Depeche Mode Co-Founders Reunite As New Group

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[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]VCMG [/lastfm]is a new project from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Vince Clarke[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Martin Gore[/lastfm], founding members of[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] Depeche Mode[/lastfm].

All you 80’s synthpop fans try and contain yourselves.

Rolling Stonecaught up with Martin Gore to ask about the new project, and how he reconnected with Vince Clark after nearly three decades apart.

Here are some excerpts from that Interview:

How did you get back together with Vince Clarke?

“It really was a bit of a shock when I found an email from Vince one day, because we’re not in the habit of sending emails to each other. I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever received an email from Vince. But I got one, and it just said very simply, “I’m thinking of making a techno album. Are you interested in collaborating? There are no deadlines or pressures. What do you think?” And that was basically the email. And it came at a really good time, because I was on a downtime from Depeche. We’d finished a tour and we didn’t have any imminent plans. So, I thought it sounded like it could be fun. I’ve been into techno music for a while now. It seemed like a good thing to try out.”

What was it like reconnecting as musicians?

“It was good. You know, I really appreciated all the things that Vince was doing on the tracks. And I think musically, what he was coming up with was very, very creative. Because we haven’t worked together, or even really known each other very well, for the last 30 years, I think that the way we chose to do the album was perfect, because we did the whole thing via email and file-sharing. We just got on with our own thing in our own studios and then sent files backwards and forwards. We didn’t actually get to talk at all, even on the phone, until we’d almost finished the whole project. And then we had a conference call with Daniel from Mute and my manager and Vince’s manager. And we had to discuss things, like, “What are we going to call ourselves?” “We got any ideas for an album title or artwork?” Things like that.”

What else have you been working on recently? Is there a new Depeche Mode album in the works?

“We finished this project last May or something. Since then I’ve been working on writing songs for Depeche. And we are about to embark on a whole new project. We’re starting in the studio at the end of March, hoping to have an album finished by the end of the year, and then probably getting to the whole touring process in 2013.”

You can read the entire interview HERE.


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