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How long have you been playing guitar and what made you want to play?
I have been playing guitar for about nineteen years. I first started playing around with the guitar at age six. From what I remember, my uncle would set up a guitar and bass out in the living room and drag my cousin and me out of our rooms to try and teach us some stuff. Of course I was a huge Kiss fan as a kid. Being a little kid and seeing Paul Stanley swing his guitar around and smashing it, along with Ace Frehley’s smoking guitar really made a huge impression on me.
How do you typically write riffs and song structures?
A lot of times a riff will just kind of pop into my head at a random time. Most of the time a riff will come to mind at the most inconvenient time, when a guitar is nowhere near. As far as song structures go, we usually just try to get into the rehearsal studio and jam on an idea and try new things.
Who are your biggest influences as a guitar player?
Oh wow, where do I even begin? I think if i had to pick my biggest inspiration for guitar, I would have to say it’s Joe Perry. I’ve always been a huge fan of Aerosmith and Joe’s playing. Of course there are many others who have had a ton of influence on me as well: such as Randy Rhodes, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Angus Young, Warren Haynes, and many others.
What is your equipment of choice?
My go-to guitar has always been the Gibson Les Paul. To me it’s the perfect guitar. It simply cannot be beat. As far as amps go, there is no better combination than a Les Paul through a 100-watt Marshall. Right now I’m playing through a vintage 100-watt plexi and could not be happier.