Changes

From DM Live - the Depeche Mode live encyclopedia for the masses
Jump to navigationJump to search
m
no edit summary
Line 190: Line 190:
Alan Wilder: "There was no deliberate decision to use synthesizers. It was, you could stick them under your arm and get on the train, you did not have to have an amp."
Alan Wilder: "There was no deliberate decision to use synthesizers. It was, you could stick them under your arm and get on the train, you did not have to have an amp."


Andy Fletcher: "We started off as a conventional band. I was playing bass, Vince was playing guitar but Martin did have a synth. Vince then got a synth and then he made me get a synth as well.Punk had sort of ended, and there was this new scene, with early Human League, Kraftwerk, Visage and this new romantic thing. But previous to that, to buy a synthesizer it was very, very expensive – the Rick Wakeman style synthesizer. But what happened in about 1980 you could buy a monophonic synthesizer for about £150. So I think that was the main reason for the explosion of electronic music at the time. Basically, affordability."
Andy Fletcher: "We started off as a conventional band. I was playing bass, Vince was playing guitar but Martin did have a synth. Vince then got a synth and then he made me get a synth as well. Punk had sort of ended, and there was this new scene, with early Human League, Kraftwerk, Visage and this new romantic thing. But previous to that, to buy a synthesizer it was very, very expensive – the Rick Wakeman style synthesizer. But what happened in about 1980 you could buy a monophonic synthesizer for about £150. So I think that was the main reason for the explosion of electronic music at the time. Basically, affordability."


Vince Clarke: "It's all about equipment when you start a band. Or about who has a van. And we realised that we could actually make quite an attractive sound with just this little monophonic keyboards. So then we all invested in synthesizers. And we just decided we needed a singer, a frontman. Someone who is a bit more showy. And David Gahan was the fashionable, New Romantic chap in Basildon. We did one gig in London, I remember. And you could go and you could perform there, and you could bring an audience with you. But a part of the contract was, you had to play for an hour and twenty minutes. Because we didn't have enough material, we just played the same set twice."
Vince Clarke: "It's all about equipment when you start a band. Or about who has a van. And we realised that we could actually make quite an attractive sound with just this little monophonic keyboards. So then we all invested in synthesizers. And we just decided we needed a singer, a frontman. Someone who is a bit more showy. And David Gahan was the fashionable, New Romantic chap in Basildon. We did one gig in London, I remember. And you could go and you could perform there, and you could bring an audience with you. But a part of the contract was, you had to play for an hour and twenty minutes. Because we didn't have enough material, we just played the same set twice."

Navigation menu