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Depeche Mode
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Kuvaaja: Anton Corbijn
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Depeche Mode What would you like to know about DM's time in Berlin? Preparing my DM fan tour in Berlin I conducted a lot of interviews. One of the most interesting witnesses of the Berlin period has been Gareth Jones, the producer of Depeche Mode in Berlin. We did arrange a "short interview" via e-mail, but finally I sent him almost 30 questions. Sorry! Gareth reacted very British - he didn’t write back, but rather he recorded a spoken interview in his studio, which is transcribed below. Wow: I’ve got my own Gareth Jones production! So now have a lot of interesting moments by reading the first English publication of the complete interview: Q: How long did you live in Berlin? A: I lived in Berlin from 83 approximately to 92. Q: Have you a good knowledge of the German language? A: (answers in German): "Für die Frage ich möchte sagen, mein Deutsch ist nicht so schlecht und ich spreche sehr gern Deutsch. " Q: Which feeling do you associate with the recording sessions during 84-86 in Berlin? A: The feelings I associate with the recording sessions of 84 to 86 are basically feelings of excitement and experimenting. Always try to do something new, experimental pop. Q: When did you meet Depeche Mode the first time? A: I met Depeche Mode for the first time before the recordings of "Construction Time Again" in the record company office "Mute Records", Kensington garden square, when I went for a job interview with them. Q: Do you remember the band in Berlin more than a unit of friends or a functional working team? A: Almost all of my relationship with the band in Berlin was a functional working team. Of course, we went out after work for beers and food sometimes but we all worked very hard so we were in the studio everyday and it was "work work work". You gotta work hard! And of course I've enjoyed seeing the band play concerts in Berlin. Q: Who, except Daniel, was your principal point of contact in the band? A: We all worked very closely together so I felt all the relationships were important. It was a very friendly and creative team, most of the time. Q: At what time the studio sessions at Hansa normally have started and ended? A: Studio sessions at Hansa probably started round about 11 or 12 o'clock. Sometimes I was there earlier to check equipment and set up. We also worked very late, sometimes at 1 o'clock, 2 o'clock, even 3 o'clock in the morning. Sometimes we worked all night when we had a tight deadline. So if we worked extremely late we might start a bit later the next day. Q: Did the band had some days without studio work? What did they do in such times? A: I have no idea what the band did when we weren't in the studio. They probably relaxed and caught up on sleep. When we did "Black Celebration" no one had a day off from the start of the recording to the finish of the mixing so we were in the studio absolutely everyday. Q: Did Martin, Dave, Alan and "Fletch" come to the studio at the same time? How they arrived? A: Band members would arrive at the studio sometimes together. When they were staying in the same hotel they might share a taxi, sometimes they would all come individually depending on what they needed to do and how they felt. I remember us using a lot of taxis. Perhaps they came on the U-Bahn sometimes but mainly I think we used taxis. Q: What did Dave do during the instrumental record sessions? A: Dave was extremely important in the vibe of the record as were all members of the band. So he was very involved on being encouraging or critical of what was going on when we were making backing tracks. Q: Where did he practice his vocal parts? A: There was lots of space at Hansa studio. So there was plenty of places he could go and do vocal warm ups and practice his vocals. Q: Did the band record samples in Berlin, for example on the street? A: We recorded many samples all over the place. I particularly remember a sampling session on the roof of Hansa studios on the terrace outside the mix room. Q: When did you usually listen the demo tapes of Martin the first time? A: I would usually listen to the demo tapes when Daniel sent them to me. This was usually before we went into the studio. Q: Did you produce all demo songs of Martin or did the band decide to litter some of his songs? A: Martin didn't write extra songs. Almost all the songs he wrote as far as I know that reach the demo face went on the album or beside. He is not one of those writers who write 50 songs and then choose his 10 for the album. We would more likely write 12 songs and there would be 10 on the album and two besides. Q: What do you mean, how many unpublished DM songs are laying anywhere in a safe and what is the code word? A: I don't believe there are unpublished Depeche Mode songs. Q: Did you have a common ritual after ending a single or an album? A: After we finished a single or an album, we usually went to sleep. 'Cause we were usually tired, very tired. Q: The video for "Everything counts" was filmed in West Berlin. Did the band collect personal places or ideas for it? A: I was not involved in the video of "Everything counts" but I'm sure the band went 'round with the video director and selected places where filming would happen. Although of course they were very busy making the record as well. Q: Where the band did eat during the recording sessions? Were there some special places in the near of the Potsdam Square? Or did you prefer delivery services? A: There was an Italian restaurant downstairs in Köthener Straße were Hansa studios is located. We often ate there. And we went around the corner to local Italian restaurants. We didn't use much delivery service. Q: Perhaps one last Q: are you sad about the fact, that this time in Berlin went by? A: I'm not sad, life moves forward and I still visit Berlin and I love Berlin. Q: In the eighties, the boys were getting millionaires. Did you feel any change? A: I never talked much about money with the band. We talked about music. Q: Which meaning did alcohol have for the band during the time of 84-86? As well in the studio as in the free time? A: We didn't drink beer in the studio actually. We never had a drink until work is finished – and not that much outside the studio, as far as I remember. Q: In the evening, did Depeche Mode usually go out together or more individual? And did they have a lot of friends escorting them? A: We didn't go out much in the evening because we worked so late. And that was, we were having fun in the studio working, so we might go somewhere very quietly with an assistant just to have a beer at the end of the day but I don't remember a lot of partying. Q: Which club has been your favourite? And did you go there with the "Modes"? A: My favourite bar in Berlin was always "Diner" (or Dinna). It was not a club, one thing I liked about it is that there was no music being played there. Q: Were the boys really interested in Berlin or just fascinated by the atmosphere of the divided city? A: We all loved working in Berlin. It was the atmosphere and the people. That’s all the same isn’t it? Berlin's a wonderful city, we all enjoyed it. Q: Could you describe the situation in front of the studio? Have been waiting fans there all the time? And enjoyed the band their status? A: We had lots of fans after the success of "Construction Time Again". We often had lots of fans visit the studio and line the staircases but they never came in to the recording studio but they visited the building and… hum... I remember a lot of fans around the studio and in the staircases at the studio as well. It was a nice atmosphere. Q: Did you already feel a big difference between Alan and the Basildon crew? A: When I started working with Depeche obviously Alan was the new boy. When I finished "Back Celebration" he was completely part of the team. Q: Where did Andy, Dave and Alan live during the recording sessions in Berlin? A: I certainly remember Hotel Interconti for "Construction Time Again" perhaps they stayed there for the other albums as well I don't know. Q: Did Daniel live in his own flat in West Berlin? And do you know where? A: Daniel did not have a flat in West Berlin. - Interview: Christian Haase - Transcription: Audrey Micheneau - Photo: Anke Ehlers, January 1986 (Martin L. Gore in front of the West-Berlin InterContinental hotel) Posted by: Christian Haase Kommentoi

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