Nine Questions

Carlos Arzate

Carlos Arzate

In addition to singing for rock-band American Android, native Tucsonan Carlos Arzate is recording a solo project with guitarist Ryan Alfred and drummer Josh Harrison. Arzate, 35, works by day creating solar electric plans and as a freelance graphic designer. He and his wife, Beth, are the parents of three, including an 8-month-old daughter. You can see American Android on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. They'll play between The Vases and The Life and Times. The show starts at 9:30 p.m.; cover is $7.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Little Joe y la Familia—my mom would take us to Reid Park, and all my tias and tios would be there. The first concert I bought a ticket to was Guns N' Roses and Metallica at a racetrack in Phoenix.

What are you listening to these days?

It has been a mixture of My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, Kings of Leon, some Incubus in there, and Tool.

What was the first album you owned?

We didn't have many records when I was growing up. The first one I bought was Appetite for Destruction by Guns N' Roses.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?

The older I get, the more open-minded I have become about all music. But one thing that irks me is ... singers not actually doing their own singing, whether it's lip-synching or whatever.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?


Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?

LMFAO or Justin Timberlake.

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

"Sleep Walk" by Santo and Johnny—it's beautiful, and it's short.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Singing along to Ten by Pearl Jam. I felt like I could also emote something that was earnest, and I thought I might have something worth sharing.

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

Kid A by Radiohead.