We recently caught up with NHT user and multi-instrumentalist Guy Fletcher, as he was leaving to begin work on Mark Knopfler’s next project in London. With a long history performing and producing with world-class acts, Fletcher also recently released his own record, entitled “Inamorata”. Ladies and Gentlemen…Guy Fletcher…
Q: Tell us about your background and how you got started in the music biz...
A: My background is well, musical. Since my parents were both in the biz, my mum being a singer and dad a guitarist, I was exposed to a lot of music at a very young age. So it was with a certain amount of inevitability that I found myself wanting to do the same. I learned to play the bass when I was 12, and at 13 years old my mum asked me to stand in for her bass player in a nightclub. I left school as soon as I was legally allowed to do so and immediately searched for jobs in London that were music related.
After working for ATV music publishing for a year as a runner, I found myself at DJM recording studios as an assistant engineer. I used to sneak my band in at night for free sessions and practice my engineering skills (or lack of) on them. Pretty soon it became clear I couldn't hold down the job in the studio AND continue gigging, so I left the studio to pursue the band, which was quite risky. Luckily within a few months we were spotted and signed as a band supporting a girl singer (Maz Roberts, now married to Pino Palladino). My manager, Anne Marie Mackay at the time was married to Duncan Mackay who was about to join 10cc. I stepped into his shoes when he left Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel in order to do this. It wasn't long after that that I joined Roxy Music for their Avalon tour and subsequently met Mark Knopfler and joined Dire Straits for many successful tours. Since then, I've been heavily involved with Mark in all of his projects and co-produce his albums.
Q: What are your latest projects?
A: The latest project is in fact Mark's new album, which we start on the 15th September at British Grove, his studio in London.
We also recently finished a 5-month world tour and I released my first solo record 'Inamorata' earlier this year.
Q: What’s your desert island top 5 records of all time?
A: Steely Dan's 'Can't Buy A Thrill' because it was the album which taught me how to be accurate in bass playing. 'Strawberry fields forever' - The Beatles - where do you begin? 'Dark Side of the Moon' - Pink Floyd - pretty seminal. 'You've lost that lovin' feeling' - the Righteous Brothers....one of the early records that intrigued me in terms of production. 'Golden Gate Gospel Train' - The Golden Gate Quartet - A vocal miracle.
Q: Which NHT monitors do you use?
A: I use the NHT M00's with an S20 sub. I have 3 pairs now; one resides in my kitchen, which for some odd reason is where I listen to most music. Another pair sits as my nearfield monitors in my studio and the 3rd pair are in a peli-case ready to go!
Q: Why do they rock?
A: Simple. They're the best. They're the only loudspeakers I've ever come across that work EVERYWHERE for ALL music be it easy listening or scoping for edits or guitar comps. I couldn't imagine life without them.