Stewart Copeland of The Police was another of my big influences. I started hitting the drums harder thanks to him. Terry Bozzio is just incredible. He's in another dimension. "Heavy Metal Bebop" and his solo videos are amazing.
I still listen to everything from the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Police, The Who, U2 and The Clash to Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Blink 182 and Incubus.
It's important to listen to all kinds of music because it gives you a bigger picture of what's happening in music and a better perspective on how you can fit in. I think you can always learn something from everyone. I go to shows, buy videos and keep my eyes and ears open at all times. And I try to practice as much as I can.
Maná has been a big part of the Rock En Español phenomenon in the United States. We started playing in here in 1993 and we weren't quite sure what to expect. But it took off and, when they saw how well we were doing, other bands started playing in the U.S., too. I think it's incredible that Spanish language bands like ours can sell millions of albums and sellout arenas in the U.S. It's also cool to see how many "anglos" are now getting hooked on our music.