Irontown Diehards- Interview

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I’ve been playing bass since I was 11 years old, my friends had started a band and there were already 2 guitar players and a drummer. My best friend’s older brother taught me how to read tabs and taught me my first couple of songs to get me started. I didn’t actually get my first bass until I was 12 so if I wanted to play bass I had to go to my friend’s house, in the meantime I would practise on an old classical guitar we had in the house!
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I can tell you straight off that my 3 biggest influences are John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Billy Sheehan from Mr. Big. All 3 are exceptional world class bass players but their individual roles in their 3 bands are so different. I also don’t necessarily think that influences will always translate into the music you play, the 3 bands I’ve just mentioned probably wouldn’t who would spring to mind if you listened to The Irontown Diehards or even my bass playing. But they’re always the 3 I come back to and the ones who I’d most like to emulate.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
The Irontown Diehards have officially been a band for coming up on 2 years now. I actually just found a facebook post saying that it was 2 years ago last Friday that me and our guitar player Andrew Baxter have been friends. My uncle Declan put me in touch with him after they were struggling to find a bass player, they had me down to audition and Andy will be very kind to say “we didn’t audition anyone after Mark”, but I can’t help that maybe Andy could just as soon say “we didn’t have anyone else to audition”.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
Our next gig is 7th May at the Limelight in Belfast. It’s a pre-release show for our album which will be available 27th May but at this show we’ll be doing a limited run of digipacks for the people there!
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
The next goal is always my favourite! I don’t look back all that much and am more interested in what is in front of me, what am I working towards next? What do I need to achieve it? What do I need to learn to get there? Doing this is what makes me better at what I do because with each goal, whether that be on the music side or on the social media side or business side it’s a new skill that I need to learn and can bring with me for the next stage.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Like us on facebook, follow us on twitter. Our videos are on youtube and the album will be available on iTunes, amazon and Spotify from 27th May!