That's a hard one. I grew up in a home full of music. None of my parents played any instruments but they listened to a lot of music. My father's a big jazz fanatic, so he introduced me to the likes of Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Lars Gullin, Eric Dolphy, and Charlie Parker. My mother, on the other hand, listened to the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin. So I learned to appreciate both regular pop/rock music as well as the more free-form stuff. I think this has had a huge influence on my music, maybe not directly in the music itself but rather in the idea that, when creating music, you're free to do anything you want. And no one can tell you you're wrong.