We know Asking Alexandria has been busy this year because we’ve seen them everywhere from The Joint at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas to Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte, NC, and places in between. We caught up with them again in Columbus, OH at Rock On the Range, and had a chance to chat with guitarist Cameron Liddell, who just rolled out of bed and was getting ready to kick some ass at the festival. We were happy to hang with him and hear about the album “The Black”. We also got a close up look at his gorgeous ink. Read on and enjoy!
Mel: Hey everybody it’s Mischievous Mel here at Rock On The Range and I am standing next to (Cameron from) Asking Alexandria. Can you tell us who you are?
Cameron: I’m Cameron, I’m the guitar player.
Mel: We’ve been at all of these festivals and we’ve seen you almost every time. What do you guys have going on?
Cameron: We’re past about half way through these radio rock festivals, we started in Florida with [Welcome To] Rockville, we did Carolina Rebellion, but honestly we’re stoked to play this one because it’s the biggest one.
Mel: You guys just dropped a new album, you’ve been touring and you had a lineup change in the band that I think really improved your sound.
Cameron: It’s going way, way better than expected. We’re just mind-blown really. Were all super happy with the change, the album doing great and the response has been amazing.
Mel: It can be hard when you switch singers, but you’ve really gone back to your roots and the way you sounded when you first started.
Cameron: That’s what we were trying to do. Obviously we have a new sound with ‘The Black’, but we really just tried to take a few steps back and explore what actually got us big and how we got our fan base. I think that they’re really digging our sound.
Mel: The art on the album is amazing, who came up with that?
Cameron: Basically it was a random photographer that our label found and we asked if we could buy it. We absolutely loved it, and he was super happy about it.
Mel: Speaking of art, let’s talk about your ink. I love this, tell me about the key.
Cameron: This was actually all from the same guy from back home in York, his name is JJ. If anyone is in England check him out. I really love the whole black and grey thing. I started doing color on my chest but I really like the black and grey. This (key and rose on forearm) was actually meant to be on my stomach but he said no because I couldn’t man it, and he may be right. All of my stuff is pretty much family related, like the “13” here is for when my parents got married on the 13th. The thistles here for the flower of Scotland which is where my dad is from and I have the rose here for my mum. There’s a compass here pointing North because I’m from the North of England. The eye represents my family looking over me. They’re all super family related, I’m very close to them.
Mel: They must’ve supported you, which is nice. Most parents disagree with this lifestyle.
Cameron: Not for one second have they stopped supporting me, they’re incredible. Even when I was a kid wanting to be in a band they supported it and now my dream has come true and they couldn’t be happier for me.
Mel: What made you switch from color to black and white?
Cameron: When I first started getting tattooed I liked the way color looked on my body. But as I progressed, I started liking the black and grey. It’s more timeless, plus it’s quicker to do. I just prefer the look of it. If I could go back and change it, I would.
Mel: Thank you for sharing your music and tattoos with us and have a killer show!