Is Matthew Camp reinventing porn as we know it?
Matthew Camp is taking the porn industry by storm. With an extraordinary social media base, and a new idea. He may be redefining porn as we’ve known it and started doing something different. In a nutshell, Camp interviews guys to see if they are up to the challenge of recreating his sexual fantasies and memories. I mean, it wasn’t long ago that you could find anything you wanted on the internet that catered to your sexual preferences—as long as you added the word “Tumblr” to the end of it.
May Tumblr rest in peace.
But hey, the world is changing. In 2018, laws began to change when Net Neutrality was explained. And many platforms where porn and expressions of sexuality were widely available started changing too. On the other hand, society’s “morality” driven opinions of porn are changing too. Pro-sex. Pro-pleasure. Pro-life, redefined. What is life if we rob our bodies of the pleasure we experience?
Open the closet door, everyone, it’s safe to be sexual.
Camp’s latest project, Camp Chaos, was recently premiered at film festivals in Canada and California, and has been released on men.com.
We want to know, is it hanging to the left or the right?
Matthew Camp: Right in the middle!
Good to know! We’re really intrigued by your new Camp Chaos project and some of the previous sexual narratives you’ve worked on. Tell us more about Camp Chaos?
MC: It’s almost like a really good opportunity to transform the general conversation about how people relate to each other sexually. We live in a modern world and the way that we view relationships with sex is totally different than it used to be. I feel like this is a good opportunity to advertise this sort of theology in a way that they would be very responsive to. Obviously sexuality is the best way to show sexuality, you know, very cool. Basically it is just a chronicle of hook ups.
Any “bromance” scenes? Asking for a friend.
Matthew Camp celebrates sexuality and the human body
MC: There are moments that aren’t necessarily like bro per se, but we do things like groom each other and intimate things like that that you would do with somebody.
It sounds like you’re trying, in a way, to break down the stigma often attached to the porn industry. How does your work celebrate sexuality and the human body?
MC: Porn is like something that’s insidious in our culture. It reflects our subconscious, reflects the things that we really want, not the things that are necessarily culturally appropriate all the time. I think it’s a good way to really analyze that and just start a conversation about those things. Porn is also something super powerful because it informs entire cultures on how they respond to the world sexually. I mean there’s a bunch of other places that they pick up that information too, like their parents or other relationships that they see around them. I think overall, porn is a pretty insidious one because no one really likes to talk about it.
What message do you want your project to offer viewers?
MC: It’s just a glimpse into my personal hookups, and the way that I navigate dating.
You’re fit, sexy, and unabashedly passionate about your sexuality and work. What message can you give our readers who might struggle to arrive on their own self worth and sexual identity?
MC: I think that it’s important to know that it’s ok to experiment with your sexuality. Maybe you like men, maybe you like women, and maybe you like lots of people—who knows. It doesn’t really matter at the end of the day as long as you’re happy. I’m positive that their parents’ generation and the generation before them also had the same struggles in a world that was restrictive about finding out who you really are. So, I think that they should take advantage of this time because it’s kind of like a golden era. Weimer Republic, you know what I mean? Gay Clubs, you can be a gay artist, and accepted and published and we have to hold onto that. And who cares if you’re gay or bi or whatever. It doesn’t really matter at the end of the day. People are people; you choose your tribe and go from there.
Matthew Camp has a podcast too
I’ve read some previous interviews with you. Yeah, they’re fun and playful, but I particularly enjoyed your recent interview with Salon where you mention your brand. Tell us about your podcast.
MC: So the podcast is really a fun way for me to keep a record of conversations I have with probably my best friend, this person who has gone on a very interesting self identity journey and has a lot of different perspectives. More than a lot of people I’ve met. We have conversations with each other about all kinds of stuff: physics, spirituality, hookers, pornography. It really runs the gamut. We don’t really talk about government too much; it’s just a fun exploration of this reality that we live in. We also do tons of interviews. We’ve had lots of people on, and some really interesting guests coming out. One of my favorite guests that we’ve had so far has been Christine. She’s a drag performer, she’s like the Marilyn Manson of drag and her interview was really fun.
What about your fragrance line?
MC: It’s great. I’ve had it for a long time. One is called 8.5 and it comes in a poppers bottle. It kind of smells a little bit like poppers, but it’s a fragrance. You can wear it. And you can put it on your clothing; you can spray it on fabric. Mostly it’s like a perfume and it’s a nod to that sort of like “old world gay sexuality.” It is basically like, you could only go into clubs to express yourself sexually. It’s really a sort of homage to that.
And then there’s Transgression. It is a little bit more interesting. It smells like a polyurethane dildo or like a Barbie doll. I use a lot of natural oils in them so it doesn’t smell that harsh. Then there is Camp which smells like an old dirty cabin or basement, real woodsy. It’s really interesting. It’s got heavy notes and smells like hay or sweat.
Ok so let’s move from basements and sweat to Christians. You often mention the Christian community in interviews. I could imagine the backlash from that crowd! But recently, I’ve seen religious groups becoming more widely accepting, even celebrating our sexuality and culture. How do you feel about the strides of growth in faith communities?
MC: Well, in the beginning of the journey that we’ve been on, I feel like there’s been a lot of people looking at us like “those people are sick in the head.” You know what I mean? “They obviously have like mental issues, or they were molested,” they say. Whatever the circumstances that they make up about why people may be attracted to people of the same sex. Usually they think it’s because there’s something wrong with them. I actually think it’s the opposite way around. I think it’s the people that are heavily religious that have the problem.
I grew up in what I consider a religious cult. I can see behind the curtain a little bit about how there’s systematic brainwashing and cultural reinforcement to make you feel like you’re not good enough all the time, which is basically marketing and capitalism to be honest. It’s all kind of the same thing. I think people need to really look in the mirror and see why judgment appeals to them so much.
What can you say you are most excited about with Camp Chaos?
MC: It’s really a new way of people experiencing pornography, in a way that they may not of had before. The film to me feels a lot like short books where there’s a storyline about sex, but the sex is not the storyline, if that makes sense.
It does! So, how can we stay in touch?
MC: Follow me on my Instagram @matthewcamp, and if you want to call me on my Onlyfans, you can see some of my other sexual exploits.