by David Mendez
Kade Mislinski moved to Tucson when he was 6 and graduated from the UA in 1997. He was once a member of the local jazz-funk band Interlocking Grip and DJ’d at mostly now-defunct clubs around town, including the Airport Lounge, the Velvet Tea Garden, Heart-Five and Club Congress. These days he’s co-owner, with Jenny Rice, of HUB Restaurant and Ice Creamery, the Playground Bar & Lounge and Lulu’s Shake Shoppe.
What was the first concert you attended?
Robert Plant, TCC Arena, 1988. Heard “Tall Cool One,” “Ship of Fools,” “Immigrant Song” and “Communication Breakdown.”
What are you listening to these days?
Sonny Rollins, Gary Clark Jr., Sigur Rós, Eric Dolphy, Son House, Calexico, Beck. I also use Spotify, so I jump all over the place listening with the kids. We listen to EDM, jazz, indie, rock and soundtracks.
What was the first album you owned?
Tuff Crew, Back to Wreck Shop. And on 45 it was “O-o-h Child” by the Five Stairsteps.
What artist, genre, or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don’t get?
Chris Brown and Justin Bieber. And I'm good with pop—just don't get these guys.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
The Killers. I know, I know—but man, they're just good. Favorite song: “All These Things That I’ve Done.”
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
“Liwa Wechi” by Miriam Makeba, then “Let's Go Crazy” by Prince.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Sigur Rós, Peter Gabriel, Hans Zimmer, and every year, the Coachella Music Festival—it may be the best thing you'll ever do.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Miles Davis, Sketches of Spain.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr.