No Question Answer
         
  Dire Straits:      
    1 Q: Who were the official band members during the time that Dire straits split and will DS ever re-unite? A: Officially when DS split, it was Mark, John, Myself and Alan. No, I seriously doubt that there will ever be a re-union although there's always the possibility of the odd charity event.
         
  Guy's keyboard rig:      
    2 Q: Which keyboards does Guy play on stage? A: Well, on stage with MK, you see my Hammond B3 (with Leslie cabinet) and 3 synths. They are the Kork Trinity, Roland JD800 and Nord 2. In my rack I have a Yamaha 01V mixer, two Akai S6000's, an Akai MPC 2000 and a Real World Midi switcher. The mixer is used to mix all my keys so I can give Kerry (monitors) and Dave (foh) a stereo feed. The sampler is used for some sounds which I have sampled from the record (ie. the steel in Hillfarmers Blues).
         
  Making tea:      
    3 Q: The Doc only drinks the best tea, how do we make such a nice cuppa? A: For individual cups - First, brew the kettle and place one teabag per cup. when the kettle boils, leave for approx 15 secs. then pour into each cup/mug. do not leave to sit, that's the cause of tea-pond-scum. stir every 15 seconds or so. after a minute, remove the bag and add milk to taste. Simple. Make suer you do not use Liptons teabags. PG, Tetley, Yorkhire, Barry's all fine, just not Liptons.  As far as layering is concerned, I pour boiling water into a teapot with a PG tips teabag in it, let it brew for a few minutes, pour a 'layer' of milk in the cup and add the tea (With teabags it's after. In the pot, it's first in the cup). Simple but lovely.
         
  In-ears:      
    4 Q: In-ear monitors are plugged in the ears, but what are there real function? A: They are a revelation in the world of touring. They negate the need for on-stage monitor speakers.   We have a guy called Kerry whose sole job is to give each musician exactly what we like to listen to for each song. Kerry sits just off stage to the left and sits in front of a massive mixing desk with a seperate fader for each instrument/mic coming in and a row of knobs. each row sends signal to each musician seperately, he monitors this throughout the show. Because we wear earpieces which shut out 80% of the external noise, one is more reliant on the actual balance. In ear monitors make sound balancing a lot more simple to deal with. With loudspeakers on the stage, things used to get a bit muddled. Btw: All the stage crew have in-ears. Makes sense when you think about it. They need to be a part of the show too.
         
    5 Q: I noticed that the instrument techs also had "ears" and radio packs, do they take the feed of the appropriate musician (ie Lawrence hears your monitor mix, Robbo hears Dannys, Glenn hears Marks), do they have their own personal mixes, or just a general mix that is the same for them all? A: Yes, the techs do use their packs to monitor the same mix that their respective muso's are hearing.
         
  DS re-union      
    6 Q: Will Dire Straits ever be re-united again? A: The situation is this. As far as Mark is concerned, it IS over. He has absolutely no desire to re-from the band and tour the world in the same manner as Genesis, the Eagles, the Stones etc. etc. Mark is currently as prolific as ever so he's in no mind for re-unions, and neither am I for that matter. I know there are many many fans who would love for it to happen but right now we are enjoying making music more than ever. There's simply too much other good stuff going on.  Having said that, you never knows what may happen in the future. So there will not be a DS gathering again I'm pretty certain of that apart from maybe a charity concert in the future.
         
         
  Chad cromwell:      
    7 Q: What happened to Chad Cromwell? A: He had to leave during the 2005 tour because he had some problems at home which understandably required his presence. It was initially going to be a 'break' but when DC arrived it was felt that to revert back would be detrimental to the tour and besides, Chad had not really fully recovered. I understand he is absolutely tip-top now and working full time (Chad is playing with Neil Young nowadays).
         
  Terry Williams:      
    8 Q: Do you know what Terry Williams (Dire Straits drummer in the 80's) is doing nowadays? A: I speak with Terry now and again, he's still in Wales. He was running a blues club but I'm not sure what he's up to nowadays.
         
         
         
  96ers:      
    10 Q: Dear Doc, Can you tell me how the 96ers came to be. How were the band members chosen? A: The musicians involved in the GH album were a collection of guys who were recommended to MK. I wasn't in the line-up originally. Mark was keen to try different musicians and the talent there was unquestionable.
         
