My foray into learning an instrument came in my teens when I learned my first open chords from my dad who was a jazz guitarist back in the day.
I started out on an old beaten up classical guitar, learned a few chords and played songs by Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens and Neil Young - all songwriters my mom loved and listened to when she was young.I gave up on the guitar a couple of times, but when a close friend started to teach himself it suddenly hit me.
I rushed into a shop, bought my first real own instrument - a black Washburn and started learning by copying licks and riffs from guitarists I loved. Guys like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and delta blues players like Fred Mc Dowell, Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker and Son House. The raw emotional impact of the blues made a deep impression on me and from that point on, I was hooked.
I followed the blues throughout the decades listening to Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and others, and started writing my own songs. I later studied classical piano and composition which opened me up to a different way of writing songs by taking me out of seeing music only through the guitar´s interface.
After a few years I went on to experiment with various styles of electronic music, incorporating many elements into my own songs.
When asked about musical influences I usually point out that many non-musical ideas such as Zen, Japanese aesthetics and Taoism have left a huge imprint on the way I write songs. Besides that, artists and bands like Radiohead, Nirvana, John Frusciante, Ben Harper and Chris Whitley had an enormous impact on my writing .