Ya Gotta Luv It

Never Tell a Fib During an Interview


Never tell a fib or make up a story while doing an interview.  I am not saying if you do that you will go to jail unless of course you are under oath and testifying in Congress.  Many artists have made up stories about things that happened in their career like how and when a certain song got written as an example. 

Later it gets exposed that the way the Artist told the story was not the way it happened at all. It is then that it comes down to a game of he said, she said and sometimes it can be very detrimental to a person’s reputation.  An old tale told back stage at the Grand Ole Opry is one of my favorite examples.  It seems like there was an Opry star who lied so much that his own dog wouldn’t come to him when he hollered out his name to come and eat.

I know it is very tempting to stretch the truth a little bit when asked certain questions during an interview but doing so will come back and bite you in the rear end almost every time.  I interviewed an Artist one time that told me he had sold 150,000 copies of his single.  I congratulated him and complimented him on how nice the packaging and layout of the product looked.  I then asked him what manufacturing pressing plant did it for him.

The following day I visited that record pressing plant and introduced myself as a DJ from the local area that was about to do a story on the fact that the Artist I interviewed had sold 150,000 copies and that they were the ones who did the design work.  I was quickly informed that he never sold 150,000 copies of that record and that a total of 1000 copies were all that were ever made.

Never tell a fib during an interview.  There is a huge difference between puffery as its called and an outright fib. A wise artist knows the difference and will not cross the line as It can cause a lot of embarrassment.


The Music Business “Ya Gotta Luv It”

Keith Bradford

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