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  • Writer's pictureolivia perreault

Behind the scenes of music journalism

During a concert, there are thousands of fans in the audience, pushed up against a barrier before the stage, but imagine getting the chance to take a step closer and experience the show behind the scenes. I’ve wanted to be a music journalist ever since I read an article in Rolling Stone Magazine about Macklemore. The journalist had a one-on-one interview with the singer, while casually walking down the streets of New York City. I thought about how incredible it would be to have the opportunity to talk to artists- artists that I have listened to on repeat time and time again- and hear their story firsthand of how they are making it big.

Three years of college and 60 concerts later, I have to admit that this job has to be on the list of one of the coolest jobs in the world. Press passes and VIP access to concerts is something that die-hard fans dream of. Although my job title is a journalist, I’m a die-hard music fan myself, which I think is also important in the industry. If you go into an interview with a band you know nothing about, it’s going to be awkward and indirect. On the other hand, if you’re very interested in the artist, you’ll have plenty of background knowledge and insightful questions. Recently, I had the chance to interview the pop and rock singer-songwriter Ron Pope, best known for his 2007 single, “A Drop in the Ocean.” I have followed Pope’s musical journey throughout the past few years, so having the opportunity to talk to him was truly enthralling. Similarly, I have watched rap duo The Cardiff Brothers grow as artists after first meeting them in 2013. I had the opportunity to interview them when they only had a mixtape to share, and then again after they released their first album. Being a music journalist comes with many perks, and my favorite asset is the ability to have a press pass. VIP tickets and press passes have this incredible sense of entitlement in the music industry; something I was always jealous of. Some press passes only allow journalists access into the show, but others help the reporter get backstage or have an improved view of the show. Last September, I had the chance to cover Boston Calling Music Festival, and I would definitely consider the two days as one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. With a media pass, I was able to carry my own professional camera, and had access to a VIP section which offered a perfect view of both stages. Then, I was able to see Nate Ruess, former singer of the indie band Fun, from only a few feet away. I had the chance to stand in front of the barrier, next to giant speakers, and look up at Ruess. Aside from Boston Calling, I’ve had the chance to interview many other artists at shows, and it’s definitely a career that I can see myself striving in for a long time. A journalist’s job is to share another person’s story, and I love the fact that I can be the person to explain someone’s journey to stardom, whether they are on the top charts, or simply an underground artist. I hope that I have the opportunity to cover a music festival like Boston Calling again this year, but any concert behind the scenes is an adventure. Being able to experience a show from the crowd is an experience within itself, but watching the story unfold before your eyes is something even greater.

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