It's easy to never see the humanity of the musicians we idolize. To many people they are untouchable, almost inhuman gods and goddesses who somehow magically do not put their pants on one leg at a time like the rest of us do. That has certainly been an image that music studios have gone a long way to cultivate, sometimes to the extreme (consider the band Kiss) but a lot of that has changed as the scope of music has changed. Thanks to social media, there are many musicians you may never have heard of who are having perfectly wonderful successful careers, using online forums for their fans to get together and creating a real-time commentary site for the fans to have a chat while watching a live streaming concert. By connecting directly with the audience, it gives them a chance to discuss their creativity, show off a little of their humor and passion, and help foster a more grounded reality of who they are. One of the most common topics they seem to bring up when hosting an interactive discussion is giving their fans a chance to listen to musicians discuss pre-show jitters, because this is something that everybody can relate to in their own way.
We may not all be musicians but most of us at some point or another are called on to speak to a group of people and offer a presentation. Maybe you're a student and there is a big test to take, or maybe you're just out playing golf for the first time in a long time with people you barely know. The point is that everyone knows what it feels like to have butterflies in their stomach, but many people have a hard time accepting that the professional musician they idolize has that same feeling. That is why hosting an online forum that allows musicians to talk about what it feels like right before they go on a stage, talking about everything from their doubts and fears to their superstitions and habits, lets the fans bond with them in a much deeper way. By using social media to help erase the line between them and us, it creates a commonality that brings us together. It allows us, as fans, to use our own social media as a way to express this person's creativity to others who may not know who they are. When we let our friends know that, "Hey, he really is just like us," it helps to demystify the musician. Many people have strong feelings against musicians and other successful entertainers because of a misconception of who that person is. An interactive discussion that allows us to get to know that man or woman behind the curtain helps make us appreciate their music that much more.
Jack Terry is a freelance writer and blogger who, of the four members of KISS, liked Peter Chris the best. That would have been his ideal celebrity interview to follow on http://www.tawkers.com