Michael Toubassi is the co-founder of the production company Upstairs Film and the director of the Tucson Film and Music Festival. A graduate of the UA, Michael has written, directed and produced a number of documentaries, short films and music videos. His feature High and Dry is a documentary about the history of the Tucson music scene.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
It was either Steve Winwood with Level 42 or Mötley Crüe with Whitesnake. (I still have the ticket stub from the Mötley Crüe show.)
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Beck, Modern Guilt; Sea Wolf, Get to the River Before It Runs Too Low; Giant Sand, proVISIONS; Shudder to Think, Get Your Goat; Aimee Mann, @#%&*! Smilers.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
1,200 CDs, 150 on vinyl, 75 cassettes and three 8-tracks.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
I used to download illegally for work many years ago, but now I only download legally, mostly via iTunes.
What was the first album you owned?
Purchased at the same time: John Mellencamp, American Fool; The Go-Go's, Beauty and the Beat; and David Bowie, Let's Dance.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Talking Heads, "This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)."
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
I love Willie Nelson, especially Countryman, his reggae album--I don't think many people know that. Guilty pleasure: Duran Duran.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Tucson band The (New) Drakes. It's pretty cool to be able to work with (them), be friends with (them) and really enjoy their music over the course of so many years and life changes.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
The Police, Reggatta de Blanc.