Sandwich under foot

He is the man with the beanie and frontman of the synth poppers Mesh. That the headdress isn't permanently adhered, was already clarified in the past. Nevertheless, some questions for the congenial frontman remain. Following their last record "A Perfect Solution" in 2009 they've just launched the accompanying remix album "An Alternative Solution" and are in the middle of the preparations for the festival gigs this summer. Mark took the time, though, to take a seat on our fluffy psycho couch and blab some juicy details of his life.

Do you sometimes come to the point when you think it wasn't the best choice to become a musician?

Not very often. Sometimes it can be very stressful because you're hung up on a problem or are in a situation where you wonder why you're doing this, actually? In your thoughts, the beginning of a tour or simply the start of a new album looks like an impossible mission. But once you've started, you hope that it will never end. The business part can be really exhausting, and also criticism can hurt very much, if you have revealed all your feelings in a song. But the short moments when you're on stage or when you listen to your own songs on the radio or in a club, that all make up for it.

What was your dream job when you were a child?

Racer or stunt motorcyclist. Jumping with a motorcycle is perhaps even something more stupid than to be a musician. The longer someone was in a hospital, the cooler he was in my eyes. Even now I would still like to ride a motorcycle and own my own racing car.

Do you suffer from a phobia?

No. For a while I had fear of flying. I've probably watched too many films about plane crashes. But that wasn't a real phobia. That's rather an uncontrollable thing that's mostly amusing for people who don't have it. I recently read a report about someone who was afraid of stamps. For me, it's quite hilarious but certainly annoying for him if he wants to send a postcard.

Do you have a characteristic you don't show in public?

If I had one, it would certainly not be very clever to mention it here. But I think there's none at the moment. I was always very shy, however, that brought me maybe to music or better said, to singing. Thereby, I brought myself in a situation deliberately to force myself to do things I wouldn't normally do. I've always enjoyed singing - but of course it's not as cool as to jump over busses with a Harley Davidson. In my imagination, however, I was rather the Vince-Clarke-type, quiet and moody. Even today I still struggle with it and for this reason I expose myself to public situations intentionally. Actually, I would also be happy to stay in the background, I don't need all this attention.

You can read the entire article in the issue 07-08/2011 of Sonic Seducer.

Catrin Nordwig, Sonic Seducer