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Backstage Coordinator gig for Duran Duran? Sound fancy? Fun? Hard work? Crazy? All of the above? We snagged Looloo Murphy , who holds such a title for DD, and found out about what the job entails! Read on!

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We all know JT is a Peavey bass man - but did you know there's a guy at Peavey who specifically works (and hangs out) with John making sure he is getting what he needs from his bass playing? Well , there is, and that guy is named Chris Kelly, and he's nice enough to be this month's Q&A!

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Naeem Mahmood is a director to keep your eyes on!

Mentored by Gary Kurtz, producer of 2 Star Wars films, Naeem was In his late teens when he won the Prince's Trust Millennium Award and teamed up with several young creatives to set up the film production company Trailblazer.

His work has appeared on the BBC, ITV and more. Named one of the "freshest new talents" in Britain, Naeem's first feature directorial debut was "Brash Young Turks," where he met an editor named Tatjana Rhodes. Want to learn more?? Keep reading! Click here

That's all HQ has to say after reading our latest Q&A with Christina Korp of The Aldrin Foundation. From a large family that formed a singing group, to a publishing deal in Los Angeles, to running a production company to getting to hang out with Astronauts, Christina has led a super-exciting life! If you don't believe us, read on! Click here
In anticipation of the band’s forthcoming show in Iceland, we were lucky enough to grab Ragnar Mar Vilhjalmsson. He has been a big part of the PR and marketing efforts for the show - and he is also a big fan of the band, having seen their last performance in Iceland. His perspective is unique - being on both the fan side and the promotion side - and we’re excited to have him as this month’s Q&A!! Click here
Ansgar Thomann has been a friend to duranduran.com for a long time - his Rio Explained (with Tom McClintock) has been on the ASK KATY FAQs forever. His work continued on the website Duran Duran - COMPILATIONS (more on that inside).

We wanted to ask Ansgar all about what drives his painstakingly accurate work on Duran Duran and got some surprising answers! Click here
Legend! That's what Nigel Reeve is. He's worked with some mega artists in his capacity at both EMI and later Warners, including Duran Duran. One member of HQ has worked pretty closely with Nigel (Katy) and has worked for years to get him to do a Q&A. Well, he didn't disappoint!! Sit yourself down and read one of the best Q&As we can remember! Click here
Our hope with these Q&As is that we introduce you to people who work behind-the-scenes with Duran Duran that you'd otherwise never get the chance to find out about.

Case in point: Troy Vest, founder of Essential Artist Services who works with the Duran Duran Fan Community on the very cool tour merch that is exclusive for members who buy VIP ticket packages. Click here
Colombian-Venezuelan media artist and engineer David Medina, director of Duran Duran's EDGE OF AMERICA videos too cool, and too talented, for us ti explain in one little blurb. Dive in to this month's Q&A and see what he is all about, you won't be sorry! Click here
What does it take to create a perfume line with Duran Duran? Find out when you read our new Q&A with David & Kavi from Brooklyn based perfume house D.S. & Durga ((and there is a pretty awesome giveaway too!)) Click here
Lori Majewski is familiar to DD fans for a few reasons - she ran a great fanzine in the 90s called TOO MUCH INFORMATION, she has never been shy about her love for the band through several of her entertainment jobs, and she is co-author of MAD WORLD, a terrific oral history of new wave music.

She did a Q&A with us in 2014, when MAD WORLD was released, but since then has become part of Sirius XM, where her support for Duran remains strong ! She was one of the hosts, along with Richard Blade, of the band's Sirius XM Listener Appreciation Concert in Miami, and that's just one of her cool Duran Duran experiences.

See what cool stuff Lori has been up to in our latest Fan Community Q&A! Click here
Over the past 20 years, Steve Harnell's career as a music journalist has taken him to countless concerts, interview junkets and album release parties. When the magazine he now edits, CLASSIC POP, did an issue devoted entirely to Duran Duran, DDHQ knew we had to pick his brain! The magazine, which has been around for 5 years, and focuses on synth pop-80s-new romantic era of music (among others) has always been good to the band so we wanted to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes. Click here
Duran Duran have one date booked in 2019 and it is in Grand Cayman Island! But what drew them to KAABOO CAYMAN inaugural event?? The Duran Duran fan community was lucky enough to chat with Jason Felts, the Chief Brand + Marketing Officer for KAABOO! Read what he has to say about booking the band for this stand-out festival...Click here

