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Archives / Re: 2017: Other News
« Last post by Angelinda on 21 September 2017 - 19:36:31 »
2017-09-21 - The Music Managers Forum (UK) - Depeche Mode manager Jonathan Kessler to receive Peter Grant Award


Jonathan Kessler, long-time manager of Depeche Mode, is to receive the coveted Peter Grant Award, sponsored by PPL, at the Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artist Coalition’s (FAC) 6th annual Artist & Manager Awards.
Sponsored by Spotify, the ceremony will take place on the evening of Tuesday November 14th at Printworks London.
Jonathan has worked with Depeche Mode since 1986, initially as an accountant on the Black Celebration tour, before helping oversee the band’s evolution to stadium performers with the albums Music For The Masses (1987), Violator (1990) and Songs of Faith & Devotion (1993) – the band’s first UK/US number one. In 1994, and still aged under 30, Jonathan became their first and only manager. Over the last 30 years, Jonathan has also worked and consulted with other artists and managers across the industry, including Sting, Neil Young, Tracy Chapman, The Weeknd, a-ha, and Rod Stewart, leveraging his business background to help artists reach their full potential.
Hugely influential on a generation of artists, Depeche Mode are a genuine global phenomenon – always pioneering, effortlessly blending creative and commercial success, and selling over 100 million albums. And their career remains in full-flight. In 2017, the band released Spirit on Sony Music, their 14th studio album, headlining the BBC 6 Music Festival in March before embarking on a 150-date world stadium and arena tour – including sold-out stadium shows in London, Germany and across all of Europe, and a record-breaking four nights at the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Following the Artist & Manager Awards the band return to Europe and the UK for another four months of arena shows before continuing to stadiums in Latin America in March of 2018. The Global Spirit Tour concludes in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in March 2018.
Jonathan remains an enigmatic figure, but a crucial part of the Depeche Mode story that started in Basildon with Mute Records in the early 1980s, and runs to their current status as one of the UK’s most successful and innovative music exports. He is a worthy winner of the Peter Grant Award.
Jonathan Kessler, said: “I am thrilled, honoured and humbled to be considered and chosen to receive the Peter Grant Award – thank you very much to the MMF and FAC. Depeche Mode are incredibly talented musicians and performers, we’ve experienced over thirty years of history together, and it has been an honour to be a part of that journey.“
 Annabella Coldrick, Chief Executive, MMF said: “Jonathan was a unanimous choice for this year’s Peter Grant Award. Depeche Mode have always been a watchword for pioneering independence, and under his guidance have evolved into one of the UK’s most globally successful and respected bands. A place where they remain today. We are hugely excited to celebrate Jonathan’s work and his contribution to their success.”
Peter Leathem, Chief Executive at PPL commented:  “Jonathan Kessler is an industry icon and a figure who is as distinctive as the band he manages. Depeche Mode are an uncompromising, maverick band who have always stayed true to their artistic vision – the fact that Jonathan Kessler has been at the management helm since the early days of their career is a testament to the relationship he has with them.”
The Peter Grant Award, named after the legendary manager of Led Zeppelin, is awarded annually to a manager who has gained the respect of their peers over a sustained career. Previous recipients at the Artist & Manager Awards are Peter Rudge (2016), Jim Beach (2015), Paul Loasby (2014), Terry Blamey (2012) and John Glover (2011).
Under the event’s previous incarnation as the British Music Roll of Honour, the Peter Grant Award was received by Simon Fuller (2008), Bill Curbishley (2007), Paul McGuinness (2006), David Enthoven & Tim Clark (2004), Jazz Summers (2003), Ian McAndrew & Colin Lester (2002), Chris Morrison (2001), Tony Smith (2000), Rod Smallwood (1999), Ed Bicknell (1998), Gail Colson (1997), Geoff Travis & Jeanette Lee (1996).
Archives / Re: 2017: Spirit and Global Spirit Tour
« Last post by Angelinda on 20 September 2017 - 15:53:47 »
2017-09-19 - Green Hippo (UK) - Green Hippo Enters into the Spirit of Depeche Mode Global Tour

