Since i was a teenager i have explored music by various means. I've played the bass since i was 13 and mainly listened to rock and heavy metal at that time (Geddy Lee, Steve Harris, Chris Squire, John Paul Jones were my mentors). When i was sixteen i worked in a surf shop with a bunch of college kids and one of them played bass in the Jazz ensemble. He asked, "have you ever heard Jaco Pastorius???" I went Wherehouse records and bought his self titled album on cassette. That changed everything for me. It opened up my perspective of music. I later discovered Marcus Miller, Charles Mingus, Dave Holland, Bootsy Collins, Jonas Hellborg... I obsessively collected music with emphasis on the bass. At times i would go to Tower Records and buy random stuff just to discover new music. I realized that a lot of what was categorized as jazz was not at all jazz, but it seemed that there were too many styles to separate and that maybe it was just easier to put it all in the jazz category.