I started off just playing on a little Casio keyboard when I was five and I haven't stopped since. I can't read music but I can still teach myself how to play Beethoven and Mozart pieces just by listening to them. I also play the drums, trumpet, guitar, bass, and almost anything else you can throw my way.
Like many others I have seen on this site I do not play live. Techno is something that is made best at home when you are in the right state of mind. Even though I know of many artists that do play live I find that it would be far too difficult to play live with only one person.
I think that the person that has had the biggest musical influence on my life and the way I make music would have to be Trent Reznor. I mean that man built a genre by himself how much more can you do? Another group that has influenced me is the crystal method. They brought the world of techno to the states in a big way.
I use a Juno 1, a Korg triton LE workstation, korg kaossolator, akai mpd 18, roland D1000, Numark Stealth, Fruity loops , Reason, Sonar, and Acid pro.