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.
Yes its true – they are back on stage – after what -20 years or so!! As you can see from the live performance video above, they have a contemporary light show and Vince Clarke is laptop based and running Logic and various soft-synths.
Native Instruments recently posted an interview with Vince Clarke on their site here
Well enjoy and make sure to find out more here >> http://www.yazooinfo.com/.
Nice interview in Release Magazine >>
This summer a dream will come through for many synthpop fans out there as the classic UK band Yazoo return to the stage after 25 years of silence. Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet will be on the road from May 27 to July 17 on their “Reconnected” tour; playing in Denmark, Germany, Ireland, UK, Spain and finally also the US. Release got the opportunity to ask Vince Clarke some questions about the comeback.
Alison Moyet and Vince Clarke will perform live together as Yazoo for the first time in 25 years. The seminal electro duo will play a five venue tour called Yazoo Reconnected in June 2008. As well as their classic hits of Only You and Don’t Go, Yazoo will perform tracks from the album You and Me Both for the first time. They will perform together for five gigs:
June 4 Glasgow, 7 Manchester, 12 Wolverhanpton, 15 Brighton and 18 London.
Exclusive ticket pre-sale available on January 25 at alisonmoyet.com.
– It’s been really good going back to these songs after such a long while. Many of them have never been played live. I’m looking forward to performing them with Alison for all the fans who’ve enjoyed our music through the years but never had a chance to see Yazoo in concert, Clarke says.
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Synth music has a tendency to stick in the sub-cultures of the music scene, but once i a while you find some indications that things might ne changing, although I am still scepticle that it will ever be so. Remember the old synth pioneers Devo, well these guys arguably has done some work to put synth music on the map and recently saw this add where IT-giants Dell actually uses Devo for one of their commercials – although you have to watch the video for some time before you actually understands what the video is all about, LOL
DEVO wrote this song called “Watch Us Work It” and recorded it in Los Angeles, CA, and produced by Sweden’s famous Teddy Bears. DELL heard it because Paul Malmstrom and Linus Karlsson at the Mother agency in NYC played it for them as a possibility for a song for their TV campaign featuring a newly developed, high-end laptop computer. DELL liked it, and now you can of course enjoy it here too. I do not claim to give you some brand, hot news directly out of the press, the video is about 6 months old, but still…
At least rumours has it that Vince Clarc and Alison Moyet will go on tour next year. And perhaps I will have to chew my last entry about not watching performances by old 80’s bands. Yazoo would definately be worth seeing live – much rather them than the utterly boring Erasure band.
Most likely their will also be a re-issue of their old stuff – why anyone would want to buy them, since readers of this blog most likely have everything by Yazoo already, maybe one can hope for some unreleased tracks…