Today's Elevenses Throws Eleven Quick Questions At 'DC Band's' Paul Clark!

Paul [aka Clarky] is most noted as the lead guitarist for The David Cross Band [David is a former member of the pioneering progressive rock band King Crimson]. He is however also an instrumental rock / metal guitarist writing and recording solo material.

So what’s your drink of choice at 11am in the morning?

Under normal circumstances - coffee.
On holiday - beer.
On tour - beer.

Which song/album really made you want to play guitar?

No album really... I just love music, someone showed me a few things on guitar and I got all curious and stayed that way.

Who’s the world’s greatest guitarist?

Can't answer "world's greatest", can however answer "my fave guitarist right now" - and that is Marcel Coenen. I really love the balance he achieves between technique, knowledge and passion.

Who’s the world’s most underrated guitarist?

Tricky one this... no one talks much about Micheal Schenker or Glen Tipton these days but in the late 70's these guys were breaking new and exciting ground.

So what are you up to at the moment?

Prepping for a DC Band tour in Italy [Feb 08] and my own band hopefully touring in Holland in the spring of 08. And starting to write the next album.

(Note: Interview Dec 07)

What was the last gig you went to (as a member of the audience)?
Who would be in your dream line-up?

Easy peasy, a few weeks ago me and a few pals - one of them being my tour manager Huib - went to see Machine Head in Amsterdam.

Drums - a mutant hybrid of Neil Peart, Chris Adler and Thomas Lang
that said, the latest DC Band line-up has Craig Blundell who is a bit of a monster - looking forward to that I must say.

Bass - another mutant made out of Bill Sheehan, Jaaps van Ekk, Chris Squire and Mick Paul.

Guitar - Marcel Coenen and me [jeez, how could I pass at the chance of benig in a band like this one.. and it's my band right!!??.. lol

Vocals - a mutant made out of the Machine Head fella [name escapes me right now - That's Rob Flynn - Ed.] and Tommy Shaw.

Keys - Rick Wakeman possessed by the spirit of the late and phenominally great Rick van der Linden [RIP].

How many guitars do your own and which one is ‘your precious’?

Gawd knows... lol.... quite a few... that said, I have 6 "stage guitars" - all named after the deadly sins. The current babe that yields the greatest shwing is Avarice - 7-string Morgan Custom.

What’s the last great album that you bought (or were given)?

Has to be The Blackening by Machine Head, with 10,000 Days by Tool nipping at it's heels!

Do you suffer from stage fright?

I absolutely suffer from stage fright and the size of audience makes no difference - I'm a total scaredy cat, that said... I love playing live... cos once I'm relaxed and in the zone it's just the best feeling ever.

So what’s your drink of choice at 11pm in the evening?

Under normal circumstances - coffee.

On holiday - a nice quiet beer followed by 9 or 10 really noisy ones.

On tour - water before the gig, beer after.


Interview - Dec 07