This fall, the Emmy winning A&E music show Private Sessions is coming back in partnership with IndieMusicTV, a 24/7 social media broadcast network. Viewers will now be able to live stream Private Sessions, which launched in 2007 and features interviews and performances with popular bands and artists, in over 250 countries. Returning host Lynn Hoffman launched the new series Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. EST with an episode featuring Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and James Valentine, who perform hit Maroon 5 songs including “This Love” and “She Will Be Loved.”
“He talked about how when he was young, his music teacher told him to give up on playing the guitar, because it would never amount to anything,” Hoffman says about Levine, “and he promptly put up his middle finger to the camera while saying, ‘Look at me now.’”
Hoffman and Levine talked about M5's initial monstrous success, from starting their career back in high school to opening for legends like the Rolling Stones and the Police. “At the time we taped this show,” she says, “Maroon 5 was struggling to make a comeback, right before Adam started his stint as a judge on NBC’s hit show, The Voice, which catapulted Maroon 5 and Adam straight back to the top––but you would never know it.”
Hoffman says her interviewing rule of thumb is to treat everyone the same, “like regular, normal people.”
These seemingly larger-than-life artists, she says, “whose job is to create fantastic works of art that draw emotion, make people think, are just people like you and me. I’ve found that just about all of the artists and entertainers I’ve met and worked with over the years have been very down-to-earth.”
Private Sessions can be streamed through IndiMusic TV channels on Roku and Opera TV, and soon through Google Chrome, Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Netflix and more.
By Jessica Pace