Favorite bands :
Thrice, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Chevelle, Sonic Youth, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Russian Circles, Angels and Airwaves, Deftones, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, REM, The Clash, Alter Bridge, The Avett Brothers, Linkin Park, No Use for A Name, Gaslight Anthem, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Soundgarden, Blink-182, Alkaline Trio, Arcade Fire, Rush, Joe Walsh, Dinosaur Jr., Kings of Leon
Favorite guitarists :
David Gilmour, John Frusciante, Teppei Teranishi, Stephen Carpenter, Joe Walsh, Adam Jones, Hendrix (Obviously), Gary Clark Jr, John Mayer, Neil Young, J Mascis, Pete Loeffler, Johnny Ramone
Favorite bassists :
Les Claypool, Paul McCartney, Justin Chancellor, Jared Followill, Mike Starr, Mike Inez, Cliff Burton, Lou Barlow, Dee Dee Ramone
Favorite books :
Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men, Salem's Lot, Hatchet, Brian's Winter, Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park,
Favorite tv :
The Simpsons, and The Simpsons, Community, Arrested Development, Lost, Seinfeld, Gotham, How I met Your Mother, and The Bob Newhart Show, - oh and Sonic Highways! That's just good watchin' right there
Favorite movies :
Royal Tenenbaums, The Graduate, Empire Records, Almost Famous, Inception, Interstellar, Beatles Anthology, High Fidelity, The Empire Strikes Back, Pulp Fiction, Alien, The Shinning, 10 Things I Hate About You (guilty pleasure), Breakfast Club, Planet of the Apes series (new and old), various Star Trek films
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The opening guitar notes and feedback of The Beatles "I Feel Fine" is the single moment I discovered guitar. Period. It solidified my interest. There is no other moment or song that did that. Sure, I have tons of new guitar moments, and guitar riffs and notes I absolutely adore, but the mental click was the fist 5 seconds of "I Feel Fine".
I've been fairly preoccupied with music since the age of 7, when I discovered both my parents small Beatles vinyl collection and their living room record player. They had the Blue and Red double albums, and I would listen over and over again discovering guitar sounds, vocal harmonies, and the wonders of melody on the ears! I've kept searching for variations of those sounds and feelings ever since,
The next important moment or realization to mention is the purchase of The Smashing Pumpkins' album "Siamese Dream", and specifically the song "Cherub Rock", I couldn't understand or believe what I was hearing, here's where I learned the scope/expanse of the power in electric guitar music, it was incredibly distorted and had these hidden melodies behind the noise, and its written out in an almost operatic or classical composition way, it was like this enormous symphony of guitar that was epic yet completely contained within a 5 minute song.