This was taken from The Artists that shaped my Style Facebook 11/10/2016:
Before we bid a sad farewell to the Mark Of Decay lead 6 stringer, we sat down with him to ask about the influences that have moulded his style and shaped the way he plays today.
"Wow. These all go back 20+ years to when I was playing quite a bit, but I have to admit that a few of my musical/guitar tastes from my youth make me cringe slightly.
Jane's Addiction: I spent hours and hours picking out literally every note of their first 3 records (Nothing's Shocking, Ritual De Lo Habitual and Strays) all by ear.
Smashing Pumpkins: Every... Single... Note... From Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie, all of which I picked up from the official tab books
Steve Vai: As many notes as I could play from Passion And Warfare, again all from the official tab book
Propaghandi: pretty much every note from their first 3 records (How To Clean Everything, Less Talk, More Rock and Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes) all worked out by ear.
Sunny Day Real Estate: Everything I could figure out from their first 3 records (Diary, Sunny Day Real Estate and How It Feels To Be Something On), again all done by ear
Slayer: You can't play metal and not love Reign In Blood, I can remember getting the official tab book and learning every note I possibly could.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magik was a great album, I picked up the official tab book and just kept playing until I was note for note perfect.
Pat Metheny: Every note I could play (Which I'll admit wasn't very many) from the Question And Answer official tab book."
Mark Of Decay are very sad to be seeing the lead axe man depart, and all of us wish him the very best in his future endeavours.