For those who may not know who you are, introduce yourselves quickly.
MARK VENNIS & DIFFERENT PLACE: WE ARE A GENRE JUMPING BAND ALL TIED TOGETHER BY PUNK ROCK ATTITUDE
Describe your sound in as few words as possible.
JOHNNY CASH AND BOB MARLEY MEET THE CLASH
Who are your three biggest influences as a band?
THE CLASH, BOB MARLEY, JOHNNY CASH.
What’s the meaning behind your band name?
MUSIC TAKES YOU TO A DIFFERENT PLACE. IT CAN TRANSFORM THE EVERYDAY AND GET YOU TO LOOK AT THINGS DIFFERENTLY.
How did you approach your latest release in terms of writing and recording?
I WRITE AND WRITE, THEN I RECORD. THIS ALBUM WAS A COLLECTION OF EPS AND SOME EXTRA SONGS, SO ALL THE THREE EPS WERE AVAILABLE OVER THE PAST THREE OR SO YEARS. SO IT WASN’T RECORDED IN ONE GO.
Do you have any personal favourite songs on the release?
‘RATTLE SNAKE’, ‘ACHILLES REMIX’
Explain the meaning behind the album title.
‘A BEAUTIFUL LIE OR THE UGLY TRUTH’ IS THE TITLE. AND ITS REALLY ABOUT WHETHER YOU WANT TO BELIEVE THE BULLSHIT OR NOT.
Do you have any dates lined up at present?
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2019, FLASHFEST PORTSMOUTH 2019
What are your favourite songs to perform live?
‘WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE’, ‘AINT NO CHOICE’.
What are the best and worst shows you’ve played to date?
BEST: VOUT O RENEES, LONDON. JAN 2019, WORST: BLOTTED ANY BAD EXPERIENCE OUT OF MY MIND!
If you could open for anyone, who would it be?
Any comical stories from your time as a band you can share with us?
NONE THAT I CAN REPEAT
What’s the plan for the rest of 2019?
GIG. RECORD. RELEASE NEW ALBUM.
Any closing comments?
WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF ROCK N ROLL TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER, MAKE THEM DANCE, MAKE THEM THINK AND, IN A LITTLE WAY, CHALLENGE ARTIFICIAL DIVISIONS IN SOCIETY.
Questions by Elliot Leaver