I have been playing since I was 8 years old. I won free music lesson in a contest, and decided to take guitar since it was "the least boring." Phew! Glad I won those lessons!
What gear do you use?
Music Man/Ernie Ball BFR JP6, Fender American Stratocaster Deluxe HSS, Gibson Songwriter Deluxe. As for amps, I have a Mesa/Boogie Roadster head, a Marshall TSL100 head, and I use a Marshall 1960AV and a 1960BV cabinet.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Early on, the band Boston easily had the most influence on me. I'm pretty sure I thought their greatest hits album was the only CD in existence until I was about 8 years old!
Now, I'm influenced by many bands and artists, but my two main ones are Blind Guardian and Dream Theater.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I play mostly power metal and orchestral metal, but I enjoy many styles. I mostly compose and record at home since I am not currently in a band.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
I have performed as a solo artist a few times. I have played in front of 15,000-20,000 people several times.