Gimme Your Answers (Beyond the Stage): An Interview w/ Josie Dye

Josie Dye
Ever wonder what happens beyond the stage? Well we do. These roadies, managers, guitar techs, lighting directors, publicists (and even positions you may not have known about) make the music you love come alive! In a recent interview, A Music Blog, Yea? gave television and radio personality Josie Dye (host of 102.1 The Edge’s Josie Top 20) a call to discuss her favourite radio moments, sharing music with her son, and interview jitters. Here’s what she had to say:

AMBY: Thanks for chatting with me today, Josie. To kick things off for our readers at home, please explain to them what you do.

Josie Dye: I’m a broadcaster at 102.1 The Edge and I host a radio show. Basically I just talk and play music [laughs]. I also do television for W Network. So yes, I’m either doing radio or television!

AMBY: What are some of the most memorable moments you’ve had while hosting Josie’s Top 20?

Josie Dye: I think Josie’s Top 20 is pretty cool because there are a lot of different things going on, but it’s a very relaxed environment because it’s not live – artists feel they can kind of speak a little more openly. I think one of the most interesting ones was a Three Days Grace interview. I interviewed their vocalist and noticed it was kind of an usual interview when I did it with him; he was really cautious with whatever he was saying. He then really wanted it to air immediately, and I thought it wasn’t going to air that quickly because there were other things going on. I then realized why he wanted it up so soon, and it was because they were going to break up. We ended up running it as the broke breaking up, but here’s what he thought about Three Days Grace. That was kind of fun and interesting.

AMBY: The neat thing about all of your segments is that you get to incorporate these different-styled interviews into them. I’ve always enjoyed listening to those – with that said, which interviews are your personal favourites?

Josie Dye: My personal favourites… let’s see here. I really liked speaking with Jeff Ament from Pearl Jam. He came in for his solo project and I told him what I was doing and how we were going to talk about Pearl Jam, and he didn’t care at all. I thought it was super fabulous since he was coming in for a solo project and we spoke all about Pearl Jam. He was so lovely and such a normal guy. Soundgarden were interesting because when we were live on the radio, they were super awkward.

AMBY and Josie Dye: [laughs]

AMBY: Those interviews are always interesting.

Josie Dye: Super awkward. So I didn’t know what it would be like with me. They were much more relaxed off air and it just goes to show that celebrities can be nervous on the radio.

AMBY: You’ve been doing this for quite some time. Do you still get jitters before doing an interview?

Josie Dye: I do get jitters, depending on the interview. I always get more nervous when something is live.

AMBY: I feel it’s safe to say that The Edge’s main mission is to share great music with their listeners. Who are some acts you feel our readers should be listening to at the moment?

Josie Dye: About six months ago, I feel like we had a huge shift in music; we went from a lot of these nineties bands to a whole new array of artists like Vampire Weekend and Royal Blood. I feel like Vampire Weekend are a great example of a fantastic live band. It depends on your genre – if you’re into super heavy music, Biblical are a great band; for something more mainstream, Royal Blood I absolutely love; and for a great female artist, you should check out Tove Lo.

AMBY: I feel like an artist like Tove Lo still appeals to Edge listeners because although it’s classified as pop, she has a real grungy and raw side to her music.

Josie Dye: Totally!

AMBY: When we met at Riot Fest, you had your adorable son with you. I wanted to ask, what are the first three records you’re going to play for him when he’s old enough to fully understand or appreciate it?

Josie Dye: I’ll never be able to answer that question because he’s had records played to him since he was in my stomach. In fact, my husband was just in the bath with him and he said how he’s going to expose him to screamo. I’m just like, “okay”. I heard them from the other room that they were blaring this loud music. That was fun. I will never be able to answer that question because when you’re exposed to music at such a young age, I mean, he knows more music than I know because my husband is such a music fanatic. It’s pretty crazy. You know what will end up happening? He’ll end up hating music.

AMBY and Josie Dye: [laughs]

AMBY: It’s funny because I can completely relate to that; my entire youth, I was surrounded by my family who are such strong music lovers. I feel that’s why I’ve chosen this career path. So I love that fact that you’re treating his ears that way.

Josie Dye: [laughs] Oh yea. That’s great.

AMBY: Well, to wrap things up, what’s something about yourself that most of your listeners wouldn’t know yet?

Josie Dye: I’m an introvert; unless I know people, I’m pretty quiet. It’s also a curse but it’s the best thing – I’ll try anything and I’ll do anything. I sang O Canada and I messed up the words [laughs]. I’ll do anything because I have this odd “no fear” about me. What else? I just love good people. That’s what everything is about. I love good people.


Thank you Josie Dye, for giving us your answers!

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Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout

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