Favorite bands :
Nirvana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin, Toad the Wet Sprocket, The Allman Brothers, Rush, Frank Zappa and the Mothers, The Doors, Black Sabbath, The Jam, Jefferson Airplane, The Kinks, The Ramones, Grateful Dead, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Queen, Anthrax, Alice in Chains, The Clash, Bon Jovi, Journey, Kiss.
Favorite guitarists :
Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, Jimmy Page, Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani, Les Paul, Dick Dale.
Favorite bassists :
Krist Novoselic, Paul McCartney, Victor Wooten.
Favorite books :
Brave New World, The Odyssey, The Aeneid.
Favorite tv :
M*A*S*H*, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Scrubs.
Favorite movies :
No Country for Old Men, Batman: The Dark Knight, M*A*S*H*, Animal House, Airplane!, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
About me? Well, for starters, my name is Chris. I'm still a very undeveloped guitarist, though I have been improving steadily for the past 5 years. I have a very varied taste in music, ranging from classical to techno and everything in between, aside from specific parts of the music spectrum that I avoid, such as rap, hip-hop and pop. While I have respect for all forms of music as an art form, I dislike the repetitive and naive nature of some of the topics that topics that rap, hip-hop and pop cover.
I am a man very much in love with the past. I primarily enjoy music from the twenty year period where rock reigned, the 1960's and 1970's. Though I very much enjoy its predecessor (Rock n' Roll) and it's successor (Metal), I favor the raw, elemental spirit that burned during these two decades where rock was at its creative best. The 80's was a good time for rock, though it now had a very new form covered with leather, spikes and wild hair. It spawned a lot of good Metal bands, power ballads, and, more importantly, Heavy Metal and Grunge.
After the 80's, Rock really wound down. Though punk had a substantial resurgence in the 2000's, along with the exponentially growing number of Heavy Metal sub-genres, it was in this decade that rock proved itself to be in a creative slump.
Why? Because we have already gone as loud as our amplifiers will handle, as disturbing as language will allow, as demonic as our voices can scream, as heavy as the distortion can be applied, as dark as our messages can be, as flashy and rough and ridiculous and gory as our performances can be, and as fast as our fingers will allow us to shred. Rock has always been about pushing the envelope. That was its trademark philosophy on life. However, we've pushed the envelope, and now there's nothing left to push. What is there left to do now that we have produced music as intentionally foul, dark and disturbing and dissonant as Norwegian Death Metal?
The fate of Rock's lineage hangs in the balance, and a new way to push the envelope must be discovered, or else it will die. I have become very much intertwined in this struggle, as I am currently at a crossroads in terms of how I want to go about writing my own music. I know that I can play the classic rock that I love, but at the same time I want to move forward. After all, the rock that I know has no future. It is stagnant.
So, after finishing my senior year of high school, I plan to dedicate myself to musical experimentation. I especially want to explore eastern music, as they use quarter tones, thus giving a better range of sound. The world is a big place - I'll find inspiration somewhere.