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Howerd Jones - 80s
GP
Ascot

9th June 2016

Guy, Did you every rate Howard back when you were in the big league? I just again viewed "New Song" and loved the keys on that, about 1min 40 - 2min, nice bit. Next question. That 20-30 second segmant would you do something out of character, and replicate that here? I just love to see that. You have the tools to do so. I'd love to see your version. Guess you think that was a bad request? https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...] Yeah, tubing with a synth was all the rage back then. We all know that riff backwards. Replication is futile.
175 gms
Pierrick
Ottawa

9th June 2016

Hi Doc, Some say that a 175/180 gms vinyl is not worth the extra stretch (compared to a regular one)... Your thoughts? Higher density vinyl creates a more solid foundation for the cut. Resulting in an easier cutting process and less wow.
Vocal Chains
Mattias Nylander
Sweden

9th June 2016

Hello! What was the vocal chain was on these tracks? Specially the mic used. 1. Hill Farmer's Blues 2. Fare Thee Well Northumberland 3. Old Pigweed Such a great vocal sound! Best /Matte I think we used a Telefunken 251 on those songs
LP RPM
Greg Pfister
Naples Florida

9th June 2016

Royal Mail and the US postal service delivered EC's latest LP to me today so I spun up the Systemdek and settled in for a listen. What a surprise to hear the audio slow motion of a 12 inch LP spinning at 33.3, but cut to run at 45 RPM. Gave Slow Hand a whole new meaning. A bit of research and I understand why they did it. Curious as to whether or not 45 RPM was ever considered for Tracker and what speed GF3 will be. Cheers and all the best, Greg No, not for Tracker. It would have been a 4-LP set. I'm looking at the options on my album but it will probably be 175gsm vinyl at 33rpm.
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Audiences
Nat
Tropical Sweden

7th June 2016

Hi Guy. So the small audiences are the scariest and the smallest audience you have played for was one person.... Must have been a really scary bloke. Was it this guy?
Lazy Haz days of almost summer
Gord
Richmond, BC Canada

7th June 2016

Guy, this afternoon I was sitting outside on the lounge patio at Morgan Creek deciding beer or a rum & coke, Sushi or Chicken Wings. Beautiful day at 24C with a light wind, a decent game of golf and good friends ("I'm with my boys, I'm with my my troops - Paul Simon) Does it get any better than this - wait a minute - I did this with an English chap last September and a couple of days later a Mark Knopfler concert. That's what missing - another MK concert and a round with the Englishman who went for the beer and sushi! Cheers.
News
Ernst van de Luijtgaarden
Netherlands

6th June 2016

Dear Guy, can we expect some news about a possible new MK album soon? Thanks! I'm not at liberty to say
R&J alchemy - dobro sound
tony tony
padua

6th June 2016

Hi Guy I'm listening R&J of Alchemy, and ask myself, how much does Mark hate the sound of his dobro of this album.. comparing the last album???? What do you think about? bye Tony I have no idea, old albums aren't something we listen to.
vocal mic
AP

6th June 2016

Hi Guy, happy belated birthday and congrats on finishing your new album. I've been singing to an SM58 for years but now I think it's time to move on for a better stage mic. Do you have anything to recommend for an average vocal range, both soft and strong male voice? Thanks, all the best Many thanks. Yes, try any of the Audio Technica range. The AE3300 or AE5400 condenser mics are fabulous.
Where would Mark be today if ...
Tom

6th June 2016

Hi Doc, We all know that Mark is incredibly talented and has quite a unique guitar style, and especially during the Dire Straits days he, the band and management were working very hard to promote the band, but lots of artists and musicians can claim that. However, without Sultans becoming a hit, without the radio-friendly MFN and WOL, and without the BIA album being given the enormous marketing support to sell CDs and CD players I think there is no way DS and MK would have had the level of success they had. What do you think Mark would be doing today if that hadn't happened? Curious to hear what you think. Cheers, Tom It wasn't marketing that made those songs successful. All record companies spend time and money on marketing and promo...to varying degrees.
Audiences
Gary Langridge
Whitstable, Kent

