I am completely honest when creating music; once is starts I don't try to steer the creative process in any particular direction, nor do I consciously use my music as a mental outlet. I just let it come through, I may try one and a million other ways to make a particular phrase sound the way I think it should sound, and I may even get too intellectual, but I guess that's just part of the process. In the end the idea is to make you feel and possibly to make you fly for a moment. And if I achieve any level of success in doing this, then we'll have a treasure that is both personal and universal at the same time, detached from any temporal recognition but connected with the biggest truth of all. Our feelings.
yes, I play live wherever I'm invited. I love it. Each concert is special, there are various factors that influence my state of mind everytime I perform; the sound, the lightning of the venue (not only the lightning rig), the vibe ot the place, who I am playing with, have I played there before, the time. In addition to the most ovbious ones like health, and personnal relations.
And, there always additional methods to guide my consiousness into more relaxed, willing, observational mind states, so that I can perform as truthfully as I can.
Michael Hedges, Steve Vai, Trevor Rabin, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Kitaro, John Petrucci, Karsh Kale, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix, Igor Stravinsky, Rimsky Korsakov, Aaron Copland, Pain of Salvation, Yes (east and west, old and new, whatever you wanna call it), Pink Floyd, David Lanz, Alex Brandon, Zakk Wylde, Sevendust, Devin Townsend, Dream Theater, Rychie Kotzen, Genesis, Megadeth, Greg Howe, Billy Sheehan, Kiko Loureiro, Michael Manring, Ozric Tentacles, Mr. Mister, The Police, Paul Van Dyk, Phil Collins, Nuno Bettencourt, Extreme, Seal, Tchaikovsky, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Slash, Tak Matsumoto, Tool, Al DiMeola.
A lot, let's see guitars are Ibanez, ESP, Gibson, Ovation, and Admira; amps are Peavey, Mesa Boogie, Fender; effects are Eventide, Lexicon, Boss, Digitech, Korg, Rocktron, DMC, Line6, Morley. And I use a Peterson stroboscopic tuner and D'Addario strings.
When I see or hear something I like, I want to know more about it. I trust you'll do the same.