Wondering what you’ve got yourself in for?
Want to find out more before our interview?
On this page I’ve set out the before, during and after stages of our interview so that there are no surprises.
If after reading this you have any outstanding questions or niggling thoughts do please drop me a line – I want this to be a fun experience for you, and the best way to do this is by making sure you’re comfortable and confident.
– If you haven’t already, please let me know which venue you’d like to talk about – the easiest way to do so is by completing this form (I will do some research into the venue, looking for pictures, finding out what now stands in its place)
– Please identify the time period most relevant to talk about (You may have gone to the venue every weekend for ten years, but I would like to encourage you to focus on a period of particular significance to you, as it helps to focus the conversation)
– If you have any photos of yourself in the venue please share these (these would be really useful for me as a jumping off point for questions)
– The interview is as much about you and your life as it is about the venue. I will potentially be asking personal questions about a number of subjects – your coming out/your family situation/relationships/work. Please think in advance about these areas and what you are and aren’t prepared to talk about.
– Always remember – It’s not meant to be formal and uptight. It’s meant to be a casual chat!
– I will be editing the audio after we’ve recorded our interview. If you lose your spot or forget your next point, don’t be afraid to sit in silence until you regain your composure and continue. Likewise, if you get halfway through a sentence and realise that you’d like to start again this is totally fine.
– Whilst it’s a good idea to think in advance about some of the topics that we’ll be covering don’t over rehearse or read off of a script. I want the podcast to sound natural. It’s okay to have a few bullet points to work off of (and I will!), but people that listen to podcasts don’t want to listen to an audiobook. They’re listening to the dynamic conversations and discussions that happen in real time.
If we are undertaking the interview online there are a few steps to make sure you sound great:
– Make sure you are in a quiet room. I know this is really obvious, but it makes a huge difference! A curtain flapping in the wind or a dripping tap can be very distracting for listeners!
– The built-in mic on computers work fine, but for a better sound a USB mic can work wonders. If you have one please use this.
– To avoid feedback please wear headphones for the interview
Every interview is different, and I am always more than happy to be swept away in chatting about random non-related things, but some of the questions that might come up include:
I will edit the conversation before publishing it (usually taking out ‘ums’, ‘ahs’, and any bits of conversation that doesn’t serve the episode), and usually won’t be in touch again until the conversation is published.
Let me know when we chat if you’d like me to give you more notice about when I intend to share the episode with the world.
I use Riverside.fm to record my interviews – below is a short checklist they put together for a seamless recording experience:
1. Make sure all participants tune in from a computer with a Chrome browser that’s up-to-date.
2. Check internet stability. Ethernet cable is preferred over WiFI.
3. Use an external mic, if possible.
4. Use headphones/earphones to prevent echo. If someone doesn’t have them, consider turning on echo cancellation for that person. Echo cancellation degrades the audio quality so for the highest quality recording we recommend wearing headphones.
5. Close all applications that don’t need to be open during the recording. This prevents CPU overload. Important: Please all programs that try to use your mic/camera.
6. If you can’t connect the mic/camera, make sure that you have given access to Chrome to use the mic/camera. The same holds for screen sharing.