Larry Flick is someone who has been in our ears for many years. Currently, he is the host of his own show on Sirius XM where he gets to interview some of the most amazing performers, singers and actors of all levels.
RJ: And who has been the most memorable?
LF: Madonna is always memorable. I’ve interviewed her nine times in my career. It’s always intense and terrifying. She is remarkably smart and demanding of the same in everyone in her orbit. That said, she has always been incredibly sweet to me.
Adam Lambert also comes to mind. I’ve known Adam since American Idol. He is super sweet and truly hilarious. I landed an interview with him on the day of his first album release. He was all over the news because he kissed his guitarist on stage during the American Music Awards. My bosses at Sirius thought that getting him to talk about that would be the ticket to getting attention. My gut told me “no.” He’d already done a dozen live television interviews that day on the subject. I was getting him at 7pm that night. He was exhausted. I had no less than seven executives pressuring me to ask that question. Instead, midway through our chat, I paused and asked him… “have you ever been fat?” He paused and asked in return, “how did you know?” From there, we talked about body image and self-loathing, and all kinds of things that he’d never spoken of before. THAT is what got us the attention. After that, I was never told what to ask in an interview again. And I learned an important lesson: If you aggressively aim for the “get,” it won’t happen. Truth comes from compassion and empathy.