RedFest headliner on music, bands and why One Direction need to learn an instrument
Mark Sheehan, one third of The Script, tells us how it all started, why the band aren’t all about rock, and reveals that he hopes One Direction will learn how to play instruments. Since the release of their debut album in 2008, The Script have sold more than 20 million records worldwide. Consisting of Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power, the Irish band have achieved global success with their fourth album No Sound Without Silence along with their ultra-catchy first single ‘Superheroes’ in 2014. Here are their thoughts on it all.
On being a pop band (not a rock band) ‘Firstly, we aren’t a rock band, I hate that people think we are a rock band. We are absolutely a pop band that loves pop music. If you’ve seen Stevie Wonder or Michael Jackson live, there are full-on musicians to play live. That’s what we do, we are live musicians who play pop music. I wouldn’t want to be involved in rock music because it’s too self-indulgent. I also wouldn’t want to be involved in hip-hop because it needs a big hug.’
On starting The Script ‘One day somebody heard the music we had written and they asked me who the band was and I just lied and said it was called The Script. We wrote these songs because my mum was dying in hospital and l was living next to the hospital for ten months. It was those songs that people heard and loved.’ On being in a boy band called Mytown ‘We were two kids [Danny and Mark] struggling to make music and we got signed by Paul McGuinness, U2’s management. We signed the biggest deal in Pop history when we were 19 years old. We were flown to America and we ended up writing songs. It was a great way to cut our teeth in the industry, but it never went anywhere, it was a complete failure.’ On modern boy bands ‘When I was a kid, to get from A to Z, you had to work your way through every letter in the alphabet. You had to learn an instrument and you had to play. I think when NSync, The Jackson 5 and Take That did really well it was because they were great performers. But nowadays it’s a whole different world, these guys just stand there holding microphones. They don’t really do a lot. They don’t dance and they don’t play instruments, so I don’t understand why the word band is attached to it.’ On One Direction ‘I think One Direction are so successful that nobody can turn up their noses at them. I just hope that as young boys they [are aware of the pitfalls of the industry], but that they continue on and have a good career in it. Hopefully they’ll study the art, learn how to play instruments, write songs and get involved in the business that way because then they will have a long career.’
On music as a business ‘Music is therapy to us so it’s hard for us to even think of it as a business. It’s like a way of going to a punch bag, especially for guys because we sometimes can’t really express ourselves well, so music was something we adopted as children to stop us getting involved in crime on the street. Music has always been a bit of a saviour in our lives. I lost both my parents and Danny lost his father, and when that happened to us, the first place we turned to was music.’