Mark Mccord

Mark Mccord

Mark is a UK-based writer covering music, culture and the arts. He’s been writing for the South China Morning Post for two decades from New York, London and in Hong Kong, covering everything from the 9-11 attacks in Manhattan to Blur’s first concerts in China. He’s an avid fan of alternative and indie rock and pop and for a spell helped organise and DJ at a number of Hong Kong club nights.

Latest from Mark Mccord

Five hits we want the Weeknd to play at his Hong Kong debut on Friday

From Can’t Feel My Face to Starboy, The Weeknd has taken the music charts by storm. The Canadian R&B star plays his first gig in the city on Friday.

28 Nov 2018 - 6:30PM

From Can’t Feel My Face to Starboy, The Weeknd has taken the music charts by storm. The Canadian R&B star plays his first gig in the city on Friday.

Five hits we want the Weeknd to play at his Hong Kong debut on Friday
Five Bob Dylan songs fans will be hoping to hear at his Hong Kong concert next month

Dylan will perform at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre next month, seven years after his last appearance in the city. Here are some of his classic tunes

16 Jul 2018 - 1:00PM

Dylan will perform at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre next month, seven years after his last appearance in the city. Here are some of his classic tunes

Five Bob Dylan songs fans will be hoping to hear at his Hong Kong concert next month
China’s got talent: the young musicians trying to make it big in the West

Could Faye Wong’s daughter Leah Dou become the first successful East-to-West crossover artist?

22 Jun 2018 - 1:20PM

Could Faye Wong’s daughter Leah Dou become the first successful East-to-West crossover artist?

China’s got talent: the young musicians trying to make it big in the West
Five Jake Bugg songs to get you ready for his Hong Kong debut

Often compared to Bob Dylan, the young British singer from a deprived public housing estate in central England is bringing his wistful, folky sound to Hong Kong on May 5. These five hits show the evolution of his sound

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Often compared to Bob Dylan, the young British singer from a deprived public housing estate in central England is bringing his wistful, folky sound to Hong Kong on May 5. These five hits show the evolution of his sound

Five Jake Bugg songs to get you ready for his Hong Kong debut
Ahead of Sónar Hong Kong, DJ Laurent Garnier on Asian crowds, young French DJs and why he never looks back

It has been more than 30 years since he played his first record at a nightclub but French electronic music godfather Laurent Garnier still focuses on keeping things fresh and says Hong Kong has one of best crowds he has ever played to

11 Mar 2018 - 8:55PM

It has been more than 30 years since he played his first record at a nightclub but French electronic music godfather Laurent Garnier still focuses on keeping things fresh and says Hong Kong has one of best crowds he has ever played to

Ahead of Sónar Hong Kong, DJ Laurent Garnier on Asian crowds, young French DJs and why he never looks back
Reformed ’90s British shoegaze stars Ride on their new album ahead of Hong Kong gig

Ride’s first three albums were hits, but by the fourth release, they were falling out and the band split soon after. Eighteen years on and they’re back together, older, wiser and more together with a new album Weather Diaries

9 Feb 2018 - 6:59PM

Ride’s first three albums were hits, but by the fourth release, they were falling out and the band split soon after. Eighteen years on and they’re back together, older, wiser and more together with a new album Weather Diaries

Reformed ’90s British shoegaze stars Ride on their new album ahead of Hong Kong gig
The xx may be pop’s introverts, but British electronic band have lightened up and grown up

Known for their claustrophobic sonic textures and minimalist delivery, the British electronic trio shed this gloomy image in their latest album I See You: one they describe as a ‘celebratory’ record that proves they have grown up

30 Jan 2018 - 8:00PM

Known for their claustrophobic sonic textures and minimalist delivery, the British electronic trio shed this gloomy image in their latest album I See You: one they describe as a ‘celebratory’ record that proves they have grown up

The xx may be pop’s introverts, but British electronic band have lightened up and grown up
British 1970s punk legends The Ruts DC on making their Hong Kong debut at the Fringe

