Andy Fletcher

1961 - 2022

#6122

Picture by Norman Flanders, live DJ set 2015, Leipzig/Germany 

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A Charity Double-CD in Memory of Andy Fletcher
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In recent years, the music world has lost some of its big stars and musical pioneers. David Bowie, Prince and many others are way too early on this list and May 26th, 2022 fits in there for millions of electronic music fans. On this day Andrew Fletcher, founding member of Depeche Mode, embarked on his last journey, aged 60. In particular, fans from all over the world, who have supported the band for decades, seem to have remained in shared grief and shock for months. The legitimate question for many is “how is the band going?” and sharing their condolences with the remaining members Martin Gore and Dave Gahan, Andy's friends and especially his wife Grainne and his children Megan and Joe.
 

Several international artists have now come together for a musical farewell and a thank you to Andrew "Fletch" Fletcher for over 40 years of music history, and recorded a compilation of various covers of Depeche Mode’s songs. The idea is not new. The difference lies in the top-class cast!

 

Gareth Jones, the producer of three Depeche Mode albums and hits like "People Are People” participates as well as Bernhard Lloyd with his current project Atlantic Popes, known as a member of Alphaville, who wrote in the 80s synth-pop anthems like "Big In Japan” and “Forever Young". Also present is Watershed from South Africa, who rose to global fame with their 2002 smash hit “Indigo Girl”, Bon Harris of Nitzer Ebb, Polly Scattergood, the iconic electronic music pioneers from Italy Kirlian Camera, Carlos Peron, co-founder of the Swiss band Yello, Markus Reinhardt, formerly a member of Wolfsheim, Roy Jones, Nico Wieditz of And One, Jean-Marc Lederman (ex Fad Gadget musician & Front 242 collaborator), The Brute: themselves and the award-winning UK act Northern Kind. Even Brian Griffin, the famous art work designer of Depeche Mode from 1981 - 1986 takes part in this condolence project.
 
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Image courtesy of Brian Griffin

The entire project has a charitable purpose. 50% of the profit will be donated to a charity for children in UK, and the Children’s Cancer Trust in Germany who officially partners to the project.

 

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Caricature by Norman Flanders

The aim was to bring together different artists from different decades, old musical companions of "Fletch" as well as known artists across different genres and promising new bands who were influenced by Depeche Mode's sound. From Rock, Electronic, Alternative, Pop, Crossover to Synthwave, everything is represented. 29 acts from the UK, the US, Germany, France, Belgium, Australia, Sweden, Italy, Hungary, South Africa, Denmark and Switzerland say “See You” in such a stylish way.
 
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"Dancing in the timeless Ocean"

Painting by Jesper Kikkenborg

The compilation with the name "6122", the year Andrew Fletcher was born and died, will be released on November 25th, 2022 as a Christmas present for all fans worldwide.

The Brute: / B.U.T. Entertainment / Timezone Records

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The Children's Cancer Trust & Jessie's Fund
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From the beginning it was the idea to support a foundation for music therapy for children as well as a children's cancer fund, since Andy himself has supported such a trust for years. Thus, the entire project has a charitable purpose. 50% of profits are donated to two children's charities, Jessie's Fund in York, UK and the Children's Cancer Trust in Germany, both officially partners with the project.

Jessie’s Fund helps children with serious illness, complex needs, and communication difficulties through the therapeutic use of music. Music can provide a powerful and profound way in which children can express themselves and connect with the world around them. Click on the audio button to hear the message of Jessie's Fund.

Deutsche Kinderkrebsstiftung (German Children's Cancer Trust) Headquarters in Bonn/Germany on September 16th, 2022.

f.l.t.r. Simone Müller, Daniel Gierke, Birgit Noczinski-Kruse, Anita Mastromarino

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Thomann and the Wood Pirates
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Thomann is Europe's largest music equipment and PA retailer and has donated within the frame of this project a full drum set to the Children's Village in Heidelberg/Germany that belongs to the German Children's Cancer Trust. Children play music and theatre as part of their recovery and cancer therapy.

