sonicmod: Welcome to the chat featuring
photographer Anton Corbijn and Andy
Fletcher from Depeche Mode.
Racheal: Andy, what plans do
you have cooking with DM in the future?
ANDY: We just finished a video for a track
called "Useless" in a Welsh pit under very bleak
ANDY: Anton, why have you
got a pre - occupation with trees and naked girls?
ANTON: I think it's more Andy
focusing in on those things. I think the nature thing comes up
quite often in my videos because I like to do them outdoors.
sonicmod: What was the first project that you
guys work on together?
ANTON: I photographed Depeche Mode
for NME in 1980 or '81. When we really worked
together it was in '86 on a video "Question of Time."
modey: Andy, as a longtime
devotee, it gets rather offensive when people imply that you are
a lesser member of DM from a musical standpoint.
Do you take offense to that also and how do you deal with it??
ANDY: I get paid the same money.
Giorgio: Do you prefer making shots of Depeche
Mode in colors or b/w?
ANTON: Black and white.
Giorgio: Which is the object on the sleeve of
ANTON: The image underneath the lettering is
Dave's hand. Very dark against a lighter stone and I made
lettering on top of the image in a complex way.
gravedigga: When did you know that DM
would be a group that you would focus a lot of your attention on?
ANTON: I realized we were working together on
the third video which was "Never Let Me Down Again."
This is when I realized we were becoming a bit of a team.
ANDY: Anton, what is your
favorite airport in the world?
ANTON: Schiphol airport in Holland.
guest181: How is Dave?
ANDY: Dave is on better form than me.
ANDY: Would you make a porno film, Anton?
ANTON: Not with you. I know that one of the
members of DM would do the music for me if I
sonicmod: Anton, do you send
subliminal messages through the different forms of media that you
ANTON: Sometimes I send subliminal messages.
Raven: Fletch, do you read
Bong, the mailing list?
ANDY: Yes, we should be more involved with
TWTW: Andy, can you give us
any details about the upcoming greatest hits album?
ANDY: We are about to start recording new
material. So hopefully for next year.
modey: Andy, how is Grainne
doing? We had the opportunity to chat with her after a St. Pete,
Florida show, a few years back.
ANDY: Grainne's problem is me, other than
that she is doing great.
Giorgio: Hey Fletch, this is
Giorgio Minale. What about Italy vs. England?
ANDY: The better team drew.
dirtgirl: Anton, what is
your favorite video you have made?
ANTON: It's hard to answer. I've made over 50
videos and I would like to mention a few that I really like.
Starting with DM "Its No Good,"
"Useless," "Walking In My Shoes," Personal
Jesus" and "Behind The Wheel" . Outside of DM I
really like the U2 video I did called "Please" a video
"Hero of the Day", Nirvana video "Heartshaped
Box" and very old video for the 80's for a band called Joy
Division, a song called "Atmosphere."
modey: Andy, how can we get
you and the other band members to become more involved with Bong
on the net?
ANDY: It's down to us making the effort, and
now our office is closer.
stylz: Anton- How has your
creative look on videos, pictures, album covers, etc. changed
with Alan not being part of DM?
ANTON: It opened an opportunity to play drums
on Top of The Pops. On a more practical level it
hasn't changed that much. In a way the contact I have with the
band has become more direct because there are less voices.
Visually I do prefer three people instead of four regardless of
who the three are.
NirvClub: What was it like to work with
ANTON: Nirvana, pretty brilliant actually.
TobiasW_: Have you photographed Cardigans or
Sophie Zelmani yet?
ANTON: Cardigans no, Sophie yes. And I even
photographed Ulf Lundell.
Raven: Andy, what is your
ANDY: London, NY are my two favorite cities.
stylz: Does Depeche Mode
expect to make any Canadian stops on their next tour?
ANDY: We always do.
Jonathan: Your work has had a profound impact
on my own photography. Who were some of your influences?
ANTON: Influences are definitely Robert
Frank, somebody called W Eugene Smith, Josef Sudek, Irving Penn,
amongst others. In music photography I was inspired by Elliot
Landy, Michael Cooper, amongst others.
saucytrt: How did you manage to let Michael
Stipe pose with his trousers on his shoes?
ANTON: If you know Michael, you know it's
hard for him to put his trousers on.
NirvClub: Anton, you have
worked with so many great bands, what band did you enjoy working
most with ?
ANTON: Obviously people I've worked with for
a long time are amongst my favorites and I would include Depeche
Raven: Andy, what kind of food is there at
ANDY: We try to call it global.
ANTON: Fletch, are you still
ANDY: I am into all bran at the moment.
ANTON: How's your personal trainer?
ANDY: I sacked him after he started training
ANTON: So you must be out of prison.
modey: Andy, when is the
last time you listened to Black Celebration? Do
you still find yourself listening to Ultra for
the fun of it? I think I recall you saying that even
post-production, you were still enjoying the album.
ANDY: I think that Black Celebration
is one of our most underrated albums, and I was even listening to
Ultra last night in my hotel room. Is that
TobiasW_: Do you like Ulf Lundell? Have you
photographed Larsvon Trier yet?