Bassist and songwriter John ‘Segs’ Jennings talks about anger, positivity, the early days of punk, the band’s involvement in the anti-fascist movements of the 1970s and the excitement of their first visit to Hong Kong and Japan

26 Jan 2018 - 7:00PM

Bassist and songwriter John ‘Segs’ Jennings talks about anger, positivity, the early days of punk, the band’s involvement in the anti-fascist movements of the 1970s and the excitement of their first visit to Hong Kong and Japan

British 1970s punk legends The Ruts DC on making their Hong Kong debut at the Fringe
Why America needs hip hop more than skinny white boy rock – Kip Berman of indie rockers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Indie rocker Kip Berman is dismayed Donald Trump is president, but says rap and R&B stars are better qualified to protest than bands like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. He also hails band’s devoted fans, especially those in Hong Kong

19 Jan 2018 - 12:33PM

Indie rocker Kip Berman is dismayed Donald Trump is president, but says rap and R&B stars are better qualified to protest than bands like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. He also hails band’s devoted fans, especially those in Hong Kong

Why America needs hip hop more than skinny white boy rock – Kip Berman of indie rockers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds on fame, fans, burnout and Mormonism ahead of Hong Kong gig

Hong Kong-bound Las Vegas rockers found worldwide success with their first two albums, toured incessantly for seven years, burned out, took a sabbatical, and returned this year with Evolve, their critically acclaimed third album

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Hong Kong-bound Las Vegas rockers found worldwide success with their first two albums, toured incessantly for seven years, burned out, took a sabbatical, and returned this year with Evolve, their critically acclaimed third album

Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds on fame, fans, burnout and Mormonism ahead of  Hong Kong gig
The influential band you’ve never heard of: A Place to Bury Strangers return to Hong Kong

Despite keeping a low profile, New York band APTBS have inspired countless bands over their 15-year history. We talk to lead singer Oliver Ackermann about why they refuse to be pigeonholed and are not looking for fame

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Despite keeping a low profile, New York band APTBS have inspired countless bands over their 15-year history. We talk to lead singer Oliver Ackermann about why they refuse to be pigeonholed and are not looking for fame

The influential band you’ve never heard of: A Place to Bury Strangers return to Hong Kong
Courtney Taylor-Taylor of The Dandy Warhols on making new friends at Clockenflap, and learning to forgive some old ones

The US indie legends play the Sunday night at this month’s festival. Their popularity waned after a public spat with fellow rockers, The Brian Jonestown Massacre in a documentary – but that’s all in the past, says their lead singer

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The US indie legends play the Sunday night at this month’s festival. Their popularity waned after a public spat with fellow rockers, The Brian Jonestown Massacre in a documentary – but that’s all in the past, says their lead singer

Courtney Taylor-Taylor of The Dandy Warhols on making new friends at Clockenflap, and learning to forgive some old ones
Liam Howlett of The Prodigy on ‘fake controversy’, the band’s fired-up frontman Flint and new ‘old’ album ahead of Clockenflap

British techno-punk survivors headline Saturday night at this month’s Hong Kong festival, and Liam Howlett says it is playing live that keeps the band going – though a new album is on the cards in 2018

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

British techno-punk survivors headline Saturday night at this month’s Hong Kong festival, and Liam Howlett says it is playing live that keeps the band going – though a new album is on the cards in 2018

Liam Howlett of The Prodigy on ‘fake controversy’, the band’s fired-up frontman Flint and new ‘old’ album ahead of Clockenflap
Danish star MØ ‘so, so excited’ to perform at Clockenflap festival, see Hong Kong, and try the food

Ahead of her city debut, Karen Andersen talks to the Post about her supportive family, her upbringing in rural Denmark, her rise to fame, her love of the Spice Girls, and how she’s looking forward to seeing the Hong Kong skyline

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Ahead of her city debut, Karen Andersen talks to the Post about her supportive family, her upbringing in rural Denmark, her rise to fame, her love of the Spice Girls, and how she’s looking forward to seeing the Hong Kong skyline

