I think for myself it was a subconscious process...i had always liked singles by the Human League, Daft Punk, Gary Numan, and Flock of Seagulls, but i was never fully aware of a larger genre of electronic oriented music which revolved around the synthesizer..h**l, I'm not sure i even knew what a synthesizer was, or what it looked like.
Anyways, I went off to college, and I was exposed to Kraftwerk, and Rammstein at the same time. At this point, my love of music had reached the point where i no longer wanted to just listen to it, I wanted to make it. But since i knew i was rubbish at guitar, I found it interesting these groups made such heavy use of the keyboard. The coup de gras was dealt by a double shot of Freezepop and the Faint. At that point, I began scouring the internet for my first synth, and I'm sure I bothered you all by joining in the 2004 topic of the year, "Micron or Microkorg?".
Anways, I got a micron, and the rest is history..
Now I'm listening to Absolute Body Control, Solvent, Le Syndicat Electronique, Patrick Cowley etc. It's been great! Now if i can just find a nice poly synth..
Gear: Novation Ultranova, Korg Monotribe, Korg Electribe EMX-1, Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy, Lexicon MX200.