Studied sound engineering in college because I needed the money, then it ended up being a life passion. Other loves, chocolate, cinema, dancing, fashion, and my hubbie!
piano, keyboard, organ (anything with keys)
guitar (play by ear, bit acapella / freestyle)
I can't read music so I have to listen real well!!
Reason, Audacity. I arrange MIDI in Reason, and add audio in Audacity. I like to keep it simple. I have a mini moog somewhere too.
PC Laptop, (dinosaur on Win 7 but I love my dual core processor), MIDI keyboard, alesis drum machine (my favorite toy), 8 track analog behringer mixer. mp3 player has great condenser mic, picks up incredible frequency range.
Fort Minor, In This Moment, Drake, pop influenced by eastern europe, (dua lipa / major lazer / INNA), mp3 on random, love making playlists. Can't stop playing Steflon Don - Hurtin'
Garbage 2.0, Linkin Park Hybrid Theory, Def Leppard Hysteria, Boyzone A Different Beat, Ronan Keating Turn It On, George Michael Greatest Hits (I bought it on double cassette!!), Simple Minds, Euphoria (any of them)
80s new wave, 90s rnb, trance, country (particularly dirty south), hiphop, I can't pick individual artists, but songwriting influence as a teenager was Ronan Keating, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Carrie Underwood, now I'm taking all of that smush and catapulting it on a drum and bass tilt.
All of that combined!!! I am heavily influenced by Above and Beyond style trance, Chase and Status and the Prodigy, and great ballad song writing. I love to mix traditional with off-the-wall genres.
Run a website (mental XS) - also upload my music to that, take care of family, occasionally sew clothes for a living, watch Netflix, do the odd online course, make playlists, watch TV (currently the DC series, Arrow and Flash etc), design clothes. Not much then!!