Special thanks to Katharina Völlmer, Thomann GmbH

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The Artists
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From the very beginning on it was the aim to bring together friends and old musical companions of "Fletch" from the 80s like Gareth Jones, Brian Griffin, Bon Harris of Nitzer Ebb, Kirlian Camera, Bernhard Lloyd of Alphaville, Carlos Peron, co-founder of Yello or Jean-Marc Lederman who played with the genius Fad Gadget and Front 242, as well as known artists who has been inspired by Depeche Mode and left a mark on the dark electro-pop sound of the 90s+ like Markus Reinhardt of Wolfsheim or Nico Wieditz of And One. The aim was also to include well-known and promising international artists of the new millennium, such as Polly Scattergood, who released her debut album on Mute Records, produced by Gareth Jones. And who doesn't have Watershed's wonderful ballad "Indigo Girl" in their ears?

Whether it's Yasmin Haddad from NightNight, Daniel Hall, Northern Kind, Shelter, Apsürde and Cold Connection, to name just a few, they all represent the new generation of electronic pop music and prove that this genre is alive and comes up constantly with new fantastic sounds, tunes and moods.

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The Singles
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Videos

Trailer of Big Satsuma Radio for the 6122 Launch Show with snippets of songs and interviews with participating artists

Bon Harris "In Sympathy" live at HMV Chelmsford 28th May 2022 „Special dedicated to Andy Fletcher”

LeBen "Enjoy The Silence"  Depeche Mode Cover, out now

Apsürde feat Manoya "The Sun And The Rainfall" - Depeche Mode cover live

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6122 - The Journey
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Meeting point Copenhagen with Stig Robert Wintendorff of Town And Towers Group, talking about Cold Connection and music

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BBQ with Stefano Saint Paolucci (Redeem) and Thomas Borchert (Neocoma)

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Arrival of the first CDs at Timezone Records; Daniel Oldemeier, Holger Gechter, Gerald Oppermann

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Zurich, gathering background stories from Reto Bühler, former Intercord / Mute Germany label manager

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Meeting with Sabine, Birgit and Anita of the German Children's Cancer Trust in Bonn, 

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The postman didn't have to ring twice, first CDs arrived in Switzerland for approval and signature

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In Carlos Peron's studio, meet a legend

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Eastside Festival Halle/S. with Michi, Enrico Janke and Daniel Lemke (Page of Quire)

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Recording session with Thomas/Neocoma and Daniel/The Brute:

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Signing CD #1 and #2 for a fan in Scotland and for a raffle with depechemode.com.es

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Atlantic Popes (and others) sign ReBach Synthesizer Modules for the charity raffle as part of the 6122 Project

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Roberto depechemode.com.es with #2 of album at the Plaza de Castilla, Madrid, the square featured on the album's cover. 

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The Spirit of Charity : our Sponsors
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From the beginning, the project had a charitable character, since Andy himself was committed to childhood cancer research for many years. It is therefore a great pleasure for us to have so many sponsors on board who share this spirit.

 

Special thanks goes to Lucy Launder, Simon Gibson & Cameron Colbeck (Abbey Road Studios), Tom Saunders & Paul Browne (Blitzed Magazine), Bridget Kyle Gray & Kurt-Sinclair Hall (Big Satsuma Radio), Claus Müller (Orkus!), Boris Brock (Northern Art Music), Katharina Völlmer (Thomann), Rene Ubachs (ReBach), Anatoly Grinberg and Janos Janurik & Sven Plaggemeier (depechemode.de).

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Explaining the Cover
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A short story behind the cover. What the glasses stand for probably doesn't need to be explained.

 

Why was the compilation called 6122? Well, it references Andy's year of birth and year of death. And why Madrid? Madrid has a special meaning in the foundation of The Brute :. There the project came to life in January 2018. Without Madrid there would have been neither The Brute : nor the compilation. It is my personal thank you to a wonderful city that means a lot to me.

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The Art of Mastering
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Tracks mastered by the Abbey Road Studios:

Personal Jesus - Polly Scattergood

Wrong - Kirlian Camera

Oberkorn (It's A Small Town) - Electrogenetic by Gareth Jones

In Sympathy - Bon Harris (Nitzer Ebb)

Breathe - The Brute : feat. Rachel Delgado

A Question Of Time - The Brute :

Many artists have had their songs finalized by their own mastering engineers. For some we were able to organize the mastering through Abbey Road Studios, who offered it as sponsorship free of charge in the charitable spirit of the project.