  Tunnel Of Love:      
    11 Q: I would like to know why Mark has never played Tunnel Of Love at his solo gigs? A: We stopped playing that years ago simply because Mark was tired of it. I doubt it will return.
         
  Audience mics:      
    12 Q: Why are there two mics pointing to the audience during the live performances? A: The two audience mics are for the recordings and for Kerry (main reason) to send the signal to our in-ear mixes to give the band more of a feeling for the crowd reaction. It prevents us from feeling 'closed off' from the crowd.(can you believe they got half-inched during a US show once!)
         
  Jet-lag:      
    13 Q: How do you guys handle jet lag? A: There's no simple solution to jet-lag. You've just gotta get over it. Having said that...there are a few tricks namely not going to sleep in the middle of the day upon arrival. I just sat up really really stupidly late on the first night so I'm so tired anyway the jetlag pales into insignificance. If however you have to work, you've got no chance.
         
  Family visit:      
    14 Q: Do you see your family during the tour? A: Families come to the odd place but generally no. We tour at a fair pace so there's not much time to see the family but Mark allows time off for school breaks. It is the most difficult aspect of touring. Being away from the family is tough, but you know, it's what we choose to do for a living so one really shouldn't complain.
         
  Becomming a roadie:      
    15 Q: I would like to be a Roadie. Do You think I can have a chance to work in Mark Knoplfer's Tour? A: Without wishing to burst any bubbles....it takes many many years to graduate to the level of DS/MK roadie. If you have 20 years previous experience as a touring tech. then possibly. To be honest you stand more chance of getting in the band.
         
  Crew:      
    16 Q: How big a crew do you use and do you tend to use the same one all the time? A: Yep, the logistics of it all are very important, and quite complex. We do take our trusted back-line boys everywhere we go, those who have followed my tour diaries in the past will recognize certain members, ie Glenn Saggers, Robert Collins, Kerry Lewis, Colin Barton, Lawrence Adams, Dave Dixon and not forgetting Mr. Glengettie, keeper of the tea - Adrian Fitzpatrick. / The whole entourage is 33 persons. That includes band, management, crew and drivers.
         
  Tour laundry:      
    17 Q: What about washing and ironing arrangements during touring? A: The washing in catering is done by local helpers and we do have a local wardrobe person to do the band ironing. Laundry is done at the venues or the local runner will take it to a laundromat. Our assistant manager, Steve, takes any dirties each evening and they miraculously return, clean, the next day.
         
  Staying healty:      
    18 Q: How do the bandmembers, cast and crew manage to keep their stamina up? A: It's simply a matter of careful diet, not too much booze, a bit of excercise and most importantly, rest. We're not getting any younger, and yes there is a certain fitness level required to undertake a tour but it's not like training for a marathon or anything. We do tend to spend a lot of time in hotel gyms, in fact a lot of the hotels are booked based on the adequacy of their gym.
         
  MK's touring managment:      
    19 Q: Who is part of MK's touring management team? A: The touring team consists of Paul Crockford (Mark's manager) a tour manager (Tim Hook) an assistant tour manager (Peter Mackay) and a production manager who travels with the crew.
         
  Before the gig:      
    20 Q: When you guys are touring, how far BEFORE a gig do you eat/drink? A: We generally eat at least an hour before the show, and lightly.
         
  Catering:      
    21 Q: Do you have your own catering service on tour? A: Did you buy my cookbook?
         
  Tour line-up:      
    22 Q: Who is in the tour line-up these days? A: The tour line-up is MK, myself, Ian Thomas, Glenn Worf, Richard Bennett, Jim Cox, John McCuskerand Mike McGoldrick.
         
  Touring places/venues:      
    23 Q: Who actually decides where a tour will go? Does someone look at past ticket sales against current CD sales and go for locations where you may be more successful? A: It's Mark and the management who decide where we will go and those decisions are based on MANY things not least financial viability. Management and agents will select venues based on availability, album sales and prior artist knowledge and preference, then the list of shows will be shown to Mark for the thumbs up. Of course any artist will give indications as to where he would prefer to perform.
         