ANTON: No, I have not photographed Larsvon
yet, and Ulf Lundell is a great man and I really like his new CD
that comes out in November.
saucytrt: Are your pictures still published
in Dutch magazine OOR? Are you yourself coming
back to Holland often?
ANTON: I stopped publishing in OOR.
I come to Holland ten to twenty times a year to Holland.
ANDY: If you love Holland so much why don't
you fucking go back there?
gigi: Andy, when did you
first start playing music, and are you married?
ANDY: Yes, I am married. I started playing
music when I was 13. But I haven't got much better since.
miajoon: Anton, how do you
pick the bands you work with?
ANTON: It's a mix between if I like the
people, the music or I like the money and that's as honest as I
can be. But many people don't realize is that I try to photograph
very many film people. Very recently I photographed Clint
Eastwood and Time Roth, and Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz. The
pictures can be found in Entertainment Weekly,
W and Ikon.
Jonathan: I have read that when you shoot,
you actually use very simple techniques for complex results. What
are some of those techniques? How can I apply them to my own
ANTON: The main answer is that photography is
not about technique but about attitude. Go figure.
ANDY: Anton, serious
question. Why do you work so hard?
ANTON: It's in my blood and also I have so
many ideas coming up that I feel I am only just beginning.
ANTON: Andy, why do you earn
ANDY: I try and aspire to what you earn. My
fear is that I will never reach it!
ANTON: Nuff said.
ANTON: Andy, what is your favorite music
ANDY: Mary Poppins.
ANTON: Did Andy realize what Depeche
Mode meant when you started the band?
ANDY: We knew it was a French magazine.
ANDY: We ask again are you interested in
making a porn movie, cause Martin is interested in doing the
ANTON: That's what I suggested because I knew
that there would be someone in DM that would be
interested in doing the music and that was Martin.
sonicmod: Andy, what do you think of KROQ, in
terms of how they launched DM in LA and for that
matter, the USA.
ANDY: It's always strange because in England,
there was never a station like it that played alternative music.
gigi: Songs of Faith and Devotion
is your best album. What do you think?
ANDY: It's our fifth best.
sonicmod: Fletch, is it an
accident that you hire hot girls at your restaurant and have you
fraternized with any of them?
ANDY: I try my hardest but I end up being
yunim: What have you been doing in NYC? Are
ANDY: I wish I was single, I am just on
sonicmod: Anton, is there going to be a book
ANTON: I have an exhibition opening in
Goteborg in Sweden tomorrow and I'm doing two lectures. I did a
lecture in Pasadena in June. I've had more than ten exhibitions
this year all over the world.
sonicmod: Andy, what is your
opinion of vodka?
ANDY: Too dangerous to think about it.
Tdub: Andy, will you be
taking on new members to the group or will this trio remain?
ANDY: We will remain as a trio but will use
other musicians. No one gets on with Alan.
ANTON: Good answer.
stylz: Andy, how much
involvement do you have with DM's music?
Recording, writing, etc.?
ANTON: Andy, what's your
favorite Dutch band?
ANDY: Golden Earring and MC Mike.
ANTON: Oh God. Only because they get to
number one there and DM don't.
Kutuz_off: Is Depeche Mode
ever going to perform in Russia?
ANDY: Hopefully next year.
ANDY: Have you considered doing a Penguin
book of your photos?
ANTON: Ya, you're on the cover. But I don't
think this conversations' going very far.
ANDY: Anton, where did you
get your sense of humor?
ANTON: I think I have so much spare time
while the three members of DM lined up that I
used my time for something else. p.s. We all know that DM
stands for Dutch Master.
Kutuz_off: Andy, what do you
think about Depeche Mode music
files available on the Net?
ANDY: The quality, the sound is not great at
the moment other than that, no objections.
Giorgio: Hey Fletch, this is
Giorgio, how many new tracks will you put in the greatest hits
ANDY: Two hundred and fifty four. Only
Null: Andy, you've known
Vince Clarke for ages. Do you have any personal opinions on his
more recent music?
ANDY: I think he should take a few more
Jonathan: What is your feeling on digital
photography and the manipulation of images?
ANTON: Digital photography I know very little
about, but I'm going to test it in the next three weeks. Since
manipulation by computer I think photography has changed
dramatically in the way of honesty in the that you can never look
at the same picture the same way again. I have manipulated some
photographs for DM for the single CD for
"Its No Good". As you might have noticed, Fletch's arms
are longer, Dave's head is bigger and Martin's upper body has
saucytrt: Anton, is this
exhibition also coming to Amsterdam?
ANTON: No, but there will be a new exhibition
with new material in Amsterdam next year. This exhibition that's
here in Sweden has been in Holland in the museum in Helmond this
modey: Andy, is Martin in NY
ANDY: No, he is in England, he has just got
back from the England /Italy game.
sonicmod: Anton, where did
the idea for the "It's No Good" come from?
ANTON: Purely by the title. "It's No
Good" video idea I transformed DM into a no
hope band where everything was no good, myself included and even
the editing of the particular video is officially no good as I
used a lot of double takes editing where you see the same action
ANDY: Anton, I have to go
clubbing now and you can't join the band. See you in London next
ANTON: I hope the people have a chance to see
the new video for "Useless" in America. Goodbye.