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Interview Questions for Singers – Songwriters

If you are an interviewer who wants to decode an artist (singer-songwriter) personal brand correctly, then they need to pick the right interview questions.

Before conducting interviews, it’s essential to research your guest and make an effort to know their backgrounds, histories, hobbies and other necessary information. Study the basics and avoid asking questions that have already been answered in other interviews or online. To help you get started, I have compiled a list of general questions for musician/ singers – songwriters that the interviewer could ask:

  1. What first got you into music?
  2. What skills have you learned that will help you in your singing career?
  3. Who inspired you to make music?
  4. What influenced you to be a singer-songwriter?
  5. What made you decide to pursue a career in entertainment?
  6. How would you describe the music that you typically create?
  7. In terms of the overall composition, what is your favorite song and why?
  8. What kind of singer would you classify yourself as?
  9. Tell me about your process. How do you find inspiration when working to a deadline?
  10. What is your creative process like?
  11. Is there another musician you’ve mentored or trained? Describe what you’ve done to help them.
  12. Have you ever taught anyone how to play an instrument? Describe this experience.
  13. What’s the best piece of advice another musician ever gave you?
  14. What’s your process for dealing with performance anxiety?
  15. How would you handle traveling and being away from your home for an extended time period while you were on tour?
  16. What would you do if your audience looked tired or bored during your performance?
  17. What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
  18. Are you from a musical or artistic family?
  19. Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
  20. How did you learn to sing/ to write/ to play?
  21. What your first music teacher was like?
  22. What was the first instrument which you learned to play?
  23. What is the story behind your band name/stage name?
  24. How could you describe your music?
  25. Describe your creative process?
  26. What is your main inspiration?
  27. What musician do you admire most and why?
  28. What is one message that you would like to give for your fans?
  29. How would you describe your fans?
  30. Do you create for yourself or for your fans?
  31. Did your style evolved since the beginning of your career?
  32. Who do you see as your main competitor?
  33. Would you agree that it is very important to learn, study and understand the old music and music history?
  34. Tell me what your first music teacher was like. What lessons did you learn from them that you still use today?
  35. Have you ever participated in any music competitions? Did you win any prizes?
  36. What would you do if you made a mistake during a performance?
  37. What’s your background?
  38. Which instruments did you play in high school?
  39. What accomplishments do you see yourself achieving in the next five to 10 years?
  40. Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of music?
  41. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
  42. If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
  43. What is one message you would give to your fans?
  44. What is the most useless talent you have?
  45. Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
  46. What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
  47. Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
  48. How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
  49. What is your favourite song to perform?
  50. Which famous musicians do you admire?
  51. What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
  52. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
  53. What is your typical songwriting process?
  54. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
  55. What strengths do you have that you believe make you a great musician?
  56. Do you have any weaknesses that you’re actively working to improve on?
  57. Which instrument is your favorite to play and why?
  58. What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?
  59. Describe your favorite and least favorite part about being a musician.
  60. Which instrument is your least favorite to play and how do you make sure you play it well?
  61. What has been the best performance of your career so far?
  62. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
  63. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
  64. What made you want to become a musician?
  65. Who inspires your playing style? Which artists can we refer to?
  66. What’s next for you?
  67. Who are your biggest influences?
  68. What you enjoy most about being a musician?
  69. What skills are the most useful in the music industry?
  70. How do you handle frequent travels and being away from home for long periods of time?
  71. How do you handle working evenings and nights?
  72. Have you ever played at a wedding or a public party?
  73. When is the last time you performed in front of a huge audience?
  74. Tell me about your best performance?
  75. Tell me about your worse performance?
  76. Do you experience stress before going on stage?
  77. What would you do if the audience looked bored during your performance?
  78. How do you energize the audience?
  79. What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
  80. If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
  81. Have you ever participated in any music competition?
  82. Do you have experience in teaching the music?
  83. What are your plans for the coming months?
  84. How long does it take for you to write a song?
  85. Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
  86. Do you have any artistic collaboration plans?
  87. What does your typical day look like?
  88. What does your typical weekend look like?
  89. How do you balance between the music and the other obligations — school, family, etc.?
  90. What is your opinion about the covers? 5. What is your opinion about 90s music?
  91. Is there any music style which you don’t like?
  92. Is there a link between ethics and music?
  93. What is an instrument which you like to learn and why?
  94. What is the saddest song you’ve ever heard?
  95. If you were an instrument, what would you be and why?
  96. If you were a band, what would you be and why?
  97. If you were a CD, what would you be and why?
  98. If you were a song, what would you be and why?
  99. What advice would you give for someone who just starts the career?
  100. What are your interests outside of music?
  101. If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?

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