Mark Knopfler has accomplished so much over the course of his career.
As the singer of The Dire Straits, the band sold over 100 million records. Knopfler went solo and continued to see more success across eight studio albums, the first six hitting Silver certification. He’s also composed and produced film scores, including: Local Hero (1983), Cal (1984), The Princess Bride (1987), Wag the Dog (1997) and Altamira (2016).
Knopfler’s ninth release, Down The Road Wherever, is out November 16. He pulls inspiration across his entire life and career: he discusses the early days in Deptford with Dire Straits, a stray soccer fan lost in a strange town, hitchhiking through snow, and much much more.
“I’m not as distracted as I once was,” says Knopfler to The Morning Sun in 2015. “If you’re thinking the road ahead is a little shorter than the one behind you, you’re thinking about trying to write a good song and hoping to make a decent record of it.”
Knopfler says the creative process doesn’t involve a quick turnaround.
“I suppose over the years you learn to respect what bit of talent you’ve got, so you’re trying to make the most of it. These songs keep showing up. I just keep taking a look at them and wondering if they’re ever going to see the light of day, and I’m just going to try my best to make some of them do that.”
In an interview with The Times, Knopfler says his artistic visions haven’t slowed as he’s aged.
“It should be less, I know it should be less,” he says. “But it gets quite hard to leave behind what you’ve had such fun making.”