Who are some of your important musical influences?
Any such list will be *woefully* incomplete, but:
I'd have to start with electronic music pioneer Isao Tomita. After that (chronologically), probably John Williams (Star Wars, Hook, Harry Potter, and countless others).
Melodically, I would definitely cite Enya as influential. In a similar vein, Karl Jenkins would be both a melodic and rhythmic influence.
As far as banjo players go, my #1 influence is probably Czech banjoist Lubos Malina, who plays with the wonderful band Druha Trava. Many of the *types* of chord voicings that I like to reach for on banjo, I first heard from him.
I try to learn from everything I hear, though. When I'm driving around the Twin Cities, if I'm not just enjoying the silence, I frequently listen to KDWB or 93X (a top-40 station and a hard rock station, respectively). I wouldn't hesitate to say that I've been musically influenced by Brittany Spears and Eminem.
I love the tone you're getting - sounds a great deal like Bela Fleck. Looks like you have a non-standard 5th string and a non-Nechville bridge. Anything else noteworthy? Head, tap tone, etc.Benji Flaming responded on 11/12/2010 Next question
How is your banjo set up? What are your favorite string gauges, bridge, head, tension, etc. (we gear-heads have to know). Also, you hold your instrument like an upright bass. Is there some benefit?Benji Flaming responded on 11/12/2010