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Falco - Johann (Hans) Hölzel
GP
Ascot

19th August 2016

Doc, I just been watching this link with great interest. I did not realise how talented he was. He had some brilliant musicians around him. I was wondering if you liked his work, and guess you never met him? And sadly I only found out he is dead, so terrible. A great Austrian talent. This link was awesome https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...] I'm afraid not
ALTAMIRA
RAÚL
SPAIN

19th August 2016

Good morning, Mr Fletcher The first thing I would like to tell you is "Congratulations" for your great job in making Martk Knopfler's music better. Every time Mark introduces the band to the audience, I clap the strongest I can when I hear your name. On the other hand, I went to see Altamira months ago, not because of the film itself but because of its soundtrack, and I think it is brilliant. I always say that Mark's guitar sound has no comparisons at all. I am sure that a MK concert with a setlist made up of tracks of his soundtracks would be very successful and would show his "musical superiority". And let me tell you, Mr Fletcher, that you have got a good part of that. Thank you That's very kind of you to say so
Which amps were used
Volker Krueger
Malmö

19th August 2016

Hi Guy, in songs like Silvertown blues and Hillfarmer's blues, through which amp is the Las Paul running? Reinhardt Talyn? Which amps are most commonly used with the Les Paul? Thanks in advance Volker One of them, probably the Talyn. It depends.
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Pic at A-Bay and producing diary
Dominique
Antwerp, Belgium

19th August 2016

Hey Doc, Hope everything is well? Two questions Doc, if i may, .... Was the attached pic taken at your own A-Bay studios? Anny chance we will see a diary or, why not, a whole tab page about your producing work? Best, Dom No, that was a rehearsal facility in London. Yes, I could do a diary, the band have enough photos between them
Merchandise
Gary Langridge
Whitstable, Kent

19th August 2016

Hi Guy. I wanted to purchase a USB stick of the O2 concert last May. The only ones available on the MK website are for North America. Do you know where I can purchase one should they still be available. Many thanks Sorry Gary, I don't believe they are for sale anywhere else.
Terminal of tribute...?
Rob Reynolds
UK

19th August 2016

Hi Guy, I noticed recently that a well know Dire Straits "appreciation" band played a huge open air show to around 10000 fans in Italy. The band consisted of many well known faces who could grace the stage with just about any band on the planet - so why I asked myself do they keep persisting... Curiosity got the better of me and I had to take a quick peek on YT. After listening however I can fully understand why, the sound takes me back to the Alchemy tour, BIA tour and OES tour, Live Aid, Mandela etc. it was a trip down memory lane and a pleasure to hear the "original" sound again. I couldn't help thinking that if this was an MK show then these forum pages would be going wild. Yes I understand Mark has moved on and only looks "forward" but for fans starved of these original sounds for so many years this is the only way now to recreate the "glory days" by hearing the songs played at their best live. This post may annoy many loyal MK followers - I was once one, however (forgive me for this) I did not fall in love with MK music through fiddles and pipes etc it was for the guitar solos, synth arrangements and banging drums. In the absense of the real thing this is as good as it gets nowadays and I for one will continue looking out for this band playing the soundtrack to my life in the hope they turn up at a venue near me soon. Nostalgia is powerful part of live music today. When a tribute band is good, why not?
Production influence
Rob Reynolds
UK

19th August 2016

Hi Guy, Back in the DS days how much musical influence did the band have over the DS sound? I'm aware that all the songs were penned by MK but the band were an official 4 piece, therefore did you all contribute or were the decisions solely with MK? If you did have a certain amount of influence back then how did it compare to your influence more recently in your producer capacity? Of course we contributed
Jesus To A Child vs Brothers In Arms
Pavel Fomenkov
Saint Petersburg, Russia

15th August 2016

Hi Doc! Speaking of "Brothers In Arms", years ago I noticed how the intro chord for George Michael's "Jesus To A Child" immediately reminds me of BIA. Sound is almost identical here, do you know maybe this was a kind of tribute by Michael or something? It can't be a coincidence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...] It's possible I suppose but minor 9ths are commonly used in string arrangements.
do you watch the olympics?
John Mahon
upland, ca

