Joe Pug: Singer-Songwriter With a Purpose
Joe Pug seems to do everything with purpose. After experiencing an almost supernatural moment of clarity, the North Carolinian playwrighting student dropped out the day before his senior year of college and promptly moved to Chicago. Working as a carpenter by day and a singer-songwriter by night, he re-worked one of his unfinished plays into a folk record. Then, he began to tour as though he had no place to call home. And the rest is history.
One of my favorite touring musicians to interview, Joe Pug has visited our station many times over the past three years. In fact, he was my very first in-studio interview ever.
Joe was even kind enough, along with The Englert Theatre, to allow KRUI to tape one of his small, intimate shows last fall.
Pug fully goes the extra mile in all that he does and, musically, he always commits: to filling up any performance space with his booming voice, to strumming his guitar with exuberance, and, most importantly, to writing music that needs to be written.
Listen to his masterpiece, “Hymn #101”:
Not Exactly Indie Rock: An Armed Forces Radio Services broadcaster interviews Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall during WWII. I bet that interviewer was nervous!
An in-studio interview is just what it sounds like: an interview that occurs in the radio station’s studio. These interviews typically occur in the late afternoon, a few hours before an artist has a show in town. Sometimes artists will even perform live in the studio, which is a special treat for the interviewer and others involved.
The station I work at has been lucky enough to have John Vanderslice, Tim Kasher, Warren Haynes, Joe Pug, Los Campesinos, Kim Gordon & Thurston Moore (before they broke up), and many more! (For those interested, you can find our archived in-studio interviews here.)
So, how do you pull off an in-studio interview? I’ll show you!