I don’t claim to be an expert interviewee; however, I have taken a few sit-downs in my time of being a solo artist and with my involvement in the industry as a whole. One thing is more important than anything – take control of your interview: Body language, attention to detail and a bit of humor can be a great catalyst for a great interview.
It's important to know the environment, research the interviewer and get to know a bit about them that can open up a dialogue - the more you get them to like you the smoother the interview will go. Remember, this list was created based on my experience and as a suggestion to help open the lines of communication and make your interview time more fun and engaging. If you do not have a problem initiating dialogue, you may not need this entire list.
-Show up on-time
-Use positive and assertive body language (don’t appear bored/disinterested or sluggish)
-Always show up with a little token of your appreciation - thank you card, artist poster, artist t-shirt, CD, complementary tickets to your next show
-Be prepared- try to know your interviewers name, memorize the name of station/medium. Be prepared to sing.
-Be yourself- if 'yourself' is not fun, engaging and transparent, then be someone else, like Batman or Wonder Woman for the interview ;)
-Be honest - the truth is hard for you to forget or make up.
-Make your answers conversational and not just phrases.
-Have a plan.
-Be memorable, ask deliberate and educated questions (do some research)
-This is important!!!!! HAVE FUN!
-Do not be late
-Do not reply with one word answers, unless required to
-Do not be boring
-Do not use sexual overtones, dress or language
-Do not offer to give the interviewer cash
The Hope Of Christmas Synopsis:
THOC is a project concept created by Ryan Lewis, founder of Elevation Music Studio and school of music, for the soul purpose of artist development, experience and growth; placing junior artist enrolled with EMS in a real industry type scenario, to expose and prepare them in handling themselves appropriately.
Possible interview Questions:
Tell me about this project, from your perspective, and how you got involved, in a short few words. (refer to the hope of Christmas Synopsis above)
Tell me a bit about yourself
Why do you like to sing/ what about singing do you love.
Who is you favorite artist and why?
What or who are some of your biggest influences?
As a form of preparation, create some questions for yourself – the great thing about this is that sometimes you learn things about yourself that you didn’t pay close attention to before. Along with preparation, it is a great self-discovery exercise. Enjoy
SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) is a not-for-profit organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of millions of Canadian and international music creators and publishers.
Registering a copyright
While copyright ownership in Canada is automatic upon creation of a song, it is still important to have evidence that establishes ownership and date of creation in the possible event of infringement. The following are common practices: registering with the Canadian and/or U.S. copyright offices and including identification of ownership on all published material. [socan.ca]
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