Chris Pierce has been a fixture on the Tucson music scene for a few years. After touring the world multiple times as a member of reggae-artist Mojo Morgan's band, he's most recognizable to Tucsonans as the bass player for several local bands, including Faster Than Light, Steff Koeppen and the Articles, and Logan Greene and the Bricks. While Faster Than Light and the Articles prep albums for release, he can be found playing with his new "dream" project, The Black Jackalope Ensemble.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
My mother used to date a lot of musicians, so I think the first show I ever saw was with a band called The Blast. They were a horrible '80s-style bar band who probably hugely influenced my decision to play music.
What are you listening to these days?
Now vs. Now, Love Trio, Paul Baribeau, Meshell Ndegeocello, Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Flying Lotus, and lots of mixes for Faster Than Light, the Articles and The Black Jackalope Ensemble.
What was the first album you owned?
TLC's CrazySexyCool. No explanation needed.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
Dubstep. It's just not very good. Also, Lady Gaga. I'm not a huge fan of "genre" in general.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Miles Davis in the early '70s, or Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters around the release of Thrust.
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Even though I don't feel particularly guilty about it, Sting. I have a huge man-crush on the guy. He can do no wrong in my eyes.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
"Tiny Dancer" by Elton John. It's my all-time-favorite song.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Miles Davis. His music, particularly in the late '60s/early '70s, taught me that there really are no rules in music.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
I'll have to go with Dark Magus by Miles Davis.