15th August 2016

Good day good Doc. Long time. I'm catching a late night west coast repeat of yesterday's 3rd round in Rio, and I must say, Justin Rose played a helluva round. I know there are issues with the "Olympics" and the various "committees", but I still love to see true athletes compete at their highest level. There are parallels with what you do on stage and in the studio as well. Didn't you once say that Justin is an honorary member of your home course at Goodwood Golf Club? Well, I imagine there will be quite a bit of anticipation across the pond in a few hours. I know you are producing these days, but I hope you get to see it. Rose and Stenson at their best? This is a major. Yes, Justin was affiliated with Goodwood GC. Didn't get to see the round but I guess it was nip and tuck until the last. It was an incredible day for Great Britain yesterday in general.
Happy Birthday Mark!
Marc
UK

12th August 2016

Wishing Mark a Happy Birthday! Thank you for everything. Big hello to all the band Guy, Ian, Glenn, Jim, John & Mike Best Wishes, Marc
Good to hear
Neville Sherman
Kampala

12th August 2016

.....that you guys are possibly about to start fiddling, experimenting, tweaking some new tunes. You know you will be hard pressed to top Tracker - but you can give it a try I am sure!! Go well and enjoy the next chapter!
Birthday Wish
Linda Meehan
Maine USA

12th August 2016

Wishing Mark a very happy 67th birthday!! Hope his day is great and that he will soon be back in the studio recording a new CD!! A fan for life!!
Way to birthday
Alberto Antonetti
Rome

12th August 2016

Hello Doc, wouldn't it be a great way to celebrate his birthday, announcing that the reason why you're heading back to the studio is a new MK album? Many and best wishes to the GENIUS!! .-) For you maybe. I am in the studio tomorrow producing the band 'Megan and the Common Threads'
Rolling Stones
David Lehman
Canada

12th August 2016

Hi Guy; Hope all is well with you. Not sure if you're at liberty to say, but I'll ask anyway. Any truth to the rumour that the Stones have been at British Grove lately? Thanks. I wouldn't comment on the studio clientele.
Heading back into the studio very soon.
Julio
Tambourineland

12th August 2016

Hello Doc. As you probably imagined, your "head back into the studio very soon" answer switched on all the "fan alerts" specially after this well deserved MK inactivity period of time. As you were answering to a question about the Hansen documentary, I understood that you comeback to the studio has to do with it, while many others interpretate that is because of the start of next MK record why you will go back into the studio... Could you enlight us a little more about it, if it´s about the documentary, to start recording new songs, or both? Thanks in advance! Not really
Back in studio soon
Thomas Allesch
Germany

12th August 2016

Hi Guy, as you an Mark will be back soon in back in the studio, will you work on a new MK album or is this for an different project? Best regards, Thomas see below
new recording
Brian Moyer
Long Island N.Y.

12th August 2016

are you and Mark going to be working on any new music before the end of the year ? New music is usually what we get up to when we go into the studio, as for the project. I'm afraid I cannot say just yet.
Henrik Hansen II
Erwin
Netherlands

12th August 2016

Great to read you and MK are going back in the studio. Thank you for that wonderfull update!! I'm sure news about the asking project will follow when it's possible. Are you going back to the studio for another album of MK or something else? I hope i'm not pushing to much here, anyway once again, thanks for the update.... all will be revealed
next?
Mike PAUL
San Diego

7th August 2016

Guy--reading between the lines it sounds like you and Mark are heading into BG to start work on the new album. A fair query? We're waiting with pregnant anticipation the next jewel in the crown!
Studio
Gary Langridge
Whitstable, Kent, UK

7th August 2016

Afternoon greetings. In a previous post, you hinted that yourself & Mark were heading into the studio. Is that a hint at a new album and a possible 2017 tour ? I do hope so
live dvd
david murdock
birr. co. offaly ,eire

5th August 2016

hi guy great to hear you and master are heading for studio again ,as always can t wait .i hope this time live dvd will come from this next tour.its been 20 yrs. i know its not in your hands but someone can make it happen.thanks again. is it mark .record company.
Princess Bride
Tibor Kramolis
Budapest, HUN

