Thanks for your thoughts, PT. Maybe my comment wasn't clear. I'm not asking about a DS reunion- it doesn't interest me at all. I was just thinking about artists in a broader sense. I'm married to a painter and he just paints without looking back and learns more with every painting. But I love all his works. Writers are probably always hoping their next book is their best book. And performance artists are probably different still. So just wondering about the process. I would think an artist of MK's caliber would be viewed as having a body of work, some stronger than others, some that people have a personal connection to, but me, I love them all for many different reasons- the raw ache of the earlier stuff, the lyricism and muscianship of the later and everything in between. And Guy, sometimes your answers to DS questions seem like that was another time, another place when I feel like, as William Faulkner says, the past is never dead. it's not even past. Cheers!
It’s probably not for me to say, as the question has been asked and answered many times. But maybe I can help Mindy with his question because my reading of the situation is that I really don't think Mark is in any way rejecting his past. Indeed, for me it’s quite the opposite. I’m sure he embraces it every day.
This is all about how Mark and Guy want to spend the rest of the time they have in the business. I'm sure they have considered reunions for the reasons you've mentioned Mindy. But think about it for a minute. Why would they want to reconvene that whole large scale set up again? The whole process, the large stadiums, the press following, the groupies (err..maybe not!) and general hysteria would be a nightmare. And for what? It would only be for the money and at their time of life, money isn't really a prime motivator.
Ok, well maybe they owe it to the fans? Not really. Mark's output has been prolific and has given more than most during his professional life. He deserves to just do as he pleases. Just think if the outcome of the motorbike crash had been different, we could well have been robbed of all the magnificent new material in recent years (and him of course). One more point. The performance of old classics in recent years by the current band has been far superior to anything that Dire Straits members performed. Just listen to the overall quality and complexity of the sound now for Telegraph Road when the current band perform live…..e.g. John McCusker’s offbeat intervention, the influence of Richard Bennett and of course Guy…and the others. Brilliant. Oh, and just as a bonus we get all the new material also, which I actually prefer. So I think it’s time to put this one to bed once and for all and be thankful that Mark and Guy are still working away behind the scenes on something they love. We’re all going to benefit.
First of all, glad to hear good news from you according to the new album.
Tomorrow I will flight to London from Barcelona due to a professional conference about my professional job. Do you think it would be a good idea to take some beers and meet you and Mark at The Mawson Arms tomorrow afternoon and have some pictures and laughs?
Hi Guy! It's great to hear you and Mark are working on new recordings. I'd be interested in your thoughts on an artist's evolution. Many people ask about Dire Straits and you usually say something like, MK isn't interested in reunions, we've moved on, music's different now, etc. and seem to sound a little perturbed. I recognize the fact that artists do improve in so many ways- depth, technique, experience and time offer so much. But I also think that there's something so raw and powerful about the creative process when someone is hungry, searching, finding their voice and not famous. To me, neither takes away from the other but, on the contrary, adds to the body of work and the foundation it's built on. Just another way of saying, those opening notes on Down to the Waterline are every bit as moving for me as Shangri La and 5:15am and Kill to Get Crimson, and so on. And sometimes it sounds like you and MK are just rejecting your past a bit? Or is that something an artist has to do to keep going? Thoughts? All the best.
Please could pass on my deepest thanks to Mark, for one of the most inspirational videos, in the Soundbreaking documentary. Utterly brilliant in every way 😉
Is that the Tone King Imperial we are hearing ?
Okay, I will look to Jörg to lead us towards virtuous patience! (Hi, Jörg!). Guy, tell us a bit about your own creative process. Do you have an inventory of sounds and music that you have stored and you pull them out as MK introduces new songs to the group, or do you create them as you go along? From where do you draw your own inspiration? Shutting yourself up in a room or walking in the woods or listening to old/new music? Thanks for all your great work with MK!
Hi Guy and all others reading here …
Yes, patience is a virtue. That’s totally correct.
And I am more than relaxed to hear that this project(s) will be different, because different means it’s not the “same old stuff” again (not that MK’s works have ever been repeating or boring in any way).
But I think that is what is all is about: to do something new, to improve, to make an evolution …
So, the result can only be something really fine.
Looking forward to hearing it/experiencing it. 🙂
Guy, you’re killing us with these tantalizing details like “different different”! I keep thinking there’s a bunch of anniversaries coming up and Mark may consider a big retrospective of his career by putting together an album that explores all the various genre he has experimented with (rock, folk, blues, country, root of various stripes, etc). And then he could collaborate with various people, big names as well as new and younger talent). What do you say? There’s speculation he’s writing opera as well on that other forum!
Happy to hear that you are working on a new album with Mark. If I may, there is a “Guy fletcher” sound own to each album since 1996, your signature is undeniable. 1. Are you going to be the engineer on this project too ? 2. if yes, are the expectations higher regarding this project in terms of engineering 🙂 ?
Hi Guy. Of course I’m making assumptions. It’s what I do!
In what way different?
……not a Christmas album!!!
I’m a huge fan of Mark and of your works. I’ve been to two concerts in Italy and you were there. I’m super excited for this new album you are recording but I need to ask this question. By knowing Mark so well do you think is possible a Dire Straits reuinion in future? I wasn’t even born when you guys broke up and I didn’t had a chance to listen you live all together playing the most famous songs. Today in 2017 it would be amazing for all the fans like me. Even for a one date only, I’d leave everything behind, get on the first plane to see you all. I’ll wait for the new album. My respect.
Sorry, typo, "You and Your Friend," not plural! That would give the song a whole new other dimension as well! Cheers!
Hello Guy, greetings from NYC! Hugely looking forward to another possible tour in the US very soon. Please tell me that’s on your agenda as you continue to record and make plans. Question for you: in one of your diary entries you mention that NYC audiences are notoriously hard to please. Why? We absolutely adore DS/MK and all his work, old and new. You know that, right? Hard to believe that you’ve played before to a less than a most grateful and appreciative crowd in NYC. If I may, another question. I’ve been listening to “You and Your Friends” recently. Actually listening a lot…! There’s something about that song that makes you want to do that! Mark’s voice has a different quality to it, somewhat more distant, more muffled, perhaps saturated, a better word. How did you get that effect, do you recall? Please give Mark all our very best from across the pond! Love this forum! Many thanks.
On the topic of recording quality, how I’d wish you’d re-record the Brothers in Arms album. I play it occasionally, for sentimental reasons, but only occasionally as the production values typical for that era make it rather unlistenable. I can only imagine what those songs would sound like if recorded at British Grove now. Cheers, Tom
Doc, just bought Tracker on CD. Honestly, the music is a little too quiet for me – BUT – I LOVE how it sounds. I’ve got a decent hifi system, and with proper speaker placement and listening position, the album is just so rich- and organic-sounding. Great use of space. Looking forward to the next one! By the way, Mark’s slide playing, especially on Skydiver, sounds very Chris Rean. How I’d love to hear Chris playing on a song of Mark’s! All the best, Tom.
Hello Guy. MK has been heard to say that he never does anything fast. In regards to the current recordings can you give an idea why this project will take so long. You began last year and it sounds dubious whether anything will be released this year. Is it a case of finding time to get people into the studio or is it just the fact that no one is going to rush MK and he is savoring the entire process?
One further thing! When you are called into the studio for a new project is it a 9-5 sort of thing, 5 days a week like a “proper Job” or is it much more organic….sorry about the proper job thingy, could think of another term!
How’s it going Guy just a point that comes from the official mk news site says about a POSSIBLE release?? Strange thing to say! Can you say what stage the recording process is at with these songs?
An ESB and London Pride are different beers? For any reason I thought there were the same but you always mention ESB as the best one from Fuller’s so I want to be sure I’m drinking the wrong one, LOL
Buenas noches Guy, muy buena noticia que estén trabajando en el nuevo álbum de Mark. Por favor, te pido hablar y convencer a Mark para realizar el próximo Tour también por Sudamérica. Realmente deseamos que vuelvan después de muchos años, en 2001 ¿Recuerdas? Aquí hay muchos admiradores de su música. Espero que puedas tu convencerlo.
Muchas gracias y felicitaciones por tu trabajo también.
Un afectuoso saludo desde Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Glad to hear progress akin on new record akin to Tracker quality. God, there is some good stuff coming out soon. Chris Rea, Roger Waters (mind you, you have to be in the right frame of mind for his work!) two members of Fleetwood Mac, the Killers, and, hopefully yourselves of course (*2). And, The War on Drugs. Have you heard their new single, 'Thinking of a Place?' Ouch – stunning. Urge everyone to listen to this. Good times ahead!