Nine Questions

Miles Conrad is a Tucson artist who operates the Conrad Wilde Gallery with his partner, Ryan Wilde. In addition to a monthly exhibition schedule, the gallery hosts numerous cultural events, including encaustic art classes, live acoustic music, film screenings, poetry and prose readings, and other performance art. When he's not working in the studio or gallery, Miles loves solving Sudoku puzzles, reading emerging science fiction, cooking, working in his yard and taking care of his two cats, two dogs and five chickens.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Technically, it was Barry Manilow--but that doesn't count, because my mom dragged me along with her. My other first concert was going to see Adam Ant with my sister and her friends in 1982.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

I have a single-CD changer, which at the moment is featuring The English Beat, I Just Can't Stop It.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

I'm guessing 300 to 500. Do people really keep count?

Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?

Yes. Legally.

What was the first album you owned?

Journey, Escape.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

The Smiths, "Asleep."

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

MC 900 Ft. Jesus, Hell With the Lid Off.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

I've become a groupie for Tucson singer/songwriter Namoli Brennet. Going to her shows has really made me appreciate the power of live music. I really experience a sense of community enjoying her music along with her other devoted fans here in Tucson.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

The Smiths, Hatful of Hollow.

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