5th August 2016

Hi Guy, my 10 years old son just have seen The Princess Bride movie, and he said it's a wonderful film and the soundtrack as well. Of course he heard the music more then once from my CD before, but this movie gives him a surprise. Uh, it's almost 30 years stuff... but still perfect. very sweet
Henrik Hansen
Erwin
Netherlands

5th August 2016

Guy, any word on the project of Henrik Hansen who filmed MK and the band during some concerts on the last tour? I'm sure there will be, as Mark and I head back into the studio very soon.
Well that was wierd
Cheney Coker
Dallas

5th August 2016

Did someone mess with your web page? Glad to see it back to its normal self. Yes, some ****er did. Persistent but no damage done.
backing tracks
Andrea
Italy

5th August 2016

Hi Guy, what do you think about the use of backing tracks? As an old school keyboardist I personally hate them, and as far as I can see/hear from your concerts you don't use any either (but FX effects..). Keyboardists are asked more and more often to use them, especially by semiprofessional bands. I find it very frustrating... It depends of course. As a musician I'm no fan...and I don't enjoy seeing a guy in a pub playing to them...but I understand the financial necessity sometimes. We said the same in the 80's about drum machines. You can't beat a live band although there are some tribute acts out there that defy belief. I played a blues gig recently helping a buddy out and the headline act was a Fleetwood Mac tribute band who were dreadful, especially when I heard of their financial and technical demands of the venue which happened to be a delightful country cricket club..all confirmed by the steady stream of people leaving during their set. At least they were live!
Bap Kennedy
Mike Child
Southampton, UK

31st July 2016

Hi Guy. Have you seen the latest update from Bap Kennedy on his health situation over on his Facebook page? Difficult to know what to say in a situation like this. It is utterly heartbreaking. http://www.bapkennedy.com/heal[...] It is indeed. We have been aware of Bap's struggle for a while now but today's post is both devastating and touching. Our thoughts are with Bap and his family.
Band members
Rob Reynolds
UK

31st July 2016

Hi Guy, As DS fans we got used to the odd line up change and with the longevity of MK solo work we have also seen certain band members change over the years. How does the process with regards recruitment work? Is there a traditional audition process or does MK bring them in based on his own knowledge of the musician? Also aside from musician skills are personalities also considered in order to maintain the tight "family" feel of the band especially during tours? One that always struck a chord with me was when Jack joined during the BIA era. Am I right in thinking he worked in a music shop? If so there is hope for us all yet!! It's a long way from answering an ad in Melody Maker, which is how I found my first band. There is no set formula and every band member has found his way here by different means.
Guy's British Grove recording project with Megan and The Common Threads
Dan Clark
London

29th July 2016

Quick post for the good doctor's fellow patients. Guy's producing the debut record by Megan and The Common Threads at MK's studio British Grove. Very excited indeed about this (I should be - I'm in the band...). The release is being crowd-funded with amazing rewards for contributors: 2 very lucky people are joining Guy in the control room to experience the session first hand. Also, for all romantics on here - would your significant other appreciate a gift of an original recorded work that's specifically about them, featuring your personal memories? The ultimate "This Is Us"? (see pledge marked "We'll write and record a song for YOU" on the attached link). Anyone interested, or is this a crazy idea? http://www.pledgemusic.com/pro[...] Thanks Dan
The Record Company
David Lehman
Canada

29th July 2016

Hi Guy; Ever check out the new American band, The Record Company? Nothing original, but a great little trio. Cheers Yes, great fun
Hang
souchet thierry
France,Vendée

29th July 2016

Hi, good doctor! I was listening to the beautifull Altamira film score and remembering an other film : "My sweet pepperland" a question came to me. Evelyn Glennie's work to illustrate the cave and bisons is just brilliant, but was it ever considered to have Goldshifteh Farahani playing Hang on that soundtrack. That instrument is just as hypnotic as the beauty of this actress when she plays it! You'd have to ask the director that question.

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