Cameron Potts

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Cameron Potts
Laura Macfarlane and Cameron Potts of ninetynine, performing at Cake Shop, NYC.jpg
Laura Macfarlane and Cameron Potts
Background information
Birth name Cameron Potts
Born (1971-11-10) 10 November 1971 (age 45)
Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
Origin Perth, Western Australia
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician; Photographer; Author
Instruments Drums; Violin
Years active 1988–present
Associated acts Sandro
Ninetynine
Baseball
Crank
Peachfuzz
Trippin Phil's All Ska's
Sea Haggs
Manic Pizza
Thou Gideon
Cuba is Japan

Cameron Potts (born 10 November 1971 in Subiaco, Western Australia), is a musician based in Melbourne. Since 1999, he has toured regularly to the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Scandinavia and Iceland with both Ninetynine, playing drums, and Baseball, playing violin. His band Cuba Is Japan toured the far east in 2009, playing the Music Terminals Festival in Taiwan with Tricky, Placebo and a number of Australian acts including Mick Turner, The Stabs and The Holy Soul.[1] and a 5 date tour of China supporting Angie Hart. He is not to be confused with Sydney musician Cameron Potts, lead singer and guitarist of Dead Letter Chorus.

Biography[edit]

Potts is originally from Perth, and from a hip hop background, prior to playing drums in 1988. He played in several bands in Perth, including Thou Gideon and Manic Pizza, before re-locating to Melbourne in 1992. In 1994 Potts joined with Gareth Edwards to form Sandro with Edwards on guitar and vocals and Nick Carroll on bass.[2][3][4] Sandro released its first album, Live by Rivers in November 1996, which was followed by tours with Palace Brothers, Dirty Three and Smog later releasingHate Songs in 1997. The album attracted significant national airplay from Triple J, press in Rolling Stone and Juice and national airplay for the "Rainy Season" clip on Rage, Channel V and MTV. After a tour of the United States built around the completion of Sandro's third album, The Flux, Potts left the band playing his last show with them in New York. Returning home, He then went onto to join Ninetynine, which was initially established as a solo side project by Sleater Kinney drummer Laura Macfarlane and Rhonda Simmonds. They recorded the band's second album, 767, with Simmonds on bass; Potts and Macfarlane sharing drums, vibraphone, and Casiotone keyboards; and Macfarlane on guitars, vocals, and xylophone. Simmonds left to join Origami and was replaced by Iain McIntyre and Michelle Mansford. An 75 date tour of the USA, Canada and Europe followed, and with this lineup they recorded the album, 180°, in 2000. Mansford left after another long international tour in late 2001 and replaced by Amy Clarke (Formerly of Vivian Girls). The band recorded with Producer Lindsey Gravina (Magic Dirt) releasing The Process in 2002. They also that year released a compilation of rarities and odd 7" B-Sides, Anatomy of Distance.[5] Following this was another long tour of Europe and Japan. Clarke left Ninetynine in 2006 after the issue of 'Worlds of Space, Worlds of Population, Worlds of Robots' and was replaced by Meg Butler, with further touring to the USA, Canada and Mexico, including a recording session at Motown in Detroit.

On his third trip to Egypt in 2001, he acquired his first violin[citation needed], an event that eventually led to the formation of Baseball, a Middle East influenced fusion band.[6][7] During a stint in Scotland he met Monika Fikerle (Love of Diagrams)in November 2002 and with bassist, Steve Begovich, they toured Europe, Scandinavia and Japan. After returning from overseas, the group began recording their first album, Gods and Stars, Priests and Kings, with new bassist and keyboardist, Yoshi Araki in mid-2003. In November of that year, Baseball returned to Europe with Love of Diagrams, playing 28 shows across eleven countries, finishing in Osaka, Japan. Araki was not allowed re-entry into Australia and so Baseball underwent the line up change in early 2005 that would cement the foundings for the rest of their career. Ben Butcher joined to play guitar (ex Jihad Against America) and Evelyn Morris joined on drums (Pikelet/True Radical Miracle) Now a four piece with Monika switching from Piano Accordion to bass, and Potts solely on violin and vocals, they were invited to play at the Hohaiyan Rock Concert in Taiwan with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and released an EP, Taiwan/Japan Tour EP in 2005. In 2007, the group recorded "Animal Kingdom" at Head Gap in Melbourne and then undertook an extensive self-funded tour of Europe, taking in Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia, before heading into Italy, Spain, France, Ireland and the UK. 2008 finally saw the release of the band's second album, Animal Kingdom, and three separate national tours followed. One with The Mountain Goats, another with Snowman and their own set of dates to launch the album. Original guitarist Steve Begovich died from MS complications in 2008 and by the start of 2009, the band Began to focus on other projects with Potts forming Cuba is Japan, Fikerle performing with Love of Diagrams and Morris with Pikelet. In 2011 Baseball played their first show in three years, a fundraiser for Japan earthquake victims in Melbourne.

