DJ Roberto LoRusso got an interview with Cobain for his college radio station. He played a few snippets on his show and the cassette tape got boxed up and put in storage.
He was certainly not a pro. LoRusso is just a unprepared college kid that got lucky. This interview is from Sept 20, 1991. Kurt is on the verge of stardom. It is just before the Nevermind release on September 24, 1991.
Here’s the full nearly 10 min audio.
A tabloid wrote an article, includes photos, and some quotes from the interview. They did a nice job providing context for the audio interview.
I’m quite struck by how completely normal Kurt sounds. He’s very patient with this novice journalist and quite candid. No pretense or rock star ego at all. Just a tired dude chasing his dream and starting to realize the reality of the music business is not as wonderful as he imagined.
No surprise that these artists actually get very little money for signing with a major labe. Everybody else gets their cut first.