|Guitar World Interviews Martin
( May issue )
Excerpts from the interview
"Gore may not play as fast or proficiently as the guys who practice their guitar all day and then sleep with it at night. But, coming to the guitar from the larger perspective of song writing, Gore will often do things with the instrument that a guitar obsessive could never think of in a million years. He uses it to create aural colors more than riffs---the orange glow of a western sky, the desperate blue-black of a deserted nighttime street. Which is to say Gore belongs to that breed of guitarists who don't exercise fingers as much as they do their imagination. He's more interested in tugging at the heart strings than the wang bar."
Guitar World: Many people who play both guitar and keyboards find the guitar more responsive.
Martin: I definitely find the guitar more responsive; I can get far more feeling out of a guitar than I can out of keyboards. Although, the better you get at programming; the more emotion you can get out of computers, keyboards and samplers. It's just harder to get there. That's why I think guitars can sometimes be the easy option when you're making a record---the lazy option, if you like. You have to work very hard to get something really emotional out of an electronic keyboard. So its quite ironic how a lot of people think that electronic music isn't "real music," and any fool can do it. This is a misconception. Sure any idiot can buy a sampler, a computer and keyboard and probably make music. But the majority of the people who do that don't make good music, because they don't spend time actually creating sounds. They're quite happy to live with presets, and that actually sounds bland most of the time.
GW: What kind of things prompted you to pick up the guitar again and play it in Depeche Mode?
M: I think for ages we got caught in our own trap. When we changed into an all-electronic band, we made it our creed to bear the electronic flag. We felt that using guitars was harking back to the past, and that wasn't the way forward for music. And after carrying that kind of belief through, we came to the realization that we should be open to using whatever was available to us, if it suited the song. We shouldn't be limiting our options.
Now Martin on sampling:
Martin: At one point, I'm sure everybody would have gone out and burned our records in America if they thought we sampled anything. I'm talking about 1983. We struggled for ages to get any sort of recognition, because the way we made music wasn't considered serious. It's nice that electronic music's actually respected now and the tables have turned. That is a gratifying feeling.