I thought Depeche had upped their social media game by creating the nifty Instagram press conference count down, but now they’ve requested that fans submit video questions for their press release next week! How cool is that?
Want to ask the band a question? Want it to be broadcasted and answered by the band next week? Film your question and upload it to YouTube by Wednesday, Oct. 17 for a chance to be selected. I ended up creating two, after I realized someone else had done a similar – but not as open ended – setlist question. You can see my goofy mug asking questions over on my YouTube channel.
Not sure what to ask, or have too many questions filling your brain? I kept the following tips in mind when I created my videos:
1) Keep it short and sweet. Under 40 seconds is the sweet spot, but don’t go longer than 60 seconds! This will allow the folks screening the questions and the band to digest your question easily and keep up the momentum at the conference.
2) Keep it relevant. This isn’t time to ask Fletch the color of his favorite socks, or sing your best Depeche Mode cover song – I kept my questions on topic to the tour and new album, and tried to ask what I thought other fans might also like to know.
3) Smile and stay loose! The worst part of filming my videos was having to watch the playback. I really don’t enjoy listening or watching myself. But after a few takes, I was able be more conversational and less stiff. They aren’t perfect, but meh! You will feel like a total dork. But don’t fret – in 30 years, it’s likely the band has met more than one person who has embarrassed themselves far worse than a simple question and answer on YouTube. Also, “hello” and “thank you” can go a long way! 😉
You still have another 24+ hours to submit if “by Wednesday” means “by the end of Wednesday”, so get crackin’! There are more than 60 AskDepecheMode videos on YouTube so far. Not so bad, when you consider how rabid DM fans can be!
If you could ask the band anything, what would it be? Post your thoughts in the comments, or share your videos!