  Touring logistics:      
    24 Q: How do the logistics work during touring? A: When we're away from Europe and the US, we use rented PA, stage and lights (hence many teething troubles), apart from that EVERYTHING you see comes with us and is shipped on a cargo plane. We don't have 2 sets of gear like we used to in the Straits days, just an exceptionally good crew. We have a road crew who do all the lugging for us. Oh how I miss those days of carrying my own gear around in the back of the van! LOL
         
  Different power supplies:      
    25 Q: How do you handle the different power supplies for the equipment? North America is 110V and Europe is 220V. Some places have 50 cycle power and some are 60 cycle. A:  At the beginning of the tour we purchased a 'Firman' power conditioning unit which outputs 'clean' voltage wherever we are. (except certain parts of Spain!!!!!)
         
  Tour Doctor:      
    26 Q: Does a Doctor travel with you and do you take medicines in your luggage? A: We don't take any professional Doc. as such. The local promoter suggests a doctor if the need arises. Our bags certainly contain various mild remedies such as Beechams Resolve, Alka seltzer etc.
         
  Dressing room requests:      
    27 Q: When Mark Knopfler and you and the rest of the band are on tour do you guys have any request about the dressing room? A: The dressing room 'rider' has changed greatly over the years. From the early days when we had a snooker table, pinball machines and a fridge full o' vodka, through the Hillbilly years of Tennessee bourbon, Aqua-libra and Salt'n'vinegar crisps, to the present day rider which consists of fine red wine, preferably a dusty old claret or a delicious Amarone.
         
  The show must go on:      
    28 Q: What happens when one of the band members has a furious headache or bad cold, maybe it's even Mark, given you guys never seem to cancel anything what's the cure, or are you guys "real hard men"? A: The rule of thumb here is 'the show must go on'. We've done shows with members of the band barely able to stand. God forbid. I once did a show in Faro with food poisoning. I think I threw up 3 times onstage. However, if the situation was REAL bad, we would have delayed the start of the show slightly whilst a doctor (a real one) administered the necessary medicaments. It did happen once to me in France, Toulouse I think, and I did have a very bad bug. An injection of some kind really did the trick though apart from my feeling like I was playing from the lunar surface.
         
  Setlist decisions:      
    29 Q: Decides Mark what the setlist is or is it done in consultation with the band ? A: Mark decides and we voice any concerns or suggestions.
         
    30 Q: Why wasn't this or that song included in the setlist? A: Because Mark doesn't want to play them, what other reason could there be? Setlists are so subjective and even if you set out to please fans you'd never get it right, so the only solution is to merely satisfy ones self.
         
    31 Q: Why not 'refreshing' the setlist with some rare played DS songs? A: I wouldn't mind having a crack at a lot of early Straits songs. What we decide to play is down to nothing more complex than what Mark feels like attacking. Obviously there's consideration for the oldies! (songs not fans) but we always think if we're enjoying it then the audience will stand a better chance of doing the same.
         
    32 Q: Why not give the fans the opportunity to choose 3 songs you could play during the encores or even throughout the whole set? It could be fun to make a poll amongst fans, see which songs are mostly requested and then perform them on stage. A: With such a catalog of great songs it's a tempting idea but it has been suggested before, a few times. It's just not something that Mark goes in for.
         
    33 Q: Will the set change much during the tour? A: We've decided to have more variation in the set.  I doubt every show will be identical, Mark and I have already discussed the possibility of changing sets more frequently.
         
    34 Q: Will there ever be a tour when no oldies will make the setlist? A: Old songs only get dropped when they seem tired. What's the point of flogging something that you're tired of when there's so much good material to choose from. But don't worry, there are still some oldies in there.
         
  Recording studio:      
    35 Q: Why was the name "British Grove" chosen for the studios? A: It's the name of the street on which it's located.
         
    36 Q: What other musicians are recording or have recorded at British Grove? A: There is an ever growing list of clients at the Grove including the Killers, Razorlight, Travis, Hayley Westenra, Eric, the Who etc etc etc
         
    37 Q: Does MK scout round offering the studio to bands/ record co's, or is he approached by them? A: A chap called David Stewart is the studio manager at British Grove and all bookings go through him as in any other commercial facility. Mark is kept informed of who wishes to use the studio.
         
