By: Pavel Fomenkov
Category: Guy Fletcher

August 17, 2017

Hi Doc. How you would explain this phenomenon: take any major artist's band out there, right? Take Mark Knopfler's band. I heard Mark making mistakes, Richard making mistakes, Glenn making mistakes, drummers and everybody else making mistakes, except for you. Keyboard players seems to exist in this perfect zone where I can't really hear any imperfections on every bootleg or live show I hear. It doesn't matter wether it's Paul Wickens or Guy Fletcher… I know, of course keyboard players do make mistakes, but to me it's like they genuinely make it less obvious than any other musicians. But how? P.S. And since I can hear all the other musicians messing up I don't think it has to do with the fact that I can't play a thing on a keyboard.

By: Erwin
Category: General discussion

August 17, 2017

Hello Guy, it seems like MTV unplugged will be back. I wonder, would MK do this if he was asked and how do you think about this concept??

» http://variety.com/2017/music/news/mtv-unplugged-r...

By: jazonbug
Category: General discussion

August 17, 2017

No EQ used? You mean you applied no eq on master, channels, busses or while mastering?

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

August 16, 2017

The project… Is it something that is going to happen for sure, or is there any chance that could be cancelled for any reason? You are doing quite a lot of work for it but it looks that it doesn’t only depend on you so I hop it arrived to its final stage.

Rest assured, it will happen

By: Jackal
Category: General discussion

August 13, 2017

Doc, it’s a well-known fact that our hearing deteriorates as we get older, and I suppose more severly for people like yourself, who have played all those loud concerts. I might be wrong, but I feel Tracker is quite a bit brighter sounding compared with Mark’s earlier solo albums (not to mention DS). His guitar sound, live and in studio, also feels much brighter than before, particularly his slide sound. Not in a bad or harsh way – that probably wouldn’t be possible because of the amazing gear you are using. Do you think this could be due to the fact that you are “advancing in age”? (I’m 40, by the way, and my hearing rolls off quickly at about 14 kHz.) Cheers!

Interesting point. Certainly it's true that there is high-end deterioration as our age advances but I really don't think it would make much difference in the overall sound of the album. Mark and I have managed to protect our ears pretty well throughout the years and the recent use of in-ear monitors protects further. It does mean that we are sensitive to annoyances such as in-flight announcements being as they so often are, too loud. I went to see Dunkirk at an IMax cinema last week and the sound level was on the verge of being ludicrous, i think the projectionist got carried away, it actually made my ears ring afterwards. I don't hear Tracker as being brighter, well maybe a tiny bit, but since there was no EQ used on the record, none of the sounds were enhanced from their original source sound in any way.

By: Marc
Category: Tour

August 12, 2017

On August 21st, a solar eclipse will grace North America (if we can see it through the smoke of forest fires) and although it was the 70's since it last happened, it happens somewhere in the world roughly every 18 months. I recently heard on the radio from Eclipse chasers that will travel wherever the Eclipse goes. It made me think about our similar travels to catch a show when MK tours every couple of years. All of this to say, the Eclipse will great but I am definitely looking forward to the next MK show! 🙂 Cheers!

By: david murdock
Category: General discussion

August 12, 2017

happy birthday mark.. 2 yrs to big one , hello to you guy and hope your enjoying break .

By: mario
Category: Gear

August 11, 2017

Hi Guy,
do you remember what amp(s) Mark used in 1998 for the hillbillies concerts?
Cheers 🙂

erm, I'm afraid not. Probably a Fender Vibrolux

By: David Tee
Category: General discussion

August 11, 2017

Hi Guy,

I’ve just been watching the second Neil Finn “Infinity” Session. I think there’ll be 4-5 of them and the album will recorded in the final one. Genuinely enjoyably; a mix of rock-solid musicianship, nostalgia, new tunes and a lot of informality. Bet it wasn’t easy! Anyway, while watching it, it occurred to me it would be a brilliant format for Mark, yourself and the other members of that amazing band to set up and promote an album. Something worth considering?

» https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXFnWk8VRA4

Yes, I like the format.

By: Richard_Southampton
Category: Competition

August 9, 2017

Hi Guy, thank you for answering my question on windsurfing, Ahhhh Hayling Island .. my memories not as good as i thought 🙂
As a follow on, in the same way as J lo’s rear is insured, i am guessing your hands and fingers can’t be ??? I can imagine how therapeutic and stimulating windsurfing can be,
but doesn’t the cold effect the ol hands and fingers ?? unless of course it’s Montserrat 🙂

On tours there is obviously an insurance situation but otherwise no. In actuality, windsurfing strengthens the fingers (even in winter) and performance is actually enhanced after a session on the water....assuming that is, there are no mishaps or accidents but after 30 years of it, I'm aware of the limitations (no forward loops for example, they can devastate the ear-drums on a bad landing).

By: Cheney Coker
Category: Competition

August 9, 2017

Casually walks in….. looks around…. clears his throat…. "uh"…. looks sideways …."ahem", looks at his hands, "Uh, just thinking since you have this time off…" kicks dirt…. "Ummm *cough* cookbook *cough*" … looks behind him…. "just thinkin'" … grins a little….. "anyway, gotta go. Have fun storming the castle."

By: Richard_Southampton
Category: General discussion

August 8, 2017

Hi Guy .. i had one of those surreal moments back in the 80s when Dire Straits were at their peak and here i am strolling along Lee on Solent sea front and i see two
guys preparing to windsurf. I tell my gf at the time. that it was Guy F and Alan C from Dire Staits ,,, she looks at me as if, really, they would be windsurfing down here??
I never believed it until i was watching a program on tv and there were the two of you windsurfing off Lee on Solent !! so my question is, do you still windsurf ?? and is it more
your home way now or ever up this way at Lee ??? can i be cheeky and sneak in, do you ever see Alan C and Chris White ?? .. and one more thing 🙂 there was a guy at Chichester, sat with family and friends that looked so much liked Terry Williams … was it him ??? ,, Best Wishes and keep rocking . Richard McKenna

Hi Richard, that was actually off Hayling Island and yes, I most definitely do still sail. Was out a lot last week in all that wind. Living by the sea means there's a lot of opportunity to get on the water...all very inspirational etc. i don't see much of ac or CW these days no.

By: Julio
Category: Miscellaneous

August 5, 2017

AMIT forum server is temporarily down, this URL will works while the problem is fixed.

» http://www.amarkintime.nl/forum/index.php

By: Julio
Category: Miscellaneous

August 4, 2017

A Mark In Time Forum is temporarily down. They are in the midst of swapping their provider for the amarkintime fan forum, and something went wrong and it got switched off. They are aware the site is down and that they are working on it.

By: MTB
Category: Miscellaneous

August 2, 2017

Hope you’re all enjoying the time off this summer. I recently ran across an interview with the prolific (and fellow North Carolinian) Warren Haynes, who was asked with whom he’d like to work:

SA: Who would you like to collaborate with that you haven’t?
WH: I’ve been so fortunate that I’ve worked with so many people that I grew up listening to, whether it’s officially, or jamming, singing, recording, whatever the case may be. I haven’t done anything with Neil Young, Tom Waits, or Mark Knopfler. Those are all people who I admire and would be happy to collaborate with if the opportunity arose.

..well, how about it ? I’d like to hear what they’d come up with.. 🙂

indeed

By: Erwin
Category: General discussion

August 2, 2017

Do I dare to ask….. But RB has shared some information about MK working on songs for a Broadway musical?

I'm sure you understand, I cannot say anything. I believe Richard may have been misquoted.

By: Jackal
Category: General discussion

August 2, 2017

Hi Doc, Just want to share this piece of fantastic music with you and the forum. Blake Mills doing his magic together with the band Dawes. I can’t get enough of this guy’s playing. Happy summer, Doc.

» https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff88GGQbdvc

Thanks

By: Cheney Coker
Category: Guy Fletcher

July 29, 2017

Dave, I would guess Doc doesn't answer some questions for the same reasons we all don't. Depending on the question it might be – He doesn't know. He has been asked not to say. He hasn't specifically been asked to refrain but feels it isn't his place to talk about it anyway. He thinks it is nobody's business.
Considering the amount of things he does answer I'm willing to accept that he has valid reasons to not comment on everything.

By: david murdock
Category: Competition

July 28, 2017

hi julio thanks a million for answer to my question ,even though i was thinking same thing you have told me,what a let down .can t wonder why guy does nt answer some questions at times on forum ,then its great people like yourself help other fans ,,roll on dave gilmor live box ..

By: The tennisman
Category: General discussion

July 28, 2017

Many thanks David