I was born and raised in California. I picked up the guitar at age 5. Because my only musical exposure was to the stuff my parents listened to, My learning was mainly influenced by Country/Folk, most '70s Pop and Oldies. My first favorite band was The Knack when I got my first
radio of my own I listened to radio stations like K-EARTH 101 and KIIS FM, both in L.A.
When I was 12 a cousin and I snuck off to see Van Halen in concert. Black Sabbath was on their last tour together (Never Say Die) and
seeing these two bands left me with a burning desire to have an electric guitar. From there I mainly learned lead by listening to KLOS (L.A.) and playing my generic Les Paul over a DOD Distortion/Feedbacker and a Sears Silvertone amp to the likes of Ozzy, Dio, Motley Crue and RATT ... just to name a few. I was introduced to Iron Maiden in 1981 and became an instant fan. I collected everything Maiden (bootlegged or not) and became interested in a whole new genre .... HEAVY METAL!
These days I listen to just about every style of music but still have a great respect for the older stuff.
People who wanna know more about me can refer to the following list of stats:
Interests: Music, Movies, Computers, Writing, Guitar Restoration, Freehand Art
Favorite Beer: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Favorite Musicians: Randy Rhodes, Karen Carpenter, Stanley Jordan, Iron Maiden (Piece of Mind line up), and Steve Vai
Turn Ons: Tunes with a good groove, musicians with small egos, pushing the envelope, melodic yet screaming guitar solos, dedication to your art, Spaminator, copy/paste
Turn Offs: Musicians with huge egos and no dedication to their art, Crank addicts, drunk drivers, deadbeat dads, SPAM that tells you how to get rid of SPAM, typing.
Favorite Instrument: 1959 Les Paul Custom
Favorite Quote: A reasonable man adapts himself to suit his environment. An unreasonable man persists in attempting to adapt his environment to suit himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable
man. - George Bernard Shaw, 1856 - 1950
Recent Projects: AZiZ, Theory
Current Setup: Jackson DK2S w/Sustainiac, Marshall JCM 2000 DSL100 on a Fender 300W 4x12 sealed cab, Cry Baby Classic, BOSS Digital Delay, BOSS Stereo Chorus, BOSS Inline Chromatic Tuner, 6 effect Stomp Board, Shure UT14 Wireless.
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