After blogging, writing, being a journalist, or whatever you want to title me (I still don’t know what to call what I do), I’ve had my share of stress when it comes to artist/creative interviews. From beginning to end, some of ya’ll have annoyed the hell out of me so I’m going to help you out. I’ve put together a basic run down on how to approach and answer interviews.
Interviews are important for an artist career. It helps fans get to know you on a personal level and it promotes how dope you are to folks who aren’t yet familiar with you. Follow these steps below and you should come out a winner in your next feature.
Now, there’s a proper way to ask for an interview. You can’t just tell people “You should interview me”. That has to be one of the most annoying things in life to hear from anyone. Also, don’t hit us with the guilt trip “When you gonna put me on the blog?” or “When are you gonna feature me?” Again, that shit is annoying AF. Typically media will want to interview you when you need the media attention, aka, you have something to promote. If you have a new release, project, show, etc., those are the right times to inquire about an interview. Hit up the media outlet you’re looking to get coverage from and send them a press release (preferred), or a friendly, but professional email on what you have going on and let them know you’re available for an interview. If your shit is dope or worth sharing, WE WILL HIT YOU. It doesn’t hurt to be persistent as well, so if you don’t get a response after the first email, don’t trip. Follow up with one or two emails. If you don’t hear back though, don’t harass us. Just chill and keep us updated on your next release. We’ll catch on your wave soon enough.
So now you’ve scored an interview. YAY! What next? First, don’t sit on the questions. Sure, we’re all busy, but don’t have someone waiting for a month on your answers. It can make your feature kind of stale, it’s un-motivating for the writer since you’re taking so long and it’s low-key rude. Try and get those answers done within a week or less. That’ll help us get the post up asap.
When answering the interview questions, please ELABORATE. Your answers are a representation of yourself, so if your answers are single words, or just boring, chances are the reader will assume you’re boring or unintelligent and will lose interest. Make sure your answers are wavy and highlight your personality so your feature makes a splash!
PROOFREAD YOUR ANSWERS. I repeat, PROOF READ YOUR ANSWERS! I’m gonna do some venting here because this right here drives me crazy. You guys beg for the interview, get the interview, take hella long to send your answers, then when you send your responses, they make no sense! Proper grammar isn’t being used and everything is spelled wrong. Seriously, I can’t count how many times I’ve had to sit and try to piece together an answer because the artist simply did not care to proofread their shit. It’s irritating as hell. Make the job easy for us, not difficult. Read your answers to see if they make sense and if the grammar is correct. Or at least ask someone else to go over it before you send it out. PLEASE!!!
Lastly, after you’ve done all of the above, please don’t forget to include any web links (website, social media) and high resolution photos. Screen shots from your latest video or interview will not work. Phone selfies with boarders will not work. Anything under 600px will not work. Get your decent photo game up if you don’t have any.
If I sound frustrated, it’s because I am. Being passionate about supporting unseasoned artist comes with its flaws and this is definitely one of them. Help us help you and start taking your whole entire craft more seriously. Hope this info helps.