    38 Q: What kind of audio interface do you use in your own studio and is used in the BG Studios? A: Well as I use a ProTools system at home, it has its own audio interfaces which are integral to the system. The audio drive is firewire. The Nuendo system we use at British Grove uses Prism interfaces which connect to the mainframe with multiconnectors. I also have a MOTU firewire which I use with Cubase.  Currently we use Cubase 4 and Nuendo 4 as recording software for the new album.
         
    39 Q: Is it common to hire two studios, one for the pure musical rehearseals and other for all the production, lighning etc rehearseal? A: No, we do rehearsals and then a day or two of production rehearsals. Production rehearsal usually incorporates a run through or two for lights and stage logistics etc.
         
    40 Q: What are the steps in the recording process of an album at the BG Studios? A: Simplified, we use Cubase as the main recorder it's just that when we track, we lock up two 16track Studer tape machines to record the drums, bass and whatever else sounds good. Then we pop it over into Cubase, it gets converted on the way in to 96k since that's the sample rate we use all the time not by Chuck's 'racks' but by a bank of Prism A-D's. Once in the Cubase project, there it stays until we mix using individual outs into the Neve desk. So we mix ANALOG. Definitely not in Cubase and definately NOT with the use of any plug-ins. Once we have our master, be it on analog quarter inch, half inch or digital, it then will be mastered by Bob Ludwig who you can be certain will not use Wavelab. Although Wavelab is a nice peice of software, it's not used here. We're using a Neve 1073 Mic pre (which is not valve) and a long body Neumann U47 (extremely rare) tube mic for Mark's voice this time round.
         
    41 Q: Did Mark finance the studio and equipment all by himself or did the record company or anyone else also invest in it too? A: The studio has nothing at all to do with any record company and is entirely owned by Mark. It is however a commercial venture and many artists have used it and discovered it's benefits.
         
  Meet & greet:      
    42 Q: Is it difficult to gain admittance for a meet & greet? / How do I get a ticket to a 'Meet & Greet'? A: Lie about your age. No, it's the $64,000 question isn't it. You need to win a contest, be a guest of the label, a relative of the band or otherwise be invited.
         
  Autographs:      
    43 Q: Can I get an autograph from you guys on the stage? A: We never give autographs from the stage but guitar pics and drumsticks often find their way out there..
         
    44 Q: I was wondering if it would be possible if I'd get one of my albums signed by coming to the soundcheck? A: I can't encourage people to show up at soundcheck time in the hope of getting stuff signed etc. as we don't ALWAYS do soundchecks and sometimes there just isn't time but apart from tracking the band down in hotels it's the most realistic chance of that happening. However, we always try to sign autographs whenever possible, it's sometimes impossible when we're leaving the venue but on the way in it's usually absolutely fine.
         
  Sound staging:      
    45 Q: Is "sound staging" controlled mostly in recording or mixing? Does the sound stage presented vary from album to album or song to song? A: To us it is known as imaging but part of the process is allowing the various components their own sonic space. It is all part and parcel of the arrangement process too, so I suppose it starts with the recording and we are aware of this at all stages. Basically, if it's recorded well, it's a breeze to mix and the sound-scape potential is there.
         
  Digital recording:      
    46 Q: You do NOT record everything on digital media but still use good old tape as a first step? A: We use both but at the start it's pretty much all dig.
         
  Production process:      
    47 Q: Would you mind explaining the whole production and engineering process when you'll have some free time ? A: If I explained the whole process you'd have a free book on engineering. I wouldn't know where to start on this forum, but a ridiculous simplification is - songs - concepts - musicians - instrumentation - tracking (initial backing track recordings) - overdubs - other overdubs - last minute overdubs - mixing - stupid idiot overdubs - remixing (lol) - mastering - artwork - manufacture.....the rest is mystical and unmentionable.
  Headphones:      
    48 Q: Which headphones do you and the band use for recording? A: We use Bayer DT150's as they have been around for donkey's years and that's what most of us grew up with. They are pretty well closed.
         
  Inamorata album:      
    49 Q: How can I purchase a copy of your INAMORATA album if it isn't available in every music store? A: Yes, my album distribution leaves a lot to be desired. I guess you need the might of a major label behind you to get it out to that extent but it's not in the shops anywhere other than the UK at the moment. It's available from this site as always and I sign every copy that goes out. Also a free Inamorata postcard with each copy.  You can find it on iTunes (not the US) and Play.com in Europe and Audiocandy.com in the US.
         
