How to interview a rock star: Sarah Jezebel Deva

Here’s my Sarah Jezebel Deva story. For those of you who don’t know who she is, she’s one of the singers in the death metal band, Cradle of Filth. I really respect Sarah’s talent and kindness, so I will shed light on what happened in our non-interview.

This was totally my fault and I see this now.

Firstly, I will say that I emailed Miss Deva on myspace with no intention on gaining a response. I was wrong. She responded back to my inquiry rather quickly, to my delight.

My inquiry was just this:

Hello, I am a big fan of your music and was wondering if you could make time for a short, ten question interview. That would be so awesome and it would give your fans more information about your music and your inspirations. I’ve been listening to you while you were a part of Cradle of Filth and think you have the most amazing voice.

Please let me know what you think? If you are too busy to respond, then I completely understand. My website is for the fans, basically, so I’m sure they’d love to hear from someone with such amazing talent.

She responded that she’d be delighted to do just that. I asked if we could do a conversational interview, with us going back and forth with questions and answers so that it would flow easier, to which she responded that she’d do it however I wanted.

Apparently, the questions that I sent were lost in the gaping hole that is myspace, because when I emailed her to see if she had changed her mind, she replied that nothing was received.

Hmmm… So, I pondered. I again complemented her voice and talent and asked my question again. Still nothing. Myspace sucks sometimes.

With all of the email exchanges, you would think that I would’ve gotten one question answered. No, this is not the case. She was a great sport about the whole thing, still saying that she never received anything from me.

In short, if you wish to interview someone, have the questions prepared to send with the initial request. The artist can then decide if they wish to respond, and do so, in one short email.

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