Sure was. I felt like I really had to say something, especially because I care so much about interviewing—it’s my craft!
AM: That was fucking great! I loved it!

Thank you. My whole career I’ve tried to stay positive and see the best in everything and I’ve refrained from pointing things out and venting publically about things that annoy me – I keep it to myself – but after sitting there in that room it was too much for me. I couldn’t believe it! When one guy busted out the question about Nimbin and shopping to Snoop I was appalled! We were specifically asked not to ask questions relating to drugs or shopping! It seemed like it was more about that journalist and his ego than getting anything worthwhile from Snoop. I thought it was disrespectful.
AM: Those journalists who you quoted in that article would have gone back to wherever and told their friends this funny story of how they asked Snoop whatever and it’d be all ‘ha ha ha.’ It’s a funny story but it’s like, what did you actually get out of it on a journalistic level?

It upsets me greatly that so much ‘journalism’ I read is like that. Another thing I find is that a lot of people think that being a journalist is glamorous and you get to interview celebrities in these fancy locations etc. and they don’t see the hard work that goes into it. When I do an interview I do it as if it’s my last interview ever I put everything I have into it. It means the world to me.
AM: The Snoop Dogg thing was good because your bias didn’t come across. You didn’t say that those people were fucking idiots you just wrote what they asked and that was self-evident that those writers wasted their time and everyone else’s time by asking those questions.

I have a few more pieces I’m working on like that, just presenting the facts and letting it speak for itself.
AM: There’s not enough of that going around. It’d be nice to see stuff like that in mainstream media.

I dream of one day having my own magazine publication and it is what I am working towards, unless a super rad editor scoops me up to write for them first or a publisher understands my vision to make something of quality, insight and substance and is willing to give me an opportunity to make it happen [laughs]. Most music publications especially are aimed at teenage boys or girls I feel, even down to the way it is designed. I know in my heart there are smart, adults who want to read engaging, in-depth pieces about music and artists and that love music. I’m bringing the in-depth interview back!
AM: That’s an interesting point, how they view their market as younger and they think that is where the money is. Most people that are young don’t have much money. I hadn’t thought of that before.

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