By: Dmac
Category: General discussion

June 13, 2018

Hi Guy one of the things I liked about tracker was how you doubled up mks vocals esp Beril and Tribute To are great for it. Have you did same for new album? Surely you can say if its release is this year or not?? I remember tracker was march time, march 19 is so far away!!!

Yes, there are some doubles on the new album.

By: hermanhd94
Category: Guy Fletcher

June 12, 2018

Hi Doc,

Without getting too much involved in cars here, I’m wondering why you sold your lovely Ocean Blue 993.
You as a racing enthusiast bought a Porsche SUV? Interesting. I remember you once said that you found big Porsche’s unnecessary. Does this Mecan have character like the old ones?
Here’s a funny but odd video of a Mecan and a 944 turbo (I don’t understand the comparison but it’s fun). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj9b5qBvg3s

Good luck with the album!

The 993 had a lot of miles on it and I was about to pile os a whole load more. The Macan is perfect for me. The days of bombing around the countryside are long gone.

By: Beak
Category: General discussion

June 12, 2018

To sofiane: According to information in the linked website, one Mark Knopfler contributed music to the 1991 Bulgarian film “Tishina”, also known as “A Silence”.

» https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103093/

It's a mystery

By: Cheney Coker
Category: Guy Fletcher

June 12, 2018

You may have answered this in the past but I’m still curious. On “High Roads”, did you play everything or did you bring in guests? That question stems from me wondering the following. Were the drums accoustic or did you program some? Riding High has some nice brush work. Is that you on banjo? Was this recorded at your studio or BG? Any other details you would care to share?

I played a lot of the instruments but the drums were played by Ian Thomas, 2 tracks by Danny Cummings and one track (GreenHouse) by me. There is some programming too. as usual, a combination. Yes, that's me on banjo. The album was recorded at my studio (Ian's drums at his place)

By: Tom
Category: Tour

June 12, 2018

Doc, in a discussion about Dire Straits on a gear forum, someone related the following anecdote: “On the last big DS tour, they played a few smaller places in Australia that normally don’t get big acts. They played an outdoor gig in Cairns, and rain killed all the synths and the FOH. MK decided to turn half the foldback around for FOH vocals, and they played near 2 hours with just guitars and drums.” The poster wrote “last big tour”, but I think must have meant the BIA tour as that’s when you played in Cairns (according to Google). However, is this story true? Did you actually perform the show with guitars (incl. bass) and drums only? I can’t imagine how that could have worked out with the material you were playing then (lots of synths and keyboards needed). Cheers, Tom

Yes, it was Cairns on the BIA tour, it's true although some of the facts are exaggerated. It wasn't 2 hours with no PA, it was quite a few songs though but the synths did get wiped out and it really was the vocal mic and drums. The soundcheck the next day was interesting as all the synths were on a lawn with the lids open, drying in the sun. I wish I'd taken a photo of it. Amazingly, our techs got them all up and running for the next gig. THIS is the amazing thing about these guys, they really do pull off miracles sometimes.

By: Cheney Coker
Category: Tour

June 11, 2018

Enough guitar questions. Let’s talk about important things. 1) In the diray you posted earlier, you showed that this next album will include both Jim’s GS-1 and your CS-80. When you guys head out on the road, is it safe to assume that you won’t be taking those guys with you? If not, what is the process of sampling their parts? I honestly don’t know what the steps are to grab the output of one keyboard and store it into another. 2) I see that there are a large number of Leslie speaker simulator boxes for people who (I guess) just don’t want to haul a real leslie around with them. Have you ever tried them and are any of them worth it? 3) I recently watched a documentary on the road crew that went out on the last Rush tour. Many of them, like your crew, had worked with them for decades. It made me wonder who in Mark’s organization is responsible for selecting the specific heads of each department? As in who picks the lighting designer, the house mixer, rigger, monitor mixer, etc.? Assume each of those guys has their pick of the people working with them but who hires the heads and how much input do you or Mark have in all that? 4) in that same show there was a lot of discussion about the differences between the in-ear mixes for each member of the band, even going so far as to what they do or don’t want to hear at specific points in each song. Can you discuss what you know about what different band members want in their monitor mixes and if those mixes stay fairly static throughout the show?

It's actually Mark's GS-1. As for sampling it, it's not a difficult process these days with the advent of computer based sample software although it's still time-consuming. I have sampled the most used sounds on that machine. Leslie simulators - the best one is made by Leslie, it's a mini leslie and I use it for my Blues gigs with a Hammond XK3C. Road crew, Glenn Saggers is key in terms of deciding who we use but most of the guys have been around yonks. As for in-ears, I wouldn't want to know what guitarists have in their ears!

By: Arthur Brendler
Category: Gear

June 11, 2018

Hi Doc, probably you have may answered this type of question, but i couldn’t find here at the forum. So here comes… another dumb question.

Since you guys are using in-ear monitors, all the amps on the stage are scenario?
I know that Mark’s and Richard’s amps are behind the stage. So, all the Voxes and Reinhardts onstage are scenario?

By the way, Kim and Trump can start the WWIII today. Can we read a bit of the HOF Diary before the end of the world? 🙂

Sorry my poor english.
Cheers.

