1961 - 2022
Picture by Norman Flanders, live DJ set 2015, Leipzig/Germany
A Charity in Memory of Andy Fletcher
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.
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.
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.
"Looking trough 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
The Children's Cancer Trust
From the very beginning on it was a major wish to support a children's cancer trust as Andy himself has supported one over years. Thus 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.
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
Thomann and the Hood Pirates
Thomann is now 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
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.
6122 - The Journey
Meeting point Copenhagen with Stig Robert Wintendorff of Town And Towers Group, talking about Cold Connection and music
BBQ with Stefano Saint Paolucci (Redeem) and Thomas Borchert (Neocoma)
Zurich, gathering background stories from Reto Bühler, former Intercord / Mute Germany label manager
In Carlos Peron's studio, meet a legend
Eastside Festival Halle/S. with Michi, Enrico Janke and Daniel Lemke (Page of Quire)
Meeting with Sabine, Birgit and Anita of the German Children's Cancer Trust in Bonn,
The Spirit of Charity : our Sponsors
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).
Explaining the Cover
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.
The Art of Mastering
Tracks mastered by the Abbey Road Studios:
Personal Jesus - Polly Scattergood
Wrong - Kirlian Camera
Oberkorn (It's A Small Town) - Electrogenetic / Gareth Jones
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.
Tracks mastered by Tokee:
Photographic - Shelter
Enjoy The Silence - LeBen
I Feel You - Tin Gun
Angel - Tom Meeloo
To Have And To Hold - Page Of Quire
Clean - Neocoma (mixing + mastering)
Breathe - The Brute : feat. Rachel Delgado (mixing)
A Question Of Time - The Brute : (mixing)
1 A QUESTION OF TIME - THE BRUTE:
2 NEVER LET ME DOWN AGAIN - WATERSHED
3 IN YOUR ROOM - NIGHTNIGHT
4 ICE MACHINE - RENARD (Markus Reinhardt ex WOLFSHEIM) feat. MARY ANN
5 BROKEN - REDEEM
6 STRIPPED - STARLIGHTS LIVE (Nico Wieditz of AND ONE)
7 LITTLE 15 - ATLANTIC POPES (incl. Bernhard Lloyd ex ALPHAVILLE)
8 THE SUN AND THE RAINFALL - APSÜRDE feat. MANOYA
9 MY SECRET GARDEN - COLD CONNECTION
10 IT'S NO GOOD - OXIC INC. feat. DE LA MORTE
11 DREAM ON - ROY JONES & RED BEAT
12 SHOULD BE HIGHER - THE RUDE AWAKENING
13 IN SYMPATHY - BON HARRIS (NITZER EBB)
14 HEAVEN - ZENTRUM OST 71
15 ENJOY THE SILENCE - LEBEN
16 PERSONAL JESUS - POLLY SCATTERGOOD
17 WRONG - KIRLIAN CAMERA
18 POLICY OF TRUTH - ROHN-LEDERMAN
19 TO HAVE AND TO HOLD - PAGE OF QUIRE
20 ANGEL - TOM MEELOO
21 SOMEBODY - PEOPLE THEATRE
22 THE SUN AND THE RAINFALL - NORTHERN KIND
23 PHOTOGRAPHIC - SHELTER
24 BARREL OF A GUN (EL PRESIDENTE PERON YEAH JOHN MIX) - CARLOS PERON (ex YELLO)
25 I FEEL YOU - TIN GUN
26 I FEEL LOVED - DANIEL HALL feat. STEPHEN NEWTON
27 OBERKORN (IT'S A SMALL TOWN) - ELECTROGENETIC / GARETH JONES
28 CLEAN - NEOCOMA
29 BREATHE - THE BRUTE: feat. RACHEL DELGADO
All Songs and Lyrics by Martin L. Gore
Except Song 4 & 23, written by Vince Clarke
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