2015-09-14 The Radcliffe & Maconie Show, BBC 6 Music, London, UK

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Dave Gahan was interviewed over the phone on Friday, September 11th, which was aired on Monday the 14th, on the Radcliffe & Maconie Show, presented during Elizabeth Alker's Music News segment. The fragment has been re-uploaded on Box as a 128 kbps mp3 file. This interview was also partially aired on 2015-09-14 Shaun Keaveny's Breakfast Show. A transcript of Dave Gahan's answers has been typed out below for your convenience.

  • Duration: 04:55 minutes



[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.


Thanks to 'robsmall71' for supplying a 160 MP2 recording of this file (cut).