Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman spoke in an interview with Chris Akin from The Classic Metal Show, and expressed his feelings about his former bandmate Jason Becker.

He said that ‘Jason Becker is my biggest, biggest inspiration by far’, and continued:

“Obviously, as a musician, but more so as a friend and as a person and all that stuff. He’s making music that is giving so much joy to so many people. It’s not important that the people know what goes into making a record in anybody’s case, but especially his case because people will hear his story and think, ‘Oh my god. It’s unbelievable he’s making this music.’ And it is.

That’s not important. His story is not important. It’s his music that is important and needs to be enjoyed on face value because it’s just absolutely…it’s so beautiful and unique and every note just drips Jason, regardless of who’s involved with it, who’s helping out with the process.

Every single second of that stuff is what Jason’s intention is. It’s just a joy that he continues to take the energy to make it for us. That’s what it really is all about. Anybody who’s making music is putting out a certain amount of energy and effort and care.

It’s really a pain in the ass for anybody, to be straight with you, because all we really care about, myself included, is the end user, what the person is going to get out of this when it’s done, so that’s why we care about all these little tiny details and just little things that we want to make sure that we get right. Jason, he puts so much love and energy into what he does. It comes out awesome, so I really am inspired by that when it comes time for me to do my music.”

You can listen to the entire interview below. Click here to source of the statement.