Growing up listening to my older brother's music (Beatles, Grand Funk, etc.) I naturally gravitated to what we now call classic rock - Bad Company, Kansas, and my then-favorite, Boston. A local radio station used to play a metal show on Saturday nights, where I first heard Yngwie Malmsteen, and that changed me forever. I still like more melodic, progressive music. Dream Theater is my favorite band. But I am also a big fan of instrumental metal; Malmsteen, Joe Satriani, Vinnie Moore, Richie Kotzen. I actually worked as a roadie for Richie's band before he was signed (Arthurs Museum). The drummer in that band is now my brother-in-law.