Mud Morganfield June 3rd 2012
I had arranged to interview Muddy Waters eldest son Mud at The Blues Kitchen. He was doing a gig there so he said he would be happy to chat before. I had never done an interview off site before so was a bit worried that the zoom recorder wouldn’t work or I would forget to press record. When I met Mud he was quite reserved at first and clearly thought I was a bit of an amateur with my little machine plonked between us and looked baffled when he asked how many questions I had for him and I said I didn’t know as we would see how the conversation went. I never have any questions prepared for any of my guests I just trust that if I am really listening then the conversation will happen. I was slightly panicking inside as I also had to explain to mud that he would need to choose songs as we chatted that he loved and I would then insert them afterwards. As I was saying this to him I was thinking it sounded like a nightmare but I pretended that I knew what I was doing and as soon as I pressed record it did just flow. He really opened up and it turned out to be a great interview. He originally was giving me 15 mins but we ended up talking for almost an hour. We had such noise from Camden High Street ,sirens going ,shouting and the door to the room we were in kept crashing open with staff wandering in and out but it just added to the interview. I stayed and watched the show and he was great. He really connected with the audience and sounded so much like his dad. I managed to record it and put some of the live performance in to my show. I then spent the next few days editing the show and finding the songs he chose and inserting them. Finally it came together and turned out to be one of my favourite shows. Of course it aired on the Jubilee weekend so probably didn’t get heard by many but hey ho….it can always be repeated!