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Re: 2015: Dave Gahan & Soulsavers - Angels & Ghosts
« Reply #15 on: 10 September 2015 - 21:10:50 »
2015-09-09 - Francis Zégut on his site:

http://www.byzegut.fr/2015/09/dave-gahan-soul-savers-la-cigale-paris.html
http://www.upconcert.fr/artiste/soulsavers

Dave Gahan (Soul Savers) La Cigale Paris, 2 novembre.
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Re: 2015: Dave Gahan & Soulsavers - Angels & Ghosts
« Reply #16 on: 10 September 2015 - 21:17:51 »
2015-09-10 - Dave Gahan & Soulsavers - Press Release

http://davegahanandsoulsavers.tumblr.com/post/128771345892/new-dave-gahan-soulsavers-album-angels
http://davegahan.com

New Dave Gahan & Soulsavers Album ‘Angels & Ghosts’ to be Released October 23rd
New Track “All of This and Nothing” Out Today
Band to Play Six Special, Intimate Shows in USA & Europe

Multi-platinum selling, Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Dave Gahan, along with musical partner Soulsavers, will release a new album October 23rd. Entitled ‘Angels & Ghosts’, this is the collaborators’ second album, following their critically-acclaimed 2012 release ‘The Light the Dead See’. The album will be released in digital, as well as physical CD and vinyl formats, worldwide on October 23rd through Columbia Records. The “utterly riveting” album boasts nine original tracks, all written by Dave Gahan & Soulsavers.

The album launches today with the online premiere of the moody, cinematic anthem “All of This and Nothing”, on VEVO. The track can be streamed here: http://smarturl.it/allofthisandnothing / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxNNJVbQeb0 / https://vimeo.com/138761903

An evolution from their first album, ‘Angels & Ghosts’ proves to be a markedly stronger and more hard-hitting body of work. Listeners can expect to be led through an aural mix of dark, brooding sounds, elements inspired by gospel and blues, and the stark beauty that has become a signature of Dave and Soulsavers’ works. Dave Gahan’s emotionally powerful voice has never sounded better, and drives the album forward over a landscape of meticulously crafted instrumentation.

A transatlantic collaboration, the writing process started with Dave Gahan and Soulsavers’ Rich Machin exchanging demos and ideas from their respective studios in lower Manhattan and rural England. They then recorded the album with additional musicians in studios around the world, including classic locations such as Sunset Sound in Los Angeles and Electric Lady in New York. The end result is a vibrant, live-sounding album, and proof of the “instant and obvious fit” Machin felt writing with Gahan.

To fully showcase the powerful, live nature of the album, Dave Gahan & Soulsavers will bring the project to life in a series of six special shows in iconic, intimate venues across the US and Europe. Starting October 19th at the first show in Los Angeles, Dave Gahan & Soulsavers will perform as a ten-piece band, with shows in New York, London, Berlin, Paris and Milan to follow. Tickets for all shows will go on sale September 18th and select shows will be broadcast and streamed for fans worldwide. Full dates and venues are listed below.

Visit www.davegahan.com for additional album and show information.

Dave Gahan & Soulsavers performance dates:
October 19th - Los Angeles, CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel
October 22nd - New York, NY - Town Hall
October 26th  - London, UK  - Shepherds Bush Empire
October 30th - Berlin, DE - Tempodrom
November 2nd - Paris, FR - La Cigale
November 4th - Milan, IT - Fabrique

‘Angels & Ghosts’ track listing:
Shine
You Owe Me
Tempted
All of This and Nothing
One Thing
Don’t Cry
Lately
The Last Time
My Sun
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Re: 2015: Dave Gahan & Soulsavers - Angels & Ghosts
« Reply #17 on: 10 September 2015 - 21:31:56 »
2015-09-10 - MLK.com - Press Release

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http://www.mlk.com/presse/995/2335-a_special_evening_with_dave_gahan_soulsavers_2015

Dave Gahan & Soulsavers live in Berlin
Nur sechs intime Shows weltweit
Am 30. Oktober im Tempodrom
Angels & Ghosts‘ – Album ab 23.10 erhältlich

Parallel zur Veröffentlichung des neuen Albums „Angels & Ghosts‘“ geben Dave Gahan & Soulsavers sechs intime Konzerte weltweit. Der mit multiplem Platin und dem Grammy ausgezeichnete Dave Gahan und sein musikalischer Partner Soulsavers machen am 30. Oktober im Berliner Tempodrom Station. Es ist das einzige Konzert in Deutschland und nur eines von vier in ganz Europa.
Angels & Ghosts‘ ist die zweite Kollaboration von Dave Gahan & Soulsavers. 2012 erschien die vielbeachtete, von der Kritik anerkannte CD ‚The Light The Dead See‘. Das neue Album enthält neun „absolut fesselnde“ Songs, die alle von Dave Gahan & Soulsavers geschrieben wurden. Das aktuelle Werk stellt eine deutliche Weiterentwicklung dar und zeigt sich viel pointierter und schonungsloser.  Der Hörer wird mit einem dunklen, grübelnden akustischen Mix konfrontiert, Elementen die von Gospel und Blues inspiriert sind. Die Handschrift zeigt eine rohe Schönheit. Dave Gahans emotionale, kräftige Stimme scheint niemals besser zum Ausdruck gekommen zu sein und treibt das Album über eine Landschaft sorgfältig gestalteter Instrumentation.
Um den kraftvollen Live-Charakter des Albums zu unterstreichen, werden Dave Gahan & Soulsavers das Projekt in einer Serie von sechs speziellen Shows weltweit zum Leben erwecken. Sie treten als Teil einer 10-köpfigen Formation auf.
Wegen der erwarteten immensen Nachfrage bei nur einem Deutschlandkonzert werden die Tickets personalisiert und ausschließlich über www.eventim.de verkauft. Pro Käufer können maximal zwei Tickets erworben werden. Die Eintrittskarten werden mit Vor- und Nachnamen bedruckt. Beim Einlass werden die Ausweise kontrolliert, sodass Käufer und dessen Begleitperson gemeinsam durch die Kontrollen gehen müssen. Die personalisierten Tickets sind nicht übertragbar und gelten ausschließlich für den namentlich aufgedruckten Käufer und dessen Begleitung! Ein Weiterverkauf ist ausdrücklich untersagt.
Mit dieser Maßnahme sollen der gewerbliche Weiterverkauf und  Angebote durch nicht berechtigte Anbieter unterbunden werden. Künstler und Veranstalter wollen hierdurch Spekulationsgeschäften und unzulässigen Aufschlägen für die Dave Gahan & Soulsavers-Tickets einen Riegel vorschieben.

