Aww I love you solus..
I think it's funny i'm writing this.. as making music was entirely an accident on my part and something I started as a joke..
Dreamscaper - yes the same man all the controversy was about - he was a GOD on newgrounds when I first came here - and in my mind - still is ^^
Crud - I was watching a flash one day, by FoxCat0 and heard "just a tickle" in it and was enamoured, after reading up more on Crud I discovered HE ONLY USES FL PRESETS! The things that man can do with simple plain ol' fl studio astound me <3
Evil-Dog - I was a little intimidated by his assholism back in the day (he's an assaholic - i'm helping him recover :P) - but once you get past that he's a totally awsome guy.. and a super talented artist - also is the guitarist for "chuck's nation" - a band in Quebec ^^
ParagonX9 - yes, cliche - I know, but BEFORE he was super-godded I just LOVED listening to his stuff - he really does have a knack for those "boss battle" vg kinda songs, and he uses DNB in a way I don't hate! How rare.
XBrav - I suppose I owe my whole existance to this man - 2 months after I started submitting I chanced upon his stuff in the vg portal - Ironically - he had only signed up a day before me - but already had more than 100 songs.. not only did we help each other evolve in our music styles, to which I owe noone more credit to than him, XBrav cared about the state of the audio portal more than ANYONE ELSE ON THIS SITE. It saddens me to have seen him melt away when him and I were actively campaigning for changes and whatnot.
Czer323 - no longer attends this site, but back in the day was just as huge as ParagonX9, and some say just as overrated. His production skills are amazing though and he is just oh so talented!
DJ-Draconum - he's come and gone, but I actually liked his VG remixes more than paragon's - a real talent and inspiration in the early days when I was just starting out ^^
ZeRo-BaSs - I was horribly intimidated by this man - he dwelled in the vg portal and could just so totally kick my ass music wise. We have become friends over the years though and see ourselves now as more or so equals.
AznPB - I don't think he frequents the site anymore - but he was another amazing artist, there were just so many great older artists here originally,.. it was a real inspiration to make music.
API - we've had our differences and sometiems outright fights but he really does deserve all the attention and success he has earned - good on ya mate ^^
Kingbastard - aka monketbullman and prolly a billion other alts, aside from a "redhead" side to him.. one of the most talented artists on this site. He has a distinct style and has influenced hundreds of people. Also a good friend, just don't talk to him when he's drunk..
B0UNC3 - mainly for being a great friend and teaching me in the "declining days" of newgrounds that there was still talent left on this site - I had gotten so disgusted with the state of new musicians that I simply wouldnt listen to anyone new.
Synteza - aka Extracy, aka SonicEclipse, this man restored my faith in REAL trance, and inspired "glistle"(which in turn inspired Solus, Dj_immune, and others lol). No matter how many idiots argue against me, euro"dance" is NOT trance. Not in the true sense of the word, it's just an offshoot on the blissbul heaven that is real trance.
Rucklo - pre-mod Rucklo was always refreshing to listen to. Back when his songs were just wild and crazy and made for fun without any worrying about real mastering or any of that stuff. Rusklo is a great guy to have as a friend though and always a good ear to listen to your stuff :)
f2x1 - this man is from RUSSIA. RUSSIA! He has some kickass music and I always enjoy listening to it and talking to him.
Whirlguy - without him in the early days I dunno what I would have done.
Ed - sadly I can't find any of his stuff on ngs nemore - and don't even know if that's his actual username on ngs - another gingerhead, this man's production skills are one of the best on this entire site.
DJ_Seri another awesome artist that I have had the privelege to encounter.
Glib - originally called Watercolour - why he changed that awesome name is beyond me,.. and currently, beyond him too. Yet another ginger, his style is rather similar to Kingbastard's.
non-ngs inspirations would be Weird al - which I was so totally obsessed with, NIN, Nobuo(obviously), Andy Mckee, vanessa carlton and michelle branch( for the beauty in their songs) and various j-pop artists.
and to anyone else that feels left out - it just means you can after my "development" era - I try to keep the inspirations to a minimum these days as I don't like to be influenced by others and thus end up sounding like them.