Featured Artist Interview with "A Mad Affair",

Back in January of 2013 my Collabative partner and I had the pleasure of traveling to Reidsville, NC. to spend an evening at Brad and Tammy's Listening Loft. It was the first time we had been in their space and we were enthralled with what we found, including "A Mad Affair", the band that performed there that night. We had a great time and enjoyed meeting and chatting with band members Valerie Wood, Garth Robertson and Eric Smith. Towards the end of the evening, I mentioned that I did interviews with indie musicians and would like to have them if they were interested, to which there was expressed some mild interest. Over the course of the weeks that followed, guitarist / vocalist Garth Robertson and I began communicating back and forth via e-mails, which led not only to my being able to interview them, but having them perform at The Showcase of Original Music.

The day of the interview, the interaction was casual, animated and lively as the band members kept the banter flowing, while answering questions insightfully, mixing subtle humor and careful thougtfulness at different moments throughout our time together. We ended up with almost 45 minutes of material; far more than we had at any previous time. And even then I knew there were things that we didn't get to touch on, which made it hard to stop.

In the opening segment we talk about their commitment to being full time musicians, some of their history as friends and as musicians, their song writing process and how they present their music, among other things. We moved from there on to talking about the different types of venues they play and if they had any preference. There's also a lot of discussion about the business side of being a full-time musician these days and how the internet has affected the way bands go about booking, promoting and interacting with followers. We even got into some more personal taste and philosophic topics in the last segment before wrapping things up. Never has it been easier for me, as the interviewer, to get comfortable and into the flow, allowing an organic exchange to take place. Thanks to their relaxed personalities and demeanor, once we all sat down, the next hour or so seemed to fly by and was most enjoyable. I hope you get that sense when watching.

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Many thanks to The Creative Center for graciously hosting us for this interview in the Showcase Gallery. And to Melody Watson for her inspiration, technical, and blogging expertise.


on 2013-05-03 19:21 by Kris Ferris

In case you live in the Greensboro area and want to see "A mad Affair" tonight - Friday May 3rd, 2013 - in down town Greensboro at "First Friday", click here. Scroll down the page to Chakras and you will find some info. See you there!