Sunday, 20 February 2011

Janick Gers [Iron Maiden]


In February, 2011, I interviewed Janick Gers, one of Iron Maiden's three guitarists. The band was in Singapore on their The Final Frontier World Tour. The telephone conversation lasted about 15 minutes with the Maiden axeman managing to get off 39 "y'knows," at a very respectable rate of 2.6 per minute.
Iron Maiden arrived in Japan on the same day as the Great Tohoku Earthquake, with the result that both their gigs were cancelled.


Thursday, 17 February 2011

El Anatsui, sculptor


On the 6th of February, 2011, I interviewed the Ghanaian artist El Anatsui at the Museum of Modern Art Hayama. He mainly makes wood scuptures of various kinds and large tapestries from bits of garbage, like bottle tops, aluminium foil, etc. The interview lasted around 17 minutes and was conducted as an "exhibition walk-through." Because of the need for visual reference, I recorded it on video.