Marek Lieberberg presents
Dave Gahan & Soulsavers
Live
Einziges Konzert in Deutschland!
Fr. 30. Oktober Berlin, Tempodrom 20:00 Uhr

Vorverkaufsstart: Fr. 18.09.15 10:00 Uhr
Exklusiv bei www.eventim.de
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Re: 2015: Dave Gahan & Soulsavers - Angels & Ghosts
« Reply #18 on: 10 September 2015 - 23:01:29 »
2015-09-10 - Another Dimension Promotion- und Marketingagentur (Germany) - Press Release

http://www.another-dimension.net/alexfilez/davegahan/Bio%20Dave%20Gahan%20and%20Soulsavers%202015%20AD.pdf

DAVE GAHAN & SOULSAVERS
Single: „All Of This And Nothing”
Album: „Angels & Ghosts“
VÖ: 23.10.15 durch Sony Music

Es ist der Beginn des zweiten Kapitels einer der ambitioniertesten Kollaborationen des Rock-Genres im neuen Jahrtausend: nachdem Soulsavers-Mastermind Rich Machin 2012 in Zusammenarbeit mit Depeche Mode-Frontmann Dave Gahan ein beeindruckend emotionales Album mit dem Titel „The Light The Dead See“ veröffentlicht hatte, liegt nun mit „Angels & Ghosts“ endlich der heiß ersehnte Follow-Up vor. „The Light The Dead See“ hatte vor drei Jahren sowohl Fans als auch Kritiker mit großartigen Streicher- und Gospel-Arrangements sowie beeindruckenden Vocals begeistert und Platz zwölf der deutschen Charts erreicht. Mit „Angels & Ghosts“ präsentieren Gahan und Machin nun ein noch stärkeres und musikalisch härteres Album, das mit einem erzählerischen Ansatz alter Schule und erhellendem Optimismus im Angesicht tiefster Verzweiflung aufwartet. Alle neun Songs des Albums wurden von Dave Gahan und Soulsavers geschrieben.
Als Gründungsmitglied von Depeche Mode ist Dave Gahan seit mehr als dreißig Jahren ein wesentlicher Bestandteil im Schaffen und Wirken der legendären britischen Band. Neben seinen Live-Qualitäten als Frontmann und Sänger stellte der 53-jährige in den vergangenen Jahren auch verstärkt seine Fähigkeiten als Songwriter unter Beweis: neben einigen Liedern für die drei letzten Depeche Mode-Alben „Playing The Angel“, „Sounds Of The Universe“ und „Delta Machine“ veröffentlichte Gahan 2003 und 2007 mit „Paper Monsters“ und „Hourglass“ auch zwei hochgelobte und erfolgreiche Solo-Alben.
Soulsavers entstammt der britischen Remix-Kultur und veröffentlichte bislang drei Alben. Bevor der aus dem britischen Stoke-On-Trent stammende Machin Dave Gahan kennen lernte, hatte u.a. Ex-Screming-Trees Legende Mark Lanegan die Soulsavers-Songs mit seinem unverwechselbaren Bariton veredelt. Die Lanegan-Connection war ursprünglich auch der Grund, weshalb Gahan überhaupt auf die Soulsavers-Musik aufmerksam geworden war. Als sich die beiden in einem Studio in Los Angeles über den Weg liefen, war Gahan längst Fan der Machin‘schen Kompositions- und Produktionskunst. „Das Album ‚It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s The Way You Land’ war genau die Platte, die ich gebraucht hatte“, erinnert sich Dave, „so wie damals ‚London Calling‘ von The Clash, als ich ein Teenager war, oder das erste Mal, als ich Sigur Ros hörte. Ich war mir dessen nicht bewusst, aber ich hatte danach gesucht und die Musik berührte meine Seele.“
Machin war seinerseits mit der Musik von Depeche Mode aufgewachsen, sein Faible für die Band begann 1990 mit dem Album „Violator“, als er noch ein Teenager war. „Ihre Alben hatten etwas Dunkles“, erinnert er sich. „Neben der Elektronik waren da auch immer diese Gospel- und Blues-Elemente, das waren die Musikstile, die ich mochte und Depeche Mode rannten bei mir natürlich offene Türen ein.“ Bei ihrer ersten Begegnung schlug Machin Gahan ganz keck vor, seine Soulsavers könnten doch Depeche Mode supporten – eine eher beiläufig gemachte Äußerung, die dazu führen sollte, dass die Formation 2009 sechs Monate lang im Vorprogramm der „Tour Of The Universe“ die Welt bereiste. Nach Abschluss der Tournee bot sich für die beiden schließlich die Möglichkeit einer Zusammenarbeit.
„Es passte alles ganz offensichtlich sofort zusammen“, sagt Rich. „Man musste kein Genie sein, um zu sehen, dass es funktionierte. Es war interessant, jemanden zu nehmen, der für elektronische Musik bekannt ist und in eine Umgebung mit Live-Instrumenten zu stellen. Ich bringe Dinge gerne in eine neue Perspektive und es geschah alles ganz mühelos. Ich habe bereits mit vielen Leuten gearbeitet, aber diese Art von natürlicher Chemie, bei der es einfach ‚Klick‘ macht, ist wirklich sehr selten. Und wenn so etwas passiert, dann muss man sich dem Flow der Dinge einfach fügen.“ Nachdem die Arbeiten an „The Light The Dead See“ abgeschlossen waren, gingen Machin und Gahan jedoch nicht getrennte Wege, sondern setzten ihre Arbeit fort. Bereits vor der Veröffentlichung des ersten Albums schickte Dave Rich ein iPhone Voice-Memo mit der Kernidee für jenen Song, der nun der Opener des neuen Longplayers ist: „Shine“. In der Folgezeit schickten sich die beiden Aufnahmen hin- und her über den Atlantik, bis die fertige Komposition letztendlich eingespielt werden konnte.
Irgendwo in dem munteren Hin- und Her zwischen Lower Manhattan (Dave) und Stoke (Rich) materialisierten sich schließlich jene Songs, die nun das Tracklisting von „Angels & Ghosts“ ergeben. Rich schickte Dave instrumentale Demo-Aufnahmen, Dave antwortete mit seinen instinktiven Kommentaren. „Die Musik ergibt für mich Worte und Melodien“, erklärt er knapp. Um die Basic Tracks aufzunehmen, stellte Machin eine Band aus befreundeten Mitstreitern aus aller Welt zusammen. „Das sind keine Session-Musiker, sondern Leute, mit denen ich lang genug gearbeitet habe, dass sie verstehen, worum es geht“, erläutert er. „Sie sind Teil des Projekts. Aber sie leben überall verstreut: an der Westküste, an der Ostküste, in Nordengland, in Südengland…“
Und als wäre der logistische Alptraum, all die Musiker aufzunehmen, nicht schon genug, hatten sich Dave und Rich auch noch in den Kopf gesetzt, das Album müsse klingen, als sei es „live in einem Raum“ aufgenommen worden. „Wir haben uns jede Menge alte Ray Charles-Platten angehört“, sagt Rich, „wir wollten diesen, organischen, ‚räumlichen‘ Sound und wir konnten diesmal einige tolle Räume nutzen.“ Unter anderem nahmen die beiden im Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles auf, wo die prachtvollen, aber nie übertriebenen Bläser- und Streicher-Parts unter der meisterhaften Leitung von Arrangeur/Dirigent Daniele Luppi entstanden. „Ich arbeite mit ihm seit sechs oder sieben Jahren zusammen“, sagt Rich. „Er legt mir den Arm um die Schulter und lässt mich in seine Welt eintreten. Er ist von einer Leidenschaft erfüllt, die wirklich ansteckend ist.“
Auch mit den Gospel-geschulten Background-Sängern, angeführt von Wendi Rose, arbeitet Machin bereits seit mehr als zehn Jahren zusammen. Ihr Beitrag zu allen neun Tracks wurde innerhalb eines einzigen, sehr hektischen Tages im Electric Lady Studio in New York aufgenommen. „Ich lasse diese Leute einfach nur machen, was sie von Natur aus am besten können“, sagt Rich. „Ich habe es am allerliebsten, wenn ich die Menschen einfach nur machen lassen kann.“ Machin ist ein klassischer „Backroom Boy“, einer, der am liebsten im Hintergrund die Strippen zieht. Möglicherweise spielt er seine ambitionierten Pläne etwas herunter, die ihn dazu antreiben, all die verschiedenen Musiker zu einem Soulsavers-Sound zusammen zu fügen. Doch damit nicht genug: es gelingt ihm darüber hinaus, auch noch einige der besten Gesangsleistungen aus Gahan heraus zu kitzeln.
„Der Song ‘You Owe Me‘ handelt davon, die Liebe als Möglichkeit zur Flucht zu sehen“, erklärt Dave. „Man kann es in einer Menge Dinge finden, aber es geht letztendlich darum, es in deinem Leben auch zuzulassen. Doch es ist keine Einbahnstraße. Diese Texte zeigen eine dunklere Seite von mir, eine, die mich quält – wie wenn man zwischen zwei Parteien zerrissen wird.“
Eine solch emotionale und offenbarende Komplexität zu erreichen, gelingt bei einer Songlänge von vier oder fünf Minuten für gewöhnlich nicht allzu oft, doch Gahan zeigt einmal mehr, dass er ein Meister dieser Kunst ist. Wenn er erläutert, wie es Helden wie Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer und Nick Cave gelingt, so tiefgreifend zu ihm zu sprechen, weil sie ihre Texte mit einer solchen Überzeugung und Glauben singen, wird es zunehmend offensichtlich, dass er auch selbst in dieser Kategorie angekommen ist – ein Sänger von kolossaler Präsenz und Reife.
Den Anfang macht der bereits erwähnte Album-Opener „Shine“, eine Verbindung von Gospel und Chain-Gang Blues, der für den Hörer der Ausgangspunkt einer Reise ist, die er so schnell nicht vergessen wird. Das Album ist konzipiert wie eine Vinyl-Platte mit zwei Seiten, von der die „erste Seite“ die elektronischen Elemente, den Harmoniegesang, die Orchesterparts und Gahans existenziellen Überlegungen zu einer Gesamtheit vereint, deren Bandbreite viel zu groß ist, um als bloße „Rockmusik“ verstanden zu werden. Gleich nach dem Beginn von „Seite zwei“ stößt man auf den Song „One Thing“, der, begleitet von einer bedrückenden, von Klavier dominierten Stimmung, noch weit tiefer gehende Sorgen offenbart. Erst zum Ende des Albums zeigt die Stimmungskurve wieder nach oben und findet in „My Sun“ einen wahrlich epischen Abschluss. „Es ging mir darum, ein Album zu machen, das von Anfang bis Ende im Fluss ist“, erläutert Machin.
Mit „Angels & Ghosts” legen Rich Machin und Dave Gahan einen späten Anwärter auf das „beste Album des Jahres 2015“ vor. Derzeit schmieden die beiden Pläne, den Longplayer live auf die Bühne zu bringen. Geplant sind eine Handvoll Konzerte in ausgewählten, renommierten Theatern auf der ganzen Welt. Auftritte, die man sich auf keinen Fall entgehen lassen sollte.