6th June 2016

Hi Guy, This may have been asked before but without trawling through heaps of forum questions I thought I would ask anyway. What's the largest and smallest audiences you have ever played in front of in your career? And what's scariest, the large audiences or the small ones ? Largest - Live Aid. Smallest - an audience of ONE in a pub in Kingston, London. The small ones are the scariest.
Is this true?
Jose
Spain

1st June 2016

Sorry Guy, my English is really bad!!, but I can just do to Spanish . Traslation not too good Contexto: Entrevista a Manu Katche, porque sacó un libro sobre sus experiencias con los diferentes músicos con los que ha tocado. Presenrador 1 (P1): Me decepcionó mucho leer que uno de mis ídolos, MK, es básicamente un... estupido. ManuK: Bueno, no, no escribí eso exactamente... P1: Bueno, ya, yo siempre añado comentarios... digamos que no es un tío muy amigable... ManuK: Pues no mucho, no. Me puso de los nervios, la verdad. (En la grabación del OES). P1: Cuéntanos, cuéntanos, ManuK: Pues durante un día... y me da mucha rabia, porque cuando hacemos música nos vaciamos y damos lo mejor de nosotros y nos desnudamos para servir y encontrar el alma de las canciones... Con Mark empezamos a las 9am, hacemos un pequeño parón para comer... nadie dice ni una palabra..., hacemos Planet..., y hasta las 10pm...pero él no dice ni hola a nadie, no habla... está en su cabina... P2: Es odioso? ManuK: Un poco... sólo fuma, toma café... no habla nada... y hasta mañana... -Volvemos otra vez a las 9am, continuamos en la misma canción, sigue sin decir nada, y nos centramos en una parte de la canción. De repente dice "Vale, está bien. Pasemos a otra cosa." y me dice "Hice esta con Jeff Porcaro, pero no me gusta, tengo un problema técnico. Así que vamos a hacerla contigo". Y me digo 'esto es una trampa', yo no toco como Jeff, nunca en mi vida pude tocar como él, tenemos diferentes estilos. Así que ahí me veo, teniendo que hacer una canción que dura 7 minutos, Heavy Fuel, que no es PARA NADA mi estilo. (Volviendo a lo de Mick Jagger, que rechacé una gira porque no es mi estilo). Joder, así que me digo a mi mismo...'Este tío me pone de los nervios, se acabó, lo dejo'. Me voy a mi batería, todos los demás están en su cabina, y nadie dice nada... MK espera que yo demuestre y priebe que sé hacerlo, ... P2: Tú sólo? ManuK: sí, estoy yo solo. LE da a la banda (?), él se da la vuelta, y en mi cabeza sólo pienso 'Este tío me pone de los nervios, yo pierdo'. Así que toco lo que se me pasa por la cabeza. Y de repente, veo a un tío del estudio que estaba delante de mi cabina haciendo así (ManuK salta y have aspavientos con las manos). Y no entendí nada... no entendía que pasaba.... Mark no me había hablado durante 2 días, ni una palabra..., me ignoró... Y yo sólo pensaba... ya está, paso..., . Y en esto que me pregunta "¿Tienes familia?" y yo, "Sí, varios hijos", y MK "Pues venga, vamos a tomarnos una cerveza al pub". Y yo le digo "Es que no bebo", y MK "Bueno, pero hablamos un rato"... y me ofreció el tour. P2: Porque tú no bebes, no tomas drogas, no eres una rock star.... ManuK: Claro, yo no soy una estrella del rock, por eso rechacé el tour (OES) P1: Y no hiciste el tour con los Dire, porque yo lo vi, pero tú no estabas. I guess MK and MK didn't hit it off. Odd, I recall the sessions being intense but not unfriendly in the slightest. We respected Manu's wonderful playing greatly. Translation can be tough.
Recording Mic
Bruce Thomsen
Nevada

