Depeche Mode Announce Showcase Presented by Yahoo! @ SXSW Music Festival on Friday, March 15th
Previously Announced Panel Discussion With The Band @ SXSW To Be Held on Wednesday, March 13th & Will Be Moderated By Jason Bentley—Music Director of KCRW in Los Angeles
Depeche Mode’s SXSW performance will be available on Yahoo! Music on March 26
(Columbia Records; New York, NY; March 8, 2013) – Following on the heels of their panel announcement, Depeche Mode have confirmed their first ever showcase at South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival on Friday, March 15th. Presented by Yahoo! the exclusive show will take place at Austin’s Brazos Hall with Depeche Mode scheduled to take the stage at 10pm. The concert will give lucky fans an exclusive preview of the band’s new album, Delta Machine, which is due out on Columbia Records on March 26th. SXSW will be holding a ticket lottery that will be open to SXSW Platinum and Music badge holders beginning TODAY at 12pm CST. For full ticketing details and show information please go to
Depeche Mode released news earlier this week that they will also sit down for a discussion moderated by KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley. This unique look inside the legendary band will be held on Wednesday, March 13th at 5pm at the Austin Convention Center. The discussion is open to all Music and Platinum badges as well as Artist Wristbands.
The band’s new album, Delta Machine, was recorded over the last year in Santa Barbara, California and New York City and was produced by Ben Hillier and mixed by Flood. Alongside a standard CD format, Depeche Mode will release Delta Machine in an exclusive Deluxe Edition with four additional new tracks and accompanied by a 28 page hardcover book including photos by longtime artistic collaborator Anton Corbijn. The first single, “Heaven,” was released earlier this month to critical acclaim. Depeche Mode will kick off their European tour on May 7th in Tel Aviv with North American tour details to be announced in the coming weeks.
FULL RUN OF SHOW & SET TIMES: Doors 7:00 PM Feathers The Neighbourhood Depeche Mode ERIC PRYDZ
Exclusive: Depeche Mode To Play SXSW Showcase Presented By Yahoo!
By Lyndsey Parker
Earlier this week, venerable synthpop gods Depeche Mode announced their plan to make their first-ever appearance at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, the music portion of which kicks off next Tuesday. This was cause for black celebration indeed, but there was just one issue: The legendary group's Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andy Fletcher were only scheduled to take part in a public Q&A, with no official concert on the SXSW calendar. Rumors immediately began swirling that the Mode would play a "secret" show at SXSW, but now it's not a secret anymore: Yahoo! Music is thrilled to exclusively reveal that Depeche will indeed be playing at SXSW--and their showcase will be presented by Yahoo!
Yes, Depeche Mode will perform an exclusive Yahoo! show at Austin's shiny new venue Brazos Hall on Friday, March 15, taking the stage at 10pm. Doors will open at 7pm, with the other acts on the bill including psychedelic dream-pop combo Feathers, L.A. indie buzz band the Neighbourhood, and Swedish DJ Eric Prydz.
Due to incredible (and understandable) demand, South By Southwest will hold a ticket lottery, open to SXSW Platinum and Music badge-holders, beginning today, March 8, at 12pm central time. For full ticket details and show info, go to
However, don't fret if you're unable to score tickets or simply aren't in Austin next week: Depeche Mode's SXSW performance will be available right here on Yahoo! Music on March 26--the same day that the band's hotly anticipated 13th studio album, Delta Machine, comes out on Columbia Records.
And if you are in Austin next week and just can’t get enough of Depeche Mode, be sure to check out the band's career-spanning panel discussion--moderated by Jason Bentley, music director of Los Angeles tastemaker radio station KCRW--on Wednesday, March 13 at the Austin Convention Center. The discussion will open to anyone with a Music or Platinum badge or Artist Wristband.
Depeche Mode 2013-03-13 - SXSW Festival interview...
Depeche Mode SXSW Music Festival 15.03.2013
14 Mar 2013, 13:30
SXSW: 'I'm an Overpaid Stripper,' Declares Depeche Mode Frontman Dave Gahan
The influential band's first major interview in advance of new album "Delta Machine" (out March 26 on Columbia) is a standing-room only affair at South By Southwest.
Depeche Mode’s first major interview in advance of new album Delta Machine (out March 26 on Columbia) was a standing-room only affair as the band -- comprised of frontman Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy “Fletch” Fletcher -- took the stage at the South By Southwest Music conference in Austin. The moderator, KCRW music director Jason Bentley had the floor for half of the session, which was billed as a “featured interview,” using most of that time to discuss their latest (and 13th) release.
The good-natured Brits threw out a few doozies: like how there are only a handful of subjects to write songs about -- among them love and death. Cracked Gore of the latter category: “And we’re closer to that!”
The topic of songwriting came up a lot, with Gore humbly shrugging common band sentiment that he’s “written the same song over and over again.” Added Gahan: “But he does it really well.” The band members also talked about instrumentation. “We use a lot of virtual stuff,” said Gore, adding that he tries to listen to “all kinds of new music – not just electronic music, gospel and blues … I’m just a fan of music.”
The more enlightening chatter came out of a question Bentley directed at Gahan, recalling a meeting at the Sunset Marquis in 1995 when Gahan was, in the radio personality’s words, “in a very bad place” and “a mess.” Now sober, Gahan recalled those times blurrily: “It was quite a whirlwind up until that point. Everything in my life,” he said. “Getting better was an obvious means to an end. … [It came with] a lot of help and friends and people who support you. It’s slow and you’ve got to want to change. I have very little memory, fortunately, of some of those experiences, and the last 15 years in my life has progressively gotten better. I feel like I participate in it in a different way. I love the challenge that goes with working on being a dad and a husband, and the fact that we’re sitting here celebrating our 13th record together in 30-plus years.”
“And you’ve still got your hair,” Gore interjected, with Gahan nodding in agreement.
“We’re very happy that you survived,” added Bentley.
STORY': Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan Recognized for His Commitment to Sobriety
With the Q&A open to the public, several international attendees took the microphone, one of whom was a female from South Africa. Gore turned the tables on her, saying: “Can I ask you a question? Was Rodriguez really that popular in South Africa?”
The Searching for Sugar Man fandom got a rousing laugh and a snappy reply. “We’re very proud that we could reintroduce him to America,” she said.
Another fun topic was that of Gahan’s rock star swagger, now perfected after three decades fronting the band. Describing a typical show date, Gahan said he’s usually “a ball of anxiety” before taking the stage. “But I feel comfortable out there. I always said, 'I’m an overpaid stripper.'”
Gore and Fletcher elaborated that it takes more effort than Gahan was letting on – he goes to the gym daily to stay both healthy and disciplined. Added Gahan: “It doesn’t just happen. As hard as you play, you’ve got to work, too. When I get out there and there’s people who bought tickets, I’m going to give it my best.”