Symphondipity is multi-instrumentalist Steve Diel majoring in Symphonic Progressive Rock, and minoring in Contemporary Instrumental. In this world, Steve likes to spend most of his time in melody land, and not so much time lying around in pastures, or floating around in the atmosphere.
In a world of dehydrated cookie cutter music and the bottom line being more important than art, Steve strives to create something with more substance. Steve's purpose for making music is simply for the enjoyment of others, as well as his own enjoyment. He doesn't care if he never makes a dime doing it. He wishes only to create music for music's sake, and art for art's sake.
Steve is influenced by 3 main types of music including but not limited to:
- Progressive Rock--Bands like The Flower Kings, Spock's Beard, Neal Morse, Glass Hammer, The Tangent, Kaipa, Transatlantic, Magenta, Pär Lindh Project, IQ, Salem Hill, Cryptic Vision, Keith Emerson, Kansas and Yes.
- Contemporary Instrumental--Artists like Kitaro, Jerry Goodman, 2002, Secret Garden, David Arkenstone, Chip Davis, Clara Ponty, Liz Story, Karl Jenkins, John Tesh, Vangelis, Constance Demby, Yanni, Medwyn Goodall, Wayne Gratz, and David Lanz.
- Romantic Era Classical--Composers like Mussorgsky, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Balakirev, Beethoven (proto-romantic), Schumann, Dvorak and Mendelssohn. He also enjoys romantic to modern transitional composers like Glazunov, Holst, Richard Strauss, Mahler, Rachmaninoff, and Sibelius.