Who doesn't know Patty? If you're a fan of the band, chances are you do. She's helped design a lot of awesome DD things you've seen around for oh, maybe the last 15 years! She worked with John early on with B5, and on Juicy Mens etc etc AND she launched her own totally amazing tee shirt line, Punk Masters. As her newest set goes on sale, we thought we'd check on in and say "hello"! Click here
Elliot Taylor: ace photographer, RICOCHET: David Bowie 1983 book assistant, Denis O'Regan right hand man, Roger Taylor's son (and so much more!) Click here
Derek Derek Derek ! DDHQ loves Derek! He has been working with us for awhile - first updating us on the Duran Duran podcast he was doing and then in a more official capacity with the monthly Collector's Corner that the band love. We had done a Q&A with him ages ago, before the CC, and we wanted to catch up with him, so here it is, a new. (and if we say so ourselves, terrific) Q&A with Derek Supryka! Click here
If you're a longtime Duran Duran fan, then the name John Warwicker wouldn't need a lot of explanation as he has worked with the band on art direction pretty much since their inception. If you aren't familiar, then this is an amazing Q&A for you to read - well, regardless, it's a pretty terrific Q&A from someone who was literally there from the beginning. Read on! Click here
Alan Stewart has worked with the band as part of the management team since 2003. He’s had a multitude of roles and most recently began managing the band’s official fan community. He also consults for NFL Football teams, wineries and runs Matt & Kim’s “Scream Team." Also, he is pretty darn cool in HQ's opinion. Click here
John (JJ) Jones is a Grammy Award winning record producer, songwriter, film composer, musician, sound engineer and recording artist, known for his work with Duran Duran, Celine Dion, Fleetwood Mac, Dan Hill, Mick Fleetwood,George Martin, Air Studios, ESP and Drumroll Studios among others. He was a big part of Duran Duran's WEDDING ALBUM (even playing with them on their MTV Unplugged) and since we're focusing on all things TWA this month, we knew he'd be the perfect Q&A! Click here
What's it like to work on Duran Duran's management team? Karen Ruttner, who has been working with the band for few years, agreed to draw back the curtain on what she does and participate in the latest Member Only Q&A! Click here
To quote the line from the movie WAYNE'S WORLD," "We're not worthy!"

Richard Blade is an icon himself, so when he agreed to do a Fan Community Q&A around the release of his book, WORLD IN MY EYES, we had to pinch ourselves! Richard knows the band about as well as anyone, and his Q&A is one of the best we've had the honour of hosting!! Click here
Micky Finlay has been with Duran Duran since 2010, making sure Dom stays sounding great at every show. We got a chance to speak to Micky before the Paper Gods tour ended (sob!) in Japan. Read his Q&A here! Click here
"A graphic memoir about growing up in the Philippines in the 1980s with Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and the EDSA Revolution. Mapa returns to Manilla as an adult for the funeral of her father and come to terms with her past. A graphic love letter to her parents, family, friends, country of birth, and perhaps even to herself."

The Duran Duran Fan Community is honored to speak to author Lorina Mapa about her new graphic novel, DURAN DURAN, IMELDA MARCOS & ME. Click here
Holy moly, we love Amy Vachon! She is, as one would say, an unsung hero (in the DD crew). She works with the Fan Community and has become a trusted, diligent and fun member of our gang. She's the right Q&A for this month since Duran Duran Appreciation Day is on August 10 and Amy certainly helps Duran Duran appreciate their fans. Read more about the wonderful Amy!

OH - and as a special #DDAD17 giveaway, we have THREE copies of Durandy's book, THE MUSIC BETWEEN US, which also celebrates Duran Duran fans...woot! Click here
We love Anna Ross! There, we said it!

She has been touring with Duran Duran for many years, bringing her own sound and style to so many of the songs she performs with the band - now it's her turn to step out in front!

Anna will be releasing her DEBUT solo album, FIRST DAY, and the first single, also called "First Day" (and co-written with Simon!), is out now! Read more to find out all about this amazing project!!! Click here
Poppy Wetherill works for the fantastic Blue Marine Foundation, for which Simon is a ambassador. Blue Marine's mission is simple: "The Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) is a charity dedicated to creating marine reserves and establishing sustainable models of fishing"

As big fans of BLUE and Poppy, we were pretty excited to have her as this month's Q&A Click here
Kev Bell is the Duran Duran Drum Tech on the Paper Gods tour - a job he is extremely well suited for...why? Because he's a lot like his "boss" Roger! Kind, steady and no drama, Kev lets us all in on what it's like to work for "the most chilled drummer" in music! Click here
Bernardo Arsuaga was a weekend sailor himself - a fan of the sport, but not a world competitor like a certain member of Duran Duran! When Bernardo, who had NO experience directing a movie, decided he would make a documentary about the unexpected victory of the Mexican yacht Sayula II in the first crewed sailing race around the world, he was taking a big leap of faith. He set forth with a lot of passion and it paid off.

THE WEEKEND SAILOR, which has now competed in, and won, many Festival Awards, is narrated by none other than Simon Le Bon. Bernardo shares his story in our latest Q&A! Click here
Backstage Coordinator - a job every young girl or boy aspires to? Maybe after reading this amazing Q&A with Vikki Walker they will. She really takes us in to the belly of the Duran Duran tour and shares some tricks of the trade and tales from the road! Click here
...SO Hate Is is a band from Italy who happen to be big Duran Duran fans and big fans of metal music. What happens when they decided to combine their two passions? A pretty cool new album called Big Metal Thing: Vol.1. Learn more about these Duran Duran metal loving rockers! Click here
This is a Duran fan/collector/archivist that literally needs no introduction, but let's do one anyway - Andrew Golub, known as Durandy, has been cataloguing and collecting on Duran Duran for nearly as long as he's been a fan. He just recently put out his second book - THE MUSIC BETWEEN US - and, while he has already done a Q&A for he fan community, we thought it was time for another one. Enjoy this interview cos Durandy is certainly one of a kind! Click here

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