Been passionate about all types of music for many years, Blue Monday by New Order was the track that got me into electronic music. So in the last 5 years decided to have a go myself. Gradually improving through listening to other peoples tracks and reading music technology magazines for tips.
No musical training and just tinker around on a midi keyboard.
Ableton main production tool with soft synths like Rob Papen Blue. For compression Vintage Warmer and STrack Mastering. Plus some delays, reverbs, distortion software etc.
Roland MC303 when I can be bothered to hook it up.
Royksopp - Foresaken Cowboy
Richie Hawtin latest mix at the moment
New Order, Cure, Richie Hawtin, Sven Vath, Layo & Bushwacka, Cult, ZZ Top, Royksopp. Smokey Robinson, Jacksons, Kraftwerk, George Michael, reggae, rock, classical, opera, soul, disco, ambience, jazz ..........
Hard to say, never easy to be objective or hear clearly your own tracks. Would also like to think I am evolving and getting better.