i have been playing drums for 15 years now. i would have to say it was my 7th grade band teacher. he was a professional drummer so he paid special attention to working with me. Also my sister and her boyfriend at the time who is now my brother in-law always were huge deftones fans. so i was influenced by Abe Cunningham at a rather young age!
How often do you drum on a regular basis when you're not on tour?