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Sam Totman performing live with Dragonforce at the 2013 Rock Harz.
|Birth name||Ian Samuel Totman|
26 April 1979 |
|Genres||Power metal, speed metal, black metal (early)|
|Instruments||Guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals|
|Labels||Sanctuary, Noise, Roadrunner|
|Associated acts||DragonForce, Babymetal, Power Quest, Demoniac, Shadow Warriors|
Ian Samuel "Sam" Totman (born 26 April 1979) is a New Zealand-English musician, best known as a guitarist and the main songwriter for the power metal band DragonForce. Totman was born in England, but moved to New Zealand at an early age. He left for England at around the age of 20 mainly because he missed England's numerous shows to attend every week, a possibility he did not have in New Zealand being too far away for possibilities at the time. He began playing classical guitar at the age of nine, receiving formal training for many years.
He was part of the blackened power metal band Demoniac, which also featured his future DragonForce bandmate Herman Li. During his time with Demoniac, Totman was referred to as Heimdall (the Norse God of vigilance). Demoniac struggled to achieve any real fame outside of Australasia, despite releasing three albums and relocating from Wellington, New Zealand to London, UK. Due to this, Demoniac split sometime in late 1999, shortly after the album The Fire and the Wind was released. Most of the members went on to form power metal band DragonHeart, which later became known as DragonForce. Keyboardist Steve Williams and bassist Steve Scott left Dragonheart to form Power Quest with whom Totman recorded on their demo and first album, Wings of Forever. Totman also provided guest instrumentation on the band's following album, Neverworld.
As the songwriter, Totman wrote both music and lyrics for a majority of their discography.
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