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.
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
Daniel Miller needs no introduction, right? Producer of all early Depeche Mode albums, founder and Executive Chairman of Mute records, which signed artists like Fad Gadget, DAF, Cabaret Voltair, Yazoo, Erasure, Nitzer Ebb, Richie Hawtin, Miss Kitten, Sonic Youth, Nick Cave, Goldfrapp….. need I go on more…
If you want tap into what the man is into now go to the German Radio Eins home page and listen to Happy Miller Hour bi-monthly radio show.
If you ever been curious about what synthesizers Daniel Miller’s been using all those years, here’s an in-depth interview on that. http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/dec98/articles/daniel.624.htm