Re: Your preferred music genres?
For listening and playing, these days my favorites are d-beat and crust punk, bop, and funk. I'll admit that musically I'm quite conservative and not at all adventurous. I like my bop relatively straightforward, and my funk mostly instrumental as well. I used to be way into classic rock and prog, but I've since completely burned out on that, although I still have eternal respect for Mr. Bonham.
I also burned out on most metal, the only metal I listen to anymore is of the ultra-slow "funeral doom" type á la Esoteric, though I have no interest in actually playing it myself.
I like certain rap artists quite a bit as well. I've been studying German since 2008 and have found some German hip-hop/rap artists that I really dig, my favorite being Umse.