[Translation by me:]

It is the beginning of the second chapter of one of the most ambitious collaborations of the rock genre in the new millennium: after Soulsavers mastermind Rich Machin released an impressively emotional album titled 'The Light The Dead See' in 2012 in collaboration with Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan, they now finally present the long-awaited follow-up 'Angels & Ghosts'. 'The Light The Dead See' enthused both fans and critics with great strings and gospel arrangements and impressive vocals three years ago, and reached twelfth place in the German charts. With 'Angels & Ghosts', Gahan and Machin now present an even stronger and harder musical album, which contains an old-school narrative approach and relieving optimism in the face of utter despair. All nine songs of the album were written by Dave Gahan and Soulsavers.
As a founding member of Depeche Mode, Dave Gahan has been an essential part in the creation and work of the legendary British band for more than thirty years. In addition to his live qualities as a frontman and singer, the 53-year-old also presented his improved skills as a songwriter in recent years: in addition to some songs on the last three Depeche Mode albums, 'Playing The Angel', 'Sounds Of The Universe' and 'Delta Machine', Gahan released 'Paper Monsters' and 'Hourglass' in 2003 and 2007, two highly acclaimed and successful solo albums.
Soulsavers originate from the British remix culture and have released three albums so far. Before Machin, a native of English city Stoke-on-Trent, met Dave Gahan, ex-Screaming Trees legend Mark Lanegan, among others, had completed the Soulsavers songs with his distinctive baritone. The Lanegan connection was also originally the reason why Gahan had become aware of Soulsavers' music. When the two ran into each other at a studio in Los Angeles, Gahan had already long been a fan of Machin's artistic compositions and productions. "The album, 'It's Not How Far You Fall, It's The Way You Land' was exactly the record that I needed," Dave recalls, "just like when I heard 'London Calling' by The Clash when I was a teenager, or Sigur Ros for the first time. I was not aware of it, but I had been looking for it and the music touched my soul."
Machin, in turn, grew up with the music of Depeche Mode, his penchant for the band starting in 1990 with the album 'Violator', when he was still a teenager. "Their albums had something dark," he recalls. "In addition to the electronics, there were always also these gospel and blues elements, which were the musical styles that I liked, and Depeche Mode were, of course, introducing me to new paths." In their first meeting, Machin suggested to Gahan quite boldly that his Soulsavers could support Depeche Mode - a rather casually made statement, which should lead to the formation travelling the globe for six months in 2009 as the opening act of the 'Tour of the Universe'. After completing the tour, the possibility to collaborate finally offered itself for both.
"It all came together really obviously," says Rich. "You did not have to be a genius to see that it worked. It was interesting to use someone who is known for electronic music and to put him in an environment with live instruments. I like bringing things in a new perspective, and it all happened quite effortlessly. I've worked with many people, but this kind of natural chemistry, where there is simply a 'click', is really very rare. And when that happens, then you just have to yield to the flow of things." After the work on 'The Light The Dead See' had been completed, Machin and Gahan did not go their separate ways, but continued their work. Even before the release of the first album, Dave sent Rich a voice memo from his iPhone with a core idea for the song which is now the opener of the new LP, "Shine". In the following period, the duo sent recordings back and forth across the Atlantic, until the finished compositions could finally be recorded.
Somewhere in the lively back-and-forths between Lower Manhattan (Dave) and Stoke (Rich), those songs that are now revealed as the tracklist of 'Angels & Ghosts' finally materialized. Rich sent Dave instrumental demo recordings, Dave replied with his instinctive comments. "The music gives me words and melodies," he says concisely. To record the basic tracks, Machin suggested a band out of fellow colleagues together, from around the world. "These are not session musicians, but people with whom I have worked long enough for them to understand what is at stake," he explained. "They are part of the project. But they live scattered everywhere: on the west coast, on the east coast, in northern England, in southern England... "
And as if the logistical nightmare to get all the musicians was not enough, Dave and Rich had also set their mind to believing that the album should sound as if it had been recorded "live in a room". "We have listened to a lot of old Ray Charles records," says Rich, "we wanted this organic, 'spatial' sound, and we could take advantage of some great rooms this time." Among other locations, the two settled in Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles, where the magnificent but never exaggerated wind and string parts were created under the masterful direction of arranger/conductor Daniele Luppi. "I have been working with him for six or seven years," says Rich. "He puts his arm around my shoulder and lets me enter his world. He is filled with a passion that is really contagious."
Even with the gospel-trained background singers, led by Wendi Rose, Machin has been working for more than ten years. Her contribution to all nine tracks was recorded within a single, very hectic day at Electric Lady Studio in New York. "I'll just let these people do what they do naturally best," says Rich. "I like it most of all, if I can just make people get to work." Machin is a classic "Backroom Boy", one who prefers pulling the strings in the background. Maybe he somewhat downplays his ambitious plans that drive him to add all the different musicians together into a Soulsavers sound. But that's not enough: he also succeeds in squeezing some of the best vocal performances out of Gahan.
"The song 'You Owe Me' is about seeing love as a way to escape," explains Dave. "You can see it in a lot of things, but it is ultimately aimed to also allow it in your life. But it is no one way street. This text shows a darker side of me, one that haunts me - as if you are being torn by two sides."
Achieving such emotional and revealing complexity is usually not too often succeeded at a song length of four or five minutes, but Gahan shows once again that he is a master of this art. When he explains how it is possible for heroes like Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer, and Nick Cave to speak to him so profoundly because they sing their lyrics with such conviction and faith, it becomes increasingly obvious that he himself has also arrived in this category - a singer of colossal presence and maturity.
The opening is made by the aforementioned album opener "Shine", a combination of gospel and Chain Gang Blues, which is the starting point for the listener of a journey that they will not soon forget. The album is crafted like a vinyl record with two sides, of which the "first side" combines the electronic elements, the harmony singing, the orchestra parts and Gahan's existential reflection into a whole, and of which the bandwidth is much too large as to be known as mere "rock music". Immediately after the beginning of "side two", you enter upon the song "One Thing", which, accompanied by an oppressive mood that is dominated by a piano, reveals far deeper worries. Only at the end of the album the mood curve is going upward again, and finds in "My Sun" a truly epic finale. "I was aiming to make an album that is in flow from the beginning till the end," says Machin.
With 'Angels & Ghosts', Rich Machin and Dave Gahan present a late contender for 'Best Album of the Year 2015'. Currently, the two are planning to bring the album live on stage. Planned are a handful of concerts in selected, prestigious theatres around the world. Performances that should not be missed under any circumstances.
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Re: 2015: Dave Gahan & Soulsavers - Angels & Ghosts
« Reply #19 on: 14 September 2015 - 22:45:07 »
2015-09-10 - RTL2 (France) - Dave Gahan interview on Le Drive RTL2