 

Simon Gibson has already mastered some of the last Depeche Mode albums is also involved in this project. A special thanks to Lucy and Cameron at Abbey Road Studios for making this possible.

In addition, the amazing Anatoly "Tokee" Grinberg is supporting the project as studio engineer and mastering engineer who mastered some tracks for the compilation and assisted some artists during their mixing process.

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Tracks mastered by Anatoly "Tokee" Grinberg:

Photographic - Shelter

Enjoy The Silence - LeBen

I Feel You - Tin Gun

Angel - Tom Meeloo

The Sun And The Rainfall - Northern Kind

To Have And To Hold - Page Of Quire

Heaven - Zentrum Ost 71 (vocal mixing by DG)

Clean - Neocoma (produced by DG)

Somebody - Toal / The Brute : / Pople Theatre

Breathe - The Brute : feat. Rachel Delgado (final sound engineering)

A Question Of Time - The Brute : (final sound engineering)

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#6122 Lineup

CD1

 

1  A QUESTION OF TIME - THE BRUTE: - 3:56

2  NEVER LET ME DOWN AGAIN - WATERSHED - 3:49

3  IN YOUR ROOM - NIGHTNIGHT - 5:02

4  ICE MACHINE - RENARD (Markus Reinhardt ex WOLFSHEIM) feat. MARY ANN - 4:05

5  BROKEN - REDEEM - 3:29

6  STRIPPED - STARLIGHTS LIVE (Nico Wieditz of AND ONE) - 4:29

7  LITTLE 15 - ATLANTIC POPES (incl. Bernhard Lloyd ex ALPHAVILLE) - 4:13

8  THE SUN AND THE RAINFALL - APSÜRDE feat. MANOYA - 3:50

9  MY SECRET GARDEN - COLD CONNECTION - 4:51

10  IT'S NO GOOD - OXIC INC. feat. DE LA MORTE - 4:24

11  DREAM ON - ROY JONES & RED BEAT - 3:53

12  SHOULD BE HIGHER - THE RUDE AWAKENING - 3:51

13  SOMEBODY - TOAL / THE BRUTE : / PEOPLE THEATRE - 5:06

14  IN SYMPATHY - BON HARRIS (NITZER EBB) - 5:18

15  HEAVEN - ZENTRUM OST 71 - 4:01

 

CD2

 

16  ENJOY THE SILENCE - LEBEN - 3:17

17  PERSONAL JESUS - POLLY SCATTERGOOD - 4:34

18  WRONG - KIRLIAN CAMERA - 4:41

19  POLICY OF TRUTH - ROHN-LEDERMAN - 3:31

20  TO HAVE AND TO HOLD - PAGE OF QUIRE - 3:31

21  ANGEL - TOM MEELOO  - 3:51

22  THE SUN AND THE RAINFALL - NORTHERN KIND - 6:18

23  PHOTOGRAPHIC - SHELTER - 4:20

24  A BARREL OF A GUN (EL PRESIDENTE PERON YEAH JOHN) - CARLOS PERON (ex YELLO) - 4:10

25  I FEEL YOU - TIN GUN - 5:14

26  I FEEL LOVED - DANIEL HALL feat. STEPHEN NEWTON - 4:03

27  OBERKORN (IT'S A SMALL TOWN) - ELECTROGENETIC by GARETH JONES - 3:45

28  CLEAN - NEOCOMA - 6:19

29  BREATHE - THE BRUTE: feat. RACHEL DELGADO - 4:55

 

All songs and lyrics by Martin L. Gore / except songs 5 +12, written by Dave Gahan & Kurt Uenala / except songs 4 + 23, written by Vince Clarke / except song 24, written by Carlos Peron

 

Original songs published by Mute Records, Sonet Records & Publishing Ltd., Grabbing Hands/Sonet, EMI Music Publishing Ltd., Grabbing Hands Music Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC / songs 5 + 12 published by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, EMI Blackwood Inc. & JJSR Productions Inc. / song 23 published by Musical Moments Ltd. / song 24 published by Eisenberg Édition Musicale, Warner Chappell Music

 

Original songs released by Mute Records & Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment / except song 24, released by Timezone Records 2022