Danish star MØ ‘so, so excited’ to perform at Clockenflap festival, see Hong Kong, and try the food
Clockenflap headliner Feist on her Hong Kong debut, Apple and a new musical direction

Canadian singer-songwriter Lesley Feist had a string of folk-pop hits in the noughties, but her latest album is a darker, angry reflection of her state of mind. The contrast will make her Clockenflap performance a compelling one

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Canadian singer-songwriter Lesley Feist had a string of folk-pop hits in the noughties, but her latest album is a darker, angry reflection of her state of mind. The contrast will make her Clockenflap performance a compelling one

Clockenflap headliner Feist on her Hong Kong debut, Apple and a new musical direction
Hong Kong to get second taste of British garage rock band Toy, the London-based five-piece who love working with others

Bassist Maxim Barron says the band, whose growing list of collaborators include Bat for Lashes and Younghusband, is looking forward to catching up on local music trends ahead of September show at the Mom Livehouse

1 Sep 2017 - 10:47AM

Bassist Maxim Barron says the band, whose growing list of collaborators include Bat for Lashes and Younghusband, is looking forward to catching up on local music trends ahead of September show at the Mom Livehouse

Hong Kong to get second taste of British garage rock band Toy, the London-based five-piece who love working with others
Hong Kong to get second taste of British garage rock band Toy, the London-based five-piece who love working with others

Bassist Maxim Barron says the band, whose growing list of collaborators include Bat for Lashes and Younghusband, is looking forward to catching up on local music trends ahead of September show at the Mom Livehouse

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Bassist Maxim Barron says the band, whose growing list of collaborators include Bat for Lashes and Younghusband, is looking forward to catching up on local music trends ahead of September show at the Mom Livehouse

Hong Kong to get second taste of British garage rock band Toy, the London-based five-piece who love working with others
Sónar Hong Kong headliner DJ Shadow predicts the future of music and the continuing rise of the machines

How artificial-intelligence-driven, programmable non-human DJs will one day rule music, according to the Hong Kong bound DJ, producer and pioneer

22 Mar 2017 - 3:28PM

How artificial-intelligence-driven, programmable non-human DJs will one day rule music, according to the Hong Kong bound DJ, producer and pioneer

Sónar Hong Kong headliner DJ Shadow predicts the future of music and the continuing rise of the machines
The Damned’s Captain Sensible on an epic Kowloon trip, keeping the faith and the punks of today – Julian Assange and Nigel Farage

Punk is an attitude, says movement’s eternal teenager, now nearing 63, ahead of The Damned’s 40th anniversary tour date in Hong Kong

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM

Punk is an attitude, says movement’s eternal teenager, now nearing 63, ahead of The Damned’s 40th anniversary tour date in Hong Kong

The Damned’s Captain Sensible on an epic Kowloon trip, keeping the faith and the punks of today – Julian Assange and Nigel Farage
The Kills’ Jamie Hince talks being on the run from Donald Trump and the Hong Kong-bound duo’s never-ending journey

Ahead of Hong Kong gig, the guitarist talks about escaping the pressures of life in London after his split with Kate Moss, his enduring musical collaboration with Alison Mosshart and their unremitting dedication to artistic authenticity

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM

Ahead of Hong Kong gig, the guitarist talks about escaping the pressures of life in London after his split with Kate Moss, his enduring musical collaboration with Alison Mosshart and their unremitting dedication to artistic authenticity

The Kills’ Jamie Hince talks being on the run from Donald Trump and the Hong Kong-bound duo’s never-ending journey
Farewell Chet Faker, hello Nick Murphy – singer-songwriter is ready to show his true self at Laneway Festival in Singapore

The Faker mask gave Murphy the confidence to put himself in the public eye – and now he’s ready to go out there as himself

16 Jan 2017 - 10:55AM

The Faker mask gave Murphy the confidence to put himself in the public eye – and now he’s ready to go out there as himself

Farewell Chet Faker, hello Nick Murphy – singer-songwriter is ready to show his true self at Laneway Festival in Singapore
Bryan Adams talks about his upcoming Hong Kong gig, and resisting the death of the album

