Five questions with ... Martin Gore of Depeche Mode

Posted 8:07am on Sunday, Mar. 31, 2013

Martin Gore of Depeche Mode

NEW YORK -- British electro-pop group Depeche Mode kind of sounds like the Beatles -- at least on one track from its new album.

"It's a bad thing to say this because everyone is going to say, 'What are you talking about?' But it reminds me of the Beatles or something," chief songwriter and founding member Martin Gore said with a laugh, referring to the bluesy song Goodbye.

But Gore doesn't want fans to confuse the message of Depeche Mode's new album. The band's signature electronic grooves are all over Delta Machine, the trio's 13th release, out this week.

The band, which also includes singer David Gahan and multi-instrumentalist Andy Fletcher, will launch a world tour Friday in France that comes to Dallas' Gexa Energy Pavilion on Sept. 20.

In a recent phone interview with The Associated Press, Gore, 51, talked about his family, the new album, the state of electronic music and collaborating with Frank Ocean.

1 Do you feel pressure to match the success of previous releases?

I don't think I ever worry too much about what our target audience is. I just write naturally and organically and try to write from the heart. When you first sit down to write the first song, until you've maybe got three or four under your belt, it's always, to me, like a mountain to climb.

2 What are your thoughts on the dance and electronic sound blowing up in the U.S. in recent years?

[Laughs.] I find it a little bit strange that someone like Deadmau5 plays huge shows and huge audiences. I know that people have been doing it for a while, but the fact that it's been embraced so much in America now ... I find it slightly odd.

3 You collaborated with Frank Ocean?

The last day I think it was that we had in the studio in New York, we were just recording some live sessions, a bonus thing for our deluxe CD, and Frank asked our engineer if he could come in and have a listen.... He said he had a track that he would like us to work on. He came up later and brought his track up, and the following day we stayed an extra day and just did a few bits and pieces, and I have no idea what's happening to that track. It's a great track.

4 What advice would you give to young bands?

Times have changed so much. I'm not saying it was easy when we first started out, but at least there was a healthy record industry and record companies were looking to sign bands and there was money flying around. It's really difficult now. I even have nephews who make music, my daughter makes music. It's really a tough industry to break into.

5 What kind of music does your daughter perform?

She plays guitar and she sings, and it's more kind of folky really than anything else.... My older daughter plays guitar, piano, sings. My young son sings.

-- Mesfin Fekadu,

The Associated Press

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