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Having completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in contemporary drum kit performance (Monash University, 2005) as well as returning to complete Honours (2013) and Master of Arts (Music Performance, 2016), Chris Cameron is a Melbourne-based drummer who remains devoted to furthering his drumming skills and musical experience.

Currently the drummer for progressive rock band Acolyte and cult jazz quintet The Rookies, as well as playing regularly with progressive rock band Geo, jazz/rock trio Soft Power and a number of other original music projects.

2021: Released arrangement of Tiberiu Olah's Sonata for Solo Clarinet (Arranged for Drum Kit, Keyboards and Synthesisers), Acolyte released Entropy and were shortlisted in the Music Victoria awards for 'Best Heavy Act', The Rookies released Play Jazz 2 and were nominated in the Music Victoria Awards for 'Best Jazz Act', performance at the inaugural 'Yirramboi Festival' for the show A Fight For Survival.

2020: The Rookies contribute a single True Coin of the Realm to the Plug Seven / Wondercore Island compilation album Seven Wonders, other notable releases as a session player included: Lucid Planet's landmark second album II, Breaking It Open by the Ben Cameron Project, Egoboo by Daniel Tedford and Step On In by Tyler Nakoa.

2019: Released debut EP Relentless, The Rookies released their fourth album Stay Weird and for the second time hosted the late night jam sessions at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Soft Power released their third album Bucolica.

2018: Acolyte performed at PROGFEST, The Rookies released their third album Play Jazz and hosted the late night jam sessions at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Soft Power released their second album Easy Listening.

2017: Produced a second series of videos documenting an ambidextrous approach to drum kit performance with funk/fusion group Goat Control, The Rookies released their second album Live At The Jazzlab.

2016: Finalist in Australia's Best Up And Coming Drummer competition, independently released Chris Cameron - The Multi-dexterity Project; a series of live studio performances documenting an exploration of a multi-dexterous approach to drum kit performance, joined Acolyte as they released their debut album Shades of Black and The Rookies also released their debut album Convincing Bulls#!t.

Previously: Contributed to the 2014 ARIA nominated album Vince Jones - The Monash Sessions, played on studio albums by prog rockers Aronora (Escapology, 2015) and The Ben Cameron Project (Tipping Point, 2014), as well as blues/rock artist Jarrah Thompson (Rio Claro, 2010 and Stargazer, 2008). Some performance highlights along the journey include: tours to Brazil (Jarrah Thompson 2010 & 2011), The Philippines (Snack Music 2009) and across Australia including at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Point Nepean Music Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Strawberry Fields Festival, Folk Rhythm & Life Festival, Melbourne's inaugural Emerging Jazz Festival, Castlemaine Jazz Festival, Grampians Jazz Festival, Nukara Music Festival...

Check out the MUSIC menu tab above for more info on past and current recordings and collaborations.

Chris is endorsed by Sleishman Drums.