Interviews are essentially directed conversations. There are a set of prepared questions, meant to trigger some…answers! Interviews should be comfortable, with natural flow, yet provide relevant information or at least the interviewee’s perspective. But the shared characteristics between an interview and conversation don’t stop there; just as we’ve all had painful conversations, there are enough interviews that face the same pitfalls.
This quote-unquote interview with Stars vocalist Amy Millan is an example of said awkward conversations. The lovely Ms Millan, having just released her album Set Yourself On Fire a few weeks ago in the U.S., was understandably tired. Torontoist, being unprepared and a little frightened, didn’t have anything to say either. Here’s the exchange:
Where will you go out when you come back from your tour? (In Los Angeles at interview time.)
Um…You mean for drinks? Or coffee? I go for coffee at Jetfuel.
Where do you usually go out in Toronto?
Okay. Where else?
When you’re not at Jetfuel(pictured), where are you?
Having a beer with Johnny from Jetfuel.
Not at Jetfuel though. Right?
Do you miss Toronto?
Not really. It’s warm here. I miss my niece. And my mom. But that’s it.
What about Jetfuel?
Yeah, and Jetfuel.
When you aren’t at Jetfuel, and it’s the summer, where do you go?
The Toronto Island…with Johnny from Jetfuel.
Thanks. I have no more questions at this time.
Amy Millan and the Stars play a sold out show at the Phoenix Theatre this Thursday. Download Stars’ “Your Ex-Lover is Dead.”