RECORD STORE TALES #908: Practice Practice Practice
Time for another confessional!
After our amazing interview with Paul Laine a little while ago, I finally have the confidence to say that I feel like a good interviewer. I didn’t always feel that way. My very first interview, with Eddie Jackson of Queensryche, was 20 years ago. That was a great interview, but I didn’t think I was a good interviewer yet. I felt like I needed a few more under my belt first. My next interview didn’t go nearly as well, and I stopped pursuing them.
Here’s the truth. I don’t care how stupid this sounds. You go and interview Paul Laine yourself if you think this sounds stupid.
When I was younger…I used to practice interviewing rock stars in my room.
Paul Stanley. Ace Frehley. Bruce Dickinson. I made up questions and I practised asking them. I worked on my cadence and imagined loose, fun interviews. I pictured myself improvising followup questions. I practised!
This continued into my 20s. Listening to albums. Reading interviews. Thinking, “I could do better than this.” Pondering the questions you really wanted to know the answers to.
I’m happy that I’m now well past the point of practising. Only experience can be my guide now. If this shtick comes naturally to me, it’s only because I practised at it for years!