Isabelle Esling interview by Genevieve Scholl

A fellow author, Genevieve Scholl, kindly accepted to interview me about my recent book, my love for writing and music journalism and my future projects.

Who is Genevieve Scholl?

Genevieve Scholl is a woman of many hats: author, photographer, artist, designer, studying to be a Paralegal, crafter (she make hair clips), cook and proud aunt.

Here are some hair clips made by Genevieve Scholl

1.Explain what a music journalist actually is.

Good question! Being a music journalist for a decade, I do consider myself to be a kind of musical detective. You have to search for new talents, expose skills. You have to go deep into the music and figure out the artist s intent, so yes to me a music journalist is a musical detective at first, but also someone who is driven by a passion and who is capable of putting music into words.

2. What got you interested in writing?

I have always liked writing. I used to write little stories that I illustrated myself as a child. My father used to remunerate me for each of these stories.
Writing comes to me naturally, because this is something I really love doing. I love sharing with my audience.

3. Is writing/ music journalist your only career and/or hobby?

When I am not writing, I am teaching languages. I am a German teacher, but I also taught French and English.

4. Who, in the music business would you most like to meet?

I’d be interested in meeting Dr Dre. He impresses me, as a person and as an artist.

5. Your book is about Eminem, but do you listen to music other than rap? What kind and who is your favorite band or singer in that genre?

I am very eclectic. I love rap music, besides Eminem, I am very much into the Detroit Rap Scene. I also love many Westcoast artists, Eazy E and BG Knock Out and Dresta, Dirty Red…I love old school rap, including Mc Hammer.
I was raised into classical music and jazz. I love soul music ( James Brown is my idol, I also love Elmer Fields), blues…I have a preference for black music in general, but I also like artists such as Rod Steward or more recent, Maverick Sabre.

6. Do you read Fiction and if you do who is your favorite author?

I write more than I read at the moment to be very honest, but the book I came across during a short Parisian trip in August was “ Le Bonheur du Jour” from Jose Cabanis, in French.
I love Balzac, I love Friedrich Schiller, I love Victor Hugo, Guy de Maupassant, Chamisso and Heinrich Heine.

7. Where do you live?

I live in London, UK.

8. Where would you live if money was no option?

Paris, no contest, I love Paris…another option would be Saarbrücken, in Germany, a town that is linked with childhood memories.

9. DO you have any interesting collections?

I am not so much of a collector. I do collect memories that I put on paper. Sometimes they reappear in form of a fiction, like in my current literary projects.

10. Send link to your blogs/ media/ facebook/ etc.

Here are my links:

The Eminem Blog


I do write for this website on the hip hop section.

Facebook account


Website about my first book.

Website with professional profile-portfolio.

Websites regarding different literary projects:
About my novel in French, Sous le Ciel de Paris

Self help book project.

About an upcoming project, bio of my grandma, in German language.

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About Isabelle

My name is Isabelle Esling. I graduated from the University of Metz, France, where I studied Liberal Arts/ Languages. I have been teaching modern foreign languages in public and private schools, mainly as a German and French teacher.I recently released a book entitled " Eminem and the Detroit Rap Scene- White Kid in a Black Music World" with Amber Books. Password manager, fill forms, paste it notes software - CastlePaste Pro I have always had a passion for writing and music, black music in particular. I discovered Eminem in 2001 and was very enthusiastic about the artist’s great talent, which motivated me to write about him. It also motivated me to explore the Detroit hip hop scene that is full of amazing artists. In 2003, Gavin Sheridan, a technical writer and professional blogger offered me to be a contributing writer for his blog, which got me started as a freelance music journalist. In 2005, with Gavin’s help, I started The Eminem Blog where I expressed about the artist, the Detroit hip hop scene and other hip hop related subjects. I have reviewed a wide range of CD’s and interviewed some consistent artists such as Dina Rae, DJ Butter, Big Proof of D12, just to name a few. The Eminem Blog gained me a worldwide audience of readers. I have also contributed to numerous hip hop websites such as Music Mouth UK, Detroit Rap Com, Michigan Bands and D Townie. In 2006, I did some interviews for Jason Matthews Detroit digital magazine ILL Mag. Through the years I developed my craft, increased my knowledge of hip hop culture and also expressed on various subjects such as spirituality, humanities, beauty and lifestyle, movies etc…I keep writing at The Eminem Blog and sharing my passion with my readers till now. My first book on "Eminem and the Detroit Rap Scene" has been published by Amber Books on August the 6th, 2012. It is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in paperpack and e-book.
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