Drummer Matt Cameron has one of the busiest schedules in rock: not only has he been the drummer for Pearl Jam since 1998, but his previous band, Soundgarden reunited two years ago and has also been keeping Cameron hard at work.
He spoke with RockOl.com about doing double duty with both bands, saying, "As a musician, it's not hard for me to do it. But the scheduling can be sometime tough. Both bands will be pretty active in the next couple of years. Sometime my family gets a little upset that I''m gone so much, and I certainly don't want to be gone that much. But the opportunities are really fantastic right now: both groups are in demand for live concerts, new music and there's no reason not to do it. I'm enjoying it."
We asked Cameron if he alters his style depending on which band he's playing in: "I don't think I do. I mean, I'm just really trying to play my role in each group. I definitely feel like I support the vocal in both groups. The music around the vocal is a little bit different. But that's the way I've always considered my drumming, is vocal-influenced. I've been lucky enough to play with two of the best singers in modern day history, so I think that's always sort of been my strength as a drummer."
Soundgarden began recording a new album in March 2011, with the disc slated to come out sometime this fall. Cameron explained why it has taken so long to complete, saying, "It just took a little time to get it going, because of scheduling. Chris (Cornell, frontman) and I have pretty busy schedules and tours outside of Soundgarden. So it has just taken a long time to get everyone on the same page and make sure we're not double-booking ourselves."
As for how the new disc turned out, Cameron said, "Once we got into the studio, we had a really good time together and everything came together very easily. It was very good to record new Soundgarden. I think people will enjoy what we did in 2012 -- it's a nice evolution of familiar elements of our sounds."
Cameron will also be doing live and studio work with Pearl Jam later this year as well, saying that Pearl Jam is "going to finish recording this fall. We had half of it done, and then we decided to go back and do some more writing. We're going to release it at some point in 2013, but I can't look that far into the future."
Soundgarden's first new song in 16 years, "Live To Rise," is currently topping the Active Rock radio chart.
The track is taken from Avengers Assemble, the companion soundtrack to the blockbuster movie The Avengers.