  Musical path without MK:      
    50 Q: If you hadn't come accross MK where do you think your musical path would be now? A: That's very difficult to say as I've worked with Mark for so long it's hard to imagine not having his influence, but I honestly don't think things would be very different. I've always done so many outside projects, movie scores, TV productions, tours etc. I'm very happy with the list of people I've worked with but am always on the lookout for emerging talent for possible future collaboration.
         
  KTGC tour DVD:      
    51 Q: Are there any plans to make a DVD of the last tour? A: At the moment there are NO plans.
         
  The Notting Hillbillies:      
    52 Q: Does the future forsee another Hillbillies album? A: No more Hillbillies, it was always a one off.
         
  STP DVD:      
    53 Q: What happened with the STP tour DVD project? A: Abandoned, shelved, curtailed, rejected, ditched, dumped, discontinued, struck out, abandoned, jettisoned, rain-checked, stopped, murdered, erased, forgotten, put into cold storage etc. etc.
         
  Camera & filming policy:      
    54 Q: Has there already a new way of camera and filming policy been discussed? A: YES it has been discussed and there will be much more notification about the camera policy for the next tour. The exact wording hasn't yet been decided but I'm sure you will understand that the restrictions will continue.
         
    55 Q: With all the things that happened regarding the recording policy, is it still allowed during the  concerts to take pictures? A: It is allowed. Still photography is fine. NO VIDEOS. the artist, it is recommended that you take a
         
  Audience age limit:      
    56 Q: Is there is a general audience age limit for those who wants to come and see a MK concert? A: No age limit high or low! We get young kids in the audience all the time. It must be at the parent's discression as to whether or not they'll stay awake! Don't forget the earplugs.  It's always been the case with MK shows that the age range varies immensly. Seems to be even more so nowdays. It's great to see sometimes three generations of fans at the same show.
         
  Tour in 2010:      
    57 Q: I understand Mark will be touring in 2010 but please, can you tell us where? A: The tour is still being scheduled and I wouldn't say where we are going even if I knew but at the moment it's based around the same places as last tour.
         
  KTGC TAB book:      
    58 Q: Will there be a Kill to Get Crimson TAB book? A: As far as I know the KTGC TAB book is in the stores these days.
         
  New album release:      
    59 Q: When will the new MK album be released? A: Probably September but there's no official release date yet.
         
  Pre-show nerves:      
    60 Q: Do you or any of the band still go thru pre show nervousness and if so how long does it last and  what do you do about it? A: My answer to this has modified over the years as these days we don't tend to get 'nervous' before walking out on stage. Basically though, there's nothing quite like the anticipation of a concert and when you're up there, sensing the audience's appreciation is really what it's all about and the reason we keep on coming back for more. It can be hard to concentrate but years of experience has taught us all to focus intently, especially with this band. Concentration is paramount. During a tour, I can honestly say there's no pre-show nerves but it does take 3 hours to calm down after the show. The first show is usually the one with the nerves.
         
  Favourite guitare:      
    61 Q: Guy, what's your favourite acoustic guitar to play? Does Mark have a favorite that he likes to play most often? A: Mark has an embarrassment of riches in this department. My favourite is his Gibson Advanced acoustic. A truly staggering instrument.
         
  Amps:      
    62 Q: How do you like the new ampline Mark is using - the Reinhardts? Which model is prefered by Mark and is used in the studio? A: He doesn't have any particular faves as each sounds slightly different for each job and different amp but we've been using a 4x12 with EV's a lot. Not sure which model Reinhardts they are but Bob made one specially for Mark recently.
         
  Rudiger:      
    63 Q: You and MK must have a lot of stories about rudigers and people who do the most strange things to call your attention, not just to have an autograph but to show that they can play or sing or whatever. Can you share with us some of this stories, or at least the most strange one? A: Rudiger was about as strange as it comes. Mark once asked him how it felt to be famous and Rudiger said, "no, it is you who are famous".
         
  Studio hours:      
    64 Q: I was wondering, how much time do you spend in the studios/hour/day? A: We do an honest day's work in the studio but nothing like the hours we used to spend.
         
