Media interviews are very important in the life of any musician, no matter how blown you are. Through interviews, fans get to connect with you, have a feel of your personality, and also get some amazing facts about you and your music. As an artiste, you must always strive to get interviewed, don’t run away from interviews, and be prepared to kill any interview session you’re called up for. In my over 5years of producing interview shows on Naijaloaded TV, I still feel many upcoming artistes don’t know how to properly have an interesting interview that will end up having a positive impact on their music career. Below Are 5 Tips To Having A Fantastic TV Or Radio Interview As An Artiste:- 1. Be Friendly To People You Meet At Any TV Or Radio Station Many times, I see artistes acting cold and hostile when they enter a media house for an interview. Two things could cause this, it’s either the artiste is shy or he or she is acting that way to boost his ego. Pride!! You’re an upcoming artiste, you enter a media house and you want OAPs and media journalists who have met people way bigger than you to rush you and start famzing you because you have 50k followers on IG. As an artiste, when you enter a media house be friendly to the host, the cameraman, the grip guys, and anybody you meet. Your friendly attitude won’t only set a good atmosphere for a great interview, it will make the people in the media house treat your music contents as a fan long after the interview. If you come in unfriendly to people in the media house, there are high chances that you will have a very dry interview because the vibe is already negative from the start. 2. Ask For What The Interview Will Be About No matter how well you think you can talk during an interview, try as much as possible to ask what the interview will be all about. Better still, make attempt to find the previous edition of the interview show with other artistes. This will give you an idea of how the interview is going to be like. For instance, some OAP might be very controversial with their interview questions, you just have to know so that you can answer controversial questions in the smartest way possible. As an upcoming artiste, most interviews you will be doing at this stage will be about you, your past and present music projects, therefore you must come prepared in a way that music lovers will be so much interested in your music after watching your interview. We once interviewed Jaido P on Naijaloaded TV and the interview was centered around his beef with Kabex at that time. We informed him about what the interview is about and ofcourse he came prepared. Watch Jaido P’s Interview Below:- SUBSCRIBE TO GET MORE HOT VIDEOS 3. Don’t Be In A Rush To Answer Questions, Relax!! It is an interview, not an examination, so you should relax when answering questions thrown at you. Don’t be too much in a rush to answer interview questions. You’re free to pause for some moment, think the question through before answering. You’re free to say “Humm, let me think for a moment“. The interviewer won’t mind because a well-thought answer brings out a better quote than rushed answers and better quotes are what the OAP is looking for. When we interviewed Oxlade on Naijaloaded TV, he was so calm with his response and everything he said was on point back-to-back. Watch Oxlade’s Interview Below:- SUBSCRIBE TO GET MORE HOT VIDEOS 4. Don’t Be Afraid To Make Mistakes – It’s Just An Interview As an artiste, if you’re always bothered about making mistakes with English in your interviews, you won’t go anywhere. Whether you speak English or Pidgin, people just want to understand what you’re saying and that’s all. Have this in mind!! Be aware that speaking bad English during your interviews cannot end your career, the worst people will do is laugh and when they laugh, it means they are entertained. Know that your English proficiency doesn’t matter as long as you do good music. Also, be rest assured that the people you are going to meet in the media houses are professionals, they are always willing to assist you with any difficulty you may have during interviews. If you have to take a question twice in a recorded interview, they are always willing to do assist you. If it’s a live interview show, it is professional for the OAP to come down to your level and assist you all through. Destiny Boy was still very young when we interviewed him on Naijaloaded TV some years back after his Davido’s “If Cover” blew up, we assisted him to have a perfect response all through the show. Even though it was tedious but it was only professional of us to do it. Watch Destiny Boy’s Interview Below:- SUBSCRIBE TO GET MORE HOT VIDEOS So, don’t be afraid to make mistakes during interviews, and of course you will get better at it over time. 5. Be Real And Be You During Interviews I have seen artiste walk into our office and talk normally before the camera starts recording. Once the camera records, you won’t know where the fake American accent is coming from. You don’t even use an American accent to sing your songs and you’re here talking and forming Agege JCole with accent. Don’t do this!! During interviews, talk normally the way you will talk to your friends on the street. This will make the audience relate well to what you are saying and it makes them feel the realness as well as originality in you. Mr Gbafun‘s interview was one of the realest we’ve ever had on Naijaloaded TV. He was comfortably switching from his Yoruba, English, and Pidgin. Dope!! Watch Mr. Gbafun Interview Below:- SUBSCRIBE TO GET MORE HOT VIDEOS Also, part of being real is saying what you have to say without holding anything back. That thing you don’t want to say might be what we sell out your interview. As long as what you want to say is about you and your music, say it with your full chest. If you feel you’re a better artiste than any blown artiste, feel free to say it. Remember when Rema said in an interview that; “Wizkid is the one sounding like him, he is not sounding like Wizkid“. He said it with his full chest and he didn’t die. Infact, that part of the interview was what made many people who don’t know Rema at that time go check him out. As an artiste, interviews are essential to your career development, after releasing a new music project you will need a couple of media tours and interviews as part of your promotional plans. People want to know how you come about your new song, what inspires it, and what has been going on with you before dropping the song at that time. Therefore, your interview has to be interesting. You won’t have a boring interview session if you take these tips into use. Do You Agree With This List? 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