All totaled, we recorded over 100 hours of video interviews this year at Radio.com. If we still used film, that’d be something like 200 miles of film rolled out end to end. But we care about the environment, and are not analog fetishists, so we just stick to digital.
Throughout the year, doe-eyed rookie artists and steely-eyed veterans from all walks of life came into our studios in New York and L.A. to share some time with us, for which we are immensely grateful.
Without any more ado, here are some of our favorite times we had on camera this year, from Jimmy Page talking about encouraging Robert Plant to write lyrics, to Ice-T lamenting the current state of hip-hop.
“Jimmy Page” and “humility” don’t often end up in the same sentence. And fair enough: he’s the undisputed leader of one of the greatest, most groundbreaking and most successful bands of all time, Led Zeppelin. But in a surprising moment in an extensive Radio.com interview promoting the reissue of the first three Zep albums, he discussed how his bandmate Robert Plant began writing his own lyrics after the band’s debut (which featured Page-penned words).
Quote:“I wasn’t confident about my lyrics. And on the second album, where you’ve got ‘Living Loving Maid,’ that’s a lot of my lyrics on that. There was a level of sarcasm that I knew was underneath a lot of my lyrics. This is the way I saw it – I could be misguided – but the way I saw it was, whoever was coming in to be the singer, I wanted to encourage them to write the lyrics that they would sing. Because after a while, my lyrics weren’t going to sit, by about three or four albums in, as well as if [the singer] was doing his own. So it was a really important thing to bring Robert on as a writer. It got to the point where, on ‘Thank You,’ I got to the ‘little drops of rain’ bit as a lyric, and he said, ‘I’d like to take this….’ And I said, ‘You go ahead.'”
As is the case with a lot of artists who had their heyday during hip-hop’s golden era (mid-’80s through the early ’90s), Ice-T is generally not often impressed with the current crop of MCs (with some exceptions: he’s a fan of T.I., Kendrick Lamar, Young Jeezy and Lupe Fiasco, to name a few). But in an interview promoting the new Body Count album, Ice lamented the state of hip-hop, and along with it, the state of television news:
Quote: “Guys went from ‘Fight the Power’ to ‘What does Kim [Kardashian] have on today?’ I said, ‘What … is going on right now?’ 99% of the news today is gossip, it’s not really things that are going on. And now you have the real news organizations like CNN giving up gossip. … You’re the news!”