I have always wanted to do this – interview people. I will run my own talk show if I could. I thought what could be a better way to kick this off but to interview my own brother. Aside from being a good brother to me, I look up to him as a musician. God has given him great talent that I am always in awe watching him play his guitar. I remember those days when we were trying to learn the guitar through a torn chord chart pages from a song mag. Through discipline, faith and constant practice; he has gone a very long way while I was left with G-Em-C-D.
More than anything else, he has grown to be a good man of God and continues to serve him through his guitar.
Know more about him…
Q: What exactly started your interest in music specifically playing the guitar?
A: It just sounded good to me than any other instrument. It’s something you can bring anywhere, the guys who played it looked really cool to me.
Q: Your rendition of John Petrucci’s Glasgow Kiss was amazing and left some people in awe. How long did it take you to learn it?
A: I’m a John Petrucci fan and he’s been a great influence on my playing. It took me a month to learn it, only because I kind of gotten the technical parts down already and I found a great sounding backing track for it from the net. I played it for an event called “Guitar Adrenalin”.
Q: Was there ever a point in your life as a musician when you almost wanted to quit? How did you handle it?
A: I never quit. If I’m in, I’m in for the rest of my life.
Q: Am sure you’ve had your share of embarrassing moments on stage. Will you share a few?
A: A lot; like wrong chords and notes, buzzes from broken wires..and technical glitches..all of them.But the way I see it, Just keep it real. I don’t really cry after a gig cause of mishaps. The whole thing plus the screw ups are one whole big human, mundane, earthly performance. So I’m never really pressured.
Q: Who were your influences when you started? Who are your influences now?
A: When I started playing, I was already into Metallica and Guns n’ roses..then Rage against the Machine Stuff..then got into instrumental music..now, I guess I’ve matured, it’s Greg Howe and Guthrie Govan..Kotzen..and a lot of them who are into instrumental music.
A: I’ve been playing bass. 4.
A: For me, my marriage actually boosted everything.; and Guitar Playing is my Job. So I’m one of the few who actually got a Job that they love. I go to work to play guitar. I get paid just playing guitar, writing music and teaching. The rest is all chill with my wife. So I’m living a Rockstar life without the fame and the bad stuff.
A: I think I can sincerely say BTDT..been there done that..There’s really nothing too special once you’re there, once you’ve met them or played with popular people. I guess that’s how it goes. I never really dreamed or hoped to become some popular dude. I prefer to be as invisible as possible.
Q: What can you advise aspiring musicians or those who want to be as good as you are in playing the guitar?
A: I’ll go against the flow on this one. My advise is… Get a life!..there’s more to life than guitar playing. Let that be just one thing you can do. But I will also say that if you want to be good, then do it non-stop. Play non-stop ’till everything is second nature. Good intentions are not good enough. I think it was Yngwie Malmsteen who said it..”If good intentions are all it takes to become good, then everyone will be good”.