Favorite bands :
Fortunately, I've grown up with a lot of music and lots different types of music. I believe the childhood is the crucial stepping stone for your musical potential the rest of your life!
I grew up with the lovely mainstream rock of Suede, Oasis, Nirvana, Heather Nova, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, D-A-D and other popular 90ies rock bands. When I got older I went into more interesting rock bands as Tim Christensen and Metallica. Then I moved on back to the 70ies-roots and rediscovered Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, and that attributed me with a bent towards progressive rock music forever. That has so far led me through bands as Kashmir, System of a Down, Soundgarden and Tool. The open-mindedness of progressive music opened up the opportunity of listening to almost all music, a wide spectrum from Radiohead to Rufus Wainwright to Andrew Lloyd Webber to Björk to Mr. Bungle (and everything else that Mike Patton has touched). And by the way, I’ve always had a weakness for other strong female characters such as Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Duffy and Jeff Buckley.
Now that I’ve started singing myself I’ve found the joy in Jason Mraz, Michael Bublé, Mike Patton and who knows what’s to come next...
Favorite guitarists :
Here are some of the guitarists that have continued being an inspirational source for me, and some great guitar parts worth listening to.
+++++ Nuno Bettencourt (of Extreme): Funky and freakin' fast! ...check out "Get the Funk Out", "Rest in Peace" and "Li'l Jack Horny".
+++++ Guthrie Govan: The world's all-around-guy no.1! ...check out "Wonderful Slippery Thing" and "Eric".
+++++ Tommy Emmanuel: The best acoustic player in the world and the musicians' answer to the wise Gandalf! ...check out "Over the Rainbow" and "Angelina".
+++++ Larry Carlton: The man behind Steely Dan's finest guitar parts! ...check out: "Third World Man" and "Don't Take Me Alive".
+++++ Tim Christensen (front man in former Dizzy Mizz Lizzy): An amazing Danish singer-songwriter and guitarist! ...check out: "Surfing the Surface" and "Whispering at the Top of My Lungs".
+++++ Joe Satriani: The weird guy who mastered legato and has that wonderful tone! ...check out "Always With Me, Always With You" and "What Breaks A Heart"!
+++++ Steve Vai: The god who has yet to encounter something he can't play! ...check out: "Tender Surrender"
Favorite bassists :
I can drool for hours to a bass solo by Stu Hamm, Victor Wooten or Les Claypool, but I also really like progressive musicians, like bassist Justin Chancellor of Tool.