Cameron has acknowledged that his early Soundgarden playing style became infused in his Pearl Jam work, but, now we wonder aloud whether his Pearl Jam playing and experiences are seeping into Soundgarden, taking things in an ever-more-confusing cycle.
“Probably! I think the one thing I tried to do when we reformed was listen better. We were the type of band that would just get up on stage and blast. There wasn’t necessarily a whole lot of listening going on, especially towards the end of the group. One thing I really stressed was that when we got into the rehearsal room we had to turn down, we had to make sure the drums weren’t getting buried. That was the goal for me. I wanted Soundgarden to get just a little bit quieter and listen better without losing any of the power.
“The only thing that takes adjustment is the volume, Soundgarden is a lot louder,” he counters. “That’s basically it! Once you gig a lot as a musician, you’re expected to switch and you have to be able to do that. It’s not that difficult for me. I’ve got to make sure my dynamics are correct in Pearl Jam – I can’t just get up there and bash.”
For the full interview with Matt check Rhythm’s Summer 2012 issue.