I've been playing guitar for about 20 years. I come from a musical family, having a grandmother who played piano in church for 50 years, and a father who is a P.H.D in music. As a curious 5 year old, i would play Weather Report's 'Black Market' and Steely Dan's 'Gaucho' from my Dad's extensive vinyl collection. I've been traveling around the globe for many years playing music full time. I came up with the idea of Raydiem Inquiry from my middle name Ray and added it to the word 'diem' meaning day, or Ray's day, right? The music is an inquiry of how I spend many days (and nights). I compose/perform/arrange/engineer/sequence/record/mix my own music. I'm constantly searching for new forms on the guitar, having influences ranging from traditional jazz, to rock, to experimental, and TV shows like C.S.I. I always want to keep improving my abilities as a musician, and draw inspiration from as many creative individuals as possible. May new music be given a forum to be heard and an openminded audience to hear it. Enjoy the mystery! Daren Ray Nicholson 'Really great tunes and playing here, we can ear a fine mix between vaï and satriani's licks and influences, pleasure to listen.' 'Your music is quite impressive..those jazzy tonalities,and the whole expression, of the musical architecture,is extremely interesting,really,really good..' 'Climbing the Walls is such a good song...... I love the melody changes and the detail to the tone of your guitar.... To me the tone is the soul of an instrument and the masterful way you control yours allows for unlimited possibilities within your music...' 'Man.. I like your work. Great stuff. What a feel of jazz, rock, blues, passion, and fantasy. You not only have began to master the guitar, but music itself.' 'Wow! Incredible music to listen to! At first, I thought I was listening to Allan Holdsworth, as your style and technique is very similar. You are an awesome player.' 'You're such an incredible player, with a very wide 'palette', from furious shredding to pure feeling blues, AWESOME!' 'You sound great man. It's nice to hear someone with so much technique that is truly saying something with it, making musical lines instead of using it to hide behind, because all they have is chops and no music. I hope our paths cross one day. Beautiful playing.' 'Just listened to your music a little closer. You're very inventive and interesting as a composer. Your music is almost...'other worldly'. I love it Bro. You're capturing sounds that are cycling through time and space (whatever that means). Simply put...your stuff is hip. Great playing my friend...keep the fire burning!' '...your playing shows something very important in fusion - the real thought and the real warmth, not only technique...' 'I like your smooth classy style. Very refreshing.' 'Chops serve the soul. And you have them both. Salut!'