Do you have any major influences from artists not from the music world? If so, who comes to mind?
i love scifi writers - an apt topic today as Ray Bradbury just passed away. the concept of creative expression to express social ideas and reflect society is what makes great science fiction to me, and there's definitely a parallel to music and how i like create. i love sculpture, design, fine arts - pretty much anyone who takes the history and tradition and breaks the rules to create their own interpration but in doing that, keeps a cohesive whole together and doesn't end in some random mayhem. both picasso and dali were masters of that :)