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Cameron Fleury is an accomplished drummer with solid experience in the Canadian metal scene. Practicing drums for the past 15 years Cameron has studied jazz, funk, and world rhythms. He is best known for his hard hitting and blast beats a common theme in heavy metal. Cameron has put his musical talent to work filling in as a drummer on international tours and professional studio recording sessions. Currently he is perfecting a unique sound with a variety of current projects. Cameron is a dedicated drummer always willing to learn and successfully teach others tricks of the trade.
Cameron Fleury Interview:
SDM: How old were you when you started playing?
Cam: The ripe age of 13 years old. So i’ve been playing for 15.
SDM: Did you play in a school band or any drum corps?
Cam: Our schools student body consisted of about 230 people in total – so we didn’t have much of a school band per se. But, we did have a music room with a drum set, and every opportunity I got to sit down behind them to play, I would.
SDM: Who are your top 5 metal influences?
SDM: Who are some other of your favorites?
Cam: Dave Weckl, Garibaldi, Ginger Baker, Neil Peart, Blake Richardson
SDM: Let us know 5 CD’s that are in your current rotation
Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason
Rage Against the Machine – Battle Of Los Angeles
CKY – Infiltrate.Destroy.Rebuild
Animals As Leaders – The madness of man
Between the buried and me – Coma ecliptic
SDM: What do you do to warm up before a show?
Cam: Usually I like to stretch out all of my limbs starting with fingers and working my way down to toes. I also like to practice parts with the highest intensity to get my heart rate elevated (if it already isn’t). Just like my hands and feet to be warm, and relaxed.
SDM: Do you read music? Regardless of answering yes or no, please tell us how it might have affected your playing?
Cam: Yes I sight read, almost every day and chance I get. It’s like learning another language, and if you don’t use it you lose it (most of the time). Often times reading music will help layer your playing, because if you’re on an exercise that’s challenging, you need to break down the hands and the feet in order to get the feel. This helps with odd meters and tricky parts while playing with other musicians because you can then transfer that technique from sight reading to playing.
SDM: Can you tell us about the gear you use?
Mapex drums – 20×22 Kick, 9×12 rack tom, 14×14 floor tom, 6.514 snare
Sabian Cymbals – 18′ aax-plosion, 16′ aax-plosion, 10′ aax-plosion splash
Zildjian cymbals – 20′ medium ride, 18′ oriental trash china
Tama Iron Cobra power glide pedals
Shure SE 215 In-ears
SDM: If you could give one piece of advice to younger drummers than you, it would be…
Cam: Don’t give up because something is hard or you don’t like to do it. Listen to your teachers and COUNT OUT LOUD!
SDM: Who gave the best live performance you’ve ever seen?
Cam: Some of the best would be Blake Richardson of BTBAM, and Neil Peart of Rush. Also, Kenny Aronoff when I did some tech work with him while he was out with John Fogerty.
SDM: If you had to stop drumming, what would you want to do with your life?
Cam: Only if I was physically unable to play drums I might stop. Or I might build something bionic so I didn’t have to give it up.