I’ve played music for about 25 years, which is most of my life. While playing some pretty obscure genres, I still consider myself musically agnostic; if it sounds good, it is good, regardless of genre. Period. When I’ve been part of creating music in a band, it has mostly been a very collaborative process. Depending on the people in the band, the process has been wildly different. Some groups of people prefer to have a starting point, a reference to guide them towards a finished song, a rough idea they can work on. Sometimes it ends up completely different than anticipated by the one providing the draft, but everyone has agreed it turned out to the better. Other groups go for complete collaborate improvisation; jamming all night until something sticks, and eventually there is a song that everybody considers complete. Yet another group of people goes for creating an entire set of songs, then rearrange them into new ones.