How Did Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore Record A Song With Frank Ocean?

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Martin Gore, Frank Ocean (Miguel Medina, Matt Kent Getty Images

Martin Gore, Frank Ocean (Miguel Medina, Matt Kent Getty Images

During a recent interview, Depeche Mode lead singer Dave Gahan revealed that vocalist Frank Ocean has collaborated with the band’s main songwriter, Martin Gore.

“We were in the studio in New York, and we were filming and recording some live tracks toward the end of the session. I was singing, Martin [Gore] on guitar, a few of the other guys,” Gahan told Entertainment Weekly about a session for Depeche Mode’s forthcoming new album, Delta Machine.

“Suddenly in the doorway, I sensed this presence, and I realized there was this guy standing there just watching,” Gahan continued. “An assistant came up to me in between songs and said, ‘Do you mind? Frank Ocean is here working in another studio and really wants to meet you guys.’ I wouldn’t have thought he would have even known who we are, but it turns out he’s a big fan.”

Gahan went on to say that Gore, Ocean and producer Christoffer Berg worked on a song together, which he believes will be on Ocean’s forthcoming follow-up to his Grammy-winning debut, Channel Orange. “Martin did some electronics and some modular synthesizer stuff he really wanted.”

Depeche Mode’s Delta Machine is scheduled for release on March 26, followed by an extensive world tour. North American dates have yet to be announced.

-Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local

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