What got you into the guitar?
My mother is a semi-professional singer, so there was always music around the house. I started messing around with her guitar when I was about 12 years old, after realizing that piano lessons weren't for me.
Why just acoustic?
Playing just acoustic guitars lets us do something a little different from most of the other bands out there - it lets us stand out a bit. Down-tuned, driving acoustic guitars have a sound that makes the listener sit up and pay attention.
How did you join Downfall Road?
I saw an ad in Daddy's Junky Music, called the number, auditioned and got the gig.
Do you have a musical style?
I tend to play either straightforward rock/blues or 'classic' heavy metal (think Maiden, Ozzy, etc), with occasional meanderings into something more exciting.
What are some of your biggest influences?
I'm big on guitar heroes - I love to listen to Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Neil Zaza, Tak Matsumoto, and a lot more. Unfortunately, I'm not always able to PLAY like them, but I try :)
What musician do you admire most?
What is your favorite album/song?
If I had to pick just ONE song, it'd have to be 'Mr. Crowley' by Ozzy Osbourne - incredible guitar and that great classic-metal feeling. Favorite album would have to be Steve Vai's 'Passion and Warfare', which is the best instrumental guitar album on the planet, as far as I'm concerned :)
What advice would you give to kids just starting to play?
Your fingers will hurt for the first year or so - there's no way around it. Hell, mine still hurt after more than 10 years!
What are some other kinds of bands you've been in before DFR?
I played in a band called 'Metal Forest' in high school, then a few un-named pick-up groups and jam bands in college. Most recently I played with the metal band 'Esti Es', a hardcore band called '...and forever after' and a classic-rock inspired group named 'Hope Furnace'
Keith currently resides in Cumberland, RI.