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“I started playing violin when I was 11. Once I got into rock ‘n’ roll, though, the violin wasn’t so cool anymore. I got a guitar, the half-stack amp, and I listened to records that would piss of my parents. All of a sudden, it was [in his best Nigel Tufnel voice], ‘Do you hear the sustain?’ Check out that sustain!’
“Metallica were always such a cool, unapologetic guitar band. They were kind of the Led Zeppelin of my generation. I remember learning the licks, getting the guitar tablature for One, Blackened, Eye Of The Beholder – it was a real goal of mine to be able to play those songs.
“There were always these very interesting guitar arrangements, and they seemed to have a classical feel to them. At the same time, James and Kirk would break into some bluesy things, as well. There wasn’t just one sound or style going on.
“James is pretty impressive – the speed of those downstrokes, the percussiveness. He’s a very underrated rhythm guitar player but one who’s totally unique."