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Jon Bell
London

4th May 2016

has MK taken all social media down in anticipation of a surprise new album? That WOULD be a surprise
Gear
Xav ROBIN
PARIS

3rd May 2016

Hi Doc Another synth question (sorry if you're bored about that..). From which synth comes the electric piano sound you used on Planet Of New Orleans and also live in 92-93? I think is this one on Your Latest trick. Searched for it, but did' find... Thanx again. Xav There were several synths on that track, the Korg Wavestation, Roland D70, Yamaha GS-1 and DX-1.
Unknown MK songs
Tibor Kramolis
Budapest, Hungary

3rd May 2016

Hello Guy, I wonder how many songs exist by MK which are totally unknown and unreleased. I have found a lot of on Ascap. Please could you tell us something about a few of them? It's not my place to comment on Mark's unreleased material....or to publish the titles here.
GF3 release
Günter
Germany

3rd May 2016

to ease the waiting... can you tell us a possible release date of your new album? I will be mixing it next week so it should be around in June sometime.
Nail care
Tony Unwin
Loch Eck, Argyll & Bute

3rd May 2016

Hi Doc' I recall some time ago you mentioning the 'fine tuning' of your nails when on tour. I've just purchased a great nail file called a Wolfram Precision Crystal Pro. It's made from glass and has coarse and smooth sides, as most do. As you lads are right up there with the best, you've probably heard of it but if not it's well worth a try. I've seen them advertised for as much as £28+ but I obtained one from a music shop in the Scottish Borders (online) for £13:99 and free p+p. Best regards to all, Tony Thanks for that
Mr. Saggers
Zsolt
Budapest

3rd May 2016

Dear Dr. Fletch, what does Mr. Saggers do when not on tour? Is he a BG resident? Does he show up at MKs house regularly to take a good care of the guitars? Is he touring with other artists? Or does he have a regular daytime job independent of the showbiz? Glenn is a professional guitar tech and is employed to look after Mark's equipment which covers a multitude of tasks.
The Founder movie
Mike Buck
NC USA

3rd May 2016

Wondering if you were familiar with the new film about McDonald's, and if "Boom Like That" was used or inquired about in any way. http://variety.com/2016/film/n[...] No, not at all
New MK
Lars
Groningen, The Netherlands

3rd May 2016

Hi Guy, Any plans for a new MK record, or recording? Just curious. Cheers Can't say
Altamira and summer
Marc Dousset
Montana

3rd May 2016

Hi Guy, I have been meaning to write how much I am enjoying the Altamira soundtrack. What a beautiful piece of work, very reminiscent of the great Ennio Morricone in some places. Thank you for this. It will be fun to watch it with the movie when that comes out over here. Any plans to play the occasional show this summer? Thanks, I believe so.
Altamira recordings
Marc Blanchard
Switzerland

3rd May 2016

Hi doc ! How are you ? Congratulations for your work on Altamira... I've never heard an acoustic guitar sounding like that. I saw a video, when Mark was recording, with only one mic pointing at the guitar. What kind of mic do you use to record his acoustic guitar ? How do you place it (or them) to record perfectly that amazing fingerpicking sound ? Thanks for your response, I really like the way you work on instruments and vocals in the studio. Your recordings are very pure. The mic technique is not as important as the guitar or player. It's a Froggy Bottom parlour guitar.
John McCusker
Gary Langridge
Whitstable, Kent, UK

3rd May 2016

After seeing John live last night at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury, Kent, I can see why MK employs his talents. The man is a musical genius and the whole evening was amazing. He was funny too. I was fortunate enough to have a brief moment with him and a handshake. Fantastic Excellent
Happy Anniversary
John Ahern
Mt Eliza, Australia

3rd May 2016

Wow, it's 30 years ago today since the final DS concert in Sydney of the BIA tour! The girl I took to that concert has been my wife for the last 25 years and we've been blessed with 2 wonderful children. Thanks MK and GF for providing the beautiful music that we live our lives with! Pleasure
Prince and his music... forever
Roy A
Tucson, AZ

