Herman Li Talks With Crossfire
Band Photo: Dragonforce (?)
Originally from Hong Kong, Herman Li has forged himself a reputation as one of metal’s fastest and most flamboyant performers in recent times. His band – the multi-national but British based Dragonforce – have also been making huge waves around the world.
A whirlwind combination of speed, power and epic melodies, the band has fast become one of the UK’s leading metallic exports; while their Roadrunner Records debut ‘Inhuman Rampage’ has achieved Silver status for sales of over 60,000 on home soil alone.
Fresh from the band’s biggest and most successful British tour to date, Herman took a few minutes out with Ryan Bird for this rapid-fire Q&A session. Buckle up.
How old were you when you first began playing guitar?
I was 16 years old.
What type of guitar did you start out on?
I had a Squire for 1 year than I traded it in for my first Ibanez.
What inspired you to pick up the instrument?
I suppose it was because I simply ran out of exciting videos games to play!
Who were/are some of your favourite players?
Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Tony MacAlpine and many many more.
How did it feel to scoop the Dimebag ‘Young Guitarist’ award at the Metal Hammer Awards back in 2005?
It was a surprise, I never expected to win anything. I still don’t expect to win anything these days but we won four categories in Guitar World magazine’s readers poll in the US this year!
Did you ever meet him? Do you consider yourself a fan of his playing?
Sadly I never met Dimebag, but I learnt a few Pantera riffs and solos years ago, which was great.
Source: Caught in the Crossfire
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