http://www.rtl2.fr/actu/dave-gahan-depeche-mode-projet-solo-soulsavers-interview-7779680546

Dave Gahan sur RTL2 à propos de son projet solo : "J'ai hâte de jouer ces morceaux"
RÉACTION - Le chanteur britannique sera en concert à Paris le 2 novembre sous le nom Dave Gahan & Soulsavers.
PAR MATHILDE COURJEAU , RAPHAËL BOSSE-PLATIÈRE

Dave Gahan trace sa route en solo. Le chanteur britannique du groupe Depeche Mode a annoncé un nouveau projet baptisé Dave Gahan & Soulsavers. "Cela me rend enthousiaste, confie l'artiste sur RTL2. Je sens que je travaille différemment dans mon écriture. Plus on travaille avec des personnes différentes plus on agrandit sa créativité d'artiste. J'aime beaucoup cet aspect du projet."

Un premier morceau intitulé All of This and Nothing est sorti ce jeudi 10 septembre, qui va figurer sur un album, Angels & Ghosts, attendu le 23 octobre. Une sortie qui sera suivie d'une série de six concerts aux quatre coins du monde, de Los Angeles à Berlin en passant par New York ou Londres. Ils feront également escale en France, où ils joueront à La Cigale à Paris le 2 novembre. "C'est une musique qui va bien avec un environnement théâtral", explique le chanteur pour justifier le choix de la salle. "Nous serons 10 sur scène, avec 3 chanteurs de gospel", annonce-t-il. "On va voir comment ça se passe, mais j'ai hâte de jouer ces morceaux et ceux de l'album précédent que nous n'avons pas eu l'occasion de beaucoup jouer sur scène", s'enthousiasme Gahan.

[Transcript by me:]

Mathilde: So, when I interviewed Dave Gahan on the phone last night, I asked him the difference between working with Depeche Mode and with Soulsavers.
Dave: I just find that doing the work with Soulsavers makes me very sort of excited about making music, and it gives me a lot of enthusiasm, and a lot of hope for, hopefully, my songwriting, because it gets better. The more you do, the more you work with different people, the more you stretch yourself as an artist, and I like that aspect of it.

Mathilde: [To the other radio host, Raphael Bosse-Platière] Then I asked him about his new album that comes out in October, which will be followed by a tour, including a date at Le Cigale:
Dave: We're playing sort of... we tried to find maybe six or seven venues in the world [of which] we thought that they were interesting to play, and we're gonna do a performance over there at Le Cigale, and this music is very much suited to being in a theatre-like setting. The band is a 10-piece band, we're bringing three gospel singers. We're doing something in Paris, in Milan, London, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin as well. We'll see what happens, but I'm excited about it, because I'm excited to perform these songs, in a cropped setting, and [with] songs also from 'The Light The Dead See', the last album we did, which we did not really perform on tour together.
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Re: 2015: Dave Gahan & Soulsavers - Angels & Ghosts
« Reply #20 on: 15 September 2015 - 00:01:59 »
2015-09-14 - BBC 6 Radio (UK) - Interview Dave Gahan with Shaun Keaveny

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b068zqlg
https://www.depechemode-live.com/wiki/2015-09-14_Shaun_Keaveny%27s_Breakfast_Show,_BBC_6_Music,_London,_UK

[Transcript by me:]

