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David Knopfler (born 27 December 1952, Glasgow) is a British singer-songwriter, rhythm guitarist, pianist and co-founder (with older brother Mark Knopfler) of the critically-acclaimed rock band Dire Straits. After three years in Dire Straits (from 1977 to 1980), Knopfler embarked on a solo career as a recording artist, releasing a respectable number of albums over the years.
Knopfler played rhythm guitar and appeared on Dire Straits' first two albums: 1978's Dire Straits and 1979's Communiqué. Read more on Last.fm
So, my new album will be physically arriving in bulk on my doorstep any day now. Next problem... I need to figure out the best way to physically sell them and I need some kind of basic plan for marketing and promotion. I have no real enthusiasm for the business side of things it has to be confessed. CDBABY is sadly no longer the company it was and for me at any rate, barely fit for purpose. They have stopped replying to emails from their Artists who supply their product. Its founder, Derek Sivers, would be spinning if he knew what they’ve done to it. What to do for best?
Mar 20, 2019
Artwork and audio went to the manufacturer today
Mar 17, 2019
New CD mastered. Artwork should be ready to go to print any day now. Album title will be “Heartlands”
Jan 17, 2019
I thought this really can’t be true but staggeringly it seems it is. By these standards the Romans would have crucified the Good Samaritan for not crossing by on the other side like the others. The Quakers who got my father out of mainland Europe in 1939 would have been jailed for crimes of compassion. WTF are we coming to?
Dec 26, 2018
It’s had the gestation period of an elephant but the next album is finally ready for mastering and artwork and I’m as psyched as the day I finished my first album... maybe more.
Seasons Greetings to all
Nov 03, 2018
I have a number of fabulous top drawer sponsors for Guitars and other equipment I use. I just wanted to give a shout out to Carlos Juan whose acoustic pickups are in most of my guitars. I’ve been in the studio recording for a few months now and I just wanted to remark that as often as not I prefer the tone, sound and convenience of working with his pickup as with a mic. There can’t be too many pickups you can say that about can there?
Nov 02, 2018
What is the best way to decide which take to work on as a final master if you have two that are equally viable? Usually one emerges as better but not this time. They aren’t sufficiently different to warrant using both versions. I suppose it’s a nice dilemma to have but still...
Oct 18, 2018
I added a bass to a track last night. The strings on it haven’t been changed since 1977. Sounded great. Then I added a snare drum that I bought at the local municipal dump for £1.50 and with its brand new skin, and previous owner’s skill at tuning. It sounded great too. Then I added a cymbal... well you get the idea. If I had a bigger studio I’d pick up the free harmonium I see offered in the local ads.
Sep 09, 2018
It’s rare these days that it happens but I woke up with an old Dire Straits song running around my head, tonight. It was among my favourite Mark Knopfler compositions from that 1970s era.
“Single Handed Sailor” has a nicely sketched out, emotionally satisfying, lyric and a quite demanding tune to perform too, with some jazz influenced inflections. I probably wouldn’t be able to figure it all out now.
Mark brought it, pretty much fully formed, to rehearsals and I think, had written it overnight. I don’t believe the slightly quirky and busy, rhythm part I added, after Mark showed me the trickier chords, really met full approval from either Mark or later our Producer, Barry Becket. I’m pretty sure if I’d been a session player, they would have insisted it was tidied up more and delivered something a little more consistent, spacey and disciplined but they generously let it go and it survived to make the cut, for better or worse. If memory serves, and often these days it doesn’t, it was still performed in the live set when I left the band.
It had a kind of rhythmic pace and economy that was simpatico to the sentiment of the song. Maybe I also liked it, in part, because I also found the river Thames at night, with its quiet barges moving, almost invisibly, through the dark, so quickly in and out of view inspirational... a place of excitement and beauty. And there was also the not unremarkable skill for just one person to be handling such a boat. I don’t suppose those long sand barges are still around these days performing their industrial deliveries.
That economical, almost romantic “Eng-Lit” and half-journalistic style of narration worked for me. It wasn’t commonly used by lyricists in the gracelessness of the punk era either. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mark wouldn’t have tipped a nod to the way Ray Davis could mine treasure from the battered grime of Waterloo Station and bridge.
I guess we made a decent noise for four people. It never felt at the time like we had enough men onboard to do the job but maybe that was part of the skeletal charm; that like most four piece bands, you couldn’t disguise much in the arrangements.
Aug 02, 2018
New album coming along nicely (if slowly). Looking forward to starting the artwork soon
Apr 19, 2018
Been working on my tracks for the next album. Having a day of feeling like this could easily be my best work yet. What a joy it is listening to the individual performances of my fellow musicians, Harry Bogdanovs, Pete Shaw and Martin Ditcham. Step by step
Apr 15, 2018
Many thanks to those Hall of Fame members and fans of Dire Straits who collectively voted to induct the band into the HofF - I hear the acceptance speeches by John, Alan and Guy did us all proud. Onwards and upwards
Apr 03, 2018
Sorry not to have been posting here for awhile .. having a splendid time making a new studio album ... hope to have it finished later in the year
Jan 09, 2018
Dec 20, 2017
Just spent a couple of very productive days with studio engineer, Paul Madden, who has helped me sort out some of my studio chaos. We even managed to get several new tracks started c/o my updated Logic software and new iMac. Very happy with how this is progressing.