Rhys' first impression of KISS as a young child was pure terror after seeing his neighbours painted up and ready to go to the Melbourne show in 1980 (thankfully he has no memory of this traumatic event). In his teenage years though, the terror dissipated and Rhys could regularly be heard after school, dissecting every note and lick of KISS ALIVE! He says of his main musical influences; "starting out on guitar The Beatles taught me all about chords, then it was Ace's playing in KISS that showed me how to play a lead guitar which was something other than just the notes to the scales."
Living life truly immersed in his music and defying the old saying that "those who can, do and those who can't, teach", Rhys spends his weekdays teaching and mentoring young musicians as a highly sought after and well respected teacher at his own music school, the well reputed and very popular Eastern Suburbs School of Music. There, Rhys teaches the 'rock' to well over 100 of the next generation of Melbourne musicians and also acts as a consultant to many local music programs.
Rhys is proudly supported by KC's Rock Shop in Boronia.