Mark Richardson (musician)

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Mark Richardson
Mark Richardson playing with Skunk Anansie at Rock on the Volga River in 2011
Mark Richardson playing with Skunk Anansie at Rock on the Volga River in 2011
Background information
Birth nameMark Richardson
Born (1970-05-18) 18 May 1970 (age 52)
Leeds, England
Occupation(s)
InstrumentsDrums
Years active1991–present

Mark Richardson (born 28 May 1970, Leeds) is a British drummer, of the UK rock band Skunk Anansie and formerly of Little Angels and Feeder.[1]

Music[edit]

Little Angels (December 1991 – July 1994)[edit]

In 1991 he moved to London to join Little Angels after Michael Lee left to join The Cult. Matt Sorum had left The Cult to join Guns and Roses after their drummer, Stephen Adler, had allegedly been kicked out due to his growing drug habit. Richardson's first ever professional engagement was with the Little Angels on the 'Jim'll Fix It' show, a kids prime time TV show that helped children fulfil their dreams. Hailing from Scarborough, Little Angels were tipped for success and in 1992 wrote and recorded Jam, the band's third record on Polydor. It entered the UK album charts at number one. Despite touring extensively in Europe, stadium supports slots with Bryan Adams, Van Halen and Bon Jovi, adding to their already large fan base in the UK, the band split in the summer of 1994.

b.l.o.w (June 1994 – May 1995)[edit]

Along with Richardson, the band consisted of Bruce John Dickinson (guitar) and Jimmy Dickinson (keys), who were both members of Little Angels, vocalist Dave Gooding ( David 9 Lunas) and bassist Nicky Boyes. b.l.o.w. released their first "mini" album, Man And Goat Alike, within 5 months of getting together. The album itself was recorded in just four days at Jacob's Studios in Surrey. b.l.o.w. was soon out on the road, playing alongside the likes of Thunder, and famously held a competition to stay at fans' houses because they couldn't afford hotels. Feeder supported them on this tour in support of their first EP 'Swim.' Presenting a distinctly "homegrown" image, b.l.o.w. issued demo tapes to fan club subscribers & released their first mini-album through mail order in music magazine Kerrang! before it was available in the shops.

Skunk Anansie (August 1995 – 2001 and April 2009 – present)[edit]

Richardson joined Skunk Anansie in August 1995 after meeting them at the Kerrang! Awards. Skunk Anansie were looking for a permanent replacement for Robbie France so an audition was set up and Skunk were reborn. His first job with the band was to record some movie soundtrack music for the film Strange Days followed by the video for Charity. His first gig with the band was the Leeds Heineken festival. Skunk went on to tour extensively around the world, covering the globe many times over the next six years. Most notable support tours were Therapy? and Lenny Kravitz in Europe and Sevendust, Rollins Band, Rammstein in the US. Skunk Anansie enjoyed success in the UK Charts with three Top 20 albums. Richardson played drums on their second album Stoosh in 1996 and their third album Post Orgasmic Chill in 1999. These albums were both certified platinum and gold in the UK respectively, and both sold over five and a half million copies worldwide. Richardson also plays on the tracks from Paranoid and Sunburnt at Skunk's live shows. Richardson re-joined Skunk Anansie, after playing two gigs in April at the Water Rats venue in Kings Cross, London. A singles compilation Smashes and Trashes was released in November 2009 with a tour to follow. 2010 saw the band record a brand new record 'Wonderlustre' followed by a European arena tour and festival season of 45 festivals in 2011. Black Traffic followed in 2012 and Skunk hit the road again in Europe and playing more arenas and another 40 odd festivals in the summer of 2013. In September 2013 they played a sold out acoustic show at London's Cadogan Hall and released 'An Acoustic Skunk Anansie Live In London' to critical acclaim. The band again hit the road in Europe in support of the release.

Feeder (January 2002 – April 2009)[edit]

In January 2002, Feeder's drummer Jon Lee committed suicide in his Miami home. Richardson was asked by Feeder's frontman—Grant Nicholas—to be the new drummer with the band. Richardson had previously worked with Feeder when they supported b.l.o.w. as well as Skunk Anansie. His first gig with Feeder was a warm-up for the Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2002, at the Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms on 21 August. Richardson recorded drums on 2002's Comfort In Sound, 2005's Pushing the Senses, tracks for 2006's The Singles album and 2008's Silent Cry. All of these albums including Comfort in Sound (his first album with Feeder) made the Top 10 of the UK Albums Chart. On 6 May 2009, it was announced that Feeder had 'ended their partnership' with Richardson after seven years.

Sessions[edit]

Sunna, Amy Macdonald, Globus, Ace, Feeder, Skin, Mel B, Erika, Little Angels.

Endorsements[edit]

  • Zildjian cymbals
  • British Drum Company drums
  • Remo drum heads
  • Vic Firth drum sticks
  • Roland] electronics
  • Stageworks accessories
  • Protection Racket drum cases

Music Support[edit]

Richardson is a co-founder and trustee of the charity Music Support. He said: 'When I tried to get sober in 2000, any information on how to achieve that was rare and hard sought. Almost 60% of entertainment industry workers have sought help for mental health issues and 40% of those have been diagnosed with some form of mental illness.[2][3][4][5][6] so myself, Johan Sorensen (of Portobello Behavioural Health), tour manager Andy Franks and music Matt Thomas created Music Support. The (soon to be) charity is a non-profit collective of volunteers and professionals providing help and support for individuals in any area of the music industry suffering from addiction, emotional or mental health issues.'

Children In Need[edit]

On 12 November 2021 Richardson assisted BBC weather presenter Owain Wyn Evans in his 24 hour drumathon for Children In Need, raising £3,601,138 for the children's charity.[7]

Drum accessories[edit]

Richardson invented Tunerfish Lug locks along with snare drum maker Mike Bigwood, a small accessory which prevents detuning of the tuning bolts. Richardson and Bigwood sold the company in 2020.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Feeder". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  2. ^ Music Feeds 10 September 2015
  3. ^ Heads Up 31 March 2015
  4. ^ Mental health in the music industry: A frank discussion 18 June 2015
  5. ^ The Music Network, Support Act, ARCA
  6. ^ Partner to help road crew in crisis 14 January 2016
  7. ^ "Children in Need: Weatherman's 24hr Drumathon smashes record". BBC News. 15 November 2021. Retrieved 23 November 2021.