Vince outside the Manchester Apollo, 2005
|Birth name||Vincent John Martin|
|Born||July 3, 1960|
|Genre(s)||Synthpop, Dance music|
|Occupation(s)||Songwriter, Remixer, DJ, Musician|
|Years active||1979 - present|
|Associated acts||Erasure, Yazoo, Depeche Mode|
|Roland Synthesizers, Moog Synthesizers, Oberheim Synthesizers, Casio CZ-101|
Vince Clarke (born Vincent John Martin in South Woodford, London, on July 3, 1960) is an English pop musician and songwriter, who has been involved with a number of successful pop groups, including Depeche Mode, Yazoo, The Assembly and Erasure. Events 324 - Battle of Adrianople Constantine I defeats Licinius, who flees to Byzantium. Year 1960 ( MCMLX) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Basildon (ˈbæzɪldən is a New Town located in south Essex, England at. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Synthpop is a subgenre of New Wave and Pop music in which the Synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument This article is about music for dancing in general You may also be looking for Electronic dance music. A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making Music. The guitar is a Musical instrument with ancient roots that is used in a wide variety of musical styles In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Mute Records is a Record label formed in 1978 by Daniel Miller primarily to release his own single "T Erasure are an English Synth pop duo formed by Songwriter and Keyboardist Vince Clarke and Singer Yazoo (known as Yaz in the US) are an English Synthpop duo from Basildon, Essex. Depeche Mode (dəˌpɛʃˈmoʊd are an English Electronic music band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. is a Japanese manufacturer of Electronic musical instruments electronic equipment and Software. The term Moog (ˈmoʊg as in 'vogue' Synthesizer can refer to any number of Analog synthesizers designed by Dr Oberheim Electronics is a company founded in 1973 by Tom Oberheim (a former design engineer at Maestro which manufactured audio Synthesizers and a variety of other South Woodford is a suburb of north-east London in the London Borough of Redbridge, situated north-east of Charing Cross. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Events 324 - Battle of Adrianople Constantine I defeats Licinius, who flees to Byzantium. Year 1960 ( MCMLX) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Pop music as a genre features a noticeable rhythmic element catchy melodies and hooks, a mainstream style and conventional structure A musician is a person who plays or writes Music. Musicians can be classified by their roles in creating or performing music An instrumentalist plays a Depeche Mode (dəˌpɛʃˈmoʊd are an English Electronic music band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. Yazoo (known as Yaz in the US) are an English Synthpop duo from Basildon, Essex. The Assembly were a Synthpop project started in 1983 in Basildon, England by Vince Clarke ( songwriting, keyboards Erasure are an English Synth pop duo formed by Songwriter and Keyboardist Vince Clarke and Singer
Raised in Basildon, Essex, Clarke initially studied the violin and then the piano. Basildon (ˈbæzɪldən is a New Town located in south Essex, England at. Essex is a county in the East of England. The County town is Chelmsford, and the highest point of the county is Chrishall Common The violin is a bowed String instrument with four strings usually tuned in Perfect fifths It is the smallest and highest-pitched member The piano is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard that produces sound by striking steel strings with Felt covered hammers
In the late 1970s Clarke and schoolmate Andrew Fletcher formed the short-lived band "No Romance in China". Andrew John Fletcher (known as "Fletch", is the co-founder and keyboardist of electronic band Depeche Mode. In 1979 he teamed up with Fletcher to form "French Look", an early incarnation of Depeche Mode which was later re-named "Composition of Sound", following the addition of Martin Gore. Depeche Mode (dəˌpɛʃˈmoʊd are an English Electronic music band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. Martin Gore (born Martin Lee Gore, 23 July 1961, Basildon, Essex, England) is an English Songwriter, Lyricist Vince Clarke initially handled vocals.
