Simon

Previous/other bands: Auratonics, Fearbreeder, Nevercaster, Craylen.

Favourite bands: Deep Purple, Megadeth, Pantera, Rainbow, Metallica, Annihilator, Orange Goblin, Iced Earth, Sonata Arctica, Blind Guardian,.

Artist influences: Chris Poland, Marty Friedman, Uli Roth, Ritchie Blackmore, Guthrie Govan, Eddie Van Halen, Mark Knopfler, Yngwie Malmsteen.

Simon started playing guitar at an early age after being given a guitar by a grand-parent and was predominantly self-taught by learning to read sheet music and listening to a variety of records. ¬†At 18 years old, he formed his first band Auratonics, playing some originals and some covers of 90s britpop. A few years later, a dramatic change in style came about as he was introduced to Megadeth’s Hangar 18 and the twisting, finger-breaking licks of Marty Friedman and Chris Poland who, to this day, remain Simon’s biggest influences and inspiration.