Many years ago, Mark won a pig shaped picture disc for "Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)", from the W.A.S.P. fanclub. He won because he happened to be such a huge fan and was able to spout forth some obscure piece of trivia about Chris Holmes or Blackie Lawless. That was the first day that Mark actually wrote anything down about a metal band, and could be classed as the origin of his music journo career. As with many, Mark's teenage aspirations of becoming a "Rock Star" never quite came into fruition. Performing to tens of people at "The Shoulder Of Mutton" in Chapel-en-le-Frith and penning such punk infused anthems as "John Craven" and "Bedrock City" never elevated him to the Guitar God status that he was after. The final nail in the coffin in his musical career came whilst losing out to the Girls Hockey Team at a University talent contest, all because "they got their pissing tits out... so what chance did we stand".
From that day Mark has put his English degree to use, and he has written about music and movies ever since. Writing for numerous publications including Total Guitar and The Daily Mail regional newspapers and websites, along with other metal and entertainment webzines. He is an old school metalhead at heart, with his passions spreading from Alice Cooper to Sisters Of Mercy, whilst taking in everything in between. Living in Nottingham with his wife and two sons, he thrives on metal, and he still plays guitar... although he does admit he seriously has more guitars than ability.