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In case you thought you were alone in feeling like your mind goes to mush during interviews – you're not. Even people who consider themselves outgoing can find themselves so anxious they can't think straight when asked questions on the spot, on the record. But talking with the press is an important part of promoting your music, so you absolutely must deal.
To be honest, I personally struggled with this. As a music journalist, I'm used to being on the other side, but since opening a music venue a couple years ago, I've been asked for interviews a handful of times. I thought my years of conversations with bands and artists had prepared me – nope! Again and again, my nerves have hit such brain-draining highs that I can't even bear to check out the story once it was published.
But, like you, I know I've got to get over my jitters somehow. I really do want to be a great interview subject, so I've created a five-step plan (yup, planning is key!) that I think will get me there. Maybe it'll help you too. Good luck!