Matt: And finally, news from Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan. He is releasing a new album NOT with the "Mode"... [or] "Depeche"? What do we call them?
Shaun: We call them Depeche Mode!
Matt: But with Rich Machin of UK production duo Soulsavers-
Shaun: -You'd be wrong to say that it was with Depeche Mode. [plays snippet from DM's 'Wrong']
Matt: They've done albums with people like Will Oldham and Mark Lanegan in the past. It's actually the second record he's done with Soulsavers. The first, 'The Light The Dead See' came out in 2012. His new album is called 'Angels and Ghosts', it's coming out on the 27th of October, on Columbia Records, [with] nine brand new tracks. Mark Radcliffe actually played the new single 'All This And Nothing' on Thursday last week. But our report Elizabeth spoke to Dave Gahan himself. One question, I guess, would be: What exactly is the difference between working solo and working with Depeche Mode, who is one of the biggest bands in the world, have got a massive fanatical following, a sort of well documented history and instantly recognisable sound?
Dave: With Depeche it's a full collaboration. When you're making a record with a band in that way, and [with] a group of people, producer, engineer, programmers, you're all collaborating, and you're all trying to kind of get your ideas there, but there is definitely a lot of compromise. And there has to be. And you hope that, in the end, you reach a point. But certainly Martin and I, when we were making a Depeche record, we know we wanna make a record that's a complete record from start to finish. There's nothing on there that goes on there, [of which] we're like, "Meh, not sure about that one but, you know, we gotta shove it on there." We still are very critical of that. With the Soulsavers, it's different for me, because I am thinking about the bigger picture. I'm thinking about how it's gonna begin, how it's gonna end. That doesn't really present itself immediately. It usually takes a good sort of few songs in.
Matt: So is this a more accurate picture of who Dave is, artistically, rather than Depeche Mode?
Dave: Yeah, I don't really have to edit myself in any way. But when you're writing, you can't do that anyway. For me, it's quite often a sound or a particular note or something, just the way it's played, or how it's present to me, [like] a string of notes that form a phrase that end up inspiring me to come up with the words, for some reason. I don't edit that, I'll just go with it, and quite often it's not until the song is almost completed that I start to realise, "OK, I know what I'm trying to get out of here now." For me, it's about a lot of feeling. It's a lot of emotion, and if a word presents itself, then throw it down there, and figure out why that word presented itself later on.
Matt: Obviously, God bless that man, for being part of Depeche Mode. God bless that man for being brilliant, and God bless that man for being that famous, and spending that much time in LA, without his accent going anywhere near America. I love that. As we were just saying.
Shaun: It's true, he does, he sounds like a fantastic plasterer that we get around. But also, I heard he was going to be the new James Bond...?
Matt: Oh God... go on.
Shaun: Basildon Bond.
Matt: If you wanna see him live: he's doing Los Angeles, New York, and London, [on] October the 26th, Shepherd's Bush Empire, then he kicks in Berlin, Paris and Milan.
Shaun: He is a fantastic chap. We had him on, a couple of years ago, actually.
Shaun: Right now we're gonna play something from one of those new nine songs, and this is it, this is called 'All Of This And Nothing', as we were just discussing.



2015-09-14 - BBC6 Music (UK) - The Radcliffe & Maconie Show

https://www.depechemode-live.com/wiki/2015-09-14_The_Radcliffe_%26_Maconie_Show,_BBC_6_Music,_London,_UK

[Elizabeth Alker mentions details Soulsavers' 'Angels & Ghosts' album:]
Dave: With Depeche it's a full collaboration. When you're making a record with a band in that way, and [with] a group of people, producer, engineer, programmers, you're all collaborating, and you're all trying to kind of get your ideas there, but there is definitely a lot of compromise. [...] And you hope that, in the end, you reach a point. But certainly Martin and I, when we were making a Depeche record, we know we wanna make a record that's a complete record from start to finish. There's nothing on there that goes on there, [of which] we're like, "Meh, not sure about that one but, you know, we gotta shove it on there." [...] With the Soulsavers, it's different for me, because I am thinking about the bigger picture. I'm thinking about how it's gonna begin, how it's gonna end. That doesn't really present itself immediately. It usually takes a good sort of few songs in.

[Elizabeth Alker says that DM are much bigger in Europe than in the UK, mentions Jeremy Deller's 'The Poster Came From The Walls' documentary from 2009, and asks Dave Gahan about it:]
Dave: I think I've not been that kind about it, to be honest. Honestly, I was kind of scared of it, it was too much. I know the people found it really interesting, and all credits to the guy [Jeremy Deller], but for me when I first saw it, I was kind of a bit horrified. It came across as some kind of religious thing. But the idea of being connected with somebody through music, yes, I totally understand that. And I just felt this lent itself way too far to the other side, especially in Europe. I see the same people in the front row for like 20, 30 shows. It's the same faces, and it becomes very familiar, and it's an amazing thing, but it's like, at the same time, it's kind of a bit scary.
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Re: 2015: Dave Gahan & Soulsavers - Angels & Ghosts
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2015-09-14 - Musikmarkt (Germany) - Dave Gahan & Soulsavers: Neues Album, einziges Deutschlandkonzert in Berlin

http://www.musikmarkt.de/Aktuell/News/Dave-Gahan-Soulsavers-Neues-Album-einziges-Deutschlandkonzert-in-Berlin

Dave Gahan & Soulsavers: Neues Album, einziges Deutschlandkonzert in Berlin

München – Am 23. Oktober erscheint "Angels & Ghosts", das neue Album von Dave Gahan und den Soulsavers. Die erste Single "All Of This And Nothing" ist bereits erhältlich. Das einzige Deutschlandkonzert findet am 30. Oktober in Berlin statt.
Soulsavers ist ein Musikprojekt der beiden Briten Ian Glover und Rich Machin, die häufig mit Gastmusikern wie Mark Lanegan oder Dave Gahan zusammenarbeiten. "Angels & Ghosts" ist ihr nunmehr fünftes eigenes Studioalbum und das zweite in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Depeche-Mode-Frontmann Dave Gahan. Der Vorgänger "The Light The Dead See" erschien 2012 und erzielte im Depeche-Mode-Fanland Deutschland mit Platz zwölf seine höchste Charts-Position.
Das neue gemeinsame Werk "Angels & Ghosts" soll noch stärker und musikalisch härter sein, was es Gahan gestattet, "gesanglich zu absoluter Bestform aufzulaufen". Hörer erwartet ein "dunkler, grübelnder akustischer Mix, Elemente die von Gospel und Blues inspiriert sind". Die neun Songs des Longplayers entstanden in Gahans Studio in Lower Manhattan in New York sowie dem britischen Stoke-On-Trent, wo Soulsavers-Mastermind Rich Machin lebt und arbeitet. Aufgenommen wurden die Stücke in Zusammenarbeit mit weiteren Musikern in diversen Studios auf der ganzen Welt, unter anderem in Los Angeles im "Sunset Sound"- und dem "Electric Lady"-Studio in New York.
"Angels & Ghosts" erscheint als Download, auf CD und Vinyl via Columbia Records. Die erste Single "All Of This And Nothing" samt Lyric-Video wurden bereits veröffentlicht.
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2015-09-14 - Pitchfork (UK) - Dave Gahan Talks New Album Angels & Ghosts and the Future of Depeche Mode

http://pitchfork.com/news/61159-dave-gahan-talks-new-album-angels-ghosts-and-the-future-of-depeche-mode/

Dave Gahan Talks New Album Angels & Ghosts and the Future of Depeche Mode
"With Depeche Mode, there are expectations that you put upon yourself before you even get started. But this was really free of that completely."
By Jeremy Gordon

Last week, Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan announced the release of Angels & Ghosts, his second collaborative album with producer Rich Machin, aka Soulsavers. Angels & Ghosts is out on October 23, and will be accompanied by a tour. Listen to first single "All of This and Nothing", and check out the tour dates, below.
Pitchfork hopped on the phone with Gahan to discuss the record, his relationship with Martin Gore, and the future of Depeche Mode.

