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Photo of Brian Cameron
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, analog keyboard, percussion, computer audio software, banjo, misc.
Jams Attended:327
First jam:05/01/1992
Last jam:09/24/2017

The Sheep Fiends are simply the best group of musicians that I know. I feel blessed to have the ongoing opportunity to make so much music with this bunch of entertaining folks.

Considering The Sheep Fiends improvisational format, one could expect the resulting music to degenerate constantly into chaos, going nowhere, destination zero. It delights me time and again when a great song appears out of the nowhere aether. I think The Sheep Fiends are unique in the way we fuse an improvisational spirit with contemporary or popular music. I always find it fun when people are surprised to find we never rehearse our songs and we only play them once. If anything, that is our hook.

Because many musicians have been involved with The Sheep Fiends over many years, there is a wide variety of genres always being explored. More recent music seems to be gravitating towards progressive rock. The Sheep Fiends music explores a wide range of emotions, both light and dark. These are our cathartic expressions reflecting immediate dreams, joys, hopes, concerns, worries and despair. I would describe The Sheep Fiends as an attempt to recalibrate a balance, demonstrating a more social approach to music. The Sheep Fiends, like Jackson Pollock or Neil Cassidy, bring a sense of the transient and spontaneous subconscious into a modern form.

We live in the first generations where the recording of music has even been possible, I appreciate having been amongst the first to be able to explore the freedoms provided when it is possible to inexpensively record and share music. I do not think a group like The Sheep Fiends would have been possible without the rapidly changing technology of our time.

Cultures and their fashions are so closely tied to their music. People can often recognize the music we like by the way we dress. Yet the art and fashion of music has accelerated since Thomas Edison invented the first audio recording equipment in 1877. The instruments we play and how we enjoy music transforms with each generation.

I do not find it surprising that a band like The Sheep Fiends came from Chicago. Chicago is well known for improvisation with its rich history of jazz, blues, live comedy like Second City, and improvisational theatre like by The Neo-Futurists. Many of the founding members of The Sheep Fiends were DJ's who met at the WRDP: Radio DePaul college radio station where Jim O'Rourke (Sonic Youth) was the record director. I remember meeting him at the radio station once when he was demonstrating a stringed instrument that he had made. WRDP provided a great environment for exploring both improvisation and music.

Influences of mention include: Jim O'Rourke, The Velvet Underground, early Pink Floyd, Yes, The Grateful Dead, Phish, The Smiths, Black Sabbath, Radiohead, Wilco, Flaming Lips, and Hawkwind.

The photo of me on this page was taken "On Stage" at the EMP Museum in Seattle - it was like playing Guitar Hero. So this is not a photo of me playing with the Fiends, but I think it is fun.

Enjoy, and remember, feedback is your friend.