Marillion was born in 1979 as an instrumental group. Since then
the band has gone through many personell changes. However
Steve Rothery was one of the members of the original line up.
Mark Kelly joined the group in 1981,
and Steve Hogarth would
become the lead vocalist in 1989. Replacing Fish, who would
then begin a solo career.
Marillion is currently on a tour of the
U.S. And their new CD is
called "This Strange Engine".
Gentlemen, we appreciate you taking the
time out to speak with
us today. Welcome to @Music and TalkCity!
Hello folks. We've just been joined by Mark and the two Steve's
Under the appropriate nick of Marillion.
Very cool. Welcome to TalkCity.
Great to have you here today!
Shall we begin with an audience question?
Why doesnt Marillion play any songs from FUGAZI? Hope we
hear some Fugazi songs in Mexico City!! ;o)
I've had difficulty climbing inside these songs - they don't really
have much in common with where I'm at emotionally.
Could you tell us about the new CD? How do you feel about the
I think it's an interesting mixture
Any more on the new CD?
We're very happy with our first self produced CD
It's been a relief to have noticed how well the album's been
received out there. It's given us the confidence to produce again
in the future
Speaking of the new album, it was originally supposed to come
out before the tour, but now it's set for after the tour. What
We're really F****ing unhappy with Castle in London hopefully
we will be able to do something positive about this before the
will your next release have a drum'n' bass or ambient influence,
or will it be more of a "back to basics" affair?
There is an ambient remix album of TSE in the pipeline at the
moment. I've heard most of the tracks already - 2 guys in the
Channel Islands have done it. It's very impressive- particularly
sympathetic to the lyric feelings.
Hi guys! I wanted to ask how you enjoyed playing in NYC this
time around. You seemed to be having a good time! Did you do
anything else while in town?
Good question Jed.
NYC has always been a bad spot for us in the past but this time
it was a great night. Our new record company Velvel were
there, they were more impressed with the audience than us!
I had a guided "insider" tour of the UN building. That was most
interesting - I got to pick the brains of some of the
Did Mark Kelly Synthesize all of the orchestral music on La
Gazza Ladra's intro?
No, it was taken from a CD
In the past few years Progressive music seems to have had
quite a resurgence. Do you think the internet has been part of
that? And has this given you greater freedom in your music?
the Internet has enabled like minded people to get in touch with
each other, as progressive music is largly ignored by the media,
it may appear to have disappeared
For SR: Any chance of a US Wishing Tree tour, I heard
I would love to tour in the US with the Wishing Tree, but it all
depends on a gap in Marillio proceedings
Will we be seeing any video in support of "This Strange
there is a vid of Man of 1000 faces, it will be promoted in the US
with the album release in OCT. we have no plans to make any
more vids for this album.
Will Marillion come in France (not only Paris) ???
we will be doing 7 regional dates in October.
Very cool. Do you have any tour dates or cities you can share
October: 17 Toulouse 20 Nice 21 Lyon 22 Reims 23 Lille
Any chance of meeting the band at the Cincinatti ?
Also.. is H's voice back at 100%?
We usually emerge to chat in the street after any show.
Sometimes we shower first so it can involve abit of a wait...
My voice is back to 90% which is as good as it gets mid-tour.
this for Marillion: Thanks for coming to this channel : )
How do you feel when you see people wearing tour t-shirts
when you're doing your shopping and stuff ?
It's always good to see a show of dedication. I've recently
stopped shopping, due to massive overspending in San
Its easy to do there.
How do you feel Marillion fits in to the music of the 90's? Are
there any contemporary musicians you identifiy with?
we fit very well its just the media aren't prepared to admit it!
The Blue Nile!
What are your feelings on the age limits at the shows?
I'm only 17, and I might end up missing the Grand Rapids show
because of it.
we would like to admit all ages but sometimes its beyond our
Pretty much city ordinances, and the venue owners decide that
If you give us your name - I'll arrange something- but keep it
whoa...very cool, Marillion!
Will the next album be something we can expect after TSE or
will it be something totally different, just like the change
between Brave and AOS?
we never know what we are going to do next.
I never know what HE'S going to do next!
We try not to repeat ourselves from one album to another
the release date is NOW 16 Oct. although it could change
Critics are rarely kind to any progressive music. In your early
days some of them labelled you as Genesis imitators. More
recently I saw a comment on the Genesis mailing list that
Genesis today is a bad imitation of Marillion! How do you
respond to that?
All that Genesis/Marillion stuff is too tedious to bother thinking
What are your favorite Marillion CD's and why?
It's a bit like trying to choose a favourite one of your children,
Is the band frustrated by the support, or lack thereof, on the part
of your American record companies and/or distributors?
We have been in the past but Velvel seem to be making all the
right noises we shall see....
The shows in California where Killer. The participation from the
band was great to see. Did you all have time to take in any
sights here in California?
I went to Laguna Beach with my family.
That was relaxing before the onslaught!
What do you think of online "fan" web sites? And what do you
think about the current reaction to these sites by major record
companies? Some companies are demanding that fan sites be
taken down. While I understand thier point of view, somehow it
seems counterproductive to me.
Or at least to bar them from using any pictures or soundclips
Right, that seems to be the big issue. However a fan site
without pictures at least....
I think that online sites have to be the best way to find out up to
the minute details of whats happening
And its clear by the numbers in this room that real fans love to
get together and "enjoy the band" as it were.
You have to be a little cynical about major labels motives in
I think you'd be hard pressed to find a more dedicated fan base
than those on the internet. I don't even recall seeing a fan site
that was "taking advantage" of an artist.
the majors realise if they allow it to continue, they will be
bypassed as will the retailers.
