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Mark Richardson (Skunk Anansie) talks to BeatIt, Pt. 5

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 fifth part of this interesting conversation, our guest talks about his involvement with the manufacturing of Tunerfish lug locks as well as his charity work in the Music Support organization, which deals with helping people from the music industry who struggle with addictions.

We started Tunerfish because I had a particular problem that needed a solution and that worked.We have so much great feedback about it. God-where-have-you-been-all-my-life sort of feedback. Now, we’re in a lot of music shops and we’re exporting to the States. It’s really amazing! The guy who does Big Fat Snare Drum looks after us in America. I would like to do more but we don’t make enough mouney from that to be able to invest in any other things. Maybe that’s all it will ever be and if that’s all there ever is – that’s fine with me.

Music Support was started my myself and my best friend, who is a clinical psychologist, intervention specialist and addiction specialist. I met him through my journey into sobriety and beyond. I just thought: ‘Wouldn’t it be great if there was a go-to place not just for musicians but anyone in the music industry that’s suffering with addiction.’ At least, they would have this number to call. When I got sober, there was nothing. Me and my manger, we just didn’t know where to go, what to do, who to call. I remember thinking then I really don’t want this to be the standard for everyone in the industry. There should be somewhere that people can call.

I was drinking and drugging addictively and everyone else (in Skunk Anansie) was suffering becuse they felt they couldn’t say anything. Look what we had! Look what we built! It was incredibly precious and we just threw it away like an old stone when it should have been polished up like a beautiful diamond.”

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