Innerviews, music without borders

About Innerviews

Anil Prasad of Innerviews

Established in 1994 by music journalist Anil Prasad, Innerviews is the Web’s first and longest-running music magazine. Innerviews delivers in-depth, uncompromising interviews that enable artists to speak at length about topics that matter to them. The magazine features a wide variety of genres, including rock, jazz, world music, pop, hip-hop, and folk.

Prasad’s writing has also appeared in Guitar Player, Bass Player, Frets, JazzTimes, Relix, All About Jazz, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). In addition, Innerviews content is used as part of the UCLA School of Music's course curriculum.

Prasad is the author of the best-selling book Innerviews: Music Without Borders. The eBook edition hit #1 on iTunes’ Arts & Entertainment and Music charts. The book features detailed interviews with 24 renowned musicians who share candid thoughts on the joy and pain of the creative process, their careers and aspirations, conflicts and collaborations, and the realities of today's music business. Artists profiled in the book include Björk, Stanley Clarke, Ani DiFranco, Béla Fleck, Bill Laswell, John McLaughlin, Public Enemy, David Sylvian, and Tangerine Dream.

The book has been acclaimed by media outlets worldwide. "Prasad gets artists to share their deepest thoughts about a wide range of topics, from spiritual inspiration and motives to compositional methods. A fascinating look at the thinking of contemporary artists," said The Christian Science Monitor.

"The book sets the bar for getting musicians to speak candidly and thoughtfully about their work and relation to the world,” wrote The Ottawa Citizen.

NPR's Echoes radio program spotlighted the site and book in a mini-documentary.   

Prasad is an outspoken critic of many music industry practices, most notably Internet streaming vendor policies. He is the author of a presentation titled "The Economic Reality of Streaming for Musicians" that has been viewed more than 10,000 times on YouTube and Authorstream. It examines the history of streaming, the artist royalty rates involved, and their negative impact on artists' livelihoods. Prasad has also criticized recording contracts, in particular copyright and master ownership clauses, and is an advocate of artists retaining the entirety of copyright in their own works. Prasad's provocative perspectives have been featured in several major interviews with The Buffalo News, Radio New Zealand, All About Jazz, and 15 Questions.

He has contributed liner notes, essays, video interviews, and release consulting to projects for Abstract Logix, Blue Note, Cuneiform, Favored Nations, Lazy Bones Recordings, Magna Carta, Panegyric, and 7d Media, as well as artists including Pierre Bensusan, The Crimson ProjeKCt, Pete Levin, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, John McLaughlin, Marco Minnemann, Markus Reuter, Jordan Rudess, Julie Slick, Sonar, Tanya Tagaq, David Torn, Us3, Vân Ánh Võ, Alan White, Steven Wilson, and Yes.

Prasad’s work has been extensively quoted in more than 30 music books, including In a Silent Way: A Portrait of Joe Zawinul by Brian Glasser, In The Court of King Crimson by Sid Smith, On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno by David Sheppard, So What: The Life of Miles Davis by John Szwed, and Without Frontiers: The Life & Music of Peter Gabriel by Daryl Easlea.

He was voted one of the six most influential music journalists of all time by G.A.S. Media.

The entirety of Innerviews is available via a Creative Commons Attribution, No Derivatives license. Prasad shared his perspectives on the decision to enable others to retransmit Innerviews content in a Creative Commons feature interview.

The Innerviews logo was designed by Bill Smith, the legendary artist responsible for classic album covers for Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Mike Oldfield, The Rolling Stones, and countless others.

Innerviews’ site design is by Andy Rinehart of color:gray. Rinehart is also a renowned singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Learn more about him at andyrinehart.com and color:gray.