Matt Cameron Is Proud That Chris Cornell Never Criticized His Drumming


Former Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron recently joined the YouTube channel of Rick Beato for an interview and expressed that Chris Cornell never said anything about his drumming since he trusted his musical instincts.

Although Chris Cornell was best known for being the lead singer of several bands such as Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden, and Audioslave, he also took over the drum duties at the beginning of his music career. When Cornell formed Soundgarden with the guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hira Yamamoto in 1984, he handled both drums and vocal parts.

However, the band later recruited Scott Sundquist as the new drummer since they wanted Cornell to concentrate more on his vocals. When Sundquist left the band to spare more time for his family, Matt Cameron joined the band as the permanent drummer. During a recent conversation, the interviewer wanted to learn whether Cornell would ever say anything about his playing as the band’s original drummer.

Cameron said Cornell never criticized his drum playing or never suggested doing it in another way. The drummer thinks they mutually respected each other’s abilities as musicians, so he knows Chris Cornell always liked his contributions to the band’s sound. The late singer trusted his bandmate’s musical instincts, so he didn’t need to say anything negative. Matt Cameron also didn’t forget to praise Cornell’s drumming abilities by calling his recorded parts ‘great.’

The interviewer asked:

“With Chris being a drummer?”

Cameron replied:


The interviewer again:

“Would he ever say, ‘Hey, Matt, what about playing this or did he ever have any input in the drums? He never said anything, right?”

Cameron answered:

“No, he said nothing, which was so mindblowing. I think it was partly mutual respect, we both really loved what each of us brought to the table. But I think he just liked what I was doing. He trusted my instincts as a fellow bandmate, musician, songwriter, and everything. No, I mean no, that never really happened, but then again, conversely, like some of his demos had him playing drums or it had some programming that I followed to a T because they were f*cking great parts. For me, it is just all about making sure the part fits the song to the best of its ability.”

You can watch the rest of the conversation below.