The Blitzen Trapper talk we posted yesterday was our first foray into the world of interviewing. It was an interesting trial run for something we hope to do more often. Here’s a brief rundown of how this actually came about:
Never having interviewed anyone in our lives, both of us were hesitant and nervous to approach the band after getting into the Bug Jar. (Getting into the bar, by the way, was slightly unnerving. We had only briefly spoken to Blitzen Trapper’s management, who told us to just talk to them at the merch table before the show, and that we’d be on the list. We were not on the list. We were on a separate scrap of paper scribbled as Andy + 1.) After much looking around, hesitation and some liquid courage, Dave went up to Brian who was manning the t-shirts and CDs, introduced himself and explained the situation. After some discussion of which member(s) of the band we wanted to talk to, we decided on Brian himself, who then needed to find someone to take his spot, which ended up being Erik, once his game of Big Buck Hunter was finished.
With the merch table newly manned, we looked for a place to sit, and settled on the table where Marty and Eric were already sitting. With only a few pre-planned questions and a notepad, we just went for it, fumbling our way around, trying to establish a rapport (which was accomplished thanks to Lil’ Wayne’s inability to perform a single show in Rochester despite three tries.)
And when we wrapped things up, the band asked how long we’d been writing the blog (nearly a month now), how many interviews we’d done (none) and how many shows we’d reviewed (none). They seemed surprised, but gave us positive feedback. And we want to thank them for being accommodating. Maybe next time we’ll use a tape recorder.