I've been producing as a hobby for about 5 years. Currently looking to expand and change the dynamics of the way I make music with samples.
FL Studio all the way. Although I do have Pro Tools and Reason.
Just a laptop and a mouse with Audio-Technica ATH M35's
Childish Gambino, Blackmill, Big K.R.I.T., Ces Cru, Wreckonize, The Weeknd, Flatbush Zombies, and MT Eden. Highly recommend MF Doom, A$AP Ferg, and Logic.
Camp by Childish Gambino
Control System by Ab-Soul
Constant Energy Struggles by Ces Cru
Since I listen to a variety of music ranging from Hip-Hop to Electronic I tend to get my influences from whatever is on my playlist at the time of wanting to make music.
The instrumentals I make usually are a mix between Hip-Hop beats and Electronic sounds.