A Southern Arizonan through and through, 26-year-old Emil Richardson was born in Nogales, Ariz., and raised in Bisbee; he has now lived in Tucson for five years. He holds a degree in computer animation and is currently earning a second degree in fine arts. Richardson works at KFMA FM 92.1/101.3, where his duties include running the station's syndication of Loveline and co-hosting The Test Department. He is a comic-book fiend and a horror-movie buff. Favorite flick? An American Werewolf in London.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
NOFX at the Rialto Theatre in 1999. Other than getting kicked in the head by a crowd-surfer, I had a killer time.
What are you listening to these days?
I've been going between Dr. Dre, Passion Pit and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. I like to mix it up.
What was the first album you owned?
The Police, Ghost in the Machine.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
Auto-Tune and Justin Bieber. Put both those elements into one song, and you've got trouble ... possibly the end of days.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
The White Stripes. I've seen/met just about every band that I've ever wanted except them. I'm bummed that they are not together anymore. Oh, well; there are always reunion tours.
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
The Moody Blues or Hall and Oates.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
"Highwayman" by the Highwaymen.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Rage Against the Machine. They encouraged me to be politically aware and to question authority.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Brand New, Deja Entendu ... don't make fun.