Rotosound talks to Level 42 frontman, Mark King, about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected his life, why he first picked up the bass, and why he has used Rotosound strings throughout his career. Mark takes questions from fans including how often he changes his strings (it’s a lot!), if he plays double bass, and whether he has any dreams yet to be fulfilled.
Filmed as part of NAMM’s Believe In Music Week 2021.
Our most popular guest ever, Level 42’s Mike Lindup, returns to Deep Dive the band’s debut self-titled album from 1981. We discuss the formation of the band, how the songs and performances came together including classics like “Love Games” and “Starchild,” and how they found their signature sound. Level 42 went on to release several classic albums, but it all started here and remains close to Mike’s heart, as well as the fan’s.
Tom Cridland visited Mark King, Level 42’s lead singer and bassist at his home where they discussed his father’s elusive drum talents, which band member always wins at go-karting, why his neighbours dreaded Thursday afternoons when he was a kid, and his bandmates selling his drum kit and vinyl collection in Austria.
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This year, UK 80’s funk-rock icons Level 42 celebrate their 40th year as a band and surprisingly have never toured Australia … until now that is! This superb Mark King-led seven piece band will finally tour Australia and New Zealand for the first time ever this May! Level 42 left their mark on the 80’s with a polished, upbeat, danceable pop/rock sound largely defined by lead singer / bassist Mark King’s thumb-slap bass technique. Catchy hits such as ‘Lessons In Love’, ‘Running In The Family’ and ‘Something About You’ crossed the band from their jazz-funk fusion roots firmly into the mainstream pop charts and gave them a fanbase worldwide. Ahead of the tour Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips spoke to Mark King about his career, gear and the upcoming Australian and NZ tour