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 Bjï¿½rk to Mr. Bungle (and everything else that Mike Patton has touched). And by the way, Iï¿½ve always had a weakness for other strong female characters such as Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Duffy and Jeff Buckley.
Now that Iï¿½ve started singing myself Iï¿½ve found the joy in Jason Mraz, Michael Bublï¿½, Mike Patton and who knows whatï¿½s 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.