Since I've moved over to Staff, I've been busily working on interviews with a number of artists and industry heads alike. I've definitely got a queue that's not over my head, but will prove my worth here on Absolutepunk.
Then I was moved from "okay, I'll read this blog because I don't want to argue in the Brand New thread anymore" to Popular.
It's humbling, and scary at the same time.
Don't get me wrong. I love writing/talking about music and the industry. I love talking to my favorite artists about WHY I am attracted to their creativity. It's the reason I'm spending a third of my time finishing a book I will more than likely give away for free!
It's not the work that gets me, it's my age. See, my Junior/Senior year of high school I interviewed three bands for the school paper: Less Than Jake, Further Seems Forever and Rx Bandits.
I've interviewed Matt Embree twice since then (once for an online article and this past time for my book), and on the last time, he straight up told me enjoyed my interviews. I was speechless. Here's a guy who is in a band that continues to create incredible music, and I'm just some kid speaking from my love of his music. There was this line where I teetered being a fanboy and being a journalist -- and it's a weird fucking feeling at that.
Honestly, I'm worried about my success as a writer, because it seems everyone has an opinion these days about an art form that is as subjective as each of our favorite cereals.
Thank you for reading. There's a long list of user interview suggestions, and we're going to do our best to start tackling as many as possible.
Keep your heads up for the chats too, there's a fan that's also a good journalist in us all.