Radio interview tips: Radio interviews are a great way for singers to achieve wide-spread exposure for themselves and their music, but with the incredibly short amount of time available to create an impact, they can be stressful.
Have no fear! Below are plenty of radio interview tips you can follow to help avoid falling into some of the obvious traps.
Practice makes perfect, so a good radio interview tip is to perhaps have a couple of radio interviews on local community, student based or hospital radios to allow you to get used to the scenario.
Always speak to the presenter beforehand and ask them what questions they are going to ask, what things they would like to cover and what you would like to get across so you are all on the same page.
One of the most important radio interview tips is to decide beforehand on the message you predominantly want to convey, and focus on that message in the interview, for example a call to action such as ‘come and see us play at Bestival’ or ‘our EP launch party this coming Friday’ or ‘our single is released Monday’, etc. All act members need to be singing from the same hymn sheet with the call to action (the one message) and you need to finish the radio interview with a clear, precise call to action, whilst making sure not to over-sell or over complicate the message.
The presenter will no doubt ask you generic questions about you as an act and the type of music you sing. One radio interview tip is to not go overboard in your answers to these questions, as you will be eating into your time to talk about what YOU want to talk about. Think of some interesting stories or facts about your act that will stick in the audience’s head.
Be firm and make sure you get in a web address or somewhere people can check out your music while you are on-air. Once the interview has finished you’ve missed that vital opportunity!
Another great radio interview tip; keep it slow! When in a time-limited interview, the natural tendency may be to speak quickly in order to get your message across, but this can cause you to trip over your words, speak unclearly, and worst of all, cause you to ramble on and on..!
Be clear is one of the most important radio interview tips – there is no point in you being on air if nobody can hear what you’re saying, and hesitancies and slip ups are an immediate switch off for a listening audience. Three radio interview tips that will keep you in control of your voice are:
Adopting these three radio interview tips will put you in control of your voice and help you adopt a suitable speaking tempo, which in turn will help you remain clear and interesting on air.
Nerves can make your voice appear tense or dull on air, so it’s important to find a way to get rid. Listening to the presenter is one radio interview tip for helping to distract you from this. It’s tempting to start planning responses to questions as they’re being asked rather than focusing on the question in hand, but doing the latter will keep you distracted from your nerves and ensure you fully understand the questions you’re being asked. If you do find you’re stuck for a response, a good radio interview tip to buy yourself some time is to begin your reply with a phrase such as ‘that’s a very interesting question’.
Take fluids into the interview. When you get nervous your mouth becomes dry and your tongue clicks against the roof of your mouth. This will be the biggest giveaway to your listening audience that you are nervous. Don’t be afraid to ask before you start the interview if you can have a glass of water.
You may only be speaking for a short amount of time, but the need to maintain an interesting voice is vital. There are a few fail-safe radio interview tips to help you do this. One radio interview tip is to imagine that each of your responses is a short story, which will automatically inject more energy and expression into your voice.
Another radio interview tip is to emphasise important words. Emphasising the key words that make up the essence of your sentences will help you sound more convincing.
You’ll no doubt be appearing on a show which houses singers so you need to stand out. What will make the audience listen more? Normally if there is something in it for them, so perhaps a competition to back up your call to action (tickets to a gig, free copies of your EP etc).
Finally, and perhaps one of the most important radio interview tips is to smile. When you smile, your voice smiles, and you will come across as more likeable and personable to listeners. Relax and be yourself and all the above will come to you a lot easier.
To round things, up, it’s perfectly naturally to feel nervous about a radio interview, but by using the radio interview advice we’ve outlined, you’ll deliver your responses with confidence and impact.
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