Monday, 15 February 2010

Mayu Endo, Miss Universe Japan 2000

In April or May 2000, the owner of Tokyo Journal, Dr. Stephan Hauser, asked me to do an article on Mayu Endo, the new Miss Universe Japan. As Hauser was desperately trying to sell advertising space, he also roped in Dr. Andy Wong, a skin care specialist, who had treated Ms. Endo's skin. This made the interview a three-cornered affair with Dr. Andy occupying an interesting intermediate role between interviewer and interviewee. Hauser's hope was that Wong would be so flattered by the experience that he would gladly start advertising in our magazine. Needless to say, this underpowered scheme by the crafty German didn't quite work out. Quite satisfied with the free exposure he got through the article, Dr. Andy sensibly decided to advertise elsewhere.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Angus Young & Brian Johnson [AC/DC]

Angus Young & Brian Johnson

In February 2010, I "interviewed" the biggest rock band on the planet AC/DC by proxy. The way this works is quite simple. Rather than scheduling slots for individual journalists, the promoters collect questions from several journalists then send a proxy interviewrer to present these to the interviewees in one sitting. This saves the musicians lots of time, but leads to a lot of disjointed questioning, dropped points, and bland answers, as questions are not pressed and follow-up questions are lacking or lame. Four of the six questions I submitted were used: numbers 2, 3, 4, and 5. The interview took place at the Park Hyatt in Sydney on the 7th of February, 2010.