Following the announcement of EB and Depeche Mode’s team-up for their European tour, Max Dax met the DM’s vocalist last November in Paris for an exclusive interview.
Read the whole interview in text here:
Yesterday evening Depeche Mode performed live on the David Letterman show. For those who missed it last night, you can see a high quality video that got upped a few moments ago right after the jump or in the video player of our mobile app. But more alluring to the fans is probably the fact that the full concert was upped on Soundcloud as well.
The Depeche Mode ‘Live On Letterman’ webcast aired last night was recorded at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York and had the following track list:
- Should Be Higher
- Walking In My Shoes
- Barrel Of A Gun
- Personal Jesus
- Soft Touch/Raw Nerve
- Soothe My Soul
- Enjoy The Silence
For many this will be the first time they hear some more new material. Let us know what you think of it.
Note that the deluxe 2CD editions of the new Depeche Mode album are available now at dead cheap prices from Amazon DE ( http://fave.co/ZBjsmM ), Amazon UK ( http://fave.co/ZBjwTv ) and Amazon USA ( http://fave.co/X0hkRP ).
“You have to know people to build the one car — Der Golf. Das Auto. Enjoy the new tv commercial and discover different cover versions of the famous Depeche Mode Song “People are People”. If you look closely, you might spot a celebrity.”
And the celebrity? Dave Gahan of course
Sonic Scoop has a new interview out featuring Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode – taking a closer look at his studio in NYC:
New York City and rock stars were made for each other.
Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan has many good reasons to settle in NYC.
Wherever in the world these musical success stories – and we’re talking the multi-multi-multi-multi platinum variety here – come from, NYC still has the power to go from tour stop to adopted hometown for waves of them.
Rock stars move to NYC not to stand out, but to get swallowed up among the teeming millions. But they also continue to create — and with the well-deserved financial windfall that often comes with recording global smash hits, they can take personalized approaches to their creative spaces.
Today’s case in point: Dave Gahan, whose unmistakable voice has been central to the sound of Depeche Mode since that landmark band bowed in 1980. A group with an unmatched ability to produce timeless electronic dance music, Depeche Mode’s shockingly original songs are permeated with intellectual depth, elegance, and artistic devotion.
Little wonder this is one of the most successful bands of all time. They can claim over 100 million in record sales, and their members have collectively faced 30 million audience members in concert – thanks to a parade of huge hit singles including “Enjoy the Silence”, “Just Can’t Get Enough,” and “People are People”.
The band’s 13th album is on the way now, due for release coincident with a tour in 2013. And expectations will be high. Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andy Fletcher earned a GRAMMY nomination for their last album, 2009’s Sounds of the Universe. While his Depeche Mode bandmates transfix with their musicianship on that engrossing record, Gahan’s voice comes through with increased agility – wiser while still somehow sounding younger and more athletic.
Even more recently, Gahan got a turn as lead vocalist for the famed production duo of Rich Machin and Ian Glover AKA Soulsavers. Their just-released collaboration, The Light the Dead See hears Gahan’s vocals grow even more cinematic in scope, in emotionally massive songs like “Gone Too Far” and “Bitterman”. The thought that Gahan could come completely uncaged on the next Depeche Mode album is tantalizing.
Personal Studio, Personal Choice
Gahan has acquired a beautiful vehicle for getting there via his innovative private studio here in New York City. Built into a residential apartment separate from his own home, Studio Blanco has been constructed with a clear mission: capture one of modern music’s most iconic voices.
Kurt Uenala engineers all at Blanco Studio. (all studio photos in article by David Weiss)
The pilot flying this plane is Kurt Uenala. A Swiss-born engineer/producer with sharp engineering skills, deep production experience, programming and songwriting abilities, and an amiable personality, Uenala is a versatile presence at Studio Blanco, helping Gahan to get where he wants to go – as quickly and easily as possible.
