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Mark Richardson (Skunk Anansie) talks to BeatIt, Pt. 2

One of iconic rock outfits of the 90s, which Skunk Anansie undoubtedly are, at least in Europe, came to Poland in late February this year to play four club gigs. On Feb 20, they performed at the Teatr Łaźnia Nowa in Krakow, on the 21st, they were at the Stodoła club in Warsaw, on the 22nd, they continued at B90 in Gdańsk and followed it all up with a gig at Centrum Kultury Zamek in Poznań. The beatit.tv team attended the latter show to interview the band’s drummer – Mark Richardson.

Skunk Anansie drummer interview

In the second part of this interesting conversation, our guest shares his memories of the first band he was in, the first show he ever played, the moment that made him decide which career path to take and why it wasn’t sports eventually. We also talk about Mark’s first taste of success with the band Little Angels and how he had got the gig.

First show I ever played was with a bunch of mates at school. I was 14 years old. After six months (of rehearsing), we still only had two songs that we could play, one of which was “Run To You” and the other one was “Back In Black”. One day, one of the school teachers walked past and head us play. He was the singer in a band called The Gels, who headlined the school disco every year. He said: ‘Do you want to come and play with us?’. We did and turned all of the heads of the people in the school that normally just breezed straight past us in the corridor (…), especially the girls. That became a very pivotal moment in my deciding what I wanted to do for a living.”

Steven Adler had a horrible heroin habit so he got kicked out of Guns N’ Roses. Matt Sorum was asked to join Guns N’ Roses, Michael Lee joined The Cult and then I joined Little Angels. It always blows my mind when I think that I have Steven Adler’s heroin addiction to thank for my break in the music industry.

You’ll find out the rest by watching this episode of the interview. Drummers and Drummerettes! Here is Skunk Anansie drummer, Mark Richardson, in the second part of an exclusive interview for beatit.tv!

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