So. I get emails as Arts & Society Editor. Many emails. Promotional emails, etc.
I get a lot of information about upcoming tours for bands.
For the most part, I ignore them. They're tour schedules, cool. Sometimes at the bottom of the email, they have "for questions and interview inquires, contact bla bla bla" which I usually ignore too.
The email I got yesterday had the same sort of deal with the upcoming Otep tour, except without the thing at the bottom of the email. I decided to take a long shot that would never happen and email them. Let me show you the series of emails:
From: Laila Hanson
Sent: Oct 9, 2007 10:14 PM
Hello, Ms. Ferrero
I recently recieved your email with the details of the
Otep/Hellyeah/Bloodsimple tour. I was wondering if there would be an
opportunity to interview any of the bands when they come to Ram's Head Live
in Baltimore, Maryland. I am particularly interested in interviewing Otep
because I am the Arts and Society editor for Loyola College's school
newspaper, The Greyhound and we have run a concert review on the band
before; it recieved a lot of interest. I'd appreciate any information you
could give me. Thank you,
Here's what I got back. I screamed when I read it. Seriously. I started shaking and yelped in the student center. I wanted to post the news right then and there, but I decided to wait to make sure it was really going to happen:
This is Chris from Maria's office. I received your message about setting up
interviews with HELLYEAH and OTEP for their show on 12/5 at the Ram's Head
Did you want to set up phone interviews with the bands to preview the show?
Or were you interested in attending the show and doing in-person interviews?
Let me know what you'd like to do and we'll make it happen.
Can you see why I FUCKING SCREAMED?!?!?!!?!?!
This is what I wrote back:
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I'm definitely interested in
attending the show, so in-person interviews would be ideal. Would it be
possible to get a photographer in as well? Let me know all the channels I'd
need to take. Thank you so much for the opportunity!
Annnnd in reply???
No problem. I'll put you on the list for 2 tickets and 1 photo pass. You'll
be on HELLYEAH's guest list.
For interviews, let's do:
6:00PM in-person with Otep and Laila. Laila will call tour manager ahead of
time to coordinate.
6:30PM in-person with Tom and Laila. Laila will call tour manager, Jimmie,
15 min ahead of time to coordinate @ xxx-xxx-xxxx.
We don't have tour manager info for OTEP yet. When it comes in, I'll get it
What I WANTED to say was FUCK YES it's cool chris!! I'll GIVE YOU A BLOWJOB FOR THIS. Ahem. Instead, I'm professional, so I wrote back:
Sounds perfect! Thank you so much for setting this up. I'll look for your
email about Otep's tour manager closer to the date. \
Annnd after that he just asked for my cell number and stuff.
If you know me, if you have met me, you know HOW MUCH this woman has affected my life.
SHE IS MY IDOL
I GET TO INTERVIEW MY IDOL
NOT THE GUITARIST OR BASSIST OR DRUMMER
MY FUCKING REASON I GOT INTO WRITING MUSIC REVIEWS
MY REASON FOR LOVING POETRY
MY REASON FOR APPRECIATING LIFE, THE OXYGEN THAT GETS ME THROUGH EVERYDAY(AND SHUT UP, I'm ALLOWED to be bad poetryesque right now)
I GET TO INTERVIEW OTEP FOR FUCKING HALF AN HOUR
AND GET PICTURES COURTESY OF MY AWESOME PHOTO EDITOR(there's a strict no camera policy at Ram's Head for people without passes)
this is INCREDIBLE.
Oh and yeah, I'm on Hellyeah's guestlist. And get to interview fucking Tom Maxwell, a guitarist GOD in the metal world.
I not only get to MEET her, I get to pick her brain, hear about her passion other then onstage. THIS IS INCREDIBLE.
This is honestly my dream come true. I am so happy.
I'm going to be preparing questions forever.