By: sv
Category: General discussion

June 22, 2017

Hello Guy: will you have any female vocalists on the new work? I absolutely love the harmonies that were created with Emmylou and Ruth. Quite sublime! Also, do you anticipate another double album? (PS: Emmylou is playing with John Mellencamp at a NYC venue in July. It's a beautiful, small, renovated stadium in Forest Hills. Full disclosure: so proud the venue is in my 'hood!)

By: Webmark
Category: General discussion

June 22, 2017

Hi Guy,

did Mark write the songs for the forthcomming MK album?

By: direstr8s66
Category: General discussion

June 22, 2017

I'm usually not one to bring up the Dire Straits reunion topic but In a new interview about plans for the Eagles to play two festivals this summer (Deacon Frey and Vince Gill will share Glenn Frey's duties) Don Henley said: "People want to hear these songs played live by the band that recorded them . . . and even though it is not exactly the same band, they want to hear the songs." I know you and Mark are always looking forward we love and enjoy everything about it. Many of us continue to passionately enjoy the old Dire Straits stuff and hope you fellows can make some time revisit the classics. With that said, bring on the new projects!!! Can't wait to hear them.

By: Cheney Coker
Category: Miscellaneous

June 22, 2017

This goes back to a suggestion that I posed quite a few months back. It seems that your tour cookbook is completely sold out and may not be in line for re-prints. If this is the case, is it possible to send a PDF version of the book to people that might request it? Or to make it easier on you, allow for it to be downloaded from your site? I would love to see it for the photos if nothing else. (I’m also a foodie as my waistline shows and would love to try a few dishes out).

Yes indeed, I will definitely get this together. thanks for the reminder.

By: sv
Category: General discussion

June 21, 2017

Hello Guy, I am following up on Arthur’s post below. There are some terrific songs that were outtakes (What Have I Got to Do) or bonus tracks (Terminal Of Tribute To) that sometimes get overlooked or not listened to as frequently. Is there a chance that all these songs might find their way into one album/one place? That would be hugely appreciated! Thanks.

I would seriously doubt it as, as we are working on new material. There are SO many songs recorded or otherwise that don't make it both for Mark and myself. As I have said before, this is usually for good reason. Don't forget that whilst percentages vary, ALL songwriters write many songs in order to end up with a good one.

By: Arthur Brendler
Category: Tour

June 21, 2017

Hi, Doc.

During those years answering this forum, you told us that some songs was recently (since 2005) rehearsaled but never played live like Mans Too Strong, Terminal Of Tribute To, Portobello Belle, Calling Elvis, So Far From The Clyde…
During the Tracker Tour, On Every Street was rediscovered.
There were others ‘oldies goldies’ rehearsed but never played?

Sorry about my ‘looking from the past’ in this moment of future.
And sorry my poor english.

bye,
Arthur

probably but I can't really remember. Brain not in that mode.

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

June 21, 2017

Hello Doc. Glad to hear that “The mystery project is ongoing and ‘slowly’ gaining momentum”. Reading that it looks like there is not a deadline to the project, there is?

there is

By: The String Taylor
Category: Guy Fletcher

June 20, 2017

Dear Doc, as for putting an album in streaming services, I had a good experience with distrokid. It cost you 20€ a year and you can publish as much albums and singles as you like. It’s a good option if you have more than one published album

» https://distrokid.com/

Thanks. Will check them out

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

June 19, 2017

And, by the way… Now that you are working in the next MK album, in which state is the “misterious project”?

The mystery project is ongoing and 'slowly' gaining momentum. The two are running in parallel.

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

June 19, 2017

Hi Doc. Reading your diaries I noticed that in many pictures where the control rooms can be seen, there are some keyboards there, sometimes even guitars or other instruments. Do you record instruments directly inside the control rooms or they are just for ideas, and when it´s needed to record, you take them into the small room in Studio2 or the big one (or the booths) in studio1?

