Incendiary Interview Tiff Davenport of Toazted

Feeling as close to Corey as I then did, I suggested to him that he write a song about this. He thought writing a song about a shark sounded pretty lame. But that's not what I meant. I told him he should write a song about the pure feeling of panic he gets in his heart.

 

Something extra to get your metaphorical teeth into this month is Toazted, a cool site that has lots of exciting audio interviews with your favourite stars of the rock and roll stage. This means you can listen to your faves whilst reading incendiary! Gosh, how thrilling. Who says we don't move with the times? We asked some (admittedly pretty stupid questions) to the interviewer in chief of Toazted, Tiffany Davenport. Poor Tiffany..

 

IN: Could we entreat upon you, Miss Tiffany Davenport, to give us a brief portrait of your good self?

 

TD: Yes, you may. I come from the beautiful town of Austin, Texas - the self proclaimed  live Music Capital of the World and home of the South by South West Music Festival.  After graduating I decided to travel a bit before getting buried in a 9 to 5 kind of life.  Seeing as how I didn't have a lot of money with which to travel, I ended up signing on to be a nanny in The Netherlands.  Long story short, I met a tall Dutch guy and have basically been here ever since.  After brief stints with art school and advertising, I somehow fell into interviewing bands for www.Toazted.com.

 

IN: Toazted is a marvellous site. Tell us about how it came into being, and stuff like that...Actually you might as well tell us everything you can about Toazted. 

 

TD: Toazted.com is the brainchild of Dutch radio personality, Paul van der Vlist. He and the good people of Toazted have talked to over 400 artists in the past 10 years and they have kindly put all of those interviews up on their website and people can download them for free. 

 

It's special because hearing the artists gives you a great insight into their personality.  You hear it when they stumble or get excited or try to make a little joke.  We don't edit anything out or mold it to fit a format.

 

IN: What are some of your favorite interviews?

 

TD: I liked listening to Johnny Ramone and Blondie's Chris Stein talk about the old days. With so many bands trying to recapture that 70's New York cool, it's nice to hear what these guys have to say.  Moloko's Roisin Murphy is always clever and interesting.  Listening to Elliot Smith talk about his music was nice.  For me it isn't always about what music I like, some characters just stick out.  I would recommend everyone listen to the Insane Clown Posse for kicks and the interview with Gene Simmons is quite good too. I've only been at this for a short time but so far the most 'exciting' thing that happen was forgetting to push record, (or rather not remembering to un-push the pause button) for my interview with Slipknot's front man Corey Taylor.  Not interesting for Incendiary readers maybe, but Slipknot fans are always checking out Toazted.com so it was not good of me to mess that up... and to be honest, it was an interesting interview. 

 

I didn't know a lot about Slipknot or their genre of music so I brought along some Proust questions.  I asked Corey what his greatest fear was and it turns out to be the same as mine - Great White Sharks.  Well that was enough to make me feel like Corey and I had formed a special bond.  I forgot about my rock journalist cap and his filthy leather mask and had I recorded the interview, you could've heard that he forgot our roles as well.  We became united in our fear and admiration of the great white.  We talked about the movie, 'Above Water' and how neither of us dared to go see it because of the huge panic it would instill in us.  Feeling as close to Corey as I then did, I suggested to him that he write a song about this. He thought writing a song about a shark sounded pretty lame.  But that's not what I meant.  I told him he should write a song about the pure feeling of panic he gets in his heart.  'Oh, that might be a good idea', he said.  So there you go.  I might have inspired a Slipknot song and I have no proof.   Since then I've been extra careful with the buttons.