Matt Cameron started playing drums professionally at age 14 in various cover bands in San Diego. He took private lessons from ages 17-19 with Jon Szanto from the San Diego Symphony. Matt moved to Seattle at age 20 (1983). He played in a variety of bands, and instantly found the creative local music scene very inspiring. While in Seattle, Matt met lots of creative people, including neighbor Kim Thayill. Kim's new band, Soundgarden, needed a new drummer,so Matt joined Soundgarden and played with them from 1986-1997. They toured the world many times over, met lots of great people and won two GRAMMYs. Soon after the band broke up, Matt was asked to join Pearl Jam in 1998, and he has been with them ever since. Given any Pearl Jam downtime, Matt takes pride in his various side project bands(Hater, Wellwater Conspiracy) and studio work (Tony Iommi, Eleven, Geddy Lee).