Here I'll answer your commonly asked questions. If you have any questions feels free to send me a message and I'll post it here!
Please list your metal influences - then & now.
My first bands I really liked a lot in the very early days were KISS,Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick. Next was Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, OZZY (w/ Randy Rhoads!), Rainbow, Dio, Steeler, Alcatrazz, Yngwie Malmsteen. Next was Megadeth, Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Helloween, Shrapnel Records recording artists such as Apocrypha, Cacaphony, Project Driver, Racer X. In the 90's was Fear Factory(!), Machine Head, Stratovarius. Currently I listen to many different bands. Too many to list!
When did you start playing guitar?
My grandfather gave me my first guitar (a nylon string) for christmas at the age of 8. I did not take a serious interest in it until I was 9. During my teenage years it was not uncommon for me to be so focused on perfecting certain elements of my playing skills that I would practice 8 hours or more per day.
Who are your favorite guitarists?
These are guitarists who I have admired over the years:
#1: Uli Jon Roth!
No particular order: Al DiMeola, Ritchie Blackmore, Yngwie Malmsteen, Vinnie Moore, Jimi Hendrix, Randy Rhoads.
What do you listen to other than metal?
Almost everything. I love classical music (from medieval through romantic period but especially baroque!). Middle Eastern music. Christian rock/pop. Gregorian Chant. Film scores. Soundscapes.