Friday, 21 December 2012 16:14

Q&A with Tim Pratt, Music Revue editor from 1998-2000

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How did you get involved with Music Revue?

I had been working for the Grand Rapids Press as a music writer for some time. I believe I had done a few things for Revue, and then I was contacted by Doug Fast about coming on board.

Do you have a background in journalism?

I went to Michigan State University, got a degree in journalism, worked for The State News and became managing editor and feature editor there. I had always been in journalism and it's funny. I delivered papers for five years before I even thought of being in journalism.

You currently live in San Francisco. What do you do there?

I'm a web content editor and writer, I work for ad agencies. I do a lot of content work. I also do a storytelling event called Fireside Stories that I've been doing for three years now.

How did Revue help with what you do now?

It was preparing me for a lot – especially having to be in control of something.

What was your most interesting interview while at Music Revue?

I'll have to look at old magazines to remember. ... Kid Rock was hilarious. This was right before he was getting popular. I interviewed him while he was on his tour bus and he was clearly intoxicated.

Do you have a crazy story?

I definitely remember being there all night more than once.

What's your best Doug Fast story?

I don't know if I have one in particular. He was a very over-the-top character. He liked to smoke his big, fat cigars. He loves his cigars.

What did you enjoy about your time at Music Revue?

I really liked being there. It was a really cool way to end my tenure in Grand Rapids. It was the one time I could put my personal stamp on a publication.

Interview conducted, condensed and edited by Lindsay Patton-Carson. Photo: Jonathan Ross

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