Good question. We play the instruments in the control room but run cabling to amplifiers in other areas. The most common being Mark's Electric guitars, he will sit in the middle of Control room 2 whilst I record his amp array in the main area of Studio 1 with multiple mics which are fed back into the console in studio 2.

By: sv
Category: General discussion

June 17, 2017

Hello Guy: Thought you and the others might smile reading this.

This weekend’s NYT Travel section has an interview with Sara Blakely, the American billionaire businesswoman, and the founder of Spanx, an apparel company.
“I always have my original iPod; I have a good luck song that I take off to every single time. It’s Mark Knopfler, who used to be the lead singer of Dire Straits, and the song is What It Is. It has to be perfectly cued up. I don’t listen until the plane starts down the runway. It’s a whole ritual.”

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We all have our MK rituals; that could be a whole other thread! Would you share the above with Mark?

» https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/travel/what-sar...

Thanks, yes, I will share it with Mark today.

By: Arthur Brendler
Category: General discussion

June 16, 2017

Hi Doc.
One of my sources saw you programming some drum beats / bass lines for the new ‘surprise’ NHB record!
Hahaha… Will be fantastic a new NHB album with the fantastic BG equipment / engeneering.

best wishes,
Arthur

well he was correct in one respect

By: Erwin
Category: Guy Fletcher

June 16, 2017

Hello Guy, any chance of new recordingdiary soon with the new MK album in the works? It would be great!

Yes, as I have said before, it's kinda tricky as it's just Mark and myself at this stage so not much in the way of interesting imagery or stories but there WILL be a band session soon during which I will endeavour to impart in the usual manner.

By: calibrit
Category: Competition

June 15, 2017

Dear Doc,As a huge fan of Mark and your work (Very excited about the upcoming project).
I like millions of others use SPOTIFY to listen to music,even though I have your CDs and all of Marks,its very handy in work to put on Spotify and listen to whatever I want.Most of Marks work is on there,except for last couple of albums and your latest isn’t on their either.Would you explain how some is and some isn’t? Thamks

Well my last album isn't there because I distributed it myself without a label and didn't get round to making it available. I will try to do this. As for Tracker, it must have been conscious decision by the label not to put it up. Not sure of the ins and outs.

By: bombur
Category: Competition

June 15, 2017

News, news, desperate for news! Anything?

By: MD1968
Category: Guy Fletcher

June 8, 2017

Thanks Guy and Michael. Greetings Marco

By: Michael
Category: General discussion

June 7, 2017

Re MD1968's question – no statue of Mark in Newcastle, but he does have a star on the Newcastle/Gateshead Walk of Fame. It's down on the Quayside – won't spoil it for you by telling you exactly where. Cheers

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

June 6, 2017

Hi Doc. I hope that the recordings for the new MK record are going well, also the misterious project. I understand that the solo MK record is in the early stages of MK and you working the basic tracks for it, is there any band session planned in the near future to complete some of the songs, or it´s too early for that?

The answer for now is, yes.

By: Lars
Category: Miscellaneous

June 4, 2017

Hi Guy,

I recently bought a pair of Shure SE535 IEM’s, I know you use custom made IEM but man, they sound brilliant. Good sound is always worth the money. What really surprised me how much more details I hear, e.g. on the Tracker album. It sounds much less compressed. And then you realize you guys do a brilliant job on sound engineering. I’m expecting a lot from the new album:)

All the best and keep up the good work,

Lars

Great, I'm sure they are fabulous. the IEM technology moves forward continually

By: MD1968
Category: Guy Fletcher

June 3, 2017

Hello Guy, In september we are going on vacation to Scotland. Because i am a big fan of Mark I wonder if there is a stattue or anything else related to him in Newcastle. Out Hotel is in Newcastle ( King Robert )
so we can go out to see that related thing to Mark. Thank you, Marco By the way, I looking forward to the new album of Mark, thanks

Not that I am aware of