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A compilation by Recoil was rather unexpected. Usually this kind of albums indicate ending or putting the past behind for a clean start – which of the two is closer to the idea of releasing Selected now?
Neither actually - it was just quite good timing considering the project is almost 25 years old and that I don’t really have a ‘new’ album anywhere near ready. It has been a difficult last 2 years for me personally and so this comes at a very good time in terms of keeping Recoil’s profile active, as well as the excitement of presenting something to a live audience.
You're also bringing the music of Recoil out of the studio for a very first time. Can you tell me more about the format and the way these events are going to take place as it was said they won't be a typical live performances?
It is an audio/visual presentation. No ‘band’ but I do have four filmmakers involved, and lots of preparation by myself and Paul Kendall. Other than that, come to an event and find out for yourselves:)
Were the Subhuman release events and the emotions around the fan meetings some sort of an inspiration for this tour, like an indication that this is going to be an idea which will be welcomed and desired by the audience?
Yes - that’s a good point. I was made to feel so welcome in Berlin, Prague and Moscow last time and I felt I wanted to do more this time - not just turn up to sign things but do something special that would hopefully be appreciated in a similar way. I still want to be available to meet people, shake some hands and so on. For me, these appearances should be ‘events’ with interesting guests & other artists rather than just run of the mill ‘gigs’.
On the special edition of Selected there is a new version of Strange Hours featuring The Black Ships which I guess is the new project of NickMcCabe and Simon Jones of The Verve. How that collaboration came along?
It was via Davide Rossi who is also a member of The Black Ships. I got to know Davide through his connection with Goldfrapp and he explained about his project with The Verve guys. Davide also contributes a mix of his own on the ‘Selected’ album.
While selecting and re-working the tracks for the album, were there songs which you have re-appreaciated in the process, which you now look from a different angle than before?
I guess so - it was quite nice to listen again and also with a view to making more minimal versions for the live events. A good example might be ‘Want’ which I have come to appreciate more as time has passed. For a while, it wasn’t even going to be included on ‘Liquid’ but now it makes it onto this new selection. It has become my favourite of the Nicole Blackman tracks. I also really enjoyed listening again to Samantha Coerbell who I believe was underrated as a lyricist/poet. Her words are really excellent I think.
How your writing and working methods have changed from the time you recorded Bloodline to nowadays?
I am more assured and focused, less Kraftwerk-obsessed, more self-critical and thoughtful probably. And even though I like electronics, that is a smaller element of what I do. Technology is always interesting and I like to use the tools at my disposal but, these days, it’s the emotional content which means more.
In an interview around Subhuman you said that you don't consider yourself an electronic musician/producer anymore – do you plan to go into even further surprising direction after the blues influences on that album and integrate into Recoil's music other elements of other genres which people have not yet heard in that project?
I have no real conclusive thoughts on that. I will just work with an open mind and see where it leads.
After the Royal Albert Hall show you wrote on your Twitter than you 'felt a lot of love in air'. Are your feelings similar about the atmosphere in the backstage and the whole process of getting together for that special event?
Yes - I felt is was a good day all round. I had really good chats with Martin, Fletch and Dave as well as many others in the crew. Some people might think that ‘hatchets were buried’ but, from my perspective, there were no ill feelings lingering, even though we haven’t connected for some time. I was particularly impressed with Martin’s state of mind - he seemed really sharp and focused (I think it’s something to do with being sober:)
Somebody was no doubt a great choice – discrete but powerful, as the song itself. How it was decided that this will be the song which you will perform together?
It was suggested by DM - an obvious choice really since we wouldn’t have needed much rehearsal (time was tight).
On the Depeche Mode's O2 show in London you were seen together with Gary Numan, which along with Trent Reznor is one of the artists which many fans desire to hear as a Recoil collaborator. Can you imagine yourself in a studio with them and the eventual result of your work?
Probably not really although I’m good friends with Gary and Gemma. Since they go to just about every gig in London, it’s not surprising we saw them there! I have invited Gary to DJ at a Recoil event though - he is very much into the idea if we can make the dates work. He is also out on the road at the time so that may be a problem. Keep an eye on the Shunt site for details of all the tour guests.
The music of Recoil has often been described as cinematic or as "a soundtrack to a film which doesn't exist". Have you ever been offered to write a soundtrack and have you considered in working in that direction?
I have recently collaborated with someone actually on a forthcoming film, as yet unfinished, called ‘Dark Bridge’ Marcelo von Schvartz is the director. Look out for that in the near future. Recoil obviously would lend itself to movies and so this is always something I would be interested in.
On your "Music for the Masses - I Think Not." essay, you express your fear that the relationship between you and Mute may end up because of the state of the music industry. Two years after writing this article, do you still feel that your place in Mute is unstable or the things have changed in a positive way?
Things are actually changing at Mute for the better. They are in the process of mutating (excuse the pun) back towards being more of an independent label again, albeit under the EMI umbrella. We must wait to see how it all pans out but the signs are encouraging and I feel much more confident now about the prospects than I did 2 years ago. I think Dan Miller recognises more than most the changing trends in the industry and is trying to stay ahead of the game.
Can you share with us a memory of yours from your period in Depeche Mode, which always brings an honest and big smile on your face?
The first one that springs to mind is the gig in Santiago, Chile on the ‘Devotional’ tour ’94. I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared in my life! We were transported to the venue for a soundcheck by two drunken hairy locals, in a vehicle with no windows, who then proceeded to run over a dog and laugh manically about it as we continued driving past burning shops (following a street riot by the remains of a 200,000 crazy football crowd). As we arrived at the gig, we were greeted by gun-toting security people in the midst of a heated argument over venue advertising (the local promoter had sold it to 10 different buyers even though we had banned all advertising inside the venue). Having made it through alive until show time, the night improved and I remember possibly the best crowd reaction I have ever witnessed, bar none. I wasn’t too sorry to leave the next morning however following another ‘touch and go’ face-off with the promoter over the evening’s takings. I think we did get paid something in the end but I was happy enough to leave with my life, frankly.
There are a lot of people in Bulgaria who are very attached to the music of Depeche Mode and Recoil, is there anything you would like to say to them?
Unfortunately, even though we are covering a lot of cities in Europe, we haven’t managed to set up an event in Bulgaria. I hope you won’t feel this is favouritism as I appreciate fans from anywhere and everywhere. So thank you for your support and I hope some of you will be able to travel to one of the events somewhere.