3rd May 2016

Hi Doc We lost yet another musical icon or legend or genius last week... Prince. Did you or MK ever meet or play with him in the recent or distant past? He was a helluva guitar player too! If you ever were a fan, what Prince song you liked the most? Thanks Roy A Yes, I was a fan, since Purple Rain. I never met him but my wife did many years ago.
Linn Drum Machine
Julio
East Coast of Iberian Peninsula

3rd May 2016

Hello Doc. Do you remember about the Linn Drum Machine? It´s known that MK owned one and used it in Local Hero soundtrack at least. Do you know if he still have it and do you use it in studio even for demos? I know you recorded drums for Neck and Neck and NHB records, so maybe you used it in those records? No, the Linn Drum wasn't used on Neck and Neck. We used it on the Brothers in Arms record.
Prince
Stephen Butler
Drybrook, Gloucestershingles

3rd May 2016

Dearest Guy: I expect you've had a shizzle-load of messages about the late Prince, and no doubt you will be as shocked as I was at his passing. It knocked me for six, because I became a Prince fan, oh, about 32 years ago when I first saw 'Purple Rain' at Newcastle's Tyneside Cinema. Got to see him live three times, which wasn't enough, but let me tell you I never saw a more naturally gifted musical talent. It was as though he was born, raised and went to school on stage. Anyway, I do not generally consider myself to be a conspiracy theorist, but doesn't it strike you as a little ODD that a 57-year-old man who was fitter than I was at twenty, never drank, smoked or took illicit drugs should pop down dead in an elevator? Both of his great musical rivals, Rick James and Michael Jackson, both died in their fifties. It seems that being an R&B/Pop superstar does not include long life. Oh well, I guess we will find out in due course. Any road, favourite Prince track? 'Sometimes it Snows in April,' of course. Anybody here fancy chipping in with their favourite Prince track, if any? Cheers! I don't think he was very well at all. Sad loss, great talent. The album Purple Rain was the main staple musical diet (at Olveston House) when we were recording Brothers In Arms on Montserrat.
John and his Long Shadows
Pavel Fomenkov
Saint Petersburg, Russia

3rd May 2016

Hi Doc! Let's face it, it was Mark who wrote all the songs for John's new album, right? Just kidding, the songs just really that good. Not every song even from Mark himself makes me want to learn it on a guitar straight away. And if one wants DS reunion, John just did it. Musically. http://johnillsley.com/shop/lo[...]
Pensa MK2
Riccardo Mariani
Milan

3rd May 2016

Hi Doc, Is there any specific reason why Mark is using only the Pensa MK2 from '96 and not anymore the one from 2005 on Telegraph Road? Many Thanks no
John Martyn/Nick Drake - Ryley Walker
EK
London

3rd May 2016

Were your or Mark ever big fans of Martyn or Drake? On a sidenote this young guy Ryley Walker from Chicago takes big inspiration from both and is truly an incredible guitar player. Primrose Green was my favourite record of 2015. Title track attached. https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...] Yes, Nick Drake for sure.
Why MK's latest albums are not in Spotify?
Jyotirmoy Banik
Dallas, TX

3rd May 2016

Hello there! I am a big fan of MK and Dire Straits. This is my first post here. I was wondering why the recent albums of MK are not in Spotify? IIRC Tracker was available for a short period of time and then it was taken down. Could you please tell us, what's the reason? Do you have any plan to release those albums to Spotify in future? I am using spotify premium for music, and having MK's latest albums there would be just great! It's a label decision.
If only
GP
Ascot

30th April 2016

Doc, This festival in October - Coachella. The Who, Bob Dylan, The Stones, Neil Young, Sir Paul McCartney.. Sounds like another great Knebworth 90 where all the legends performed. Oh and of course Roger Waters will be there. I can't help but feel this is the last of the old school, but we all still want to see it. Please Please ask Mark to get the boys back together for this festival. As they say, it's a festival to hand over to the younger generation. I think more and more oldies should get onboard. Not that I am saying you are all past it...lol http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/[...]
Lady Antebellum
Gary Poole

