Drummer Matthew D. Cameron was born on November 28, 1962, and his very
first claim to fame was the song "Puberty Love," which he sung for the
movie Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. In the early 1980s, he
moved to Seattle and met Daniel House, with whom he played in the band
Feedback. Later, Cameron and House played together in Skin Yard, where Cameron's superb
technical ability outshined the rest of the band.
According to Jack Endino, who produced most of the early Seattle records, and even played in Skin Yard himself, Cameron left the band in March 1986 because the members just didn't get along. In September 1986, he joined Soundgarden, who were looking for a new drummer since Scott Sundquist had decided to quit (he had a wife and children, and was interested in finding a steadier job). The band welcomed him with open arms, since although Cameron's specialty is drumming, he can also sing, play bass and guitar, and has songwriting talent.
Cameron somehow finds the time to be involved in several projects outside of Soundgarden. In 1990, he and Chris Cornell, along with some friends, recorded the Temple of the Dog tribute to Andrew Wood, who died on March 16 of an overdose. In February 1993, he teamed up with bassist Ben Shepherd to form Hater; they've played as recently as March 1996, opening for a local Seattle band at the OK Hotel. Cameron and Cornell formed half of M.A.C.C., which recorded one track for the Stone Free tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Finally, Cameron has another band, called Tone Dogs, an avant-garde jazz outfit that has so far released one record for C/Z Records.
For a look at Cameron's cymbal setup, please take a look at Zildjian's hompage.
Matt Cameron speaks...
on the "Seattle scene":
on people who document the "scene":
on Soundgarden's early days:
on the music industry: