Ed Starink, in the late 80's, he made "synthesizers' greatest hits", covers of track from JM Jarre, Mike Oldfield, Vangelis etc... That's how i discovered these artists too...
My first contact with electronic music, i was like 5 years old, i lost the tape, had no idea of the album's name at that time and had to wait till youtube era to find and listen to his tracks again (20 years!!!), i find most of them better than the originals, and i always enjoy listening to them.
Gabber Hardcore as a whole. (1996-2000)
I must thank my uncle who was working for sony music and brought back a tons of "prototype - not for sell" cd's.
One of them had a green monster on its cover -no, not hulk you idiot :D - and some crazy fast distorted creepy techno.
I was young, i was innocent, i regret nothing lolol
Definitely an inspiration, my first tracks were exclusively 180-200bpm, clipping and dynamic range were unknown.
Plus, I learned nice words like F***, Bit**, MF, so english class become a little more interesting than "Hello, my name is John, my tailor is rich!"
Aphex Twin; from techno hardcore, to acid and braindance and sometimes classical, there is always something new to discover and learn in his tracks. My favourite artist and always a source of inspiration.
Mike Paradinas (µ-zik)
Amon Tobin (drum'n jazz, boss nova) He steals your grandparents' vinyls, and creates a classy-explosive track.
Basil Poledouris (A mini hans Zimmer? A less big horns style, still so epic :D)
You don't need to see a movie when he's incharge of the soundtrack, because the music will tell the story.
Tetsukazu Nakanishi, Hiroshi Okubo & Keiki Kobayashii(member of namco sound team, i discovered electro orchestral with their work on ace combat soundtracks and their J-Rock, techno skills are solid as well)
TL,DR: I like some artists, they gave me ideas, cool story bro.