CATHERINE MARKS

Producer and Technician

Grab every opportunity that comes your way by the balls. Never hesitate and always be humble.

You qualified as an architect, are there any similarities and between architecture and your current career as a music producer?

Completely. There is a lot of problem solving involved but ultimately it is about interpreting the client/artists brief and then facilitating and realising their creative vision.

What makes someone a tomboy?

Good question. There is the cliche. Then there is the state of mind?

Do you think working in a male dominated industry makes you a tomboy, or as a tomboy you are drawn to working in a male dominated industry?

I don’t necessarily believe that you need one to be the other. I definitely embrace the camaraderie that comes with working in the studio environment but I also don’t do anything to play down what makes me a woman. I am proud to be a woman working in a male dominated industry but I don’t feel i should adapt my personality to fit it. But perhaps there is a little tomboy in me…

Who are your hot music tips for the coming year?

There is a band called Palace who just signed to fiction that I love. I’ve also just worked with an amazing solo artist from the states called Alex Winston. She has a powerful voice and tells heartbreaking stories.

How would you describe London to a tourist?

Not as big as it seems.

What is your karaoke song?

Hopelessly devoted to you

What is the best gift you have ever received?

A pair of vintage persols.

If you didn’t live in London where would you live and why?

I would love to live in LA or NY. but right now, for the completely opposite experience, I would live in a tiny little town called Yanakie, south east victoria in australia. My parents have a property there. It’s quiet and peaceful. You can see the stars at night. I’m dreaming about that right now… but it’s a long way off.

What are the books by your beside table?

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet.
Less than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis
The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov
Oxford Rhyming dictionary

How do you zone out?

A wander down portobello road or around queens park
Yoga

What defines a confident woman to you?

I think there are so many traits that can define confident women but for me it is someone who is completely comfortable with who she is. That intangible strength that comes from knowing who you are and making no compromises ; for achieving your dreams or what you believe in.

What is your secret weapon?

My dorky sense of humour. it’s disarming.

Do you have a role model or a mentor?

I have been very lucky that I feel i have many people who have in some way or another guided me through my life and helped me to get to where I am today. Especially the people who have mentored me or managed me in my current career path.

But my mother and father are incredible role models.

Do you have a favourite website you can’t live with out?

Netflix
Ebay

Do you have an unforgettable place that you have travelled to?

Jarvis Bay on the east coast of Australia. I went camping with friends. I don’t necessarily like camping but Jarvis Bay is an untouched national park. The landscape feels prehistoric and the beaches are stunning. We had an amazing time.

What are your tips to staying in touch and grounded in todays crazy world?

Having friends that never let you get away with anything. Remembering that nothing lasts forever and to never take it for granted.

What would be the soundtrack to your life and why?

Don’t you forget about me. Simple minds.

Too many songs… Ordinary World by Duran Duran – right now.

Occasionally it’s “You can’t Always get what you want” – Rolling Stones. or “Such Great Heights” – Postal Service.

Sometimes I’d like it to be You Shook Me all night Long by ACDC…

Words to live by?

Grab every opportunity that comes your way by the balls. Never hesitate. Always be humble. (My dad told me that first day of school)

Catherine wears the Galileo knit in Forest Green.