Spikey Mark is off to Canada

Spikey Mark (AKA Mark Beeson)

Spikey Mark (AKA Mark Beeson)

STEVE CANAVAN: A real cliffhanger in the Lakes

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Mark Beeson (AKA SPIKEY MARK) is 33 and lives in Southsea. He won the 2010 Guide Award for Best DJ and is nominated again this year for his residencies at It’s A Sin and Club NME at the Wedgewood Rooms.

What would be your ideal weekend destination?

Churchill, Canada to see polar bears before they’re all gone.

Not counting your loved ones, who would be your dream companion?

Sir David Attenborough. I’d love to meet him and he could narrate the action.

What music would you take with you?

I reckon Seattle alt-rcokers Minus the Bear’s Planet of Ice would be pretty fitting. But my album of the year is Mastodon’s The Hunter. The riffs are massive and relentless, the perfect musical backdrop for drinking rum after being out in sub-zero temperatures all day.

What about something to read?

If we’re on a polar bear theme, it’d have to be Phillip Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy (best known for the awful film adaptation of The Golden Compass). Or I’d chose Jack London’s classic The Call of the Wild. It’s the story of a dog stolen from his family to pull sleds during the Yukon gold rush. It’s beautiful at times but also savage.

What would be your ultimate way to relax?

Snorkelling or diving somewhere warm, with an underwater camera and no phone reception. It combines all my favourite non-work-related things – being outdoors, swimming, getting up close to nature, and photography, with no interruption.

If money were no object, which shop would you head for?

IKEA. I’m a bit of a homemaker and I’d like one of those gigantic corner sofas.

What’s your all-time favourite film?

Probably Big Fish. It’s arguably Tim Burton’s best movie. I’ll argue with anyone that disagrees, anyway.

We’re buying the drinks tonight. What’s your poison?

Morgan’s Spiced and Coke please.

What are you doing this weekend?

Tonight is Club NME at the Wedgewood Rooms. It’s going to be immense! So excited to see Cerebral Ballzy on the tiny Edge stage. Sunday will be band practice, with a hangover. That’s going to hurt.

What’s a favourite local destination for a weekend day out?

The UK Wolf Conservation Trust in Reading. I haven’t made it up there yet but you can walk with the wolves. How amazing is that?

You can follow Club NME and Mark on Twitter at @djspikeymark and @clubNMEsouthsea.

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