Pitchfork: Where was your starting point with Angels & Ghosts, following the first record you did with Soulsavers [2012's The Light the Dead See]?
Dave Gahan: You're always happy when you’re making music and you hit something where you know you’ve got a good chemistry with somebody. It was a record that was made not under pressure. For example, when I’m making a record with [Depeche Mode], there are expectations that you put upon yourself before you even get started. But this was really free of that completely, and after we finished that first record, we continued writing.
I still was playing around with a few ideas, but had to put some of it on hold because all my energy and focus had to go into the Depeche tour, which went on for a while. Once that finished, last April, I took a little bit of time off but then very quickly started writing again. I was skeptical at first because I wasn’t sure I had any good ideas at all. You feel like that sometimes after a tour; it’s a depleted feeling like you just don’t have anything good to do anymore. You put out all that energy and the adrenaline’s flying and suddenly you’re back home with the wife and kids and you have to go get the groceries, a lot of changes. That took a bit of time to adjust to, but I got into writing again and I just really enjoy that process with Rich [Machin of Soulsavers]. We seem to hit it off; there’s not a lot of discussion, really, which goes on in between the writing.

Pitchfork: Do you find yourself needing to stretch different musical muscles at this point in your career?
DG: It’s interesting with Depeche, and it always is. I’ve really come to that conclusion now that after Alan [Wilder] left the band, which is now 20 years ago, it became very apparent that the strength of Depeche Mode is Martin and myself—the two of us together. We could basically stretch anything we wanted around that, use whatever producers, engineers, programmers, other musicians.
When you listen to an extension of that, it’s almost like I get that opportunity to spread my wings a little wider and try some things that I definitely yearn for. Some of my favorite music that we’ve made together, Martin and I, was probably around the time of Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion, when we were really playing a lot with blues and gospel. We still do that, but obviously it’s steeped in a lot of analog electronics. It’s always interesting when I bring a song to Martin because I think it’s finished and he’ll be like, "Well, how about if we change the chords a little bit here?" If you let Martin sit down at the piano and play around, he might resolve the end of the lines in a different way that you would really not have thought. Martin is a genius in that way. He has complete ideas and he has ideas of how to take a pop song and make it way more interesting with textures.
Working with Soulsavers, I get to stretch that muscle, as you say. Those muscles need to be stretched. You have to work with other people, especially after this amount of time working with the same people. It’s the only way you make it interesting.

Pitchfork: Do you ever share your solo work with Martin, when it's in the process of completion?
DG: No, not really. We talked about it a bit the other day. He was interested to know who was playing in the band and what musicians were getting involved. He’s been very supportive, and I hope he feels the same from me when it comes to him doing his solo projects. I think he’s sort of eager at the moment to at least get an idea of when he and I will start work on another record, you know? I think Martin is really enjoying that process right now, and he certainly really enjoys a lot more performing live. On the last tour, I would say that was probably the most enjoyable that he and I have spent on stage together. It felt like a real team. It’s taken a long while for us to get there.

Pitchfork: I read an old interview where you said you were initially self-conscious about showing your songs to your Depeche Mode bandmates. Is that self-consciousness something you've worked through, over the years?
DG: A simple answer to that question is yes. In the beginning, I would often have lots of ideas that I couldn’t formulate. I’m not that type of musician where I can sit down at the piano and work out a song; I actually really enjoy that process of sitting with somebody and having nothing and then suddenly something starts appearing. You struggle with it, and then suddenly a song starts to appear. Then, you’ve got to try and muscle it—there’s that word again—into something and you do. You tussle with it and play with it and roll around with it and suddenly, magically, something appears.
Depeche was set in its way, and we got to that point where it was actually a little bit stifling. Those roles that you play within a band had become so defined that you wouldn’t cross the line, and for me, that was becoming very claustrophobic. It’s taken a long time to realize, "Oh wow. I understand now that you’ve gotta keep pushing this stuff." Otherwise why? Why continue? Martin was a great songwriter, and had reached a point in his songwriting where that was his role. When Alan was in the band, Alan was the musician. Alan left, so then there had to be a reaping. It took a couple of albums, but suddenly then we were forced to actually go into the studio and to find new people to work with; there had to be a new element brought in to help us to make more of what it was we were already doing.
For me, the Soulsavers thing is really kind of a life saver. You get these opportunities, they pop up and you really have to take the risk when you grab it when it feels right because it will pass you by. That’s a lot of about what the Soulsavers songs are, lyrically. I don’t really see that until afterwards, but it’s about taking those risks. It’s about the bigger picture, a bigger power.

Pitchfork: Is there a timeline for Depeche Mode to get back in the studio or on the road?
DG: I saw Martin recently. It was really nice to see him, and I’m sure by the end of this year we’ll sit down together and talk about making another record. I know he’s began writing and loosely I’ve begun writing as well with Christian [Eigner] and Peter [Gordeno] from the band, and also Kurt [Uenala]. But that’s a long way off. Later in the year—I don’t know, in December or something—I’ll go out to his place or something and we’ll sit down and talk about it. It’s always a big challenge. You have to really sit down and you have to have an idea: "What kind of record do we really want to make? Who do we want to work with? Where do we want to take this? Do we want to go on the road?" All that kind of stuff, and I’m pretty sure it will happen, but there’s no plan at the moment.

Dave Gahan and Soulsavers:
10-19 Los Angeles, CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel
10-22 New York, NY - Town Hall
10-26 London, England - Shepherds Bush Empire
10-30 Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom
11-02 Paris, France - La Cigale
11-04 Milan, Italy - Fabrique
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Re: 2015: Dave Gahan & Soulsavers - Angels & Ghosts
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2015-09-15 - Sean Read on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/FamousTimes/status/644067179248418816

Day two of the Soulsavers/Dave Gahan rehearsals today. Great to be back in a room with the lads. Sounding ace.
@soulsavers @depechemode
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2015-09-17 - Martyn Lenoble on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/martynlenoble/status/644637807957245952

Doing my homework. @soulsavers #DaveGahan tour.
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2015-09-17 - Phil Gahan on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/Phil_Gahan/status/644743437351301120

Not sure I mentioned before, my niece Stella Rose, took the photos 4 the album art work #DaveGahan  #angelsandghosts
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2015-09-19 - BBC 2 Radio (UK) - Dermot O'Leary Presents the Saturday Sessions

https://twitter.com/radioleary/status/644186763615961088
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06bb9j8
https://www.depechemode-live.com/wiki/2015-09-19_Dermot_O%27Leary_Presents_the_Saturday_Sessions,_BBC_2_Radio,_London,_UK

[Transcript by me:]

