Dave Gahan Reveals More About Upcoming Depeche Mode Album
Less than two weeks ago, Depeche Mode’s primary songwriter Martin Gore revealed he had been writing new material for the band’s 12th studio album and mentioned that his side project with former member Vince Clarke, VCMG, influenced his work. The rest of the band, however, appears to be getting involved, and today, singer Dave Gahan sat town with Rolling Stone to talk about the album’s progress.
Gahan, who has released two solo albums of his own and assumed some songwriting duties on their last effort, 2009’s Sounds of the Universe, revealed the trio plan to begin recording next month. Unlike with their past albums, however, Depeche Mode is taking a new approach. He said: "It's a very different process from what it used to be. You've got to put interesting people around you, you've got to work with people who are gonna inspire you to take the songs you've written into a completely different direction, because there's nothing more boring than going to the studio and predictably knowing what is going to happen."
As of right now, 20 demos have been created, and Ben Hillier, who worked with Depeche Mode on Sounds of the Universe and 2005’s Playing the Angel, is producing. Although in his interview Gahan mentioned they did not have a distinct timeline for completion, Gore is assuming some of the production duties. In the past, keyboardist Alan Wilder was the only other member to be involved with production.
While Gore is busy with his techno project, Gahan has been in the studio with Soulsavers, recording vocals for their album The Light and the Dead See. Gahan, unlike Gore, hasn’t mentioned whether recording with Soulsavers is influencing his upcoming work for Depeche Mode.
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