Keeping beat with the best
By TOBY WALKER
CAMERON SMITH may not have won The Drummer Challenge held in Brisbane last month, but he arrived in true rock star style, flying in to play after partying in Melbourne the night before.
The big occasion in Melbourne was his sister's 21st birthday.
The even bigger occasion in Brisbane ? for Cameron anyway ? was a 'drum off' against drummers from across Australia.
Cameron, 16, won selection to compete against three others in the intermediate section after judges liked what they saw on a two-minute video he had made of himself pounding the skins, solo style.
"There were a few nerves, I had a few things going through my head," he said.
"Just looking at some of the guys and seeing some of the things they did, knowing I couldn't do them.
"But it was a good experience."
The Woolgoolga High School student first picked up the drum sticks when a friend turned him on to drum lessons as a 12-year-old.
Luckily, Cameron was blessed with supportive parents who were willing to accommodate a drum kit in their Halfway Creek home and take him to lessons with renowned Grafton drum teacher Merrick McCallum.
Four years on he's involved in bands in and outside of school and hopes to one day emulate the quick-fire drumming of his hero, Blink 182's Travis Barker.