Green Hippo Enters into the Spirit of Depeche Mode Global Tour

Depeche Mode, formed in 1980, continues to astound with its epic live performances. The Global Spirit Tour sees the band crossing the globe in support of Spirit, its 14th studio album. During the European leg alone, the boys will play to 1.5 million fans in 32 cities in 21 countries. And at each venue a pair of Hippotizer Boreal media servers will provide the technology required to manage the show’s video playback.
SRae Productions, the full-service design and production company owned by Sooner Routhier and Robert Long, takes charge of the tour lighting direction for Anton Corbijn’s production design. Commenting on the Global Spirit Tour, Sooner described some of the duties she and her team demand of the Hippotizer gear: “For Depeche Mode, the Hippotizer is a playback machine. We used the system for IMAG effects on the rear wall. We also used the colour block system in some way, shape or form. We trace the screens to give them the look of being lined in modern, 'neonesk' lines. We also were able to use each LED tile as a lighting fixture, taking a bit of pressure off the content team.”
Key to the success of this world tour’s video and lighting show is Hippotizer, Green Hippo’s award-winning proprietary software, including its ZooKeeper user interface. ZooKeeper talks to ‘The Engine’ (the core of the Hippotizer system) and the latest version enables best-ever real-time control. Sooner is a ZooKeeper fan: “We love the new layout and its workflow,” she said. Evaluating the latest version of Hippotizer V4 with previous release, Sooner added: “It’s still similar to V3, but with a bit of added flare, new functions and features. The ViewPort controls are fantastic! And we were absolutely thrilled with the technical support. It was really easy to get someone on the phone, the instant we needed help with anything at all.”
The resulting show is a triumph for the band, SRae, and Hippotizer media servers. With a set-list bulging with hits from Depeche Mode’s extensive back catalogue, as well as new favourites from its critically acclaimed new album, Depeche Mode continue to show other bands how it’s done. As critic James Hall said in his Telegraph review of the London Stadium gig: “Depeche Mode managed something you don’t often experience at such large gigs: I could not see a single member of the crowd, from the front to the back of the enormous stadium floor to the very top of the place’s towering stands, without their arms aloft.”
Cory Froke, SuperTech at Green Hippo Media Technology, commented: “SRae has really become one of the foremost driving forces in touring production design today. Sooner and Robert love to push the limits of technology with their designs, requiring every piece of the system to work in unison in order to give the show the cohesive, seamless relationship between lighting and video that they are so well known for. We, at Green Hippo couldn't be more honoured to be given the opportunity to support their designs, while also expanding the toolset. Hippotizer affords designers who are looking to push the limits.”
Archives / Re: 2017: Spirit and Global Spirit Tour
« Last post by Angelinda on 20 September 2017 - 02:39:08 »

Re-TROS, Pumarosa, EMA, and Blackline to Join Depeche Mode Throughout the Winter

Depeche Mode are excited to announce the support acts for their forthcoming winter European Global Spirit Tour dates. Support duties on the four-month run will be split between four acts: Re-TROS, Pumarosa, EMA, and Blackline.
Following an enormous summer European stadium run, Depeche Mode is currently selling out arenas and amphitheaters across North America, including a record breaking four consecutive shows at the world-famous Hollywood Bowl. After the North American tour, the band will bring the Global Spirit Tour back to Europe for two separate runs, before and after the New Year.
Archives / Re: 2017: Null + Void - song featuring Dave Gahan
« Last post by Angelinda on 19 September 2017 - 23:46:55 »

2017-09-18 - HFN Music (UK) - Null + Void about to release single 'Where I Wait' with Dave Gahan

Null + Void about to release single 'Where I Wait' with Dave Gahan

The New York-based artist Null + Void will make his debut on hfn music with the upcoming album 'Cryosleep', which is combining oldschool vibes with contempoary electronic music and offers a range of unique vocal features.
The third single taken from the longplayer is the first one which features the singular voice of an outstanding artist. Connecting with longtime collaborator and legendary Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan, 'Where I Wait' is a haunting and luminous lament on lost time and the ghosts of lovers past. Dave Gahan brings a classic edge to the song, a stunning hymn about hope and uncertainty.

Null + Void teamed up with the mighty Dave Gahan for his upcoming single 'Where I Wait' taken from his debut album 'Cryosleep'. We are happy and proud to release such a wonderful song with two outstanding artists this October!


