💿 Hi,it’s a pleasure for us to have on Hardrockheavymetal MARK SUTCLIFFE of TRESPASS, the well-known NWOBHM legend from SUDBURY! Let’s start talking about the early days of the band..When is this all begun? Which bands have influenced you?
It’s a pleasure to talk to you also! I was a late starter on the guitar but it was something I always wanted to try. When I started work in 1975 at 16 years old a guitar was one of the first things I bought with my hard earned pay! At the same time I was introduced to hard rock music by some new friends I had made at work. I had never really heard this music before. It blew my mind and I have never been the same since! So. The combination of getting the guitar and hearing this music changed everything. I started going to gigs and saw some incredible bands like RAINBOW, UFO, RUSH and THIN LIZZY. These were my main influences along with Sabbath, Judas Priest and Deep Purple.
💿 We’re in waitin’ for the return of TRESPASS called “FOOTPRINTS IN THE ROCK” .
We’re literally goin’ mad for your first single “MOMENTUM”..a real bomb!! Can you tell us somethin’about this platter and its composition process?
This album is a big Hello to the world from Trespass. I think it has the feel of the old stuff but with a new sound and of course, I have picked up other new influences along the way like Metallica for instance! It is all about the music for me and the opportunity to highlight some subject matter through the songs that I am passionate about. Some of the songs I have written over time others, like Momentum are brand new.
💿 The real “news” in music industry is the return of vinyl; What’s your feeling about this classic format and the current music business?
All our first records were on vinyl. I always loved vinyl because that was ‘your’ personal copy of the album. Scratches and all! I also liked to sit and look at the sleeve when listening to a favourite album. The fact that Footprints in the Rock is out on vinyl with Mighty Music is fantastic! Ultimately it is the fans that keep the music alive the industry can only react to demand. I am into creating the music that’s my passion I guess we all have to work as a team.
💿 The new album will be out worldwide via MIGHTY MUSIC (exc. Japan); Can you tell us somethin’about the relationships with this label?
Mighty Music have been good to us and to other bands trying to get their music out there. Everyone has to make a living of course but this label are into the music first.
💿 What’s do you think about the renewed interest for NWOBHM and Traditional HM music? Love for “vintage” or a new golden era?
That’s hard to know! There do seem to be loads of younger people into the music so I guess it is timeless. The shows just seem like family get together’s we are all brothers and sisters in rock! They say that Rock and Roll will never die after all!
💿 Can you tell us somethin’about your next live projects to promote the new album? Are scheduled any gigs?
We are hoping the album will raise our profile and if all goes to plan we can get on some good shows and perform live for the people that have supported us all these years.
💿 Thank you so much for your time! See you soon on Hardrockheavymetal! Cheers! Mark