Speaking of his three biggest influences, Max Roach, Art Blakey and Philly Joe Jones:
"Max is very technically oriented, he played very melodically.
Art played with all the drive and passion you could ever ask for.
Philly Joe played with a lot of animation and creativity. He played things that you wouldn’t expect to see a drummer play.
So all three qualities combined made what I thought would be the perfect drummer.
So those three things are what I’ve strived for being a drummer."