I do play live (as a pro drummer) and have performed all over the UK and across Europe with various bands & artists over the years. I haven't performed any of my solo stuff live - it's more of a studio based thing really.
I love so many different styles of music and such a broad range of artists that this list should be much longer, but I guess the kind of people who have influenced my writing the most are: Mike Oldfield, Enigma, Massive Attack, Faithless, Jean-Michel Jarre, Jan Hammer, Vangelis....amongst many, many others!
For recording at home: Desktop PC and Laptop(s) running Sonar Platinum with various plug-ins. Reason 8. Mac running Logic. Various electric/acoustic guitars & bass. Mackie monitoring.
To date, my original music has been featured on soundtracks in various Film/TV and New Media productions around the world (Disney Pixar/Adidas/MTV...etc).