Much like BFP, I played the recorder as my first instrument. That was in 3rd/4th grade. 6th grade brought the ukulele to my attention (also in music class). At some point in 2005, I discovered Rockstars Beaterator, and shortly after found FL Studio. I proceeded to midi rip video game songs very shittily, which, regardless of such detestable behavior, did help me learn my way around the interface of FL Studio and delve into the world of mixing. Eventually, I broke out of this lazy method of producing and started to mastermind my own, albeit lame, creations. I was real on and off with music around 2009/10 due to Diablo II and other video games capturing my attention.
Music once again took focus about 2 years ago when I took up bass. Since then, I've really only been into rock/grunge/funky music (think Primus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool, Rage Against the Machine). A couple friends and I have been attempting to solidify a few tracks that we have written, and we intend to start gigging around.
So I guess I've been playing around 8 years, although I would only consider the past 3 to be truly productive.