think about the suddenness of change to life’s direction. Priorities were re-arranged. Family first. Marriage and homes and babies were to become the next peak of his mountain…and to do this he had to go solo.
‘Cam took a break from touring with borne, and out of the crisis came a creative opportunity. Cam produced a song ‘Suddenly’. It went straight to the heart of everybody’s reality. Everything can change suddenly. Suddenly you are given a second chance.
The song got picked up by US TV network that used it in its series Army Wives. It was also used in Australia with a TV series, Sudden Impact.
As a solo performer Cam produced The Little Black Book of Light, to lyrics jotted down while he was on the move; and a single to reflect the courage of children fighting back after the devastating Black Saturday Victorian Bushfires. Children from the burnt-out regions form the backdrop chorus to his song Lest We Forget. The children joined with Cam and with mentor, Kate Cerebrano launched the fund-raising song at a live performance in Melbourne. Soon after its release Lest We Forget goes to #1 on the ARIA singles charts. Today Cam Tapp makes regular visits for catch-up performances with bushfire victims and to renew friendships.
It is only part of Cam’s interaction with charity agencies seeking music-industry mentors for young underprivileged. Borne, with Young Australian of the Year, Hugh Evans and the Oaktree Foundation, develops the Turn Poverty Upside Down campaign. He also launches the Borne Live at the Tote album for charity , and contributes a song to a fund-raising album for the protection of the giant trees of the Styx Valley, Tasmania.
With Missy Higgins and other Australian musicians joins a mentor group for chronically ill children of the AARDVARK Foundation.
He also works with Salvation Army song-writing workshops for homeless kids and returns for workshops to his adopted home-town of Triabunna, where he raised funds for musical instruments for the local high school.
Today Cam, is one of Australia’s most sought-after gigsters, flying to and fro to gigs and weddings across the country, to Bali and even to North Dakota where he won hearts by singing the bride’s favourite song The Guide at her wedding.
His experiments in deep-trance and electro genres sees him writing and recording with Melbourne electronic duo Def Digital. A co-written song Human is now adding to global dance charts.
Cam’s other love is film-making and with the use of the WWW he has instigated a series entitled Famous Tasmanians, featuring original music and ongoing high-quality segments, promoting online stories of Tasmanians from all walks of life.
He is also the father of twin sons Hamish and William, a life-changing addition to the world of Cam Tapp and Narida his wife.
Between gigs and weddings, film-making, charity-work and parenthood, he looks to the future with another album in mind.