By: sofiane
Category: Guy Fletcher

May 18, 2017

Hello Doc,
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 🙂 ?
Thank you

Thanks, yes I will be engineering and yes, one would expect to improve always.

By: Noclaimtofame
Category: Competition

May 18, 2017

Hi Guy. Of course I’m making assumptions. It’s what I do!
In what way different?
……not a Christmas album!!!

different different

By: Aristide
Category: General discussion

May 16, 2017

Dear Guy,
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.

Many thanks. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that there will ever be a Dire Straits reunion as Mark simply isn't interested in the idea.

By: sv
Category: General discussion

May 16, 2017

Sorry, typo, "You and Your Friend," not plural! That would give the song a whole new other dimension as well! Cheers!

By: sv
Category: General discussion

May 16, 2017

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.

Knowledgable audiences from most major cities are typically harder than smaller towns simply because they get to see more shows. This is in no way meant as a slight on ANY audience as ALL our audiences are amazing, without exception.

By: Tom
Category: General discussion

May 16, 2017

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

Yes, I often think the same

By: Tom
Category: General discussion

May 16, 2017

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.

Thanks Tom, the album is not hyped by limiting or compression and consequently retains a dynamic range which we like and hope the listener does too, particularly those with nice systems. Not particularly radio friendly but they tend to compress and squash the life out of recordings on-air as a matter of course. As you've hit upon, it's all about the space around the sound.

By: Noclaimtofame
Category: General discussion

May 16, 2017

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!

You're making assumptions about the project. It's different. Yes, it's generally a weekday affair as we have families.

By: Dmac
Category: General discussion

May 15, 2017

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?

We are in the process of recording.

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

May 15, 2017

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

Actually the same combination of hops but very different beers. ESB is much stronger.

By: Rodrigo
Category: General discussion

May 12, 2017

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.
Rodrigo

Muchas gracias. Intentaré pero no puedo prometer nada.

By: bombur
Category: Competition

May 12, 2017

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!

By: knopfling
Category: General discussion

May 11, 2017

Guy, thanks so much for the great news that you are working on a new MK album, Oh how we need it!

By: Lis
Category: General discussion

May 11, 2017

Hi Guy, thank you so much for the update; I was starting to get concerned by the absence of news. I really miss you guys and am really looking forward to a new album and, hopefully news of a pending tour. 😀

By: bombur
Category: Competition

May 11, 2017

You will have opened the floodgates now to questions Doc! Nice to hear the news though. However, you will be hard pressed to surpass Tracker in my view. Hardly off the turntable and River Towns still blows me away! Go on, try to beat it if you can!

Already sounding on a par!

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

May 11, 2017

A new MK record, great news, THAT WAS TELLING!!! LOL, thanks Guy, that’s really very good news. Still feeling curiosity by the misterious project but with the prospect of a new MK in the making, that´s the main thing for me, and I suppose for many fans, as we guess a new MK record will be followed by the usually new tour!

We shall see....

By: Icelander
Category: Miscellaneous

May 10, 2017

We have a new golf equipment manufacturer in North America called PXG – Parsons Extreme Golf. Story is this guy hired away club fitters from Ping and Callaway and asked them what prevented them from making a perfect golf club? They replied – cost effective- he said “make it and I’ll sell it” A couple of weeks back I met a fellow at a driving range who had a set of PXG-XF’s (Extremely Forgiving) and got a chance to hit a couple of the clubs and they are supreme. I wouldn’t ask him what he paid for them so went to the website and no prices listed – kind of like buying a Roller. I did find out there are two places in Canada that sell them and one of them was right here in Vancouver so went over there to check them out. Are you sitting down? $4500 CDN for a set of irons and 3 woods – another $800 for the bag. Apparently Parson’s philosophy is similar to Honma Clubs of Japan – pay the pro’s to play them. I know Lydia Ko #1 ranked woman’s player plays them along with some other PGA and LPGA pro’s. I think I’ll stick with my new Cobra Kings!

mmm, I'd leave the bag methinks. I will be sticking with my Callaways for sure as the level of consistency required to use such clubs is beyond me, and most amateur golfers. I'm reading a lovely book called 'On Golf' by Timothy O'Grady (who also wrote 'I Could Read The Sky' which inspired MK's Mighty Man). Recommended. The opening sentence is "it is almost impossible to hit the perfect golf shot". Truth indeed.

By: Tom
Category: Gear

May 10, 2017

Thanks for info on the guitar on Stand Up Guy and Boom Like That. “Ironically” because Ray Kroc was not exactly a stand up guy? (And the “No Shit, Sherlock” award goes to …).

haha

By: bombur
Category: Competition

May 10, 2017

You are not going to tell us anything are you until all is complete are you? Ah well!

That's not strictly true. There will be announcements but I am not in control of that. I can say that we are working on TWO projects now, simultaneously and one of them is a new album for Mark. I will start thinking about a new diary very soon!! We also did guitar overdubs on a session for the Killers earlier this week.

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

May 10, 2017

Roger Waters is about to release his first solo album in more than 20 years, I recall that in between, he composed an Opera, called “Ça Ira” based in the French Revolution, something that he was asked to do by a friend. Sting also composed a musical some years ago about the closure of the Swan Hunter Shipyard and the decadence of the area calle “The Last Ship”, what do you think about rock stars doing something that different from what they usually do, like an Opera or a Musical?

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