I know this is a pretty fundamental music question that has no right or wrong answer, but I'd like to see how people here approaches it.
I've been a classical piano player since I was 5 (i'm 20 now), so I've pretty much had Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Mozart engraved into my brain and fingers. I was never very passionate about writing music until a few months ago. I went out and bought a USB/MIDI keyboard and got Reason, and so far I've written several small 1-2 minute long pieces.
Here's the tricky part: my favorite bands are Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and Underworld, and I listen to a lot of jazz and electronic music. It's been kind of hard, coming from playing classical pieces for most of my life to trying to create something that is more rock/jazz/electronic oriented. Most of the pieces I've come up with so far are very classical - derivatives of some Mozart/Chopin I've been listening to recently, although I have written some pieces that are somewhat African influenced.
Can anybody give me pointers on what to do or how to achieve what I want to do? I have thought of buying rock and jazz sheet music, but the ones I have aren't really that perfect, and don't really capture the song.
I'm really thinking more along the terms of trying to blend all my favorite bands' music together - the dreamy Pink Floyd, emotions of Radiohead, intensity of Underworld, etc...