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.
To keep up-to-date with other advice for singers, keep an eye on the TeenStar Facebook and Twitter pages:
Click the above buttons so you don't miss out!
TeenStar 2018 Audition Dates Now Released!
TeenStar 2018 audition dates are now released! TeenStar, the UK’s only singing and dance competition exclusively for 19 year olds and younger, have now released their 2018 audition dates! …
TEENSTAR CHAMPIONS 2017!
TeenStar have crowned Annabel and Scandalous Productions the overall 2017 winners!
TeenStar Champions: The national singing and dance competition TeenStar has found its latest winners! Joining a long line of prestigious …
TEENSTAR PRIZE WINNERS
Judges’ Top Scores and Sponsor Prize Winners Announced
The TeenStar 2017 Grand Final prize winners and judges’ top scores have been revealed! The national singing and dance competition TeenStar Grand Final took …
MUSIC COMPETITION OPEN MIC UK 2017 AUDITION DATES RELEASED
Music competition auditions dates for Open Mic UK 2017 have been announced!
Open Mic UK have announced their music competition auditions dates for Open Mic UK 2017! The Open Mic UK music …
TeenStar audition dates now released!
TeenStar audition dates are now released! TeenStar, the UK’s only competition exclusively for pre-teens and teenagers, have now released their audition dates! And new for this year it’s also open …
RACHEL ANN CROWNED TEENSTAR CHAMPION!
Future Music has crowned Rachel Ann as the overall winner of TeenStar 2015.
TeenStar Champion: The national singing competition TeenStar has found its latest winner! Joining a long line of prestigious …
MUSIC BUSINESS – TEENSTAR GRAND FINAL JUDGES’ TOP SCORES
Music business judges’ top scores from the 2015 TeenStar Grand Final.
Music Business: The TeenStar singing competition Grand Final’s judges’ top scores …
AWARD WINNERS – TEENSTAR GRAND FINAL WINNERS
2015 TeenStar Grand Final award winners.
Award Winners: The TeenStar Grand Final took place at The NEC in Birmingham on Saturday 25th July. The TeenStar grand finalists performed in front of a …
PLAYING THE GUITAR
How to use dynamics when playing the guitar.
Playing the Guitar: Dynamics are essential when playing the guitar as they help to spice up your playing, and also your songwriting. Using dynamics when playing the guitar …
Information on The Voice auditions.
Voice Auditions: The Voice is a British television talent show created by the BBC. There are two stages to The Voice auditions; the producers' auditions and the blind auditions.
TALENT COMPETITIONS – DEVELOPING CHILDREN’S VOCALS
Ways in which talent competitions can be used to help a child’s development.
Talent Competitions – Developing Children’s Vocals: Many singers choose to enter …
SINGING AUDITIONS – TIPS FROM MUSIC INDUSTRY JUDGES
Pointers on how to impress music industry judges at singing auditions
Singing Auditions – Tips from Music Industry Judges: Here are some pointers on how to impress the judges …
NETWORKING TIPS FOR SINGERS
Networking tips for the music industry
Networking Tips for Singers: Networking is the opportunity to speak and connect with people who you may have never had the chance to before. For musicians it’s an …
MUSIC PERFORMANCE TIPS FOR SINGERS
Tips to improve your music performance
Music Performance Tips for Singers: Being able to deliver a good music performance can often be something that sets your performance out from the rest. It’s …
SONGS TO COVER – MAKING A COVER ORIGINAL
How to choose songs to cover and make original when performing
Songs to Cover – Making a Cover Original: When songs to cover you want to stand out and be remembered, a good way of doing …
PERFORMING AS A SINGER
Tips on performing for singers.
Performing as a Singer: Performing is one of the most important parts of being a singer. Although the voice is important, knowing how to entertain your audience through your …