Sam Totman (born August 8, 1974 in Hertfordshire, England) is a guitarist and main songwriter for the power metal band DragonForce. Totman was born in England, but moved to New Zealand at an early age. He began playing classical guitar at the age of nine, receiving formal training for many years.
He was in the black metal band Demoniac, which featured his future DragonForce guitar partner Herman Li. During his time with Demoniac, Sam was usually referred to as Heimdall (Norse God of vigilance.) Demoniac struggled to make any real progress at all despite releasing three albums and re-locating to London. 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 whom Sam recorded with on the first album, Wings of Forever and provided guest instrumentation on the following album, Neverworld.
Totman is the primary songwriter of DragonForce, writing both music and lyrics for a majority of their discography.
Totman is also known for his energetic live performances, as he usually pulls off several "stunts".
Sam's main live gear consists primarily of: E.T.
- Ibanez STM, his own signature line.
- Ibanez VBT700 Custom V
- Ibanez IC400 Iceman
- Rocktron Prophecy II (For recording)
- Laney GH100L Tube-Head
- Peavey Triple X Cab
- Before the recent endorsement with Ibanez, Sam used to play Jackson RR3s on stage.