Video: Dave Gahan Discusses Depeche Mode's Upcoming Album

Frontman says the band is entering the studio to record their 12th LP

March 2, 2012 2:50 PM ET

Depeche Mode are just about ready to record their 12th album, says frontman Dave Gahan. The record will be produced by Ben Hillier, but Gahan says Depeche Mode co-founder Martin Gore will step up with more production responsibilities than on previous LPs. "We've got about 20 songs demoed and we're going to begin recording at the end of next month," he recently told Rolling Stone. "It's a very different process from what it used to be. You've got to put interesting people around you, you've got to work with people who are gonna inspire you to take the songs you've written into a completely different direction, because there's nothing more boring than going to the studio and predictably knowing what is going to happen."

Interview by Patrick Flanary, video by Eric Helton and Matthew Murphy

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