1st June 2016

"Thanks, the recording process of my record has been too sporadic for a diary of any interest." But it does bring up a question to me. I've been recording for years on my own, but am finally getting into the world of using a real guitar amp rather than DI and amp modeling (I'm a bassist, don't do much with guitar beyond enough to write). What mic would you choose that gets the best representation of what is being heard from the amp? I've used AT 2050, 4033, AEA R84, and the good old SM57. Every one sounds decent, but they all put their own touch on the sound and not anywhere hear what I hear from my ears. Thank you. For my taste an SM57 is hard to beat ...BUT not everyone would agree. I also use a Sennheiser 906 an AKG D202, and old D12, an array of ADK's. Really it's whatever YOU like. We will forever be searching and experimenting, that's what makes it SO much fun.
Is this true?
Jose
Spain

31st May 2016

From the nine minute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCUuBGWFgDo translation please
Drummer
GP
Ascot

31st May 2016

Hi Doc, Who has been the best Drummer you have been blessed to have perfomed with in DS... Terry, Chris ???... And no politicans answer !!! One or the other??...lol I loved Terry as a great Rock drummer, but Chris was somewhat a technician and had a great sound. You will know more as you were so close to them every night, so ? I'd have to say Jeff Porcaro...although of course, he never toured with us. Every touring drummer we have had has been special in their own way.
Indy 500
John Robbins
Green Bay WI

31st May 2016

Hi Guy - I just finished watching the 100th running of the 500 and couldn't help but wonder if the band has ever been invited to perform Speedway at Nazareth? It would be such a perfect fit given the energy and adrenaline with the race and the song. PS If you need a 4th when playing in Wisconsin - give me a call! Not to my knowledge
new music
Hans Haulez
Heikant (the Netherlands)

31st May 2016

Hello Guy, perhaps a bit late, but I wanted to congratulate you on your birthday. With your previous albums, you made a diary. Why not for the upcoming music? I would like a vinyl (a cd is ok for me too) When can we hear the new music? Greetings, Hans Haulez Thanks, the recording process of my record has been too sporadic for a diary of any interest. I will release Vinyl for sure. No release date as yet as I'm still putting together artwork but the mixes are done.
Sugru
Elliott Hodges
Bedfordshire UK

31st May 2016

Hi Guy, I know cables feature VERY heavily in your life and so I thought I'd mention Sugru to you. It's a flexible plasticine glue that hardens to a flexible rubber. I've used it to strengthen my iPhone and iPad cables, having had previous ones show signs of splitting after some years. Below is a link to a very quick demo but there's tons of videos out there. It's great stuff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...] interesting
New bands to discover/produce/promote
Andreas Preising
Brussels, Belgium

31st May 2016

Hi Guy, May be a new band to explore/produce/promote.....? In any case hope you like it a bit. Can't wait to hear your new album! Cheers from Brussels from the Nashville Rat Hunters https://www.reverbnation.com/n[...] I'd be happy to talk to them should they contact me.
Happy Birthday- I bet it was Awesome
Mark DeHart
Charlotte NC

31st May 2016

Doc, The Donald here-hey i hope that you had a fantastic Birthday! I have never had the pleaseure of meeting you but I hear that you are a fantastic fellow. I bet we could make a lot of money together you and I! Look, I am having my people helo a Donald Trump 2016 hat for your birthday- please use it in an photo opportunities please..there might be a visit to the Lincoln bedroom for you and your wife! Did I just predict that I would be the next POTUS? You bet I did! and guess WHAT! I am going to reform Dires Straights for my Inauguration Ball and its going to be the best IB ever- I promise you all that. Everone will be invited even the blacks and mexicans- you know I get along very well with them all. Have a great Birthday Doc I have to go take a call from that Fat Ass Employee of mine Chris Christy! Take Care! ps say hello to the mark fellow heard good things about him... Thanks Donny, you'll have to take up the reunion for your IB with management...and as for a visit to the WH, I think I'm too scared of you right now...let's just see how things pan out shall we.
Motoring
Graham Jones
West Australia

