Matthew David Cameron was born in San Diego, California on November 28, 1962 and is an American drummer who is recognized as being the drummer in two alternative-rock bands, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. His first big band was known as Skin Yard, which was a Seattle-based rock band, but he didn’t get full recognition for his talents until joining up with the band Soundgarden in 1986.
During his early life in San Diego is when he first began playing the drums
, at an extremely early age at that. When he was thirteen, he played in a Kiss cover band with a few of his friends and they actually called themselves Kiss. Although this allowed Matt to meet Paul Stanley, the whole ordeal did not last long because the management of the actual band Kiss threatened him and the rest of the band with legal action for the infringement of the famous Kiss.
In the year 1983, Matt moved to Seattle, Washington, where he would begin working at Kinko’s to make a temporary living. His first professional drum
work was for Bam Bam, then he played in feeDBack with Daniel House, which was a local Seattle instrumental band. After feedback, Cameron joined up with House and played for Skin Yard which was recently formed. Jack Endino and House were the founders of this band, and invited Cameron because of his skills as a drummer. For almost a year, Cameron remained with the band for nearly a year until he would eventually go on to play with Soundgarden.
In mid-1986, he was recognized all over the local area of Seattle as a fantastic musician and drummer in particular, therefore was invited to play for Soundgarden. He replaced their old drummer, Scott Sundquist, as he was considered to be not only better than him, but also the best drummer in town according to Chris Cornell, the lead vocalist and guitarist. The band was thus independent at the time of Matt’s joining, but it only took a few years and a few EP’s to get recognized by a legendary punk record label, SST Records, which helped them produce their debut full-length album titled Ultramega OK. This album set the band off, they actually were nominated for a Grammy Award in 1990 due to the album’s success.
After all of this, they signed with A&M Records, making them the very first grunge band to sign to a major record label. While with A&M they released Louder Than Love, which was another hit. Their guitarist was replaced by the former guitarist of Nirvana-Jason Everman, (who was subsequently fired following their tour in support of their new album).
Throughout the rest of Soundgarden’s career, Matt Cameron stuck with them, which was until their break up in late 1997. Shortly after the breakup, Matt was invited by Pearl Jam to drum for them for their Yield Tour due to the fact that Jack Irons had to leave the band because of health issues. Matt has been with Pearl Jam since then and they continue to write music and change the lives of their fans.