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Major influences? Queen, David Bowie, Die Prinzen, Def Leppard, Bryan Adams, Deep Blue Something, Aerosmith, Extrabreit, INXS, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Clash, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Billy Squier, The Sounds, Dire Straits, U2, Rise Against, Cyndi Lauper, Alanis Morisette, Rod Stewart, Nirvana, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, John Cougar Mellencamp, Extreme, Guns 'N' Roses, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Falco, Poison, Journey, The Cars, Green Day, The Sex Pistols, Sum 41, Nickelback, Buckcherry, John Mayer, The Fray, Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Pearl Jam, Jeff Beck, White Lion and many more. Favorite guitarists? Brian May, Terror Twins (Steve Clark and Phil Collen), Mick Ronson, Slash, David Bowie, and Tom Petty are probably my absolute idols. But I also really admire guitarists like Joe Perry, Ronny Wood, Jimmy Page, Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, David Gilmour, Kurt Cobain, Rod DeGeorge, Carlos Santana, Clapton, and George Harrison. Vocalists? Michael Hutchence, Joe Elliot, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Rod Stewart, Sting, Bono, Amy Belle, Frank Sinatra and Bryan Adams are just a handful of singers that I love. How would you best describe your music and style? I try not to make music to fit a particular style, but create what I feel it should sound like, regardless. When did you get your first guitar? When did you start playing? I was given my first guitar - an acoustic from Yahama - by my parents as a gift for Christmas, when I was 8 years old. What inspires you? Is there something in particular? Anything that sparks the imagination, really. Favorite album of all time? Queen's 'The Game', it's what I grew up with. I was literally brought up listening to that CD, among other Queen albums... it's the official soundtrack to my childhood. If you could work with any musician, living or dead, on a new song, who would it be? That's an incredibly hard question to answer, but I have to say either Brian May, Freddie Mercury or Bryan Adams.