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Born in England and raised in New Zealand, Sam Totman started his formal training in classical guitar at only 9 years old. Equally-versed in rhythm and lead guitar, his ability as a player complements his remarkable skill at writing catchy and uplifting songs. He is an Ibanez Signature Artist (Ibanez STM) and has won numerous readers polls and awards for his guitar abilities. As the primary songwriter for DragonForce, Sam is responsible for the songs you can’t get out of your head (for better or worse!). 

Outside of DragonForce, Sam is mostly interested in binge drinking and playing pinball. His signature stage move is drinking beer (hands-free) while playing guitar.

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 Live Act “DragonForce”

Musical Influences
Catchiest metal bands on the planet only!
Late 80’s, early 90’s video games music!

Signature Stage Moves
Tornado split jump
Hands free booze drinking

Ibanez STM
DiMarzio Pickups
D’Addario Strings

Amplification AND Rig Setup
Anything Herman recommends!