Interviewing, in essence, is all about trust.
The interviewer trusts that the person they’re talking to is invested in giving a response worthy of their time, and, in turn, the interviewee trusts that the writer isn’t going to manipulate said response to suit their own agenda.
For me, I have no agenda other than delivering pieces that cause both the artist and the audience to think critically about the topic at-hand. I’m not interested in scandal, selfies, or anything resembling salacious clickbait. I’m also not interested in being cozy with bands or showing off how many famous people I’ve met on social media. I’m simply dedicated to the work for the sake of doing it, because mainstream pop culture journalism just doesn’t cut it for me anymore.
That said, I’ve gone back through my archives and dug out a dozen subjects that I consider to be my favorites for reasons both personal and professional. I hope that you enjoy reading them again as much I did.
Chuck D (2010) – This is the one that really got the ball rolling for me. I only had a year as a music journalist under my belt and Chuck decided to give me an opportunity.
Jon Anderson (2011) – Jon is one of the most gracious artists I’ve ever spoken with and his willingness to discuss anything was greatly appreciated.
Glenn Hughes (2011) – One of my favorite singers in the history of recorded music.
Rik Emmett (2012) – As a Canadian music aficionado, this one was huge.
Wayne Coyne (2013) – I couldn’t believe that it happened then and still can’t now.
Ian Thornley (2013) – What I said about Rik Emmett also applies here.
Ian Anderson (2014) – The fact that another living legend agreed to speak with an unknown writer from WNY still amazes me.
Scott Stapp (2014 and 2016) – Regardless of your opinion of him or the band that he fronted, I think that these pieces really allowed his humanity to shine through.
Sophie B. Hawkins (2018) – This was my first interview after a two-year hiatus from writing and it couldn’t have been with a more underrated yet passionate artist.
Steven Wilson (2018) – They say that interviewing your idols can be a bad thing, but this was everything but.
Steve Hackett (2019) – My inner music nerd was tweaking.
Bruce Cockburn (2019) – What I said about Rik Emmett and Ian Thornley applies yet again.