Mark was 11 years old and wondering what he could get out of his parents after his brother John had just received a shiny new Bontempi organ. So began a lifelong love affair with the six string beast!
Was he a jealous brother, con man or just a child in love with a guitar shaped vegetable?
Originally an acoustic player, Mark fell in love with Genesis and in particular the Hackett acoustic sound from a very early age, struggling through fledgling attempts at Horizons and Blood on the Rooftops before becoming bewitched by the seductive appeal of the ‘vegetarian guitar’ (ask a true Hackett fan).
Do they have engineers in Greece?
Guitar playing took a back seat for a few years whilst he studied to become an engineer, but came back with a vengeance when, in typical Mark fashion he fell off the planet for 17 years by running off to a Greek holiday island working as a photographer, scuba diver, musician and all round debaucherer!
Experienced muso turns to Genesis!
Over the years, playing a huge array of styles to suit different singers and playing seven nights a week every week, Mark soon built up a formidable amount of performing experience and this was to form the foundation of an offer to play the music of his all time favourite band with the now defunct Face Value.
Fast forward a few years, Mark was approached to share the role of guitarist with Mama, an offer he just couldn’t refuse. Now he’s the bands full time guitarist!
Favourite Genesis tracks:
Afterglow, Blood on the Rooftops, In The Cage Medley, Watcher of the Skies, Your Own Special Way (particularly Steve’s version with Paul Carrack – sorry Phil!)
Genesis, Steve Hackett, Andy Latimer, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, The Dixey Chicks and of course….LUCIANO! (doesn’t everybody?)
Ibanez S540ltd guitar, Boss GT10 with outboard pedals, TradeMark 10 preamp