My dad has always been a big Ray Charles fan, and I've grown up listening to all kinds of music.
There's always haters, no matter what you're doing - whether they're complaining that everything you do sounds the same, or it's too different.
When it comes to electronic music, I started listening to a lot of Daft Punk, way before I knew what house music was, and then progressed into a lot of Steve Angello, Eric Prydz, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Laidback Luke.
I think I am a pretty good judge of character in general and try to surround myself with the best people I can.
It's hard - some people get inspired by a feeling, but I'm mostly inspired by melodies.
I always used to travel without a passport case, and because of it I think I'm four passports in. I bought this small Tumi case to protect my new one, and it works really well, not just for protecting it but also for keeping credit cards and small stuff. I just throw it in my bag when I'm traveling, as opposed to stuffed in my pocket.
There's always so much music around me now, it seems like everything has to be something with music, so in my spare time I try not to listen to anything. It's so hard for me to listen to something without trying to see a benefit in it: 'Maybe I'll make my own version of that track or maybe I'll do this or that.'