What inspired you to learn how to play the guitar?

My grandfather was Spanish and he used to play a lot of Spanish guitar recordings in the house. At my school there was a Spanish guitar performance that inspired me to want to learn the Spanish guitar.

What was your first performance like?

It was at my school. I performed in front of all the students. It was scary but I then realised that performing in front of an audience is what inspired me.

Who are your influences?

Initially I was influenced by Paco de Lucia and later on by Tomatito and Diego del Morao.

How would you best describe your style of guitar playing?

I find my style of playing can vary depending on my emotions. I play from my heart, mixing traditional and contemporary styles together.

After arriving in Australia, was it hard to find your audience again?

No, I found the Australian people were very accepting of my music thankfully!

What has been your most memorable performance?

My first performance in Australia was in Liverpool Street, Sydney for the Spanish Festival in front of a few thousand people. However, all my performances are memorable to me when I see the smiles in the audience.

Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to learn how to play Flamenco guitar?

Be humble and you never really stop learning – yes I am still learning everyday.

What does Flamenco music mean to you?

It really is my life. I live, breathe and play Flamenco everyday.
See Felipe Kruize performing live at Spanish Nights at MàZi every Tuesday until late October.
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