The very first Hip-Hop producer I ever recognized was Marley Marl, he produced for the legendary Juice Crew,another producer that inspired me is D.J.PREMIER,I bought any album with his name on it.Another producer who inspired me was Pete Rock..truthfully there's alot of producers that I admired, I believe they have all influnced my sound.
Certainly the Beatles in the beginning, if only for the fact that they're the reason I started playing the guitar. Then Paul Simon was really the one who inspired me to start writing my own songs. Bob Dylan and his story was what inspires me to keep on moving forward to pursue this life of traveling and playing live shows at such a high level.
I don't have a lot of inspiration from current musicians, if only for the fact that I don't listen to a lot of current music. I do have a lot of respect for Josh Ritter, The Tallest Man On Earth, Beirut, and a few others; and they often help inspire me to keep moving and keep having fun along the way.
As I already mentioned Paul Kalkbrenner and Deadmau5.
But also Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Ben Liebrand ( for mixing)
Tiesto, Armin..Daft Punk etc etc.. so many...
Stevie Wonder, MJ,Simply Red, Annie Lennox,Anita Baker,Tracy Chapman
Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Alexi Laiho, Orianthi & Rammstein.
Dankzij een mailtje van Nicky Romero ben ik door gegaan met draaien. Hij is vanaf het begin al het grootste voorbeeld door zijn krachtige bootlegs en mixes die hij maakt. Een man met verstand van muziek. Hij bedenkt iets wat hij daarna uitwerkt in plaats van dat hij eerst wat probeerd, en het dan uitwerkt. Dat is zijn kracht.
Beatles/Sting/Willis Alan Ramsey/ Lyle Lovett/ John Prine/ Nancy Griffith / Mickey Newberry....
There are many musicians that have inspired me and I would have a hard time listing all of them but my teachers are the most inspiring to me and I would like to name them (Paul Taub, John Barcellona, Laura Osborn, Christina Badalyan). Also wonderful conductor who is a true inspiration to me and many other conductors Carlos Kleiber.
Richie Havens, Jorma Kaukonen, Smokey Robinson, a whole laundry list.
In early life I was influenced by a wide variety of music sung and played to me by my parents from jazz standards, folk songs, Simon & Garfunkel, music hall and musicals. Classical music was frequently played and I particularly loved Debussy, Dvorjak, Vaughn Williams and Faure.
I loved jazz and my cousin introduced me to Ella Fitzgerald whose freedom of improvisation inspired me immensely. I loved exploring dissonant piano jazz music with piano teacher and concert pianist Harvey Dagul. I later came to enjoy improvisational piano music by Keith Jarrett.
Strong and innovative women singers like Madonna, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Bjork, Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell, Natacha Atlas have been important for me.
I enjoy chilled ambient electro music - Massive Attack, Zero 7, Nitin Sawhney, Cafe del Mar etc - and love the music of The Barefoot Doctor who brings spirituality and modern music together in an incredibly powerful way.
I am deeply stirred by powerful modern arrangements of chant and mantra - Snatam Kaur, Dave Stringer, Deva Premal & Miten, Anand Meru, Nikki Slade, Chloe Goodchild, Tim Wheater, Krishna Das, Kate Mackenzie.
I also love R&B - John Legend, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Anthony Davis, Dwele -and find gospel music deeply moving and uplifiting.
Since an early age I was also inspired by Peter Gabriel, whose collaborations and support of world musicians is universally renowned.
I have been very influenced in recent years by fROOTS magazine and its editor Ian Anderson, and have been introduced to an amazing array of traditional music from many countries. I have spent quite alot of time in Istanbul and love Middle Eastern sounds.
I have been inspired by singers of English traditional music- Ian Anderson, June Tabor, Nancy Wallace, Alisdair Roberts, Pamela Wyn Shannon, Jon Boden and Emily Portman. This has reconnected me with my own 'folk roots' and inspired me to arrange English traditional music myself.
Musical rebels and protestors also catch my imagination and carry torches which are so important in society - The Revolution will not be Televised by Gil Scott-Heron is one of my favourite songs and I love the upfront and naked performance poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah.
I am also very inspired by minimalist and improvisational sounds, such as other practitioners and myself use in sound bath sessions. Working with people with special needs has affirmed my belief that there are no right or wrong sounds and that when we free ourselves from certain ideas about what music 'should' sound like, a whole new territory of creative expression opens up.
I listen to everything. All artists, I have found, contribute to my musical development.
My personal idol is Alicia Moore who's known as Pink. She inspires me everyday to be a better person and create my own dreams without following the norm society has set. I would love to record a song with her someday!
John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Van Morrison, and Dave Matthews
I'm into industrial, rock, electronic, female vocalists and alternative, including:
Angelspit, Ayria, Combichrist, The Birthday Massacre, God Module, The Cure, Christian Death, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Unter Null, Mindless Self Indulgence, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Emilie Autumn, Grendel, [unknown], Marilyn Manson, Alien Vampires, Jack Off Jill, Misfits, The Sisters of Mercy, Lacuna Coil, Rotersand, Ladytron, Aesthetic Perfection, Metallica, Miss Construction, Kittie, HorrorPops, Zola Jesus, Pixies, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Third Realm, Ramones, :wumpscut:, Eisenfunk, [x]-Rx, Björk, Mushroomhead, Xmal Deutschland, The Raveonettes, Pzychobitch, The Creepshow, The White Stripes, Led Zeppelin, Cop Shoot Cop, Manufactura, Ego Likeness, The Gothsicles, Foster The People, The Doors.
Check out my music taste: http://www.last.fm/user/darrenoftinley