|1. What are you currently up
Just doing some press for the new ROT disc, playing some shows (next
month I'm going to Mexico for a tour and some guitar clinics as well)
And starting to rehearse the band for my next full on studio
|2. What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoints(s) of your career to
As far as highlights go, touring in Europe was great, going to Japan
and touring Mexico. I've had some great live shows in the states as
well. Great reviews of some of my past records and features in some
major guitar publications were very cool, it's nice to see your hard
work and effort rewarded. No one moment or period stands out in
On the other side of the coin, no matter how well you're doing there
are always going to be rough times and things don't always go your
way. But I certainly can't complain things have gone rather smoothly
for me up until this point.
Who have been your main influeneces on your career?
Guitar-wise Ritchie Blackmore, Jimi Hendrix, Gary Moore, Yngwie
Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, Uli- Jon Roth, David Chastain, classical
music as well- Bach, Paganini, Vivaldi, Mendelson etc.
The new album 'Conquer & Divivde' has just come out in Europe
What are your personal highlights on this album?
Some of my favorite tracks and personal highlights include No
Forgiving (one of the best guitar solos I've ever recorded) Forsaken,
No Limits (that one has a heavy Rainbow/Purple vibe to it) the
instrumental Seance, Sign of the Cross and I love the 16th Century
Greensleeves intro and the rest of that track.
How hard has it been for a US based power metal band to get
exposure over in Europe, given that most bands in this genre are
It makes it harder especially when it comes touring. Being that the
label has to offer enough support to bring the band over from the
states, and you can only sell a certain amount of records without a
proper tour. However the last album was very well received in
Europe, so hopefully we can build on the success of that with this
|6. Is there a big following for power metal acts in the US at all?
Do you manage to get any radio exposure at all?
There are power-metal fans in the states but of course it's a bit more
underground. Most of the radio play consists of specialty metal radio
shows and internet fanzine type stuff.
|7. When composing guitar parts do you have a distinct style in the
back of your mind or do you just go with the music? How does the band
My guitar style and compositions are a melding of several schools of
metal and hard rock. From European power metal to more traditional old
school British hard rock to extremely aggressive classically
influenced speed and thrash metal. So when I write it's often a mix
of many of those things. The band doesn't approach songwriting , I
compose and arrange all the music and Mike writes all the lyrics and
vocal melody lines.
|8. Any plans to come over to Europe at all this year? Where have
you toured and where do you enjoy playing most?
Nothing solid at this point we'll have to see how the new album does
and what kind of job Lion does promoting it. But I've been to Europe
before and the fans there are very educated and knowledgeable when it
comes to metal and hard rock so I'm itching to get back there.
|9. What do you do in your spare time outside of music?
Drink of course (a favorite hobby of mine) Travel
|10. Message for your fans?
Just to sincerely thank all of my European fans who've supported my
past efforts and for everyone to pick up Conquer and Divide it's a
monster of a guitar driven power- metal album , you won't be