Coffee House Sessions Interview #1 – Mark Sullivan

Coffee House Sessions is a program aiming to showcase new artists and give them exposure throughout universities across the country. With a new performer each week, they tour students unions, reaching us at Queen Mary for a live show in Drapers Bar & Kitchen every Tuesday at 1pm.

The first artist for 2017 is singer/songwriter Mark Sullivan, performing on Tuesday 17th January, so we decided to get to know him a bit better:


What one song could you not live without?

Jeff Buckley – Lover, You Should’ve Come Over

And what song is your guilty pleasure?

Genie In A Bottle

You’ve got the chance to record a duet… who would you like to sing with you?

Emeli Sande

Tell us about where you’re from…

I’m from Stevenage. I’ve been playing in and around the area for a long time. My parents were heavily into Motown and the Beatles and I grew up playing guitar, first joining a band around the age of 14. Stevenage’s music scene is pretty much non existent, however the scene in Hitchin next door is fairly healthy.

What’s been your career highlight so far?

Winning Rock The House Soloist category, having my award presented to me by Rick Wakeman and then getting to play at the US ambassador’s’ house all in one day!

What are you most looking forward to about the Coffee House Sessions tour?

Getting to perform around the country to new listeners – playing live is what I live for.

What would we find in your dream rider?

Vocalzone, peroni, iberico ham, selection of cheeses, 1000 packs of guitar strings, and maybe a chilli sauce laden kebab after the show!

Which famous person, dead or alive, would you most like to have a coffee with?

Jimi Hendrix

Have you ever been starstruck?

Yes, I met Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in London once and rather than asking for a photo I proceeded to say “Flea, you’re a legend”. I then ran away like a little child. Gutted I didn’t get a photo!

What advice do you wish someone would have given you when you were just starting out in the music industry?

Believe in yourself. If you want it you can get it.


Where can people go to find out more about you?

Mark will play a free live set at Drapers Bar & Kitchen at 1pm Tuesday 17th January

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