How can your band find good interviews? What are some do’s and don’ts for during an interview? All this and more!
Shout out to Graham Chapman for making himself look like a twat!
Finding interviews is a lot like finding gigs, once you replace a few key words. We have a video on that very subject which you can find that episode right here.
We also suggested taking a look at our How To Contact Industry Professionals video, which is over here.
Smaller shows are more ACCOMMODATING
The bigger a show or blog the more likely it is that they have a strict format they cannot shift from. From our experience, the smaller blogs are often more accommodating, so will give you a much better experience and a much more useful end product.
collaborations are as important as interview
Not all show will play your music, or talk in-depth about your musical career. That sounds silly and pointless, but actually you can get a lot out of collaborations. Keep an open mind to being on non-music podcasts, for example.
Here’s some great examples of collaborations which promote films, music, or whatever else without talking exclusively about that.
- First We Feast have a YouTube show where guests eat particularly spicy foods whilst talking about recent projects and answering trivia questions. James Franco and Bryan Cranston spoke about a recent film while Rhett & Link talked about their shows Good Mythical Morning and Buddy System.
- Snoop Dogg cooking with Martha Stewart is the best. You can watch the video we used in this episode here, or the (as far as we know), original Snoop & Martha video over here.
Tips for Good Interviews
Here’s advice for the interview itself.
- Don’t bring your drug dealer. Obviously.
- Establish how many band members the interviewer wants you to bring, and make sure they can all talk.
- Keep talking. Elaborate on your responses, and remember that the listeners probably aren’t musicians so will likely find your responses entertaining or interesting.
- Get copies of the interview questions in advance if possible. Most producers should be forthcoming.
- Don’t rigidly script your responses, keep things flexible to adjust to the specific phrasing of the question.
- If you’re asked to not swear on a show you need to oblige. They could just not publish your interview.
- Try to look / sound healthy and upbeat! Unless looking ill is part of your band’s identity.