Over at Sonic State an interview with legendary boss of Mute Records can be found. Mute has several renowned bands on its listing such as Depeche Mode, Nitzer Ebb, Fad Gadget, Erasure to name but a few. Here is what Sonic State has to say about it:
Without Mute records and the acts they have nurtured in the 30+ years since they were formed by Daniel Miller in 1978 as a way to release his own tracks, a whole swathe of influential electronic pop music may never have made it to mainstream attention. Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure, Moby, Goldfrapp and many others have benefitted from their unique, artist-centric focus and been able to flourish and have long term relevance in an industry which is so often driven by the flavour of the month.
With a two-day celebration of all things Mute at the Short Circuit event at the Roundhouse, London on May 13th and 14th looming, we caught up with the founder of Mute – Daniel Miller and talked synths, software and the relevence of todays record company.
The new Depeche Mode remix album will be released early April 2011.
For those who didn’t know yet; remix duties have been executed by Alan Wilder (Recoil and ex-Depeche Mode – “In chains”), Vince Clarke (Yazoo, Erasure, ex-Depeche Mode – “Behind the wheel”), Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, New Order’s Bernard Sumner, Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow. Other unconfirmed names which have popped up include Aphex Twin, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs!, Brandon Flowers of The Killers and Arcade Fire.
More news will follow
In a tweet Vince Clarke announced that the new Erasure album is going be released in the Autumn and not in Summer like previously announced. Clarke got the news from ‘the record company’, Mute that is. But before that the Erasure camp needs to sort out which producer they are going to work with and that seems to be a hurdle at the moment so it seems. Says Vince Clarke in a tweet: “Erasure producer negotiations are stalled. The ‘manager’ is having hemorrhoid issues…I really need to get to the bottom of this!”. We reached out to Vince Clarke for more info.
On 13-14 May, the British label Mute will host Short Circuit Electronic Music Festival at the Roundhouse in London. Performances and unique collaborations with the past as well as current and prospective Mute artists will be interspersed with discussions, workshops, screenings and installations to celebrate the Mutes successful and influential time as a label.
Program (more names will be added soon)
Friday, May 13
RICHARD H. KIRK
CARTER TUTTI with Nik Void
THE BALANESCU QUARTET
Saturday, May 14
Erasure AND SPECIAL GUEST
Alison Moyet (SPECIAL GUEST)
POPPY AND THE Jezebel
SFT AND MIRA Calix
Irmina SCHMIDT AND Kumo play The Sound Of Can – CAN ARCHIVE SPECIAL
MARK STEWART ‘ON / OFF’ (2009)
AN EXCLUSIVE NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS FILM BY Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
WITH MORE “To be announced
GARETH JONES ON Producing MUTE ARTISTS
STEFAN BETKE (AKA POLE) ‘An Introduction
NTO THE SCIENCE OF MASTERING ‘
PLUS MORE “To be announced
INSTALLATIONS – 13 & May 14
Flies, GUYS AND CHOIR
Mute founded by Daniel Miller in 1978 and has since signed now world-famous artists such as Depeche Mode, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Goldfrapp, Erasure and Moby as well as new talents that Yeasayer and soon the album in question Josh T. Pearson.
Whilst maintaining a firmly eclectic roster, from the earliest days of The Normal, Fad Gadget and DAF through to the techno era with artists such as Plastikman / Richie Hawtin and Speedy J, and to the present day with hybrid electronic artists such as Yeasayer and S.C.U.M, the label has always been a champion of electronic music.
Mute also looks after a catalogue of seminal electronic artists such as Can, Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and Kraftwerk.
Short Circuit pays tribute to the key Pioneers of Electronic Music, recent festivals have hosted performances from artists such as the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Holger Czukay, John Foxx, Jeff Mills and Gavin Bryars.
Tickets for the Mutes festival days in London are available here. www.roundhouse.org.uk
A festive message from Vince Clarke and Andy Bell…
To be released on October 11 is the newest single for Andy Bell, “Non-stop”. The single will feature remixes from London based remix team Digital Dog (Tinchy Stryder, Britney Spears, Rihanna) and exclusive tracks (“Flying Colours” and the instrumental version of “Non-Stop” plus the “Say What You Want (Joy Joy Mix)” by Ste Ashworth – the winning remix from a recent competition on andybell.com).
Although I have pretty much gone tired of Erasure, I am still a bit curious if Vince has managed to re-invent the band, probably not, but I am still hoping.
Vince Clarke and Andy Bell have finished work on the rough versions of the new Erasure songs. The material has now been sent to Mute Records for input from Daniel Miller. Andy Bell has followed the post parcel and is now also back in the UK. The duo have however already been planning the next phase of the process that will see them turn the rough versions into finished tracks.
The Buenos Aires based label Eternal Sunday Records has just released an album called “An Electro Tribute To Oasis” by Canal Pop feat. Lara Sambert.
Not really sure what to think of this, some nice sounds though, but…
Below is the track “Lyla”, judge for yourself. The 12-track album is already for sale at iTunes and other download stores.
Heeeeeyyy LaLaaaaaaa, LOL
A couple of weeks ago Andy Bell (Erasure) teamed up with video-makers Caz Gorham and Frances Dickenson to film a ‘homemade’ video for Andy Bell’s “Call On Me” single, which is to be released on CD and via download next week. The single is taken from Bell’s newest solo album “Non-Stop” which was originally to be released under the Mimó flag. The video was shot by the same team that made Erasure’s “I Love Saturday” video among others.
Apparently Bell started working with Belgian producer Gabriel Pascal after the tunes e recorded with Stephen Hague were scrapped. The sessions with The Hague (who was behind records by New Order, Pet Shop Boys and even Erasure) sounded ‘too much like Erasure’, according to Bell’s label bosses. Bell had this to say about this change in an interview with Spinner: “I thought, ‘I’ve been in the business all this time, and now I’m not allowed to sound like myself? It’s kind of strange.”
And Bell also wants to go the ‘Gahan’ way by penning Erasure songs as well: “It’s a bit hard with boys with their toys, with their synths, to get a way in, but I think through making this record, it’s maybe opened the door a bit. We’ve got quite a few ideas. There are quite a lot of really good ideas. I’m just kind of looking forward to honing them down, really. I’ve got a load of lyrics to do. It’s a bit daunting.”
Vince Clarke is a man synonymous with synth pop and a legend in the history of electronic music. He’s famous for founding three of the most popular and lasting musical acts in history: Depeche Mode, Yazoo and Erasure. But his distinct sonic output depends upon another feat: he has spent the last 30 years amassing one of the world’s most impressive collections of rare, ‘holy grail’ analogue synthesizers.
In 2004, Clarke left England for the unsynthesized woods of Maine, where he constructed a temple for these monolithic machines he calls ‘The Cabin,”. and began branching out into (gasp!) software synths too. Recently Motherboard made a pilgrimage to Clarke’s purpose-built digital/analogue studio to meet the musical titan, hear the story of his musical journey, learn how to make the perfect pop song, and get a little demonstration of one of his signature moves: building a drum pattern from a wall of modular synths. To Clarke, music is still magic even now, an alchemy in which he gets to make “something from nothing.