Grammy-nominated fiddler Ian Cameron, one half of longtime local band Ruckus Deluxe, is probably a little too polite for his own good.
Upon discovering a record he helped produce — 2012’s Rumbadoodle by Singaporean composer Arun Shenoy — was nominated for a Best Pop Instrumental Album Grammy, Cameron decided he wouldn’t back out of several scheduled gigs to attend the music industry’s most celebrated night.
“We were booked through that whole weekend and we didn’t want to cancel any events,” said Cameron, a fixture of Whistler’s live music scene with Ruckus Deluxe bandmate Chad Oliver. “Everyone was telling me I was crazy if I didn’t go.”
After some rearranging of the band’s schedule, Cameron was able to clear up some time to head to Los Angeles for Sunday’s (Feb. 10) 55th annual Grammy Awards, where he will meet Shenoy for the first time, despite the two having worked on Rumbadoodle together for over two years.
“My contribution was done entirely over the Internet, so I’ve never even met the rest of the guys on the project,” said Cameron, who co-wrote two songs, including the title track, on the album. “Apparently, we’re all booked in the same hotel down near the Staples Center in L.A. I’m getting there the night before. I’ll probably roll in around 11 at night, so I guess I get to meet them then and the next day we go to the ceremony.”
Cameron is used to working with musicians he’s never met, collaborating with “hundreds” of people over the years mainly through the website he founded in 2000, www.efiddler.com, a file sharing and networking site that connects producers with violinists.
“I started putting up digital content for producers to use for their projects and that drove more people to the site and got more of a network expanding, and it sort of evolved from there,” said Cameron.
While he admits online collaborations can be difficult because of the lack of “real-time feedback,” Cameron said he’s gotten to work with musicians from every continent, in genres he never even knew existed — like the “flamenco, gypsy, world music mash-up” found on Shenoy’s album. “Traditionally, I’d get calls from country producers or guys doing a Celtic project,” he said. “But this Rumbadoodle thing is … completely different than I would normally play. It gives you a chance to push the envelope a little bit.”
His Grammy-nominated work has, understandably, opened some doors for Cameron, who was introduced through Shenoy’s producer to smooth jazz artist Matthew Shell, “Another guy I co-wrote a track with that I’ve never met,” he added. Cameron will get to meet Shell, better known as MTS, in L.A. next week where he’s shooting a music video with the Washington, D.C. native following the awards.
So, with the chance of a lifetime to rub shoulders with some of the top names in the music business, is there a celebrity the Vancouver fiddler is dying to meet this Sunday?
“I honestly can’t tell you,” he said. “I’m going to try and go into it with absolutely no expectations whatsoever, and just enjoy the ride because it seems like that’s how you get the most out of life.”
Local favourites Ruckus Deluxe are scheduled to play in Whistler regularly throughout the ski season, and plan to wrap up their next album in May.
Check out their website at www.ruckusdeluxe.com.
The 55th annual Grammy Awards air on CBS starting at 8 p.m. PT.