How I Write Songs Discussion and Analysis

by Chris Elliott

In this video, I talk about my approach to writing songs, and the method that works best for me, although there are different ways to do it, as it comes down to personal preference. ...

Chris Elliott Guitarist for the band 86 Bullets

From the age of 13, Chris picked up a guitar and never looked back. His earliest influence was Kiss, who left an indelible impression on him as a young aspiring rocker. Although it was not Kiss or Ace Frehley that directly inspired him to play guitar, it was the spark for what was on the horizon. 

A few years later, it was all about Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. And then after hearing Randy Rhoads on the first Ozzy Osbourne album; that sealed the deal ! Jimmy Page, Tony Iommi, and Randy Rhoads were Chris' early guitar heroes, followed by Gary Moore, Michael Schenker, and Yngwie Malmsteen, and a plethora of other monster guitar players. 

Nowadays, Chris is a huge Dream Theater and Symphony X fan, as well as many other metal bands, but he also likes a wide variety of music. Basically anything that has a ripping guitar player or talented musicians is usually something Chris will totally dig. "I've been in the pit for Slayer and also the orchestra pit too; if it's good music, count me in, I'm there !"