Dermot: So, it's time for an in-dept exploration into the minds and memories of musicians from the pages of 'Smash Hits' circa '82 to circa '86. Dave Gahan, hello, how are you?
Dave: I'm good, how are you?
Dermot: Really well. It's nice to talk to you.
Dave: Good morning.
Dermot: Good [morning], yeah, are you in America at the moment?
Dave: I am indeed.
Dermot: Lovely. How is it all going, all good?
Dave: Everything is good, yeah, it's a beautiful morning, I'm in New York City.
Dermot: When did you move out there properly? You've been out there for a long time now, haven't you?
Dave: I moved to California in the late '80s, I'm guessing sort of '89 or something, and then I moved to New York around sort of '97. So yeah, I've been out here a long time.
Dermot: Have you... did you... Do you live in New York now?
Dave: Yeah, I've been here for almost twenty years.
Dermot: I don't know, the pitch that you always have when you think of Depeche Mode is the Hollywood Hills kind of [feel], in some desert somewhere, do you know what I mean?
Dave: Yeah, I sort of think of Essex. [laughter]
Dermot: Do you come back much?
Dave: To Essex? Not that much, no. I still have family there, but my mum lives down on the Isle of Wight and has been down there for a while, so we kind of all meet there.
Dermot: The best part of the world. So, at the moment you're doing the stuff with the Soulsavers, yeah?
Dave: Yes, correct.
Dermot: That's 'All Of This And Nothing', I'll be playing that just a second. You're playing London in October the 26th.
Dave: Yeah and I understand that yesterday it went on sale and it sold out immediately. I'm really excited about that.
Dermot: Brilliant. Great stuff. And 'Angels And Ghosts' [is] out on October the 23rd. So listen, congratulations on that, that must have been [nice]. Is it weird when you do your own thing? Just sort of off the back of it, when you're part of such a seismic band?
Dave: Ehm, you know, it's just like a continuation, I just keep writing, and I love writing with Rich Machin from Soulsavers. We just seem to really hit it off, so it was just like a natural thing, going from one record to the next.
Dermot: OK. I'll tell you what isn't a natural thing: trying to remember the answers you gave in 1983 to 'Smash Hits'.  Be very [specific], because some of these are very exact, so I'd be amazed if you could remember some of them. Ehm... First concert?
Dave: First concert...? I think...it was... The Rezillos.
Dermot: Aaah.
Dave: But I didn't actually go inside. I was looking through a pub window. My local pub, the Double Six. Too young to get in.
Dermot: That's an incredible answer, you know what, I'll give you another one, because I'll give you [the answer]: "We used to go up to..." OK, where would be the glamour venue when you were a kid?
Dave: ...Ehm...
Dermot: Chelmsford, [by] the way.
Dave: ...that's... When I was a kid, what was the venue?
Dermot: Yeah.
Dave: ...Oh boy. Wow, I should have drunk more coffee. [laughter]
Dermot: Alright, OK, here we go. Do you know what [the answer was from] 'Smash Hits': "It was probably a punk concert in ’77. We used to go up to Chelmsford Chancellor Hall a lot."
Dave: Chancellor Hall! Damn, yeah!
Dermot: "So it could have been The Damned, could have been The Clash-
Dave: -The Damned! Yeah, of course. The Damned, yeah definitely-
Dermot: -or...-
Dave: -The Damned, yeah, definitely would have been up there, they made a very big impression on me.
Dermot: "...could have been The Banshees."
Dave: ...Ehm, it would have... [sighs] Oh my Gosh.
Dermot: You got it, go with The Damned.
Dave: I would have thought that it was either The Damned or Siouxie And The Banshees.
Dermot: It's funny, there, isn't it? Because I grew up in Colchester, and I suppose now that [those] bands probably play London, and probably wouldn't go to Chelmsford and Colchester as much. But The Damned playing Chelmsford back then would have been huge.
Dave: Yeah. I mean, in those days, to be honest, you would go, and you would quite possibly see The Damned, Siouxie And The Banshees and 999 or something, all on the same bill, for a couple of quid.
Dermot: Seriously?
Dave: Yeah. In Chelmsford. And Chelmsford was the closest place for us to go to, from Basildon. We always used to jump on a bus and go there. I saw a lot of my first bands sort of there, a lot of big impressions were made on me in that concert hall.
Dermot: OK, in 1983, what was your most treasured possession?
Dave: Oh boy... [laughs] In nineteeneightythree...
Dermot: I'll give you a clue.
Dave: Yeah, gimme a clue, please.
Dermot: It involves wheels.
Dave: Oh yeah, my Escort XR3i.
Dermot: OHHH! No! It's your Yamaha...
Dave: Oh! [slaps his knee]
Dermot: [laughs] ...XT trial bike.
Dave: It was my motorbike!
Dermot: Yeah.
Dave: Yep, that was my first vehicle, you're right, I hopped over that one. Actually, someone sent me a picture recently of that, I was sort of horrified, I looked about ten years old.
Dermot: Do you still ride now?
Dave: I have a different motorcycle now-
Dermot: [laughs] Yeah, I didn't think you had the same one!
Dave: [laughs]
Dermot: OK, listen, you'll never get this right, but it's just interesting to see if you have any idea.
Dave: Come on then.
Dermot: This is 'Smash Hits' in 1983: "What have you currently got in your pocket?"
Dave: ...Ehm, let me see. Of course I've got my phone.
Dermot: OK, in 1983.
Dave: ...one of those things we definitely wouldn't have had in our pockets [unintelligible] ...seen with a smartphone.
Dermot: Exactly. I'm not expecting you to know this, so I'll clear you: in 1983, you had "About 60p in change. a front-door key, a hankie and two receipts: one for a cheque from Granada TV, £126 for doing Get Set For Summer. I paid into the bank this morning; the other is for a copy of Smash Hits."
Dave: [laughs] Wow.
Dermot: Very good. Very unbrand.
Dave: Wow! That is... amazing. I mean, this is kind of interesting! It has taken me back, yeah.
Dermot: Yeah.
Dave: I probably still would have had a hankie in my pocket, but I just, you know...
Dermot: ...You just grew up.
Dave: ... But that's what I'd probably still do.
Dermot: Yeah. And whose phone number would you pay the most for, in 1983?
Dave: ...Hmm... I might have said David Bowie.
Dermot: Bang on!
Dave: Yes! [laughs]
Dermot: Yes, Dave! Impressive! Yep, "David Bowie, would love to have his phone number." Wonderful. Brilliant. Thanks so much, mate, nice talking to you.
Dave: Well, one out of five wasn't bad.
Dermot: It's not bad! Not bad for first thing in the morning.
Dave: [laughs] Listen, it's great to talk to you as well. Thanks for your support, man.
Dermot: Thank you, mate. And will you just be doing London, or will you come over and do more?
Dave: Well, at the moment, that's all we've got penciled in, and then I'm doing a bunch of stuff around Europe, and then something here in New York and in Los Angeles. But we're gonna see what happens.
Dermot: Great stuff. OK, Dave, [it was] lovely talking to you, thank you very much, mate. Thanks for your support. Take care, bye bye.
Dave: Cheers, thanks Dermot, bye bye.
['All Of This And Nothing' plays]
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2015-09-22 - Uncut (UK) - Dave Gahan: My Life In Music

[Downloaded from a site where magazines can be downloaded as PDFs illegally. Transcribed using OCR.]



MY LIFE IN MUSIC
Dave Gahan
The Depeche Mode frontman picks his favourite songs of faith and devotion

The first album I got into
The Damned
Damned Damned Damned 1977
I was in the Damned fan club, they sent me a rubber bat and a giveaway single, "Stretcher Case". I went to see The Damned a lot. I used to sort of stare up at Dave Vanian and think, 'You know, maybe I could have a go at that.' I was talking to a mate of mine recently, and I brought up The Damned. He said, "Ah right, now it all makes sense. What you do up there is more Dave Vanian than Mick Jagger." And I was like, "Yeah, it kinda is."

A record I've played repeatedly
David Bowie
David Live 1974
Both Ziggy Stardust and Diamond Dogs had a big impact on me, but this live album kind of incorporates both. There was a version of "Moonage Daydream" which I'd play over and over again. I used to go round to my mate Phil's house, and he had this album. I nicked the lyric sheet from the inner sleeve and shoved it in my pocket, which he was really pissed off about. I just wanted to really look at the lyrics and get lost in it.