Even though Gahan can – and does – make ample use of NYC’s world-class suite of commercial recording studios, Uenala points out that a personal facility is essential for an artist on this level to write, demo new tracks, and also record final vocals – as was done here for many of the Soulsavers and upcoming Depeche Mode songs.
“Money is not necessarily a big issue with successful bands, but still at $2500 a day in a commercial studio, you can’t be as experimental as you can be at home,” he says. “You can work at a personal studio any day and any time, and that can be a big part of the creative process. The mindset becomes, ‘We arranged and finished a song a certain way, but can redo it from scratch if we feel like exploring further.’
“The end result is better than a big room with all of the drama gear. We can book a studio like that for a month, but when that time is up, Beyonce is coming in – so you have to go. At that point money doesn’t help: It’s booked. Not having a deadline is wonderful, and so is knowing the room in and out.”
An Unusual Recording Home
“The room”, in this case, is a personal studio operating on a high very level. The obvious centerpiece of the sun-kissed residential space is a space-age white hut which occupies a large portion of the main living room, without engulfing it – plenty of space remains in the room and the rest of the apartment to provide headroom for writing and relaxing.
The acoustically isolated structure is made by the Barcelona-based company Studio Bricks. A “self-assembly cabin system” that can be constructed by one person in a short amount of time with minimal tools, Studio Bricks are acoustic solutions made specifically with artists, engineers and producers in mind.
According to Uenala, Studio Blanco’s big white box represents the first Studio Bricks deployment in the US. “They’re modules that are really Legos – they snap into each other, but they’re made of sandwich wood and rubber,” he notes. “It’s been here since September, and it really works sonically and in terms of providing acoustic isolation. It reigns in the sound not just of the vocals being recorded, but also of productions and mixes – we have to be able to turn it up.
In the video interview above, Dave Gahan suggests that his time collaborating with Rich Martin in Soulsavers might not be over. Responding to Martin saying “I’m sad to stop. We’re getting to know each other creatively,” the Depeche Mode vocalist says “I think it’s the start of something, with all this stuff. Hopefully we’re going to get to continue the process. I don’t think it has to stop. I’m getting busy now with my band, but I still work on things. I really lived this record, which was a really nice experience.”
Soulsavers, the band that supported Depeche Mode during the European leg of their “Tour of the Universe” in late 2009, have recorded a project with Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan on vocals.
It’s hardly electronic so for those of you hoping to hear things made entirely with machines will need to skip this
Dave Gahan discusses the new Remix album, enjoy
The English trio Depeche Mode forged synth-pop in the 1980s, then scored massive hits in the 1990s with songs like “Personal Jesus” and “Enjoy the Silence.” Now, the group has enlisted a crew of wiz to rework its back catalog the collection “Remixes 2: 81-11.” Jacqueline Cincotta sits in for John Schaefer and speaks with frontman Dave Gahan to talk about the album, the band and his career. Full interview here:
Recorded at the MusiCares benefit concert at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles on May 6th, 2011.
This was the seventh annual MusiCares benefit concert. Depeche Mode lead singer Dave Gahan and Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman were both honored at the event.
Gahan was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process. Lyman received the MusiCares’ From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization.
All proceeds from the event went to the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.
You can read more about MusiCares here: http://www.grammy.org/musicares
Dave Gahan Music Cares Benefit Concert May 6th 2011
Depeche Mode lead singer Dave Gahan has been honored during the 7th annual MusiCares MAP FundSM benefit concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Friday, May 6, 2011. MusiCares MAP Fund provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.
Gahan was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other drug addicts with the addiction and recovery process.
Next to sets by Jane’s Addiction, Ozomatli and Paramore, also Dave Gahan performed a few songs (8 in total) including cover versions of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, David Bowie’s “Cracked Actor” and the Damned’s “New Rose”. Other songs in the setlist were his solo songs “Dirty Sticky Floors” and “Saw Something” and the Depeche Mode songs “I Feel You” and “Personal Jesus”. Note that the latter featured that other Depeche Mode member Martin Lee Gore as guest.