Favorite bands :
Most bands of most genres. Except disco.
Everything else, I will give a listen and find some artists I like from that genre.
Off the top of my head though: At the Gates, Rolling Stones, El Tri, Frank Zappa, RHCP, Zion I, Megadeth, Eazy-E, Opeth, Nekromantix, Iron Maiden, Mana, Los Lobos, Manu Chao, The Grateful Dead, CCR, Van Halen, Common, Metallica, Wu Tang Clan, 2pac, Radiohead, Operation Ivy, Jeff Buckley, Racer X, Judas Priest, The Beatles, Mos Def, Exodus, Testament, Overkill, Rakim, Mago De Oz, Queen, Transmetal, Leprosy, Luzbel Santa Muerte, Death, Burzum, Foo Fighters, Mayhem, Ram Jam, Bathory, etc, etc..
Favorite guitarists :
Paul Gilbert, Angus Young, Carlos Santana, Kurt Cobain, Joe Walsh, Hendrix, Adrian Smith, George Lynch, Eddie Van Halen,..plenty more.
Favorite bassists :
Flea, Cliff Burton, Randy Meisner, Geddy Lee; plenty more.
Favorite books :
The Power and the Glory, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Alchemist, Of Mice and Men, At the Mountains of Madness, The Nameless City, The Teacher Who Couldn't Read, Marked for Murder, The Divine Comedy. Poetry books and mythology for the most part as well. And H.P. Lovecraft books!
Favorite tv :
Futurama, The Office, Scrubs, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Drew Carey Show, That 70's show, Arrested Development. Whose Line is it anyway? The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
Favorite movies :
Horror Movies! Give me flesh eating zombies or give me a slasher film! Plus other stuff like The crow, Kung Fu Hustle, The Godfather, Scarface, Pulp Fiction, Y tu mama tambien, etc.
Been playing since I was 10, started on drums actually. Got into guitar at 13, started playing seriously within only the last year or so, one of those 'turn negative energy to something productive' kinda things.
I am very involved in grassroots organizing. Worked for a few non-profits, worked to spreading some information regarding NAFTA, the unchallenged sweat shops in my native Los Angeles, and a few other projects from bringing inner city high school kids to the college I attend for workshops to helping others organize their own operations.
It's hard work, I get no pay, and I neglect my schoolwork for it, but hey, this kept me away from gangs when I was younger, so I owe alot to it.