Canadian rocker best known for pop hits (Everything I Do) I Do it for You and Summer of ’69, says Hong Kong fans expect all the old songs but they’ll also hear tracks from his recent album – a medium he isn’t willing to give up on yet

19 Dec 2016 - 6:05PM

Canadian rocker best known for pop hits (Everything I Do) I Do it for You and Summer of ’69, says Hong Kong fans expect all the old songs but they’ll also hear tracks from his recent album – a medium he isn’t willing to give up on yet

Bryan Adams talks about his upcoming Hong Kong gig, and resisting the death of the album
Clockenflap headliners the Chemical Brothers aiming for a sensory overload

Band’s first appearance in Hong Kong to wrap up the festival Sunday night is part of a renaissance after a five-year break from producing albums

24 Nov 2016 - 9:16AM

Band’s first appearance in Hong Kong to wrap up the festival Sunday night is part of a renaissance after a five-year break from producing albums

Clockenflap headliners the Chemical Brothers aiming for a sensory overload
Nostalgia trip: a film, album and book on theme of armies
Nostalgia trip on train theme, with Alfred Hitchcock, Agatha Christie and Kraftwerk

We stroll down memory lane for another look at The Lady Vanishes, Murder on the Orient Express, and Trans-Europe Express 

20 Jun 2018 - 3:10PM

We stroll down memory lane for another look at The Lady Vanishes, Murder on the Orient Express, and Trans-Europe Express 

Nostalgia trip on train theme, with Alfred Hitchcock, Agatha Christie and Kraftwerk
Expect a wild, prop-heavy show from Charli XCX in Hong Kong

Rebellious singer has built a cult following but little mainstream success — not that she cares much anyway.

8 Apr 2015 - 5:23PM

Rebellious singer has built a cult following but little mainstream success — not that she cares much anyway.

Expect a wild, prop-heavy show from Charli XCX in Hong Kong
Nostalgia trip: three takes on the theme of celebrity

Film director Oliver Stone (Natural Born Killers, 1994), novelist J. G. Ballard (The Atrocity Exhibition, 1970), and singer Courtney Love's band Hole (Celebrity Skin, 1998) tackle the issue of celebrity - all from different angles. We look back at their impact then and how much they resonate with audiences today. 

4 Apr 2015 - 10:30PM

Film director Oliver Stone (Natural Born Killers, 1994), novelist J. G. Ballard (The Atrocity Exhibition, 1970), and singer Courtney Love's band Hole (Celebrity Skin, 1998) tackle the issue of celebrity - all from different angles. We look back at their impact then and how much they resonate with audiences today. 

Nostalgia trip: three takes on the theme of celebrity
Norwegian pop star Erlend Øye adds Italian accents

Hong Kong-bound former Kings of Convenience star waxes lyrical about his adopted home .

16 Mar 2015 - 9:04AM

Hong Kong-bound former Kings of Convenience star waxes lyrical about his adopted home .

Norwegian pop star Erlend Øye adds Italian accents
The Rolling Stones' Goats Head Soup - enter the wilderness years

Many biographers see Goats Head Soup as the last album from The Rolling Stones' "golden age", an era that included the blistering late-1960s stomp of Beggars Banquet and the rambunctious brilliance of Sticky Fingers. But it would be more accurate to describe it as the first of the band's wilderness albums.

23 Feb 2015 - 5:18PM

Many biographers see Goats Head Soup as the last album from The Rolling Stones' "golden age", an era that included the blistering late-1960s stomp of Beggars Banquet and the rambunctious brilliance of Sticky Fingers. But it would be more accurate to describe it as the first of the band's wilderness albums.

The Rolling Stones' Goats Head Soup - enter the wilderness years
Swans frontman Michael Gira can't look back

Avant-garde American musician Michael Gira steams ahead, severing every link to the past with defiance.

29 Jan 2015 - 12:04AM

Avant-garde American musician Michael Gira steams ahead, severing every link to the past with defiance.

Swans frontman Michael Gira can't look back