Thursday, 12 July 2012

Ami Clarke, conceptual artist

In early 2012, I interviewed the artist Ami Clarke about her show at The Container in Tokyo. The Container is literally that, a shipping container that has been inserted into a hair salon. The show was a disappointment, featuring a video of a clip from the 1960s TV show "The Prisoner" showing a large balloon bouncing around, a smaller video of an eye blinking, and "Unpublish," a couple of sheets of paper containing an imagined conversation with Bradley Manning, a US soldier arrested for leaking classified information. According to the press release the show was supposed to be a profound exploration of issues surrounding information control in the internet age. I interviewed Ms. Clarke by email.

Monday, 30 April 2012

Kieran Webster [The View]

I spoke to Kieren Webster, the bassist from the View on the 12th of April, 2007. The interview was a little difficult because the line was poor, Webster spoke with a heavy Dundee accent, and also he was suffering from a hangover. I was in Urawa, while he was at the Glasgow Barrowlands, where the band was in the middle of soundchecking. During the 18 minutes we talked, he only name-checked this blog 12 times.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Angela Gossow [Arch Enemy]

In March 2012, I interviewed Angela Gossow the singer of the Anarchist Death Metal band Arch Enemy. After a planned phoner fell through, I was asked to send some questions by email. Interviewing by phone and by email require quite diffent approaches. With the phone you get instant feedback, but with email it's more important to create the kind of questions that can 'live on their own.' This means that they should not be the sort of questions that can be easily answered with a simple yes or no. They should also be mildly provocative so as to get more than the basic press release kind of answer. This might also require a spot of humour. This particular interview is a masterclass in the art of the email interview, as Angela delivered plenty of good copy.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Sousuke Morimoto, painter

Sometimes interviewing can be very precise and specific, but other times you just throw out questions and hope for a good response. In February 2012 I interviewed three Realist artists for an article I was writing about the Hoki Museum. As they were all good painters of nudes, I sent them three identical sets of questions. This is the response from Sousuke Morimoto.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Gianluca Iannone, politician

Gianluca Iannone is the founder and leader of CasaPound, an Italian political movement that takes its name from the American poet and Fascist sympathizer, Ezra Pound. Although it is surrounded by controversy the movement falls outside the usual Left/Right political categories as shown by Iannone's criticism of the EDL and his holistic approach to politics. The interview was done through an exchange of emails in early 2011.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Glenn Tipton [Judas Priest]

Back in 2001, I interviewed legendary Judas Priest axeman Glenn Tipton about a forthcoming trip to Japan. The interview was by telephone and lasted about 26 minutes, during which he clocked up a grand total of 46 y'knows, a rate of 1.76 per interview minute.