1. Scott, first tell us a little about your early guitar influences and how you shaped your style over the years?
Scott: I picked up my first guitar at the early age of five inspired by my brother and father who helped me get started with the basics but it wasn't until seeing Eddie Van Halen that I knew I wanted to make music my life and pursue my dreams as a guitarist. I was blown away by his unique and original style.
So of course Eddie Van Halen was a big influence as well as Alan Holdsworth, Yngwie Malmsteen and Frank Gambale. Listening to these players, helped me realize the importance of having a style and sound so I made this a top priority. I also started studying music theory from a Berklee graduate and practiced at least 8 to 10 hours a day to find my unique voice on the instrument.
Victor Wooten who is a friend of mine and Ray Riendeau who played bass on my Omnidirectional both played a major role in my development of the slap technique more commonly used by bass players. But because I loved this sound, I started applying it to the guitar