In 1980 singer David Gahan was drafted in to complete the line up and the band was re-named Depeche Mode. Dave Gahan (born May 9, 1962 in Epping, Essex, England) is the Baritone lead singer for the English electronic Depeche Mode (dəˌpɛʃˈmoʊd are an English Electronic music band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The band initially adopted a slick synthesised electropop sound, which produced the album Speak and Spell and the Clarke-penned singles "Dreaming of Me", "New Life" and "Just Can't Get Enough" in 1981. Speak & Spell is Depeche Mode 's Debut album, recorded and released in 1981 and peaking at #10 in the UK Album Charts " Dreaming of Me " is the debut single by Depeche Mode, originally released on February 20 1981 in the UK " Just Can't Get Enough " is the third UK single by Depeche Mode originally released in September 1981. Clarke left Depeche Mode shortly thereafter. There were many rumoured reasons pertaining to his departure, but the one that is most commonly said and that he's admitted to was because he did not enjoy the direction that the band was going. In addition, in later interviews (including the documentary on a remastered release of A Broken Frame), it was stated that he didn't enjoy the public aspects of success, such as touring and interviews, and found himself frequently at odds with his bandmates, particularly on the tour bus. A Broken Frame is Depeche Mode 's second proper studio Album and was released on September 27 1982. When asked about his departure from Depeche Mode in the VH1 Behind the Music television series he said, “I think everybody in the band, especially myself, imagined that the reason we were doing so well was because of themselves… We were pretty young and very lucky, and things had happened very quickly for us and I don’t think we were really mature to handle the situation”. VH1 (known as VH-1 Video Hits One from 1985 to 1994 and VH1 Music First until 2003) is an American Cable television Depeche Mode went on to achieve international stardom.
Clarke has commented on Depeche Mode's post-Speak and Spell material as being a little dark for his taste, but good nonetheless. When asked about it, he said, "Martin was a strong writer. He always had been. And I think when I left, it gave him chance just to sort of emerge as the songwriter. I mean, he could always write songs. It's not like he just started because I left".
Clarke then teamed up with singer Alison Moyet (at the time known by the nickname of 'Alf') to form the synthpop band Yazoo (known as Yaz in the U.S.), which produced two albums and a string of hits including "Don't Go", "Situation", "Only You" and "Nobody's Diary". Alison Moyet (born Genevieve Alison Jane Moyet on 18 June 1961 is an English pop Singer-songwriter noted for her Bluesy voice. Synthpop is a subgenre of New Wave and Pop music in which the Synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument Yazoo (known as Yaz in the US) are an English Synthpop duo from Basildon, Essex. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the "Don't Go" is the second single taken from the British new wave band Yazoo 's debut album Upstairs at Eric's. "Situation" is the title of a 1982 single by the British new wave band Yazoo. " Only You " is a Ballad written by musician Vince Clarke. " Nobody's Diary " is a song recorded by British synthpop band Yazoo.
Yazoo split in 1983, and Moyet went on to have a solo career. The group will be reforming in 2008 for a series of live dates to celebrate 25 years since the duo's split-up.
In the following few years Clarke teamed up with Eric Radcliffe and their idea was to collaborate as one-off associations with different artists on each new single, thus the name The Assembly, notably with Feargal Sharkey the hit "Never Never". The Assembly were a Synthpop project started in 1983 in Basildon, England by Vince Clarke ( songwriting, keyboards Feargal Sharkey (born Sean Feargal Sharkey, 13 August 1958 Derry, Northern Ireland, UK) is a British Singer, who first found fame Two years later, another collaboration took place with Paul Quinn of Bourgie Bourgie, the result was the single "One Day" by Vince Clarke & Paul Quinn. However, the project never took off, and Clarke moved on to other projects.
In early 1985 Clarke put an ad in Melody Maker for a singer, and the forty-first applicant was Andy Bell, who was a fan of his earlier projects. Year 1985 ( MCMLXXXV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar) Melody Maker, published in the United Kingdom, was according to its publisher IPC Media, the world's oldest weekly Music Newspaper This article is about the lead singer of Erasure; there is also Andy Bell (musician, a member of the band Oasis. He teamed with Bell to form the group Erasure, and the duo became a big selling act in British pop music with international hits like "Oh L'amour", "Sometimes", "Chains of Love", "A Little Respect", "Chorus", "Love to Hate You", "Take a Chance on Me" and "Always". Erasure are an English Synth pop duo formed by Songwriter and Keyboardist Vince Clarke and Singer "Oh L'amour" is a song by British Synth pop duo Erasure, released in April 1986 as their third single " Sometimes " is a song by British Synthpop duo Erasure, released in October 1986 as their fourth single overall For the song by Terry Ronald see Chains of Love. " Chains of Love " is a song by British Synthpop duo Erasure " A Little Respect " is a song written and recorded by British Synthpop duo Erasure, released in September 1988 as their tenth single " Chorus " is a song by Erasure which is the first single and title track to the duo's fifth studio album Chorus. " Love to Hate You " is a song by Erasure which was released in 1991 as the second single from the duo's fifth studio album Chorus. " Take a Chance on Me " is a song recorded in 1977 by Swedish Dance-pop group ABBA. " Always " is a Synth pop Ballad by British duo Erasure.
