Hey Marcus. We are really looking forward to having you play Buffalo Rocks October show at The Monarch – are you excited about the night?
Yeh course I am, I used to drink in this pub when I was growing up in Camden, it was called the Man in The Moon back then and the Monarch was what the Barfly is now. We used to play in there all the time. I got a lot of good memories of this part of London, be great to play here again…
Who are your main influences?
I listen to a lot of music, first thing in the morning till I fall asleep to it at night so I’m influenced by a lot of people, right now I’m listening to a lot of Tom Waits, Grady, Muddy Waters & a lot of old time & Bluegrass music. I grew up listening to Joan Baez, Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker, The Beatles, Chuck Berry and have kind of got into everything in between along the way. I always come back to the blues though.
What are your plans for the next six months?
I just come off the road with my band, we’ve been doing a bunch of shows around the country so I got a solo tour starting in November opening for a guitarist called. Philip Sayce, he’s pretty serious. I’m also opening for Walter Trout and John Mayall, which will be great. Then I got the Carlisle Blues Festival happening as well as another trip out to Norway to play there and also a few more shows with the band. I gotta find some time to write this new record too and then it’s off to Texas in March for SXSW festival and then back to record the album. Gonna be a good fun six months.
If you could drink bourbon with any musician (dead or alive) who would you drink it with and why?
I think it would have to be Muddy Waters, I’d love to sit and talk bout the blues with him. I’ve read books on him and he sounds like a real interesting guy, I’d like to know bout how it was growing up in America at that time, playing the blues, breaking through and being part of a whole new way of thinking and being that helped change America. Also I’d like a Jam with him of course, try and learn some slide tricks…
What is the most rock n roll situation you have ever been involved with (name dropping and rock n roll vocab is a must)
Haha, I’ve had a few good times on the road, a lot of times The Whiskey has been flowing so I can’t remember all the details. I suppose the most rock and roll would be when we were out on tour in Los Angeles and me and my drummer went to the Viper Room dressed in kilts (he was Scottish, I was just drunk), found a whole bunch of Scottish people in there, got em back for a party at our posh hotel cos it had a pool. There must have been bout 30 people there, it was pretty messy. We got kicked out the pool so moved it to my room, got kicked out of there so went to another room, same happened so back to mine. Finally the hotel staff had had enough of us so called the police. Everyone split pretty quickly and three police cars turned up to kick me out the hotel, I got restrained in proper LAPD style, it was pretty full on. Anyway, had to sleep on Sunset Blvd. that night and wait for the rest of the band to get up in the morning. It was pretty funny but I had a killin hangover and nowhere to go!
What emotion are you generally under the influence of when you are writing songs?
A lot of the time I’m not sure, I just let it happen and see what I come out with. Looking back on some of my songs I seem to have been pretty angry at some points and quite self reflective in a lot of them. I find it difficult to write love songs but I think I got a lot of love in all the songs I write, its just really well hidden!
What is the best thing about being a musician?
The fact you get to play music everyday, with your friends and every now and then you get paid. There is honestly nothing better. Oh and that drinking on the job, is encouraged, that’s pretty cool too.