Archives / Re: 2017: Null + Void - song featuring Dave Gahan
« Last post by Angelinda on 19 September 2017 - 23:44:38 »
2017-07-20 - Dubiks (Italy) - NULL + VOID TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM ‘CRYOSLEEP’


After working with a long list of major acts like The Kills and Moby and writing songs together with Dave Gahan for the latest two Depeche Mode albums the Swiss-born New Yorker emerges as a solo artist under the name Null + Void, with his debut longplayer Cryosleep.

An album of contrasts and tension, where darkness is pierced by blinding light, and where moody new wave bleeds into stark electronics. In one moment, joyful memories give way to isolation and regret, and in the next, Cryosleep explores the catharsis of crowded dancefloors.

Throughout the record, Uenala matches his dynamic production with incredible vocalists—from Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan and the inimitable Shannon Funchess of Light Asylum, to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Big Pink. Null + Void’s take on dark pop meshes with his love for Detroit electro, poignant synth melodies, and cold atmospheres.

Following on from ‘Asphalt Kiss’, ‘Paragon’ will be the second instrumental single released on August 11th, while ‘Where I Wait’ feat. Dave Gahan will follow in September including a mesmerizing music video directed by Timothy Saccenti (a long time video collaborator of Depeche Mode).

Null + Void – Cryosleep (out 03.11.2017)
01. Falling Down (feat. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)
02. Into The Void
03. Asphalt Kiss
04. Where I Wait (feat. Dave Gahan)
05. Come To Me
06. Take It Easy (feat. The Big Pink)
07. Foreverness
08. Paragon
09. Hands Bound (feat. Shannon Funchess)
10. Lost And Blind
digital bonus for all formats
11. Blank Stare
12. Where I Wait (feat. Dave Gahan) (Radio Edit)
13. Where I Wait (feat. Dave Gahan) (Aristókrasía Version)

The album ‘Cryosleep’ will be released on 3rd November on limited colored vinyl, CD and digital. Digital bonus tracks will be added to all formats via a download code.
Archives / Re: 2017: Spirit and Global Spirit Tour
« Last post by Angelinda on 13 September 2017 - 23:18:27 »
2017-09-13 - Depeche Mode - Miami show

After numerous conversations with our partner Live Nation and the authorities in Miami, it looks like Friday’s show at AmericanAirlines Arena WILL be possible, and we’re looking forward to playing the show as scheduled.
Archives / Re: 2017: Spirit and Global Spirit Tour
« Last post by Angelinda on 13 September 2017 - 20:32:40 »
2017-09-13 - Depeche Mode - Cover Me Video Premiere

Remixes to be released physically and digitally on October 6th
Depeche Mode today released the video for "Cover Me", the next focus track from their latest studio album 'Spirit'. Directed by longtime creative collaborator, Dutch photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn, "Cover Me" features a pensive Dave Gahan, dressed in astronaut attire, restlessly wandering through an empty Los Angeles and visibly longing for his past life as an astronaut in space. Shot in black and white with heavily contrasted light and shadow, the video is as moody as the song itself.
In addition to the new video, Depeche Mode is offering expansive "Cover Me" remix packages for fans. Three separate formats of remixes will be available simultaneously on October 6th; digital version, cd version and vinyl version. The physical pre-order for the remixes is live now and can be accessed here:

Digital Product:
Cover Me (Radio Edit)   
Cover Me (Warpaint Steez Remix)   
Cover Me (Josh T. Pearson Choose Hellth Remix)   
Cover Me (Ellen Allien U.F.O. RMX)   
Cover Me (Nicole Moudaber Remix)   
Cover Me (Ben Pearce Remix)   
Cover Me (Texas Gentlemen Remix)   
Cover Me (Erol Alkan White Light Rework)   
Cover Me (I Hate Models Cold Lights Remix)   
So Much Love (Kalli Remix)   

