19 Interview Questions to ask Bands and Artists
What are the most asked questions during interviews?
Step 1*What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name? Have you changed the band's name before?
Step 2*Please list the name, age, school, and respective instrument of each band member.
Step 3*What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
Step 4*How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Step 5*When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
Step 6*Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organizations?
Step 7*What can you tell me about your instruments? (i.e., Are you subject to brand loyalty or will you play with whatever's available? What made you choose the instruments you have now? Was it cost or was it a style/model/brand/color preference?
Step 8*Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
Step 9*Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you have a set play list?
Step 10*Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?
Step 11*Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
Step 12*What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?
Step 13*How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
Step 14*What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Step 15*What's your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?
Step 16*What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Step 17*How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
Step 18*Is there anyone you'd like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?
Step 19*Any last words?
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