"We as a band have never wanted to put ourselves on a pedestal.”
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Inside Mark's cover feature, he talks about social media, being authentic with his fans, and how much he appreciates them.
When it comes to the social media world, it feels like you’ve developed a really distinctive voice on there, which punctures the ‘rock star mystique’ in a way. Has that been quite an intentional move, to push back against that kind of separation and being put on a pedestal?
Says Mark: “I’ve always hated the rock star persona, personally, for myself. We as a band have never wanted to put ourselves on a pedestal above an audience, and be heralded and lauded by everyone. The thing with blink has always been, ‘It’s a party and everyone’s invited. We’re here, you’re here, let’s connect in some way and have a great time. Let’s sing songs to one another, have a great time together at the show’, and you know, I have a lot more fun on social media being myself and being silly, posting random thoughts here and there, rather than trying to have the whole thing be, ‘Look how cool I am’, because that’s not who I am anyway.”
There is a certain responsibility inherent in having a platform though… especially as time has gone on and the dialogue between people, the general mood, has become more heightened and toxic. Has it brought home how important it is to treat the people who look up to you with kindness?
“Yeah, I’ve never understood the mentality that some people have with it at all. The only reason that we get to do what we do and have the lives that we have is because people listen to our music, buy the albums, come to the shows and support us. So I don’t understand why people would be lame to the very people who support them. It seems so ridiculous to me. I am thankful for every album sold, every song that’s listened to, every time that I see someone wearing a T-shirt of ours. It makes me happy.”