Stephen Kern
      

                                                                                                                                                                                             Picture taken by Faith Haley Dinges

First and foremost, to God the glory. He's the Creator of literally everything good! I've been drumming for roughly 22 years and like being a solo artist (I know exactly the kind of sound I like)! John Lamattina was my drum teacher back in 4th/5th grade and got me learning the basics. After taking private lessons from him, I would naturally just know when I could add in fills and just went from there! I've always had that natural rhythm in me, which is 100% put there by The Lord (as is with every gift in everyone). Still have the same Ludwig Rocker set as I did back then, just added on over the years (double bass, added two more tom toms etc). One thing you might not know about me is that I play guitar with my thumb. I pick like normal, but I hit the notes down with my thumb. I've played that way ever since I started in early High school (just automatically found it really comfortable)! Still can't play the "normal" way (looks like I'm a beginner when I've tried lol), find it very unnatural feeling! I picked up the hammered dulcimer in 2012. I figured since it's wrist related (like drums), I'd learn that fast. 

My favorite band is Blind Guardian. I was a huge fan of old Metallica from Middle school through most of High school. I remember looking up random music and came across Guardian. First song I heard was "Time stands still."  I loved it! I checked more out of them and clicked immediately! They're the ones who introduced me to Medieval/Celtic. Speaking of which, I also like Ritchie Blackmore's band Blackmore's Night. Iced Earth came after Blind Guardian. I love the galloping! It's truly an honor to be friends with two former Iced members! Tommy Lee Thompson and John Greely!