I have given this some thought thru the years.
influences?? so to different people that might mean different things:
1) Bands I like and listen to a lot
2) Bands that I WANT to sound like and maybe TRY to sound like
3) Bands that I actually sound like, with or without trying.
I started relatively late on guitar, aged 20, and am only just now (age almost 50) coming into the ability to really write and sing and produce whole songs etc. So how does one even attempt to say what influences have accumulated over the course of 50 years? for instance there was a period when I INTENSELY listened to Pink Floyd...but that was 30 years ago.
And ANY kid my age totally wore out AC/DC Back in Black, Iron Maiden Piece of Mind, VH 1984 etc.
Who are my top 4 guitar players who id LIKE to emulate?? (in no order) VanHalen, Page, Hendrix, Malmsteen.....then tied for 5th Schenker, Gary Moore, Jake E Lee, Sykes
My singing has the potential to be vaguely in the ballpark of Roth, Coverdale, Cornell, Ray Gillen, Scott Weiland
That being said, who do I think I sound like?? to me, I only sound like me lol. If I try REALLY hard I can sort of emulate a Led Zep or VanHalen sound and to a less extent Hendrix.
some Vh vibe
and to me this just sounds like sort of a mish mosh of 70s vibes
one thing that HAS plainly influenced me is the freedom and loose vibe heard on records by Halen, ZZ Top, Nugent etc where they would have a lot of loose tongue in cheek lyrics or just oddball goofiness. You can see that in the bridges and breakdowns in several of my songs
i was born in 67 and that means I heard the Beatles on the radio thousands of times, and I was 10 when disco hit strong so I heard the BeeGees thousands of times.
There is that slight psychedelic vibe in some of my stuff too
Somehow it all comes out in the mix
one thing for sure. I havent hit my stride yet as far as doing anything DEFINITIVE. Dunno if thats even going to be possible for me....as ive outlined, the influences have accumulated so that now im not even sure myself exactly what I want to be lol