A 16 Year Old Aspiring Journalist from HTOWN and His Wish to Interview The xx at The House of Blues


Yes The xx are coming to Houston at the House of Blues on Saturday February 9, 2013 but I am really posting this to highlight an email I received from 16 year old, Ivan Guzman. Here is that email:

Hi Indiehouston!

I’m Ivan Guzman and I’m 16 years old from Houston, Texas. I’m an aspiring journalist and I’m emailing you in hope that you could help me in setting up an interview with The xx in Houston on February 9th that could possible be used on the music section of Indie Houston. I have been conducting interviews with people in the music scene, and it has been one of my goals to interview The xx since I started to recognize their talent in 2010. I thought that I would email you directly so that I could maybe be a correspondent for Indie Houston at the event.

I do have experience doing this kind of work through street teams, interviews, blogs, etc. About 3 years ago I was very involved in writing for different fan websites for artists like David Archuleta. I was in charge of the street team at David Archuleta Fanblast and then Archuleta Fan Scene. Over the course of doing this, I interviewed some of his band members and tour management over Skype, and my work on these websites actually got me interviewed by Parade Magazine. I am also in Newspaper/Journalism at school where we write about 3 articles each month (My instructor’s email is Linda.XXXXX if you would have any questions to ask her).

I have also attached my list of questions for The xx if you would like to take a look at them. In case you wanted to know, my intention with this interview would be that I record it with a small Flip camera so that I can watch it back, transcribe it, and pass it over to the editors at IH. Another option would be to just post the video on Youtube and distribute it using social media.

I am extremely diligent, have a tremendous sense of work ethic, and I am willing to conduct a great interview if you’d allow me the opportunity. I am friends with some fans of The xx, and many have mentioned to me that they want to hear opinions from young listeners. Not only would this be an amazing experience for me, but it would result in some great exposure for your site, as well.

Definitely email me back if you are interested, want to hear what I have in mind, and to find out anything else you would like to know.

Thank you so much!

Ivan Guzman
Houston, TX

So there you have it! A perfectly well written thoughtful letter from a 16 year old with big ambitions. Can we help him interview The xx ??? Do we have enough klout to send this kid off to interview a band of his dreams? We armed Ivan with an @indiehouston.org email address and gave him some suggestions on how to go about his quest. If you have any ideas for how Ivan can get close to his fav band, let him know. We’ll keep you updated on how this turns out for Ivan. Hopefully we’ll be posting his interview of The xx here soon!





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