Mark E Smith in Interview
Ahead of this Wednesday's gig at Koko, Mark E Smith grants Artrocker's Stuart Gadd a rare opportunity for a chat. Albeit briefly!
As forerunners in the post-punk genre, it’s fair to say you have influenced many of today’s alternative artists. How do you feel about the British music industry today? Are you impressed with what you’re hearing?
It's a debatable point, though what is ok is The Wombats, Tinie Tempah and Calvin Harris.
The Fall continue to be a leading influence in new music, but do you take influence from anyone these days? Are there any artists today that you admire?
Yeah, El Greco and Babo Graham.
Over thirty years since your first release, you continue to produce ever-evolving music. In what ways has your musical style developed in recent years?
Your last release was ‘Your Future, Our Clutter’ on Domino Records in 2010. That one was your 28th studio album. You’re certainly relentless in your writing and producing, tell us what we can expect from your next album?
Brutality. It all takes longer with computers.
When you started out did you have a deliberate policy to be obscure so you couldn't be moulded?
All music was obscure to me in 1980.
Do you think record labels interfere any more than they did when you stared out and what do you think it's like for groups starting out now ?
They never Interfere.
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