Why is it that several obvious singles have not been released in
an attempt to break through the US market? "Accidental Man" is
the only track with obvious commercial potential in America...
These things boil down to taste. We could always take a vote
Will the ambient remix cd be released? It sounds absolutely
It will be released. We don't have a date yet, but it seems likely
to appear before our next studio album. We are considering
selling it direct over the internet. Velvel are also keen to be
^Coop: has this:
I really love "Hope For The Future". What inspired you all to
make such a song and be brave enough to put it on an album?
It started out when we were in Brazil back in 90. We were
guests at a samba drumming school in Rio and I experienced
the intoxicating magic of tribalism at full force. Since then, it was
a matter of time before we would explore an experiment at a
Samba driven song.
For H: Any chance of releasing any of your older band's work
via let's say a fan club CD?
I'm having a look into the Europeans stuff. That was with A&M
records. The How We Live stuff was with Sony who were most
uncooperative in the past.. Watch this space and keep hustling
Well, it's after 5:00. Steve, Mark & Steve, you've been with us
for an hour now. We've got plenty of questions. How long can
your schedule allow you to stay with us, or do you need to be
We'll wrap it up at 5.30. I'm going to a party with Bill Clinton.
Yikes. Is it a jam?
Make sure he brings his sax!!!
I'll be at the show tomorrow night which I believe is a seated
only venue. Do you feel this plays a role in the overall intensity
of the performance and how you relate to the crowd?
it makes a big diffrence to the level of excitement physically, we
try to alter the set list according to this. We prefer a standing
Do you think you will play Sugar Mice next week in Milwaukee?
A distinct possibility!
for Steve R: In an interview in '94 you said that your favourite
guitar solo was the one in Easter. Do you still think so?
Yes, but I also like the 2nd solo in This Strange Engine
Has having the new record deal 'released' you in some way in
an artistic sense?
The last album is the first time we've had no record company
How do you think technology has changed the creation and
performance of music? Has it changed the way you approach
making a CD?
it has for me, these days I will record all my parts into a
computer, in real time, just like a tape recorder, and then later I
put the parts onto tape choosing the sounds I want after the
event. Digital tape recorders are so cheap these days and band
can make good quality recordings at home.
Is it true that Marillion has re-signed with EMI?
I don't know who started that rumour, but they must have a
warped sense of humour!
for Mark Kelly. What's the worst job you ever had?
Q2. Do you like Lobsters? from Rob & Alexis.
Don't we all?
I've never had a proper job so I would have to say this one!
I have a pet lobster in my bus bunk. He's from New England and
he's called Derek!.... Best wishes to Rob and Alexis.
Will there be another wishing tree cd, if so when?
Yes I hope to make another WT cd after we've finished work on
the next Marillion album
Steve H, will you please put to bed the rumors about the strings
on your fingers? What's the real story?
Are the strings a taboo topic or just complicated?
In short, I was attacked by a bass player on a ship, just outside
Sweden in the middle of the North Sea. My hands were all cut
up by a glass and my thumb tendon was severed. There wasn't
a doctor on the ship and I almost bled to death until I was
stitched back together by the sailors. Two years of surgery and
physiotherapy ensued before I could play the piano again.
Yikes. Thats terrible.
You're ok now we all hope.
No side effects?
my word...no wonder lots of folks are asking if you're returning
for a tour of the Netherlands!
After a while I saw the funny side and I continued to wear
bandages even after I didn't have to. Then it turned into a
ritual/good luck thing. This is the first tour I haven't worn them.
we are playing the Paradiso on the 27 of OCT
T.S.E. has a 16 mins song, but pasted albums haven't. Do you
feel is a good moment for revisit the progressive tradition of the
band? Will it be continued on the future? Thanks. (I love you,
if you mean true progressive and not 70's widdly widdly prog
You don't have to keep drawing a line between what a 3 minute
or a 15 minute song represents. It's simply a question of how
much time it takes to say what you want to say.
And now for our last question of the evening.....
Was H actually stung by a swarm of bees as in the song TSE or
is this a metaphor for something else?
I was attacked by an entire nest of wasps whilst still a baby. My
mother was badly stung also. I was stung in the face -
particularly my nose which has been super-sensitive ever since.
Wasps didn't sound so good in the lyric so I made them bees
Let's continue making good music and making us dream... :)
Looks like our time is up...
I'd like to thank everyone for joining us tonight. Steve, Steve,
and Mark, we appreciate your taking the time to come and chat
with us. We all hope you'll come back to Talk City again soon!
I want to thank Mark Kelly, Steve Hogarth and Steve Rothery
for joining this Artist Shop/Talk City chat today. We hope to
have them back again real soon.
for info on concerts visit www.marillion.com
Great conference guys... Really appreciate your time too.
Thanks folks...this has been a wonderful interview!
Finally, thanks to the Artist Shop for working with us on this
conference. We especially appreciate the efforts of Gary Davis
in giving us the opportunity to speak with the members of
Marillion. Don't forget to drop by the Artist Shop and explore all
of their musical offerings. http://www.artist-shop.com
Thanks for all of the great questions...they were fantastic!
thanks very much, we really enjoyed our first online chat!
I want to encourage you all to check out their new album, This
Strange Engine. It should be out around October 16.
Come again....and again...and again!!
Wotan, Gary & Marillion...thanks much! outstanding discussion!
And, of course, they're on tour now! So go to the show!
*ToniCCC is receiving thunderous roars from the audience!*
thanks again folks!
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