  Capo's:      
    65 Q: Hi Guy, can you or GS recommend a capo? A: Well I use and swear by Schubb's.
         
  Filmscores:      
    66 Q: For the filmscore arrangements... Do you write everything dow in music notation? Or do you play your arrangements with keyboards, guitars... and then a transcriptor writes it? A: With Mark's filmscores, generally, he writes the themes and tells me what he's earing an I create a basic template and we build on that. No musical notation is involved. With MY film scores, the music is written using various sequencer and sampler software and then depending on budget, the music is written out and checked by a copyist for an orchestra to perform.
         
    67 Q: I was just wondering whether MK still gets approached to do filmscores, and whether he would still do them? A: Yes, there are always approaches but recently Mark has not so much steered away as not found the time or script to devote his attentions. / MK gets loads of film requests and he decides by whether or not he likes the script and also if he's available or not. I'm getting more requests these days (still not enough for my liking) and will take on just about anything within reason.
         
  Mix engineer:      
    68 Q: While in pre production with MK are you the mix engineer? A: I do all the engineering when Mark and I are working and when the band are here I hand over to Chuck.
         
  Guitar stuff      
    69 Q: What guitar cable (brand) does Mark use? A: We have been known to use MOSTER cables.
         
         
    70 Q: What strings (gauge,brand) does Mark use on the MK signature strat ? A: We all use D'Addario's. But the guages vary from 9's to 11's depending on the application.
         
         
    71 Q: Are guitars tuned before each song? Or just once before the show? A: Mark's guitars are tuned before every song, yes.
         
    72 Q: Can you tell us what happens step by step to a guitar between 2 shows? A: Yes, Let's take for example the changeover during Telegraph Road. Mark will walk to the changeover point under low light, Glenn will meet him with the electric (already plugged in) and take the National from Mark and hand him the Pensa. As Mark walks back to centre stage Glenn hits the 'mute' switch on the drum riser making tha guitar 'live'. Mark then walks to his volume pedal and off he goes.
         
  KTGC concerts on film:      
    73 Q: Has any of the KTGC concerts been filmed? A: No concerts have been filmed (knowingly) but most have been recorded.
         
  Cars      
    74 Q: I wondering what sort of car you and mark own? Mark is a racing driver part time aswell so has he got a ferrari haha or something like that? A: I drive an old beaten up Ford Mondeo that smells of fish, and a Porsche 993. Yes, Mark has a few lovely cars.
         
  Piano tuning:      
    75 Q: How on earth do you manage to keep in tune a grand piano which is transported almost every day! Do you have to have a pioano tuner on standby at every location? Or does it stay in tune surprisingly well between flits? A: The piano we use onstage is a Yamaha Motif8, encased in a piano shell. The reason for this is simply that keeping a real piano in tune on tour is virtually impossible due to the temperature changes and constant travel etc.
         
  Band name:      
    76 Q: I think the band deserves recognition for your loyalty to Mark and your terrific talents? A: When we're not the MK band, we're Folk Shag.
         
  Reviews      
    77 Q: I wonder (given of course that you all are actually outstanding and I take no notice of reviews I know what I think), whether Mark has reached the stage now where music journalists don't expect him or you all to be any good anymore, so there's more of a surprise element rather than that horrible misplaced attitude of "go on then 'Mr Legendary Rock Star'  impress me"? A: Mark always says he couldn't care less about reviews and to be honest, nor could I. What matters to us is first hand feedback of the audience.
         
  GF song in a MK tour setlist:    
    78 Q: Will we ever find a GF song in the setlist during a MK tour? A: As I've said before it's Mark's show and whilst he's fine about spotlighting the musical talent on stage, I could never see Mark letting me do one of my tunes in the show.
         
  Stardom:      
    79 Q: you get a lot of the things many musicians dream about without all the celebrity fuss (at least less) that for instance Mark has to deal with. If you have, what would have been your justification for wanting stardom? Financial reasons? Power? Just fame itself? A: To be honest, I count myself extremely lucky to be able to earn a living doing what I love, to have a lovely family, a nice motor, a home studio etc. Stardom? Who needs it? I always think I have more.
         
