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Mark Richardson (Skunk Anansie) in an exclusive talk with BeatIt, Pt. 6

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 sixth part of this interesting conversation, our guest talks about working with Amy MacDonald, his reputation as a hard hitter, joining Feeder right after drummer Jon Lee killed himself, what he thinks about the “Comfort in Sound” albums he recorded with the band as well as the entire period with them. Mark also reveals Skunk Anansie’s plans for the immediate future.

A friend of mine, who used to play bass for Mika, came to the show and said: ‘I play with Amy. She’s just sacked her drummer. I didn’t really know you did that softer stuff.’ That’s my legacy, isn’t it? ‘You play soft as well???’. I went down, we got off and it was great. We had a good 20 odd over the summer – festivals and stuff. That was really good fun.”

I joined Feeder two days after Jon killed himself. It was too soon even for me. It started pretty much straight away. It was a difficult time because I was used to being with Skunk Anansie and my Skunk family, who were vey open to ideas and very used to taking ideas off each other (…) and doing everything together, essentally. With Feeder, I went to being a session musician but I wasn’t told it was a session musician’s position under the umbrella of a band. Coming from where I came from, I assumed wrongly that I would have an input in everything and I didn’t. I maybe didn’t appreciate that as much as I should have because, at the end of the day, I was still getting paid for what I love to do. I wasn’t digging a ditch, and I know what that’s like in the winter ’cause I’ve done it. I wasn’ tfully appreciative of that period but I think ”Comfort in Sound” is an amazing record. That was all about Jon and his suicide.”

After this tour finishes, we (Skunk Anansie) go home and start doing some songwiting. We’re gonna release something towards the end of the year.”

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

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