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Born in Hong Kong, Herman Li (Chinese: 李康敏) is the guitarist, songwriter, and producer of the Grammy-nominated metal act DragonForce.

In the last 15 years, Herman has established himself as one of the most recognised and influential guitarists of his generation. He is a two-time winner of the Metal Hammer’s Golden Gods ‘Best Shredder’ award and has topped four categories in Guitar World’s Readers Poll.  Outside of DragonForce, Herman has performed with guitar legends Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Tony MacAlpine, and Paul Gilbert, among others.

Herman believes that to improve as a guitar player, it is important to understand the instrument as much as possible. To that end, Herman has worked to develop innovations for his Ibanez signature guitar series, the EGEN, which is equipped with the latest guitar technology. Herman is also interested in inspiring and coaching the next generation of guitar players and has contributed guitar lessons to publications such as Young Guitar (Japan), Total Guitar (UK), and Premier Guitar (USA).

Outside of music, Herman’s interests include computer technology, martial arts and Porsche racing. He is fluent in Chinese, French, and English.

Notable Awards and Achievements
Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2009 – Best Shredder Award
Grammy Awards 2008 – Best Metal Performance “DragonForce” Nomination
Guitar World Reader’s Poll 2007 – Best New Talent (winning by 70%)
Guitar World Reader’s Poll 2007 – Best Metal
Guitar World Reader’s Poll 2007 – Best Riff
Total Guitar Reader’s Poll 2007 – Best Solo “Through the Fire and Flames”
Terrorizer Reader’s Poll 2006 – Best Band “DragonForce”
Terrorizer Reader’s Poll 2006 – Best Musician “Herman Li”
Terrorizer Reader’s Poll 2006 – Best Live Act “DragonForce”
Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2005 – Best Shredder Award

Musical Influences
All styles of music. Rock, metal new and old.
Video game music; favourites are from late 80’s, early 90’s arcade and PC Engine games.

Signature Stage Moves
Laser gun explosions
Hurricane Jumps
Playing with his tongue!

Ibanez EGEN Guitars – Herman Li Signature Series
DiMarzio HLM Pickups – Herman Li Model
D’Addario Strings

Amplification AND Rig Setup
Rocktron Prophesy II
Rocktron All Access
Rocktron Patch Mate, Loop 8
Rocktron Hush Pro
Roland GR-55
Source Audio Hot Hand Wah, MIDI-EXP
Line 6 G90 Digital Wireless
G-Lab LMS-1 MIDI Line Switcher
MIDIjet Pro Wireless Midi System
Mesa Boogie Stereo 2:Fifty
Peavey JSX 4×12 Straight Speaker Cabinets
DigiTech Whammy 2
Ibanez Weeping Demon Wah
Drink Holders