  Mark hanging out:      
    80 Q: I have noticed that in your tour diaries a lot of the band mates and crew and what not, seem to go out little outings together and hang out before a show and just having fun. That said, I notice that quite often Mark is not kicking about. Is he often doing his own thing or does he just avoid getting in the shots? A: Mark hangs out just like everyone else but I do respect his privacy a little more which ultimately means less shots. Plus, he's often simply chilling out, always writing.... / Mark is quite a private man and I'm not keen on shoving the camera lens in his face constantly. He does indeed write and develop ideas whilst on the road. I think with Mark, it's a constant process.
         
  Leslie cabinet:      
    81 Q: Do you use real Leslie cabinets for the Hammonds, or a Motion Sound thingy of some sort? A: Always the real thing. There's NO substitute for a real leslie cabinet and quite honestly, anyone who thinks there is, is kidding themselves. (Space, weight and budget are obvious issues though so you're forgiven if these apply!) Btw: The Leslie cabinet is at the back of the riser and does indeed make use of the 'doppler' effect to create chorale and tremolo.
         
  Song owner:      
    82 Q: I have written some own songs and wonder if I publish the lyrics or the songs on my website or somewhere else, what makes a song mine? I mean, someone can copy my song, record it and make money on it, how can I protect my own songs? I do understand that the songs are yours when you record a proper CD due to copyright? A: Yes, you need to ensure that you're the owner and this is usually done with a publisher but if you record the song onto a CD (or even just the lyrics) and post it to yourself 'registered post', keep it 'unopened', that will suffice until you can register it with the appropriate organization, such as the PRS in the UK. I wouldn't recommend putting it on any website until you've registered it.
         
  Allowing audience to the stage:    
    83 Q: Can a seated audience come to the stage during the show?  A: I know we allow audiences freedom for the encores usually.
         
  Runner:      
    84 Q: I often see both you and Mr. Bennett using the term "runner" when describing your swift exit from a given venue following the show. Could you possibly elaborate on exactly what this term means? A: It is pretty simple in concept. It's a means for us to get out of the venue and to the hotel/plane quickly. When we finish the show the audience naturally departs and sometimes very quickly. The runner is designed to beat the rush and avoid getting caught up in gig traffic which can sometimes be madness. If we leave it even a few minutes, we get stuck. Sometimes we decide to stay at the gig and hang in the dressing rooms which can be great fun.
         
  Lightning design:      
    85 Q: Who did the design of the beautiful lightning rig? A: Simon Tutchenor is fully responsible.
         
  Equipment on time:      
    86 Q: How on earth does all the equipment arrive at the gig by the time you arrive to the gig, if you drive in a fast car and the equipment drives in trucks? A: It's amazing but the gear leaves the previous venue about 2-3 hours after we come off stage, the trucks drive overnight and immediately load in to the next.
         
  Official MK site:      
    87 Q: Which MK sites are the official ones? A: There's one official MK website which is http://www.markknopfler.com/ . MK-News is the official fan site compiled by Terry Kilburn and assisted by PCM, Mark's management office.
         
  First meeting Mark:      
    88 Q: How did you first met Mark, the story (as you know) goes that you turned up on his doorstep with keyboard in hand, but how did that happen? Was it an arranged meeting, or did you hunt him down and just arrive badger him to hear you play? A: My first meeting with Mark was initiated by our respective managers, so I was in effect going for an audition cunningly disguised as a chat and a cup'o'tea. There was certainly no badgering!
         
  Mark using a pick:      
    89 Q: Why is Mark now using a pick to play? I dont know if all the rest of fans thinks the same, but I like very, very, very much his wonderfull and particular fingerpicking. A: Mark has mentioned it in many interviews lately. It's because of his desire to recreate the sound of guitar from that early 60's British era. on this album (KTGC).
         
  Auto-pilot during a gig:      
    90 Q: After a certain number of gigs of any tour, do you all guys still have to be very concentrated on what you are doing, or do you play or sing without even thinking at what you doing, as everything became some kind of reflex, day after day ? A: There is a certain amount of auto-pilot on stage during a long tour but there are also many points in the show where extreme concentration is required. Local Hero being one of them.
         
