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Writing has always been a passion of mine, and I especially love writing features and profiles on interesting people. I’ve interviewed so many cool people both in and out of Fargo-Moorhead through freelance writing, previous jobs and here at Spotlight Media.
As part of my duties as Web Editor, I write exclusive stories for our publications’ websites, mainly Fargo Monthly, and recently I paired up with Jade Presents to interview some of the comedy and musical acts before their performances in our area.
Here are three of my favorite interviews I’ve done so far:
My husband introduced me to Brian Regan’s comedy a few years ago, and I’m so glad he did. We had front row seats when Regan last visited Fargo two years ago, so we were both so excited to hear he was coming back to the Fargo Theatre. Getting to interview him was so great because he was so kind and funny. I even made him laugh a few times (even if it was out of pity, I don’t care), so basically, my life goals have been achieved. Plus, he performed on my birthday, so seeing him for a second time was the perfect way to wrap up my 28th birthday.
I’d heard of Halestorm for years because I have a few friends who are big fans, but I didn’t really listen to their music until they performed at the Civic Center a few years ago. I’m a huge fan of Dorothy, who was the opening act for the show, and Lita Ford finished out the night full of female empowerment and killer rock music that I’ll still remember for years to come. I became obsessed with their music after that show, and I decided I definitely wanted to see them whenever they came to Fargo next. Before they performed at Bluestem with Joan Jett in August, I got to interview Arejay Hale, the drummer and brother of lead singer Lzzy Hale. He was so friendly, humble and positive, and his passion for music and the band made me love them even more than I already did. They’re known as a live band because their performances are so electric and unparalleled, and this show was definitely no exception.
I’ve been a huge NRATNS fan since their first album came out a few years ago. Anyone who knows me knows how obsessed I am with “I Need Never Get Old” and “S.O.B.” (the latter of which played during my wedding reception a few weeks ago). I was lucky enough to be part of the pre-sale for tickets, which was super exciting. I got to interview keyboardist Mark Shusterman before their show, and he was so gracious, friendly and just excited about playing music with his friends. Through some problem with my initial ticket order and the kindness of someone sitting near us at the show, my husband and I sat (well, stood and danced) in the second row. Finally seeing them perform live was basically my dream come true, and I’d highly recommend seeing them live, whether you have before or not.