October 19, 2017

Artist of the Month: Cameron takes unique approach to high school musical experience

Andrew Rindlaub ’12
Staff Writer

With fluency and a passion for drums matched by few others at the Wellesley High School, senior Steve Cameron loves to provide steady beats for many groups in the Boston area.

Cameron founded Wellesley High School’s own Rime his freshman year along with seniors Jake Sobol, bass guitarist, and Dan Kopin, singer and guitarist. Last year, Rime performed at the GSA Coffeehouse, the High School talent show, and Wellesley Unitarian Church, and they also recorded a demo. While they are currently inactive, Cameron hopes they will start playing again soon.

Cameron started to play the drums seven year ago at the Charles River Creative Arts Camp after quitting the violin. Since then, he has picked up the bass, guitar, and banjo. He gravitated towards forming bands of minimal seriousness in middle school, and since high school he started playing gigs around the Wellesley area.

“Performing in a band is very social thing. It’s fun, constructive, and it helps people. Music is something I have always valued. When I had the opportunity to practice with other people and play in front of others, I jumped on it,” he said.

Cameron also finds some of a band’s greatest challenges to be the most rewarding aspects. “It is difficult to make everyone to feel like their opinion is valid. A band helps me learn to deal with balance in the creative process. You try to make everyone happy, but you don’t want to compromise the music,” he continued.

As for the future, Cameron knows for certain that music will play a role in it, but he is unsure how. “My experience at Berklee School of Music this summer was great, but it made me realize I didn’t want to go there. If you go there for all four years, you’ve basically failed as musician because no one has scooped you up. I used to think I wanted to be a session musician, but there is no room for messing around. It is far too structured. All I know is that I want to tour right after I graduate from college.”

Cameron advises those who wish to seriously pursue music to look beyond the technical aspects. “Practice a lot, play with people, and play along to records. If you do rudiments, you have no style, no flow, no soul in your music. It’s nice if you can play technically well, but it’s nothing special. Music is something personal that you an control. People get to choose what music impacts them and what they like to play and listen to. Take advantage of that,” he said.

 

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