Potts has played in a number of other Melbourne bands including: Crank, Peachfuzz, Trippin Phil's All Ska's, Sea Haggs, Manic Pizza, and Perth group Thou Gideon,[8]

His recent group membership includes Cuba is Japan, Montero (Featuring Guy Blackman, Geoff O'Connor and Ben Montero)[9] and High Tea which includes former Baseball guitarist Ben Butcher, Guitarist Kimb Sills and current Cuba is Japan violinist/keyboardist James Heenan playing bass. He is also a session drummer in Melbourne, playing recently on Regurgitator's 2010 EP 'Distractions' and performing live with Japanese Avant Garde Legends, 'The Boredoms'. He featured alongside Gabrielle Huber on Passenger's 2010 album 'Flight of the Crow', on the track 'Travelling Song'.

Potts is also a writer and photographer.[10]

Other activities[edit]

Potts is a graduate of Perth's Claremont School of Art,[11][12] majoring in painting. He has exhibited and sold photographs from his world travels.[13] Published works are a children's book "In Fitzroy, The Flowers Grew So High" (1993)[14] and a small collection of poems called "A Headache of Happiness" (1995).[15]

Discography[edit]

with Peachfuzz[edit]

  • V8 – Independent (Fuzz1) (1993)
  • Watermelon Man -(1994).
  • E.Coli(Ka 001)) (1995)

with Baseball[edit]

  • Baseball/Ricaine: 7" single 1995
  • "The Velvet Robe Of Corrosion' 7" single 1995
  • Gods And Stars, Priests And Kings – Independent (2003)
  • Taiwan/Japan Tour EP – (2005)
  • Animal Kingdom(STMPCD014) (23 February 2008)

with Sandro[edit]

  • Live By Rivers – Candle/Choozy (November 1996)
  • Work Your Days Away/Afternoon Comes Round 7" Single 1996 (Thirsty Arab Records)
  • Hate Songs – Brass Companion/MDS (December 1997)
  • The Flux[16] – MGP Recordings/Distribution (1999)

with Ninetynine[edit]

  • 767 – Patsy (Patsy 002) (1998)
  • 180° – Patsy (Patsy 007) (2000)
  • Anatomy of Distance – StickFigure (Stick.9CD) (2001)
  • The Process[17]Unstable Ape (UARR007) (2002)
  • Worlds of Space, Worlds of Population, Worlds of Robots – (2006)
  • Band Magnetique – (Patsy, 2010)

with Cuba is Japan[edit]

  • "Pigafetta's Dream"/"The Conflict at Mactan" – Alpine Areas (AA-1) (2 April 2011)

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Potts, Cameron "Tour Diary: Cuba Is Japan" Mess+Noise, 2 September 2009 link. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  2. ^ Oz Music Project – Australian Music Resource and Webzine
  3. ^ Oz Music Project – Australian Music Resource and Webzine
  4. ^ Australian Music Online :: Artists :: Sandro
  5. ^ Oz Music Project – Australian Music Resource and Webzine
  6. ^ Australian Music Online :: Artists :: Baseball
  7. ^ Cuba Is Japan
  8. ^ crank | Pop & Rock Music, Australia – info, shows, reviews, photos and lyrics
  9. ^ Cool Perth Nights : Articles
  10. ^ Cameron Potts – writer / artist talks about his work Subiaco post, 5 Oct 1993, p. 7
  11. ^ Hugo, Judith & Claremont School of Art (1993). In A Spirited place : 25 years at the Claremont School of Art, 1968 – 1993. Claremont School of Art, Claremont, W.A ISBN 0-646-15075-8
  12. ^ Hugo, Judith & Claremont School of Art (1991). In Born in the C.S.A. : Claremont School of Art : career profiles of selected artists trained at the Claremont School of Art. The School, Claremont, W.A ISBN 0-646-05252-7
  13. ^ Trove – [Cameron Potts : Australian Art and Artists file]
  14. ^ Potts, Cameron (1993). In Fitzroy, the flowers grew so high. United Artists, Melbourne.ISBN 064612336X
  15. ^ (1995). In A headache of happiness. Cameron Potts, 1995, Melbourne, Vic. ISBN 0-646-26886-4
  16. ^ Aus Music Scrapbook CD Review : 'The Flux' – Sandro
  17. ^ Trifekta
  18. ^ "In Fitzroy, the flowers grew so high". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  19. ^ "A Headache of Happiness". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 16 June 2011.