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The Band: Interviews: Interview with Mark Schulman07.20.01

This interview was made via e-mail by Phoenix to 4eigner.net in June 2001.

Index
(i) Introduction
(1) Well, your comeback was one year ago or so,   but welcome back to Foreigner! How do you feel about it?
(2) Under what circumstances did you leave Foreigner in 1995, and under which ones did you come back?
(3) What was the chronology of your activities with Foreigner and Simple Minds?
(4) Now that you're back after some years, how would you define the current Foreigner band? Have you found any changes in and/or around the band?
(5) As far as music goes, what can you say about the Foreigner new album? Is the band preparing something new, progressive in anyway?
(6) Are you working on the album these days? When do you expect it to be released?
(7) When did your interest in educational activities start?
(8) Have you looked for the versatility of your skills and your music, or is it just a God bless?
(9) What kind of music did you use to hear as a child, and how has changed your musical taste through the years?
(10) When composing, what style of music do you prefer to create?
(11) How did Clock get together, how did you meet the other members?
(12) How would you describe your work with Clock until now, and what is in the future for the band?
(13) What of your multiple projects with Jammin' Planet has created more enthusiasm in you?
(14) As a well-known session drummer, have you any complains to record music you don't like, or you just enjoy all kinds of music?
(15) Please, talk to us about your hearing problems, and tell us what would you suggest young people about it.
(16) Finally, is there anything you want to say to the Foreigner community?

(Introduction)

Mark first got involved with Foreigner in 1992, when he took part as the recording drummer to the three new tracks that appeared on the "The Very Best And Beyond" compilation, he toured with Mick and Lou when Foreigner hit the road in support of the album, and in 1993 he, bassist Bruce Turgon and keyboardist Jeff Jacobs were invited during the tour to form part of the re-formation of the band.

A year later, Foreigner recorded "Mr. Moonlight", and Mark not only was one of the highlights of one of the best albums of the band, he also co-composed the instrumental track "Big Dog". However he left early in 1995 to focus on his own writing, drumming, and other activities like tours with Simply Minds the same year and Cher in 1998 among many others, and a wide variety of projects like his own band Clock since 1997.

Mark re-joined Foreigner last year, when drummer Brian Tichy left, and played with the band during its Summer Tour 2000. And due to the fact that Foreigner has been, and will be, on hold until next year, Mark has continued involved in his multiple projects, the most recent ones includes some spring shows with Billy Idol and a percussion clinic around the U.S.A., along with his well-known activities with his entertainment company Jammin' Planet.

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(1) Phoenix: Well, your comeback was one year ago or so, but welcome back to Foreigner! How do you feel about it?

Mark Schulman: I love playing in the band again. I wish we did more of it. The guys are great; Lou is singing better and better...

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(2) Phoenix: Under what circumstances did you leave Foreigner in 1995, and under which ones did you come back?

Mark Schulman: I think that I was creatively stagnant and need a change... To focus on my own writing, drumming, etc., I came back because Brian quit to do Ozzy.   I think they thought I wouldn't be interested in doing it again, but when Bruce called me, I was very excited!

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(3) Phoenix: What was the chronology of your activities with Foreigner and Simple Minds?

Mark Schulman: I recorded with Simple Minds in my off time with Foreigner in 1993/95. After I left Foreigner, I toured with Simple Minds in 1995...

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(4) Phoenix: Now that you're back after some years, how would you define the current Foreigner band? Have you found any changes in and/or around the band?

Mark Schulman: What I like about Foreigner is that the band is always consistently great. The band is a little more relaxed than it used to be.   Mick is playing better than ever! Bruce is a rock.

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(5) Phoenix: As far as music goes, what can you say about the Foreigner new album? Is the band preparing something new, progressive in anyway?

Mark Schulman: I believe that Mick and Lou are writing as we speak.

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(6) Phoenix: Are you working on the album these days? When do you expect it to be released?

Mark Schulman: Not yet... There will something big next year to celebrate 25 years of Foreigner.

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(7) Phoenix: When did your interest in educational activities start?

Mark Schulman: I have been teaching drums since I was 19. I was also an assistant instructor for english working for my mom at 19. My folks are both retired professors... It must be in the blood! Now I teach at Los Angeles Music Academy and perform drumming seminars all over the world.

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(8) Phoenix: Have you looked for the versatility of your skills and your music, or is it just a God bless?

Mark Schulman: It is God given and Mark developed. I work hard at my career, and thank God frequently.

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(9) Phoenix: What kind of music did you use to hear as a child, and how has changed your musical taste through the years?

Mark Schulman: As a kid I listened to all kinds of music from Buddy Rich to The Beatles. I still do. It helps me stay creative, stimulated and write and perform all types of music!

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(10) Phoenix: When composing, what style of music do you prefer to create?

Mark Schulman: I love writing pop songs, and I also create classical underscoring if I feel inspired.

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(11) Phoenix: How did Clock get together, how did you meet the other members?

Mark Schulman: I met Vivian through his manager, Will Sharp in 1990. He hired me to play on Viv's solo project. They also hired P.J. to play keys and guitar. We have since carried the torch. Clock came together in 1997. It was a labor of love and it was a God send for me at the time because my wife was very sick and it kept me sane...

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(12) Phoenix: How would you describe your work with Clock until now, and what is in the future for the band?

Mark Schulman: I have been Clock's drummer, co-writer, co-producer, co-leader, organizer and cheerleader. The band is wonderful. We just started writing again and we are playing some live shows. We have a new manager now and what the future holds is???

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(13) Phoenix: What of your multiple projects with Jammin' Planet has created more enthusiasm in you?

Mark Schulman: My partner, Kelly's movie projects are exciting.   Coltin Scott, the actor that I produce is fun for me because I co-write and produce all the material. Working with the young rapper, KL is quite fun and different from anything else I have done.

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(14) Phoenix: As a well-known session drummer, have you any complains to record music you don't like, or you just enjoy all kinds of music?

Mark Schulman: I always find things I like about recording any music; it is always fun!

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(15) Phoenix: Please, talk to us about your hearing problems, and tell us what would you suggest young people about it.

Mark Schulman: I have tenitis, which is constant ringing in the ears. WEAR HEARING PROTECTION ALWAYS!!!

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(16) Phoenix: Finally, is there anything you want to say to the Foreigner community?

Mark Schulman: Keep listening and loving and smiling!!! Love you all!!!!

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Interview Credits
Special thanks to Mark Schulman who friendly spent time to answer the questions.

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