An album I got into after punk
The Rolling Stones
Beggars Banquet 1968
Punk was the thing that really impacted on me the most as a teenager, but then a couple of years on, I revisited a lot of Bowie and Roxy Music records, and the Stones, in particular, Let It Bleed and Beggars Banquet, which is, for me, one of their best albums, if not their best - it just takes you on a little journey. I appreciated those records more as I got a little older, in my early twenties, but y'know, they definitely had a big influence on me.

The record that helped me through touring
Neil Young
Decade 1977
There was one particular track on here, "Soldier", that I'd play again and again. I played this comp a lot on the [1993] Songs Of Faith And Devotion tour, it kind of carried me through a lot of things. I was looking got something desperately around that period in my life, obviously looking in all the wrong places as we do, but y'know, sometimes you need something to help you, and once again music was sort of there for me.

My favourite soundtrack
Ennio Morricone
The Mission 1986
I'd also play this on the Devotional tour. I'd play it in the morning - or whatever time it was that I sort of surfaced on that tour. I definitely saw the film. I was probably given the soundtrack, 'cos I wasn't playing a lot of soundtracks at that time. It may have been Alan [Wilder, Depeche Mode keyboardist] - he was definitely into a lot of soundtrack stuff. Songwriting for me is very visual, I kind of have to feel like I'm being taken somewhere.

A modern revelation
Mark Langan & Soulsavers It's Not How Far You Fall, It's The Way You Land 2007
I was led here by Mark Lanegan's solo stuff. This was a record I played to death, I just found it really inspiring and I liked the mish-mash of the bluesy gospel tendencies with all the sort of electronic sounds. I still play this all the time, as well. After we toured together, Rich [Machin, Soulsavers] got in touch and we just kind of hit it off. He started sending me little guitar lines or organ lines and we started writing.

An album that reminds me of Berlin
Iggy Pop
Lust For Life 1977
Martin [Gore] influenced me to listen to lggy. He was a big fan. This particular album reminds me a lot of making records with Depeche in Berlin. Iggy recorded a lot of this album in Hansa Studios, and we spent a lot of time there as well in the '80s, recording. With a lot of these records, I was too young to be into them when they came out I've always gone a bit backwards with that stuff - I didn't discover blues music 'til later on, as well.

A jazz favourite
Miles Davis
Sketches Of Spain 1960
This takes you to really visual places. I got into jazz, like Miles and Coltrane, in my mid- to late-thirties, dare I say early forties. It's hard to believe I'm in my fifties now, 'cos it doesn't seem that long ago that I was sharing my bedroom with my two brothers, transistor radio against my ear, listening to John Peel. When I moved to New York almost 20 years ago, that's the first time Coltrane made sense to me. Walking in the streets, the noises, everything, suddenly it all made sense.
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Re: 2015: Dave Gahan & Soulsavers - Angels & Ghosts
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2015-09-25 - Duke Garwood on Twitter:

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Feeling so good to going on tour with this beautiful band of maestros. Sweet soul will be flowing out.

#DaveGahan @soulsavers I am honoured to be hitting the road and making some sweet sweet music with ye.
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Re: 2015: Dave Gahan & Soulsavers - Angels & Ghosts
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2015-09-26 - Q Magazine (UK) - Let's Do Lunch With... Dave Gahan

[Taken from a site that illegally uploads magazine issues as PDFs. Typed out by me.]



Let's Do Lunch With...
Dave Gahan
The Depeche Mode frontman tackles his drug hell over grilled fish and mineral water in his local New York eaterie.
TERRI WHITE

Dave Gahan is nine minutes late. Hardly a sin for the frontman of one of the biggest acts of the last 30 years. "Sorry! I'm not too late, am I?" he apologises to Q while warmly greeting the waiter like an old friend. Turns out they know him here. The Depeche Mode singer has been coming to this old-school Italian eatery in Greenwich village for nigh-on two decades, his kids' school located just streets away.
He doesn't consult a menu as he sits down and pulls his linen napkin onto his lap. "Bring us that meat and cheese thing," he gestures excitedly after checking Q does eat both cheese and meat. This is New York, after all.
To follow, we order fish from an iced platter displayed proudly by the waiter - Gahan opting for a whole filleted sea bass with shared potatoes potatoes and spinach. "It's good for the heart," he notes with a laugh. Probably a sensible consideration for a man who had a heart attack onstage in 1993, at the height of his drug addiction.
As he orders a bottle of sparkling mineral water, it becomes apparent how much has changed since then and particularly, since he arrived in New York in '96, fleeing LA, the city that welcomed him as a junkie-in-training and nurtured him while he turned pro. "I couldn't stay there," he says. "Everything was wrapped up in getting loaded and I couldn't navigate any way around staying there and not doing that." Gahan's been a New Yorker ever since, embracing the anonymity and the chance to "be part of the human race again".
As we dig in, the pony-tailed elderly owner shuffles over. "You won't understand a word he's saying," Gahan whispers. He's not wrong. Yet he somehow makes out every third word from the Italian native.
Gahan has just arrived back in the city from California, a state he now has more love for especially, you sense, as it's also the home of Depeche Mode founding member and songwriter, Martin Gore. Although the pair have famously had a tumultuous dynamic over the years, Gahan admits happily that their relationship "has really changed".
"We were just sitting chatting and it was really nice. Not necessarily about music, just about stuff, about life. We've done that more probably in the last few years than in the whole time [we've been in the band]."
As he pulls apart his fish, he muses on a potential move back to California at some point in the future, though one place he certainly won't be making his home in is his actual home: England.
Gahan tells a particularly painful story of how he came to leave Blighty in his mid-20s. Raised in Basildon, Essex from the age of two, he was living with his first wife and son, Jack in a mansion in Sussex, but Gahan was secretly terrified. When it came time to leave for the Violator tour in 1990, he'd already decided. "I remember looking back and they were waving and I thought to myself, 'I'm not coming back here.' And I didn't." He called from the tour and told his wife he wanted to move to L.A.
He immediately found the seedier side of L.A. and took to it "like a duck to water." His drug abuse spiraled until he got busted and, facing two years in prison (and with a good lawyer), he opted for rehab. At a time when addicts were dying - including Kurt Cobain, who went to the same rehab as Gahan - "I had this feeling, 'I'll be next if I keep this up.'"
Twenty years on, Gahan has found salvation in sobriety. He and Gore are talking about the next Depeche Mode record (their 14th), he's about to release a collaboration with production and remix outfit Soulsavers and he has a stable family life with his wife and kids. He puts this down, to two things: the glass of fizzy water he holds in his hand and the city the other side of the window.
As he heads out onto the scorching streets, Q recalls something Gahan said of New York during lunch. "It's like a drug. It's shitty and disgusting... but when I'm way, I really miss it." California shouldn't expect a permanent return any time soon.

Favourite restaurant?
"The Odeon. It's close to where we live - I'm a creature of habit."
Brown sauce or ketchup?
"Depends what you're having, innit. If it's Shepherd's Pie, brown sauce."
Culinary specialty?
"Mash, baked beans around the edge and a volcano in the middle with an egg, plus two bangers stuck in. My kids love it."
Dream dining companion?
"It's got to [be] my missus. The wife."
Most hated foodstuff:
"Oysters. The way it goes down..."
Deathrow dinner?
"Fish and chips."
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