I've been writing songs since i was 12. Mostly light pop type stuff, but the last few years I've really started to write with better chords and arrangements, stuff thats a bit more than "pop". I really dont know what to call my music anymore. It's really a combination of lots of different styles.
See above band intro.
No I usually don't. I have a few times for certain events but I generally don't play out, except for the occasional gig backing up the incredible Todd East. I'm much more of a studio rat. The few times I have performed though were fun.
Beach Boys/Brian Wilson primarily are the main ones. Also a little bit of Elton John, Billy Joel, and local songwriter Jeff Steves.
I use mostly my Yamaha keyboard, acoustic guitar, and my voice. For recording, I use a Tascam 2488 digital recorder.