Being a free lance music journalist in Indie Rocks! has given me the opportunity to meet many interesting people. Something I've noticed is that it does´t matter how much you plan an interview, something always happens that you could never imagined. Sometimes the surprise is good, but sometimes it is quite awkward.
In this article, I would like to share a list of things that have happened to me in my brief career as a music journalist:
1. British Serenade
The interview with James Blake was on the phone and it was one of the nicest I've done. The man has a perfect and charming british accent, he is extremely friendly, and his cultural level is higher than average.
The best part? When I asked him what music he listened lately, and I didn't understand when he said Bill Withers, he began to sing No Sunshine When She is Gone. He didn´t know it, but I adore that song and he sang it beautifully! His voice is just amazing.
2. When I interviewed my teen idol
The first time I came across Adan was in Rhodesia (a night club). I saw his back and thought he was someone else, a guy with whom I flirted long ago. I went to him, took his hand to say hello, and then I realized who he was.
At that period of my life, I used to listen his second album, "Amador", a lot, so I felt very excited with the coincidence. Because I was starstruck I didn´t know what to do, and all I could say was: "you are so tall". It was embarrassing, because I hate it when people tell me that.
Then I ran into him a few times in the Condesa neighborhood (never talked to him, though). But one day I received a call from my editor: "We have an interview with someone you love, but before I tell you who he is, you need to be honest and tell me if you can arrive here in less than ten minutes".
Luckily I was in the neighborhood, so I said yes. . Then he told me who I would interview: Adanowsky.
Adan arrived a couple of minutes later, he was wearing makeup:smokey eyes and red lips. He looked amazing. Despite knowing his career and having a thousand questions to ask, the interview was a little awkward but fortunately he is one of those characters who almost interview themselves.
The vibe of the conversation flowed better when I confessed that 10 minutes ago I didn´t know I would meet him. Then I asked him if "Sexual Feeling" and "Rock me" would be a part of his new album, and he answered with a smile on his face.
After I finished with my list of questions, I told him that my parents had also lost a baby before I was born (his mother lost a baby and wanted a girl she would name Ada, when Adan was born, she named him Adan.) and they had given me a masculine name. Then Adan told me to be careful with that, because according to Psychomagic, I felt unconsciously guilty and also felt the disappointment of being born a girl. It was really interesting.
3. When you forget your recorder...
One of my first interviews was to the mexican band Hello Seahorse. The appointment was at EMI Music, which for some reason, made it a little more intimidating.
The guys in the band behaved really cool, but when I was on the door, I realized I had forgotten my recorder.
When I returned, I found out that my Tascam kept recording, so now I had the testimony of the band´s private conversation. The truth is, I was not interested in what they talk after I left, but Denisse (the lead singer) insisted they would not give it back until they made sure the conversation was erased.
In the end everything went well, I did not hear their conversation and I got back my material.It was a win-win situation.
4. When I met my platonic sister in law
I was enjoying one of the thousands activities in Cumbre Tajin when I was told that we had backstage access with Samantha Ronson. Personally, I'm not a fan of her work as a dj (I hate they way she mutes the songs), but I adore her big brother Mark, who besides being a great producer and musician (he produced Amy Winehous´s Back to Black) is one of the most stylish men in the world.
We were waiting for our turn, when the journalist who talked to her before me came out and told me that Samantha was "very grim", and that made me nervous. But upon entering I discovered a simple woman with a sarcastic sense of humor (I looooved it!)
We talked about her lifestyle and work (sorry guys, no Lindsay talk) and she told me she had just heard the Madden brothers´new record. Then I asked her about growing up surrounded by music and she began to talk about my dream love.
She said his new material (hasn´t come out yet) was "the best she had ever heard" and we kept gushing about him. It was cool.
4. When I accidentaly turn off my recorder:
When he learned that I would work interviewing people, my then boyfriend gave me a Tascam. He knew me really well, because after opening it and saying aloud: "It is very easy to use" he retracted and forced me to take a quick course in how to use it. To me it seemed like an exaggeration, as it was basically turn on, record, press stop, so I didn´t pay attention.
Then the day for my first face to face interview came. The personality was Alejandra Zermeño, a sculpture artist that had recently opened her exhibition at the Chopo Museum. She gave me a tour of each of the pieces and I listened attentively while the recorder was doing it´s job. I also took a couple of notes. In the midst of the tour, someone interrupted us so Zermeño had to abandon me for a few minutes. I assumed I had just paused the recording, but when I got home I noticed that I had not recorded the last part of the interview.
My mistake didn´t have too much consequences, I had the first part of the material and my notes. But I won a well-deserved "I told you so."