Richard and Mark's amps onstage are very much live, much to the chagrin of keyboard players! Only Mark's amp heads are offstage. This is so Glenn Saggers can change settings between songs. Still modifying the HOF diary.

By: Tom
Category: Gear

June 11, 2018

@Danny – I always thought the amp Richard used for R&J was the AC30; it has that mid-rangey, slightly compressed Vox sound to my ears. I asked Richard, and he confirms it’s the Vox. Cheers, Tom

AC30 it is then. Ask me one on keyboards.

By: ntzk
Category: General discussion

June 11, 2018

Hey guy, how many instruments are in a typical song of mark knopfler?

8

By: Christian
Category: Miscellaneous

June 11, 2018

Thirty years ago today (I know, difficult to believe), Dire Straits headlined “Mandela Day” at Wembley Stadium with a set which, to me, included the best live performances of all of the songs played that evening. The band also had a “tricky little inside left” stand-in guitar player for Jack Sonni that night (EC, of course). Do you have any recollections of that day worth sharing?
Looking forward to MK’s latest, and, hopefully, a tour soon.

I seem to recall it was hot

By: Miquel
Category: Miscellaneous

June 11, 2018

Hi Doc, do you know why if I click on a picture of your Instagram dashboard at your homepage, I can not follow your profile on Instagram? It seems such if all links were broken or somebody has delete your IG profile.

Thx in advance!

» https://www.instagram.com/p/BMtuCuPD9tKsJBZTYjvEe4...

Sorry about that, I'll try and fix it

By: Vito
Category: General discussion

June 11, 2018

Hello, Guy. I do not know what kind of magic it will be. When I was 9 years old in 1980, my father gave me a long play of great successes of the time, I had Gloria Gaynor, Kiss, Status Quo and also Lady Writer, I also remember that it was recorded at a somewhat lower volume than the rest of the songs, I never knew because it was like that. Something woke up in me at that moment, it was the first time I listened to DS consciously. Today, 39 years later, thousands of bands later, millions of songs later, I continue to wait like a child for the new work. Sincerely, thank you very much.

Wonderful

By: david-lehman
Category: General discussion

June 10, 2018

Hey Guy;
I was wondering if you knew why so little of Mark Knopfler’s solo catalog is available on Apple Music and Spotify?
Thanks so much.

A question for the label.

By: Martymca
Category: Guy Fletcher

June 9, 2018

Sorry to hear about the 993, it must have been fun to drive. If it’s not to personal to ask, what did you replace it with? Hopefully something with a paddle shifter.

Yes, a Macan. Best car I've ever had.

By: Danny
Category: Gear

June 9, 2018

Hello Guy,

In the Romeo and Juliet live version when Mark changes guitar, Richard plays some fine stuff on the stratocaster. One of the best strat tones i’ve ever heard. Behind him are 2 Vox amps and one Tone king. Do you know which amp he uses for that part ?

Thanks,

Danny

I would guess the Tone King

By: sofiane
Category: General discussion

June 9, 2018

Hi Doc,
I don’t know if you were involved in this, when you Google Mark Knopfler and look into Films tab, at the very bottom, there is a title “A silence” 1991. Surprisingly, I never heard about it ! Do you have any info to share with us regarding this movie ?
Again, thank you for your time and patience.

I've never heard of it. It's either a cheeky mistake or they used an MK track in the movie. There was certainly no collaboration.

By: Palfrey
Category: General discussion

June 8, 2018

Hi Doc, I am getting old, any medication? I was just sitting here thinking it’s now 30 years since I attended your warm up show at Hammersmith Oden. The first live gig since the BIA tour. You went on to perform at Nelson Mandela’s 70th Birthday concert, 11/06/88. Such an amazing day with some real great acts. But the highlight was Dire Straits headlining with Eric Clapton standing in for Jack. It was such a great experience at the old Wembley. I was just 18 and bought my first beer (still a rip off). Now 48 I look back with fond memories. And to think, you are still creating great music and going strong. Thanks for all you have done for us fans.

That's very sweet of you to say so. It's a pleasure.

By: Vito
Category: General discussion

June 8, 2018

Good day Guy. Well, we know it’s not going to be called Cullercoats, we know it will not be playtime deluxe, we know according to your words that it’s a wonderful job, that has excited you more than others … could you advance something else? … there are more electric guitars that in others? … is more acoustic, unplugged? … more bluesy, more rocker, more folky ??? … we are anxious, haha!…Thanks!!!

definitely more electrics

By: jstill71@att.net
Category: General discussion

June 8, 2018

Why hasn’t the Dire Straits catalog been released in high resolution download formats yet?

I have absolutely no idea. You'll have to ask Universal.

By: Martymca
Category: Guy Fletcher

June 7, 2018

Glad to hear that you finally have some free time on your hands Guy. Perhaps we will see some windsurfing videos from Pagham? Do you still have the 993? If so…it might be a good time to take it out on the road and ‘stretch the legs’ so to speak. Whatever your time off brings…enjoy it! You deserve it. Marty

» https://hamboards.com

Not much wind around so I've been enjoying land boarding with my new Hamboard. Sadly, the 993 is no longer.