Radio Interview Advice for Singers

Open Mic UK’s top tips for smashing that radio interview!

Radio interview advice for singers: In a radio interview, you will undoubtedly be nervous the first few times you do one. Nerves can make your voice appear tense or dull on air and the audience will pick up on this, so it’s important to find a way to combat them!

  • Plan ahead if possible! Ask the presenter beforehand what kind of questions they will ask so you can prepare your answers accordingly.
  • Listen to the presenter so you fully understand the question. This will distract your nerves. Focus on the question in hand and not about any future questions you will be asked.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for a glass of water beforehand. This will save your mouth drying out and you tongue making click noises against the roof of your mouth.
  • Avoid tight fitting clothing and try and sit upright with your feet flat on the floor. This will help you sound relaxed.
  • Be friendly and open. Use informal, everyday language.
  • Talk as though you were talking to just one person and don’t use any jargon. Keep to the point and avoid waffling.
  • Emphasise important words as this will make you sound more convincing.
  • Plan what message you want to get across and focus on it! If your new single is out next week, focus on that! If you have a show that week, make that your priority. Try not to over-sell the message; you don’t want to bore listeners.
  • If you’re a group, make sure each member is on the same page! Try and get everyone involved as opposed to having one member do all the speaking or worse still you all answer questions at the same time so plan an order of who is going to answer questions.
  • Make yourself stand out! Grab the audience’s attention. Maybe make a competition beforehand offering the winner a free copy of your E.P or may a pair of gig tickets.
  • Don’t lose your temper or sound defensive. Simply stick to positive statements and never resort to negative attacks.
  • Most importantly, relax and enjoy yourself. When you smile, your voice smiles and listeners will pick up on this!
  • Always thank the presenter and ask if you can come back in, in a few months to give an update.
  • After the interview, write a thank you email to the producer and the hosts. Tell them that whenever they’d like to have you back, you’d love to be a guest again!
  • Afterwards review the interview for where it went well and where it could improve for next time.

Try getting some experience at student or hospital radio stations before moving upwards so you get a feel for the environment is a good way to gain experience! Thereafter you should have the confidence to expand; most local FM radio stations are always keen to support local singers and acts, some will even have unsigned shows; so get involved.


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