Cam Blok­land

Gui­tarist

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WHO Cam Blok­land first picked up an acous­tic gui­tar at the age of eight and hasn’t stopped strum­ming since. “My par­ents are re­ally in to mu­sic and my dad plays gui­tar so it was only nat­u­ral that I wanted to try play­ing. The deal was if I kept at it for a cou­ple of years I’d get an elec­tric gui­tar, which is what I’d al­ways wanted.” ROCK HANDS The rock bug bit and Blok­land, en­thralled by the gui­tarists of the late ’80s shred move­ment, fixed his sights on a full-time ca­reer in mu­sic. “I had a high school rock band with a good friend, Sam Leske (a bit of an Ade­laide gui­tar monster),” he says. “We pushed each other… that was a re­ally cool re­la­tion­ship to have.” MU­SIC BOOKS The 26-year-old from War­radale stud­ied Jazz per­for­mance at the El­der Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic and com­pleted honours in 2009. “I’ve been a full-time per­former for the past four years.” Lo­cals may have seen him per­form at Ade­laide Fringe Fes­ti­val with a string of al­bum trib­utes to the likes of Joe Sa­tri­ani, Dream The­ater, Me­tal­lica and Steve Vai. FIN­GER PICK­ING Once the cov­eted elec­tric in­stru­ment was his, Blok­land ad­mits you couldn’t get him off it. When he wasn’t play­ing rock mu­sic, he was lis­ten­ing to it. “Dad used to take my brother and I for drives up through the hills and we’d lis­ten to a lot of clas­sic rock mu­sic. Ev­ery­thing from Led Zep­pelin and Deep Pur­ple to Pearl Jam.” PRIDE AND JOY As far as gigs go, Blok­land’s up­com­ing per­for­mance with Si­mon Hos­ford and Mar­cel Yam­mouni at this month’s Ade­laide In­ter­na­tional Gui­tar Fes­ti­val will be a ca­reer high­light. He and his new gui­tar will shred their way through their set. “As a mat­ter of fact it’s made by an Ade­laide com­pany called Lauda. They have a spot in the fes­ti­val called Meet The Maker.” Chris Lau will present a ses­sion on mo­ti­va­tion, goals and tech­niques, plus per­form a live demo on Lauda gui­tars in the Quar­tet Suite on July 20, 4.30pm-6pm. STU­DIO HOURS It’s a big year for this nim­ble-fin­gered guy. There’s an al­bum of orig­i­nal tracks on the hori­zon and a Poz­i­ble cam­paign to help bring it to fruition. The al­bum is pro­duced by Mar­cel Yam­mouni and fea­tures Marty Holoubek on bass and Matt Crago on drums. “I’m re­ally ex­cited about get­ting this al­bum out but there’s ac­tu­ally al­ready an­other al­bum’s worth of ma­te­rial that I’ve writ­ten which I’m hop­ing to record at the end of the year with Ben Todd play­ing drums,” Blok­land says. GUI­TAR HERO When he’s not on stage, Blok­land plans to lap up the in­spi­ra­tional Gui­tar Fes­ti­val vibes. “My favourite gui­tar player from the last five years (Guthrie Go­van) is do­ing his first per­for­mance in Aus­tralia on July 19. He is in­cred­i­ble... hope­fully I’ll get to meet him at some stage over the weekend,” he says. Ade­laide Gui­tar Fes­ti­val runs from July 17-20. See Si­mon Hos­ford, Cam Blok­land and Mar­cel Yam­mouni per­form on July 17, Space Theatre, $35/adult, $30/con­ces­sion, $18/ child, ade­laide­fes­ti­val­cen­tre. com.au, cam­blok­land.com

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