  Mixing:      
    91 Q: Do you mix digital or analog? A: With Mark we usually mix both digitally and analog and then choose which is best to go to mastering. It's all decided by myself, Chuck and Mark. On my album (mixing now!), It's all purely my choice but I'm mixing digitally at 96k.
         
  First MK project:      
    92 Q: What was your first big shot with Mark? I mean, the first time you co-worked properly? A: The first projects I did with Mark were the film soundtracks for Cal and Comfort and Joy.
         
  Guy Fletcher, the uncle:      
    93 Q: I found a single from "Guy Fletcher". The title is "Mary In The Morning" and it came out in the year 1971. I dont? think that it is an early opus of our well known Guy Fletcher ;-)) Does Guy know the artist and the song? A: Yes, that's my uncle (dad's brother), of the same name. He was a successful songwriter and has a band called 'Rogue'. He was part of the vocal group with my mum and dad called 'the cameos' in the '60's
         
  Keyboard Tech:      
    94 Q: I understand that Guy has a Keyboard Tech that travels on tour with him. Is he kept busy, and if so, what is the problem that occurs most often? A: When touring, the gear needs constant monitoring and careful attention, especially the Hammonds. Things DO go wrong especially when you consider we will be playing upwards of 90 concerts on the next tour. Moving gear around at pace means inevitable minor repair work is never far away and that's why Lawrence Adams is at hand. In my mind the finest keyboard tech. there is. Each night when I go onstage, it's all exactly the way it was when I left it the night before, only cleaner. Sometimes the stories of how exactly it got there are quite unbelievable.
         
  Co-producer:      
    95 Q: Can you explain what your role was as co-producer on KTGC? What responsibility and or authority did you have and how did that differ from the other co-producers? A: A producer's role is as much one of responsibility as well as the decision making and creation. Since it was just Mark and I in the studio for 90% of the time it was my responsibility to keep track of what's to do and what's been done etc. There are no set rules here but essentially it's about being in charge.
         
  Time between mix and release:    
    96 Q: I always wondered why there is always this 6-months-period between mixing and release? A: One for Paul Crockford, Mark's manager. Here's his reply - In answer to your fan question the delay is in order to get the record out to long lead time press and the rest of the media with plenty of time for them to consider the record for reviews and TV and radio play. In addition the manufacturing and distribution for a worldwide simultaneous release takes some considerable length of time to co-ordinate in order to make sure that the record gets into every market on the day of release.
         
  Learning keyboards:      
    97 Q: How did you learn to play keyboards ? I mean, did you start playing piano like most people ? Did you learn first the great ones like Schumann, Mozart aso ? Did you start with another instrument ? A: Well here's the truth...I never really learned to play. The fact is I started playing bass guitar and lead vocals in a band but at some point, they talked me in to getting a synth. Then the guitarist's brother took over the role of bassist ('cos he had a Rickenbacker bass and an Ampeg) so I became a keyboard player. Not that I minded, I loved it. Pretty soon I had a rig and the rest is history.
         
  Correct tempo:      
    98 Q: Just how do you get the exact same tempo for each song every night? Does each band member have a metronome or "click" in their in-ears? At one point I thought Danny was the "tempo man", but Mark starts off a few songs, so how do you guys do it? A: Some of the songs are counted in by Danny and he uses a click track to get an accurate tempo, but some are started by other members of the band and they do vary slightly. No big deal though. / Usually Danny will check the tempo with a click In his earpeice, but sometimes Mark will govern the tempo as he starts some tunes in free-time.
         
  Thirty minutes prior performing:    
    99 Q: How do you and the other band members psych yourselves up for a big show? Can you give us an idea of what you all do, say, thirty minutes prior to going on stage? A: We don't really do that much. We like to eat light before the show and we generally arrive an hour or so beforehand, get changed about 25 mins to go. Put our in-ear packs on about 10 mins to go. then after the manager has a quick look out to make sure most of the audience is in, and when the production manager calls 'house lights' on we go.
         
  Tour residence:      
    100 Q: Where do the American band members reside whilst touring in the UK. I mean, the UK memebers such as yourself, MK, Danny etc will stay with family, but where would the liked Richard Bennett, Glen etc stay? A: We all stay at hotels whilst we're on the road. We move around so quickly there's little time to go home. The exception is when we're playing a show close to where we live.
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        courtesy Dominique Callaerts
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