"I loved a lot of ‘80s guitarists, like Tom Keifer from Cinderella, Brian May and James Hetfield, hence my obsession with the Explorer.
"Later on my mom introduced me to the girl guitar players like Joan Jett, Lita Ford and Nancy Wilson and I thought, ‘Sweet, they’re doing it too!’ Brian May had a unique way of playing, I was always attracted to players that used melody first instead of shredding. Same thing with Tom Keifer, there’s a lot of melody to their solos and they’re songwriters first.
"That has always been my approach. Hetfield is just a bad ass. I always felt that if I was a dude I would want to be James Hetfield because he is all that is man and he’s also one of the most amazing rhythm guitar players. Everybody talks about lead, but the rhythm is the meat and potatoes and without that base nobody can do anything on top. And he’s got a forearm of steel, I’m still trying to get that down."