I've been playing guitar since I was 15 which was when I figured out that I was in dire need of a creative outlet. I was lucky enough to take lessons from one of the best guitar players I've ever heard and I've learned as much from him as my brain could hold. My musical life had two major turning points that turned me into the musician I am today (for better or worse). The first was when I watched the Queensryche live show Operation: Livecrime and I was floored by Chris DeGarmo's technique and that was what made me decided that I really wanted to be able to play like he did. I was still only 15 at this point and wasn't taking what I was doing very seriously my thoughts were "so long as it's fast it doesn't matter" so what I was playing had absolutely no substance to it and when I go back and listen to those old recordings they were also very annoying. Then came my major turning point, it was the open letter from Jason Becker in (I believe) Guitar World magazine. In his words were the proverbial knock in the head that I needed to get my stuff together and actually try. My thoughts were "here is this absolutely phenomenal guitarist who only wants to be able to play guitar again and is unable to and here I am fully able to play guitar and I am busy wasting the opportunity." It was at that point I jumped in with both feet and engulfed myself in as much knowledge of technique and music theory as I possibly could. That was 20 years ago and I still have the same drive to never be done learning and expanding on my craft. A few years ago I decided to give myself a crash course in playing precise rhythms and began playing drums which is where I met and fell in love with polyrhythms which show up in every single song that I have written in some form or another.