31st May 2016

… you're a bit of a car buff, a typically honest GF answer required please, are you familiar with the Bristol Car? I'm fortunate enough to own a lovely 406 from 1959. (Stirling Moss raced a few Bristol engined F1 cars in his time). Bristol Cars are due to bring out a new model any time, first for many years, would you or MK have a passing interest? Of musical relevance: Please pencil me in for a vinyl version of your lateat creation. Cheers. Thanks Graham, Brendan Croker had a Bristol. Lovely machine.
Up and comers
Ruben Saenz de Viteri
Northeastern USA

27th May 2016

Way back Mark Knopfler produced and seemed to be helping out a new band, Aztec Camera. Not sure what came of them after the MK produced album. Have you given thought to coaching and producing any up and comers? Of course, I'm always on the lookout and really enjoy producing bands, young or old.
Death of Prince, Musicology!!
Marie Jo Lebreton
Paris France

27th May 2016

Hello Guy, Happy belated Birthday to you!! All the best for this new year!! It's been over a month that Prince passed away and once again we've lost a great Artist but that's life and there's nothing we can do about that. Anyway I simply wanted to ask you what did you think of Prince as a Musician and if you liked what he did, what was your favourite title or album? He said in an interview during the Musicology Tour that he was making real music with real Musicians and I feel the very same thing for his work than when I listen to what Mr Mark Knopfler and you are performing for us.By the way did you manage to see Prince on Tour? I never got the chance unfortunately!! Hope that you will for a very long time continue this beautiful work you're doing because there are less and less fine Musicians on this Earth!! Many greetings from Paris!! Cheers. I was a big fan of Prince and the Purple Rain album, in fact, we used to listen to that album a lot at Olveston House on Montserrat when we were making BIA
Prince Music
Marie Jo Lebreton
Paris France

26th May 2016

Another thing as I just discovered Steven Butler post from beginning of May, I like very much, "Diamonds and Pearls", Thieves in the Temple" among others!! Thanks for asking on this forum? And Guy I totally agree with you, Prince was certainly not as healthy as they wanted to make us believe!!
Happy Birthday (belated)
Val
UK

26th May 2016

Hi Guy! Happy belated Birthday! Did you receive another particularly stunning shirt this year? Cheers, Val thank you, no this year it was a tape machine for my studio. A delicious Revox PR99 to be precise.
Belated B-day wishes
Denae F
SoCal

26th May 2016

Hope it was a wonderful day full of everything that makes you happy. Echoing what other fans have said, I'm anxiously awaiting your new album. I never tire of the old ones but it's always a pleasure to have something new in the collection. All the best.... Thanks, I'm hoping it'll be a little different.
Random
GP
Ascot

26th May 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY..albeit late Doc can you put me out of my misery. It is possible that there are a few tracks out there where three members of DS were playing after the split. Greg Pearle and that bass player..lol (JI) oh an (MK). In fairness you were only one short of (AC). So do you agree that you can get by now without that Branded name "Dire Straits"? You all hide it well. I really would love to hear the four of you record or perform one last time...be honest, would you relish that dream like us all? Mark and I have got by quite happily without that particular branding since 1992. Personally, I would love to be a part of another tour with Mark and John, as Dire Straits, but I fear it would be for the wrong reasons. Mark has had many rewarding years as a solo artist and I've been fortunate enough to be alongside. The name never seems to go away, and why should it?..the records mean a great deal to some people.
happy birthday GUY
tony tony
padua

25th May 2016

Hello my friend I wish you the best wishes!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Bye Tony
HB!
Linda Hamilton

25th May 2016

Guy, hope you're having a wonderful birthday, and thanks so much for all you do for us fans. You truly are a treasure! Cheers
Happy Birthday from Alexa
Filip Dhaenens

25th May 2016

Just trying out my brand new Amazon Echo. One of the first questions I asked was: "How old is GF", and got a prompt respons that it's his birthday. Didn't know that :-) Technology rules ! (and of course, a very happy birthday !) Thanks

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