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When bad interviewers do interviews…

December 14, 2007

sigurros.jpgI’ve done my fair share of music interviews in my time. From Next Big Things that never made it, to Lostprophets, to garage bands made up of 15-year-olds. One thing I’ve learned is that artists want to talk about their art, they don’t care about inane questions like, “So are you enjoying the jet-set world of the rich and famous?”

Which is why I’m not at all surprised that Icelandic dream-weavers Sigur Ros got so fed up with this interview here. Really, questions like, “So how do you create music? Does one of you start playing and then the others join in?” aren’t helpful and are only going to result in a grumpy grunt instead of the introspection that was desired. Oh, and a good interviewer doesn’t bombard the subject with multiple (yes/no) questions. I know Jonathan Ross gets away with it, but that’s his style. Leave him to it.

Incidentally, if you want to see how an interview with Sigur Ros is done, buy Future Music issue 19, on sale 18th January. We’ve an interview in there (and it’s my last issue before my move from sonic to Sonic…).

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