The other night, I interviewed Bryan Stars on the phone while he had a squirrel
harassing him. No joke, he had a squirrel harrassing him as he walked by. He likes animals, they apparently don't like him. Bryan was very helpful, and gave
me a lot of insight into his life as an interviewer. Read the questions I asked
him, and his answers below.
1. Have you ever been interviewed before?
Yeah, I was in the New York Times, USA Today, and was on a local TV station.
2. Does it ever feel weird being the one who's being interviewed, not the one doing the interview?
It does when they ask me my own questions. Like this one guy who interviewd me exactly like how I do interviews. That was a little weird.
3. I was actually going to ask you one of your own questions. What would be your porn star name?
4. Do you have any advice for an aspiring interviewer?
Do a video or article you'd be interested in, be respectful and professional and let the bands do the talking. Also remember what kind of people you're interviewing. Don't ask fun and silly questions to serious bands, and don't ask serious questions to fun and goofy people. One on one interviews are always more serious, two or more people are always more fun. Bands love to pick on each other and that's always more fun. Keep in mind also, that this is their job, so when you're trying to get an interview with them make it sound very beneficial to them, like you could help them get more publicity by doing an interview with you.
5. In an email once, you told me that you started at a local TV station. How'd you get from there to YouTube?
I was eighteen, going to the University Of Nebraska, and started interning at this TV station for college credits. They eventually came to me and told me they wanted me to start doing interviews for a segment on one of their shows. They would have me recording the interviews, and I'd just put them on my YouTube channel as well as give it to them. I actually started Bryan Stars on accident, because I logged in one day and saw my Metro Station interview had like a ton of views on there. It started from there.
6. Who was the first band you remember interviewing?
Metro Station. I had a number I was supposed to call when I got there, so I did and the man came and got me. I was in shock when I first saw them, but as we were walking, there was a window. Outside were screaming fans, and that was when it hit me, I wasn't just a fan that night. I was there for a reason.
7. Your most popular interviews are your Andy Biersack interviews, but who's your favorite to interview?
I have always enjoyed interviewing All Time Low. They are my favorite band, and its always fun when you get Jack and Alex talking back and forth. Or Black Veil Brides or Christopher Drew because they're fun to interview. Any band I'm a fan of really.
8. What's your favorite All Time Low song?
"Weightless". I like songs that can help you forget the shit in your life, and I feel "Weightless" can do that. 'Maybe its not my weekend, but its gonna be my year.' I like songs with hope.
9. Does Andy Biersack ever make you uncomfortable by the way he
picks on you?
Not really, when I'm working, I don't really care. With #4 I was so tired, I had done 17 interviews before him, so I was good.
10. Why are you always in blue?
I'll let you in on a secret, I only wear blue in interviews. I was always worried about what I was gonna wear to interviews, and one time I wore a blue hoodie and thought, "Damn, you look freakin' sexy." After I had done that a few times, people started commenting on it. Around the first time I interviewed Black Veil Brides, who always wear black, and that's their thing, I decided that could be my thing.
11. Has anyone ever told you that you look like Micheal Cera from Scott Pilgrim and Juno?
Yeah, I get that a lot actually. I like him though, so I take it as a compliment. I love his awkwardness and quirkiness.
12. Have you ever thought about getting your videos on iTunes?
Yeah, but I don't know if you can do that. If there was a way I could make money off it, I would. This is my job and people do have to realize that.
A few more questions were asked, but those were more so normal conversation questions, not nessicarly ones for the interview. Once again, I thank Bryan very much for his time. Go check out his videos, and buy some of his T-shirts while you're at it! I'm sure he'd appericate it, and you can show it off with pride. Bryan also mentioned that he
will have more T-shirts hitting his store soon, including one for a soul
animal. So go check it out! Thank you again, Bryan. :D
These are interview that I myself have done. They have not been found anywhere, they have not been done for me. They are my work.