I have an ongoing opportunity to interview musicians, but I've been fearful of being the most boring interviewer ever, or at least failing to pull the musician out of Dull Interview Mode and into Chatting Naturally About Interesting Things Mode. With that, I'm looking for tips and ideas for interviewing people, and/or examples of really good interviews.
I understand some of it comes from practice, but I've always gotten stuck on the standard stuff - who are your influences (now/in this last album), what drove you to make your (old/recent) music, is there anyone you're interested in these days.
I plan on reading other interviews on the artist before calling, but I'm looking beyond what not
to ask, and I'd like to do more than ask them to elaborate on prior answers (though this is one thing I plan to do, just not exclusively). Also I don't want to just ask oddball questions to break people out of the routine, but I'm looking to do something engaging.
Along with examples of good interviews or interviewers, I'd be happy to see past AskMe threads. So far, I've only been able to find one
that wasn't about interviewing for a job. That other thread is from 2007, and is on interviewing an author, and I thought there might be some other good ideas more specific to music, or at least new ideas. Thanks!