#1
Have you ever gotten into a new musical artist that influenced the way you do anything musically? I mean after having done whatever(guitar, drums, vocals, etc) for a while, then getting into something and noticing... hey.... I'm starting to play like this guy. And also, whether it was actually a good influence or not.

I've been singing for a good few years, while slowly getting better at it by myself. Once I started listening and singing along to Jeff Buckley, it sort of changed the way I controlled my voice. Definitely for the better.
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#4
Adam Lambert made me do whatever I could to sing higher, bar castration.
#5
Bach basically changed my entire perception of how music can be oriented, as well as introduced the concept of meaningful architecture in musical form. Him, along with Brahms and Wagner, demonstrated to me how to totally manipulate tonal harmony using every chromatic possibility. The entire German line of composers has made the biggest impact on me in every way. But Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Bartok, Vaughn Williams, and Hindemith helped expand my palette for tonality/atonality, new colors and timbres, more imaginative and blurred orchestration, freedom from the squared rhythms and phrasings of common music, and approaches to modifying classical forms.

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#6
I listened to vai once, now i can't get my hand off my whammy bar...
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#8
After listening to Doppelganger by TFOT I tried to ape Thomas Erak's style for a while. But then I got more interested in textures in music.
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these two bands have influenced me in music and life in so many ways. R I P
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#11
Scott Walker is a recent one. He's made me realise melody isn't as necessary as I'd thought, that people don't need ideas constantly thrown at them and will stick with something relatively uneventful if they know it's going somewhere, and made me want every chord progression to be drawn out and tense like the ones in Sleepwalker's Woman or Patriot (a single).
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#12
Elliott Smith recently really improved the way I go about writing songs, chord sequences in particular.
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#14
The Strokes and RHCP for me. More specifically John Frusciante.

Taught me that you don't need to shred or be the best guitar player to write amazing songs. The Strokes' Is This It is my favorite album of the 00s and one of my top 5 all time, and often there aren't even solos in those songs. They just have so much emotion and when I listen to a select few they change me physically and I get shivers down my spine.

With RHCP and John Frusciante, it is more of the same. Playing with emotion. His solos and songs in general are so simple to play, yet carry so much weight and feeling. I'm just listening to the Californication solo right now and he just knows when to hit which note exactly when, when to let go of the bends, etc.

I've listened to guys like Satriani and Vai and to me they just seem like guitar robots. They can play every note perfectly and write crazy shredding songs that I could never come close to, but they bore me.

I'd rather play guitar like Nick from the Strokes or Alex from Arctic Monkeys than someone like Satriani. He has guitar skill, but to me, lacks songwriting skill.
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I'd rather play guitar like Nick from the Strokes or Alex from Arctic Monkeys than someone like Satriani. He has guitar skill, but to me, lacks songwriting skill.


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#16
Jake Kiley of Strung Out, great punk guitarist.
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#17
It's pretty apparent that Slash is my biggest influence, beyond that there is a lot of Gary Rossington in there. Most of my "heavy" riffs sound like James Hetfield from Early Metallica, which makes sense because I don't listen to much "metal" but them and Pantera. In all honesty though when people hear my play I rarely get a Skynyrd/Metallica reference it's always a Guns one -_-.

It's always funny to me because sometimes you're influenced by an artist via them influencing another artist. For instance, after I listened to so much GN'R and naturally ended up trying to emulate Slash, I went through the Aerosmith discography and found out he was pretty much a Joe Perry emulate, so in a way...Joe Perry is evident in my playing too haha
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#18
Matt Bellamy foremost. In the way I write music.

Then Paul Gilbert, gave me more control over my playing.
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#19
Oasis. Although, in an indirect kind of way...
I started playing with this band that were heavily influenced by them and really got into Oasis as a result. Once I started really listening, I found myself playing around with stuff that fit with their sound more.
#21
Mr. John Coltrane has influenced almost every part of my playing(except for the instrument I play maybe, lol)
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#22
John Mayer made me change my style completely, used to be more chilled out simplistic Jack Johnson style. But of course like everyone I obviously look up to Satch, Trooch and ll those guys.
#23
Tool and System of a Down greatly shaped my writing style while I was growing up, then Cloudkicker, Meshuggah and Devin Townsend took over.

People always say that my singing style sounds similar to Maynard's, so maybe that's what's stuck with me the most.
#24
Stevie Ray Vaughan got me into blues. so naturally I tried to play like him.. now im starting to sound more and more like Joe Bonamassa..
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Kamelot made me more seem to play more fills while mudvayne taught me to be a complete mentalist with basslines
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#26
When I used to listen to a lot of Porcupine Tree I'd notice a few Wilson-isms slipping into my solos occasionally
#27
Brann Dailor from Mastodon was the first artist who I ever noticed significantly affecting my playing. I've always admired his style of drumming and a lot of it seems to filter into my playing. Same goes for Deron Miller from cKy/World Under Blood for guitar playing. A lot of bands influenced my songwriting, but in particular I'd say Queen and Devin Townsend.
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It's pretty apparent that Slash is my biggest influence, beyond that there is a lot of Gary Rossington in there. Most of my "heavy" riffs sound like James Hetfield from Early Metallica, which makes sense because I don't listen to much "metal" but them and Pantera. In all honesty though when people hear my play I rarely get a Skynyrd/Metallica reference it's always a Guns one -_-.

It's always funny to me because sometimes you're influenced by an artist via them influencing another artist. For instance, after I listened to so much GN'R and naturally ended up trying to emulate Slash, I went through the Aerosmith discography and found out he was pretty much a Joe Perry emulate, so in a way...Joe Perry is evident in my playing too haha


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#29
There's an obnoxious amount of people that influenced my guitarring

However when it comes to my Trumpet, Maynard Ferguson tore open the door and left brain matter everywhere. Then I heard Miles, Dizz, and that guy that plays the Late Show. Al Hirt was another good one but I could never nail that Flight of the Bumblebee
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#30
The main artist that pushed me towards the music i make now would be brian eno
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Brahms has always been a big influence, mostly on tonality and those wonderful, wonderful chords.
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Pretty much this, except substitute Stravinsky and Prokofiev for Sibelius <3

Been listening to a shitload of shoegaze recently too, I'm sure that will come out in my future music.
and my guitar playing sounds like nick drake meets vini reilly meets thurston moore, not a concious effort, but they are some of my favourite players.
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#31
Giraffes? Giraffes! have had a huge effect on the way I play, compose and even look at music.
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