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Interviews – people turning the tables and asking me questions…

In a radical change to me interviewing people, other people have been interviewing me! Here are three short interviews about what I do, who I work with, who I’d like to work with and some bits of what I’ve learnt about getting yourself out there as a musician. In stark contrast to my comments on twitter I don’t mention cats even once.

The first was an interview for Right Chord Music, who specialise in helping bands with their marketing approach. They asked me about my day to day life as a working drummer.

The other two interviews were for bloggers I Am The Jelly Fox and Fagan’s Finds

Thanks very much to the three sites for interviewing me x


Mark Richardson (Skunk Anansie,Feeder)

Mark Richardson

Interview with Mark Richardson

As a student at music college I remember being star struck seeing Mark Richardson and Chad Smith playing drums together in a packed venue. Although I could hardly see them across the sea of people, Mark’s presence behind the kit was huge and unmistakable and it is something that has made him one of the UK’s top rock drummers.

I was fortunate enough to speak to Mark after he had been to Zildjian’s artist day in April this year. He told me about the excitement surrounding Skunk Anansie reforming with their 2010 album ‘Wonderlustre’, his time with Feeder, beating addiction, taking drum lessons and the struggles of being a rock star dog owner.

What circumstances led to Skunk Anansie reforming?

We all sort of kept in touch after we’d split up; Cass and I would go and see Skin separately and Cass hung out with Ace. I went to see Ace for his birthdays and played on some of his tracks and Cass played on one but we were never actually in the same room together for 8 years. Then Cass took everyone out for dinner and basically said, ‘We should think about getting this back on track before it gets too late.’ We always knew that there was a greatest hits that we had to do but it wasn’t until the end of 2008 that everybody’s diaries cleared – Feeder were off the road, Cass had stopped doing so much of his photography and was setting up a rehearsal facility at the back of the Premises, Ace was teaching but producing less and Skin was in between solo albums. Everyone was like, ‘Yeah, let’s have a meeting’ and that was the first time we were all in the same room for 8 years. Our manager said, ‘The record company would love you to be involved but they can’t wait anymore for you to decide; they’re going to put out a Best Of… whether you‘re involved or not. Do you want to be involved?’. We said yes and within five minutes of being together we were all laughing like we used to so it was really nice.

Do you think your sound has changed and if so, how?

I think sound wise, yeah. Since Skunk Anansie were together before I’ve learnt a lot about playing for the song – I guess the last 10 years really I’ve learnt how to tune properly and listen for what the song needed and not do anything more, rather than, ‘There’s a space there, I’ve got to fill it with drums!’ Space is probably the most underrated quality of any song and I try and play with that in mind. I’ve always played big drums and had my snare fairly high; that’s come down over the past ten years cos I just prefer the sound of a really phat snare drum, rather than a cracky one, especially in the studio. Live I still beat the sh*t out of it, probably too much, but it’s a visual thing for me so that hasn’t changed much.