CD Product:
Cover Me (Radio Edit)                     
Cover Me (Warpaint Steez Remix)
Cover Me (Erol Alkan Black Out Rework)                 
Cover Me (Texas Gentlemen Remix) 
Cover Me (Ellen Allien U.F.O. RMX) 
Cover Me (Ben Pearce Remix)
Cover Me (Josh T. Pearson Choose Hellth Remix)               
So Much Love (Kalli Remix)       
Vinyl Product:
DISC 1 - Side A
Cover Me (Ellen Allien U.F.O. RMX)
Cover Me (I Hate Models Cold Lights Remix)             
DISC 1 - Side B
Cover Me (Nicole Moudaber Remix)
So Much Love (Kalli Remix)
DISC 2 - Side A
(Erol Alkan White Light Rework)
Cover Me (Texas Gentlemen Remix)
DISC 2 -Side B
Cover Me (Warpaint Steez Remix)
Cover Me (Josh T. Pearson Choose Hellth Remix)

I always feel a bit of excitement going into a video shoot, when you get to see a director bring to life the concept that they've pitched the band in writing. It's a bit different with Anton as the band have worked with him for years -- there’s a higher level of trust and a willingness to go along with ideas that may seem crazy, like “a lonely astronaut, walking around an urban area in his astronaut clothes”.
The “Cover Me” shoot started early morning with Dave out on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, walking through Venice's back alleys and on the sand, in full astronaut attire. It was an out-there concept, but even on the preview monitors you could tell that it worked incredibly well and the video was going to be something special.
When you watch the video, at the very beginning you'll see Dave waiting to cross the street, his astronaut helmet in his hand. Between takes while Dave was standing there, a guy (a bit older, no shirt, typical old-school Venice-type guy) walking his dog came up and stood alongside Dave, waiting to cross the street the other direction. He (and his dog) paid no attention to the rock star standing on the street corner in a full space suit, or the 20-person strong film crew surrounding him -– he just waited for the light to change and kept on walking. Apparently a spaceman was just a normal morning sight in Venice. Unfortunately, the cameras weren’t rolling and we only have this as a memory, but it’s all about being a part of moments like this where the line between normal and abnormal get completely blurred.
From Venice Beach we all drove an hour or so across LA to the second location – Anton, the film crew, Jonathan, Dave and I, along with all of the dressing room and office trailers, equipment trucks, etc. The second location was an old industrial warehouse just south of Downtown LA, right under where all the airplanes turn around before heading back to the coast to land at LAX. Another surreal location, made only more surreal by the large (I’d guess 20-foot diameter) model of the earth that had been trucked in for the shots of the space capsule in orbit. Very little CGI work on this video...
Funny to see Dave inside a model space capsule and then harnessed and filmed in front of a green screen to capture the “floating in space” scenes. I’ll admit that flying, even when guided by a fantastic director and a stunt coordinator, doesn’t look easy.

Posted by: Alex Pollock
Archives / Re: 2017: Spirit and Global Spirit Tour
« Last post by Angelinda on 13 September 2017 - 04:47:11 »
2017-09-12 - Depeche Mode - Cover Me sneak peak

"BREAKING NEWS. DM's letting me give you a sneak peek of what's coming tomorrow. Tune in for a special video release & a look behind-the-scenes!"

Archives / Re: 2017: Spirit and Global Spirit Tour
« Last post by Angelinda on 12 September 2017 - 22:51:04 »
2017-09-12 - Depeche Mode - Tampa Show Cancellation

September 13 Tampa show cancelled due to Hurricane Irma impact
We're disappointed to announce that due to the impact of Hurricane Irma on Tampa, we have been forced to cancel the September 13 show at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater. With our partners at Live Nation, we have looked at all options available to avoid cancelling the show, including moving the show to an alternate venue, but at this time we cannot guarantee a venue that will be ready and adequately staffed for a safe and successful show, so we have no choice but to cancel. We apologize to all fans who were planning on attending the Tampa show and we send our thoughts for a quick recovery to the people of Tampa and all of Florida.
Our hope is that we will be able to maintain our show Miami on Friday, and we will make another announcement later this week as the cleanup and recovery continues in Miami and the feasibility of the show is better known.
If you are holding tickets for the cancelled Tampa show, refunds are available at the point of purchase.
Archives / Re: 2017: Spirit and Global Spirit Tour
« Last post by Angelinda on 12 September 2017 - 22:50:20 »
2017-09-11 - MidFlorida Amphitheatre on Twitter:

Due to hurricane Irma, we need to assess damage & speak w/ local authorities- will annce tomorrow updating status of Depeche Mode. Thank you
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