22nd April 2016

Guy, Have you or Mark met this artist? The song we most know is "Need you now". This particular song I could imagine MK on Vocals and Guitar, do you agree with me? https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...] No, never have. I don't think it's quite up Mark's street.
Headwreck
Dermot
Ireland

21st April 2016

Howdy. Do you think Hill Farmer Blues is a headwrecker for Richard when live? No other song like it so it all hangs on him right? Laser precision and metronome timing needed - even the slightest deviant upstroke could screw everything (btw - don't ask him in case it messes with his head..like in the moment before that 1st tee-shot: 'Do you breathe in or breathe out on the backstroke?'). It's no problem for Laser Bennett. It's what we do.
Altamira
Jenn
Oregon

21st April 2016

Guy, Showed my 84 year old mother the clip from Altamira the other day and she wanted to download the soundtrack right away. While listening, she almost whispered, (like a voice from the past) " He has an amazing gift". ha. The music is extraordinary. I am looking forward to seeing the movie. Thank you. Beautiful, beautiful mysterious work. That's nice
Political issues
Christophe Durchateau
Cardiff

21st April 2016

Hi Doc, in the last couple of weeks both Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams have cancelled concerts in protest at what some see as anti-LGBT laws in certain states in the USA. I'm not asking for your personal opinion on these issues, and I don't offer my own. However, as a performing artist I wonder if you believe it is acceptable to take such action over political issues such as these? I know Mark has cancelled concerts in the past over human rights issues, but that aside, are Springsteen and Adams backing a cause or wading in for the publicity? As a side question, do you believe it is fair to the fans for artists to take such action? Not just because they don't get to see the show they'd hoped and paid for (although one hopes full refunds will be provided) but also because it puts pressure on the fans to choose a side in the debate? Yes, I think some issues are worthy of such action. I'm sure all artists who do so would offer refunds or rescheduling.
This song
philippe spagnolo
Paris, France

21st April 2016

hello guy. (take my question with humor) 1+1 = 2 true ? ok... and now.. fare thee well northumberland = live en concert ? have a good day 1+1=2? Not necessarily. I would apply Heisenberg's uncertainty principle to that question.
Bluebird
David Gray
London

21st April 2016

Hi Guy, A question for you. Have you ever had 'Bluebird' in your MK set list? If you have then great! If not, what would you envisage the problems are in introducing it in some form. Best wishes David No. There would be no problems in performing any of the songs.
Geek question - CAR Fender Strat II
Thomas

21st April 2016

Duh ... There was a draw at the end of that show, and that Strat was the prize. Sorry for the disturbance of the force. Ah yes, an auction. We've raised quite a bit over the years with the Strats.
Geek question - CAR Fender Strat
Thomas

21st April 2016

Sorry for the totally unimportant geeky guitar question: In this NHB video Mark plays what looks like a Candy Apple Red Fender Strat with a floating tremolo system (e.g. at 37:30). Same color as his Schecter, but it's not that guitar. I know your eyes are glazing over now, Doc, but is the guitar Mark's? And is there a reason he used it for that particular show? Cheers, Tom Yes (glaze)
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RCM link
Dominique
Antwerp

16th April 2016

Hey Doc, as an addition to the RCM post, this link.... Btw: Hope you guys will come together soon for a next musical project...:-))) All the best, Dom http://www.rcm.ac.uk/about/new[...]
Masterclass
Jean
Heart of ma belle France

16th April 2016

Hi, Anything to say about the masterclass done at the Royal College of Music? Did you have some rehearsal before or Mark just gave the instruction live on the event about what he wants to be played (I know that top notch musician as you all are know how to deal with these situations) Sure, it was lovely to be there and perform for the students in such a nice theatre. Mark talked about instruments, songwriting, recording, we all talked about our journey and we played a few songs - Sailing, Laughs and Jokes, your she's Gone/Latest Trick and Local Hero. The band consisted of Mike and John, Ewan Vernal on Bass, Ianto, Nigel Hitchcock, Robbie McIntosh on guitar and myself.

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