MARK HOLLEY

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“THERE’S NO GUIDE ON HOW TO LIVE WITH CROHN’S…” MARK HOLLEY

MY FIRST GUI­TAR WAS…

“A crappy lit­tle Peavey! I used to play clas­si­cal gui­tar, and my dad said if I could play [Ma­son Wil­liams song] Clas­si­cal Gas – which is this in­sanely hard track – he’d buy me an elec­tric gui­tar. I prac­tised so hard and I nailed it. Re­ally, I was so much bet­ter on the gui­tar then than I am now!”

LIV­ING WITH CROHN’S DIS­EASE IS…

“Some­thing I’ve grown used to. There’s no guide for how to live with it in this pro­fes­sion, but I’m in a re­ally good po­si­tion right now. I have treat­ments ev­ery six weeks and then I’m good to go. I’ve met some cool peo­ple who also have it, and I think it can be re­ally em­pow­er­ing for them to see some­one with this de­bil­i­tat­ing dis­ease do­ing things they want to do.”

LIV­ING WITH ANX­I­ETY on TOUR CAN BE…

“Very tough, but I think once you get into the swing of it, then it can be en­joy­able. Like the Crohn’s, there’s no guide­book on how to deal with it, you just have to do what works for you and do what you can to get on top of it. I like prov­ing my­self wrong, so ev­ery time I’m at home and I think,‘i can’t do this,’ my re­sponse is to book the long­est tour we’ve ever done!”

I’M VERY LUCKY BE­CAUSE I HAVE…

“In­cred­i­bly sup­port­ive par­ents. They’re the ones who put the gui­tar in my hands and said that if I didn’t want to get a nine-to-five job when I was 16 and I wanted to pur­sue a cre­ative ca­reer, just go for it.that’s pretty un­heard of in my friend­ship group, where the mes­sage was you grow up, then go out and earn money. I did that too, but I was very much fo­cus­ing on a cre­ative fu­ture.”

MY FAVOURITE WAY OF SPEND­ING DOWN­TIME IS…

“Sur­round­ing my­self with nature. Grow­ing up as a very, very nerdy kid, I pretty much know ev­ery bird in the UK. I love go­ing for long walks and bird­watch­ing, which I know is pretty lame.the one thing I’m not re­ally up for is camp­ing – glamp­ing is much more my kind of thing! I love the idea of camp­ing, but I just don’t think I’m built for it.”

THE ARTISTS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE ARE…

“Neil Young and Dave Grohl. Neil Young showed me how to go about things – he’s very no non­sense. And Dave Grohl per­son­i­fies what rock mu­sic is. He’s such a good guy. And that’s im­por­tant, be­cause too many peo­ple think be­ing a rock­star is about be­ing an ar­se­hole.”

ONE THING THAT I LOVE TO DO IS…

“Travel. I love im­mers­ing my­self in other cul­tures, and I’ve been all over. I’ve done a lot of Amer­ica, most of Europe, and the place I keep go­ing back to is Ice­land. I ab­so­lutely love it there. It’s such a lib­eral coun­try, and it’s big enough to get lost in while there’s not ac­tu­ally a lot of peo­ple there, which re­ally ap­peals to me. It also looks like you’re on Mars! There’s nowhere on Earth that looks like it. I re­ally want to visit Africa, too – and I mean all of it.”

THE THING I CAN’T GO ON TOUR WITH­OUT IS…

“My noise-sup­press­ing head­phones. I like to be able to switch off, and if I have those on a plane or a train I don’t even feel like I’m there. Hav­ing some­thing to take my mind off things is es­sen­tial, and for that rea­son I love pod­casts.the Ricky Ger­vais Show is al­ways my go-to – he’s the man. If I’m down in the dumps, he’ll al­ways cheer me up. Every­one in the band has a dif­fer­ent per­son­al­ity, and in the van we all hap­pily slip into our own worlds.”

MY FAVOURITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME IS…

“Juras­sic Park. It’s one of those films you can watch as of­ten as you want and it’s just as great ev­ery time. I love Wes An­der­son movies, too – they’re so fun and quirky, and the colours and sound­tracks al­ways make you feel young again. I’ve never re­ally fit­ted into the norm, so I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate that the char­ac­ters are al­ways re­ally dif­fer­ent – and the casts he man­ages to get are amaz­ing!”

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