Part of my methodology is ethnographic fieldwork in Wellington and Copenhagen. Based on participant observation, serial interviews, mapping and photo elicitation interviews I want to investigate the unique qualities ascribed to music-making in those urban spaces.
The first set of qualitative data collection took place in Wellington during the months of May 2012 until the end of March 2014. Followed by the Copenhagen based fieldwork from April 2014 until November 2014. I conducted semi-structured interviews and photo-elicitation interviews with ten female and ten male musicians from each city.
Semi-structured interviews are concerned with “people’s knowledge, understandings, interpretations, experiences, and interactions” ensuring that significant contexts are highlighted and situated knowledge can be derived (Lewis-Beck et al. 2004:2). The interviews are based on a relatively informal style and require the interviewer as well as the interviewee to take an active, reflexive and constitutive role in order to “understand the world from the subject’s point of view, to unfold the meaning of people’s experiences” and “to uncover their lived world prior to scientific explanations” (Lewis-Beck et al. 2004; Kvale 1996: 1).
The interviewees were found through attending gigs and concerts around town, talking to the artists or friends of artists who then introduced me to the musicians via facebook or Email. This particular kind of purposive sampling is also referred to as snowball sampling, an approach by which key names or incidents are repeatedly recommended by a number of different informants (ibid.).
After a brief Email conversation I arranged a meeting with each participant in different local cafés. The interviews lasted between 40 and 60 minutes and were recorded and transcribed in full.