The band has released fifteen albums to date and have enjoyed a long string of hit singles spanning their twenty-one years together, most recently topped off by the 2005 top five hit "Breathe" taken from their Nightbird album. "Breathe" is a song by British Synth pop duo Erasure. Nightbird is the eleventh full-length studio album by the British Synthpop band Erasure. In 2006 Erasure produced a country-western style acoustic album consisting of mostly non-single cuts from their previous albums. This album, Union Street was preceded by the single "Boy" originally included on their 1997 Cowboy album. Union Street (CDSTUMM235 is the title of the twelfth album by Erasure. "Boy" is a Ballad performed by British duo Erasure. Originally recorded in typical Synth pop /Erasure style in 1997 the song appeared on their Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar Cowboy is an album recorded by Erasure in 1997 and released by Mute Records in the UK
On January 26, 2007, in a video message on the official Erasure website  the band announced the release of their sixteenth (thirteenth studio) album, entitled Light at the End of the World. Events 1340 - King Edward III of England is declared King of France. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Light at the End of the World is the thirteenth studio album by English Synthpop duo Erasure. Released in the U. K. on May 21, 2007, with a U. Events 878 - Syracuse Italy is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily. S. release the following day, it was preceded by the single "I Could Fall in Love with You", released on April 2, 2007. " I Could Fall in Love with You " is a song recorded by English Synthpop duo Erasure. Events 68 - Galba, Governor of Hispania, names himself legatus senatus populique Romani, breaking the line of The second single, "Sunday Girl" was subsequently released. " Sunday Girl " was a UK number-one single by Blondie for three weeks in May 1979 Both tracks went to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard U. S. Dance Club Play chart.
The album was produced by Gareth Jones and was a more 'dance oriented' effort than some of their more recent work with Clarke making reference to the new material sounding potentially a bit more like Andy Bell's 2005 solo effort Electric Blue. Gareth Jones is a Record producer who has worked on many popular and alternative music records by Depeche Mode, Erasure, Indochine, Interpol Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Electric Blue is the debut solo album by Erasure frontman Andy Bell, released October 3, 2005 by Sanctuary Records
Erasure went on to tour with Cyndi Lauper, Deborah Harry, Margaret Cho and other artists, for the 2007 True Colors tour of the United States, a tour which benefited gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender freedoms and rights. Cynthia Ann Stephanie "Cyndi" Lauper (born June 22 1953 is an American Grammy - and Emmy award winning Singer-songwriter and Deborah Ann "Debbie" Harry (born July 1 1945 is an American Singer-songwriter and Actress, most famous for being the lead singer for the Punk Margaret Cho born Moran Cho She has won awards for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of women Asians and the LGBT community Erasure then went out on their own, headlining the "Light at the End of the World" tour in North America and Europe.
The band released a new EP, Storm Chaser, in September 2007. Storm Chaser is an EP recorded by Synthpop duo Erasure. It was released in the UK and Germany by Mute Records on The EP contains 9 tracks, one of them the winner of an online fan remix contest, for the track "When A Lover Leaves You", from the Light at the End of the World album.
Vince Clarke has stated in recent interviews that a new Erasure album is already in the works, one of a darker soundtrack nature.
In July, 1984, Vince teamed with Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe of Blancmange (band), Pandit Dinesh and Asha Bhosle. Blancmange are a British Synthpop band who came to prominence with a string of hits in the early to mid 1980s The group, West India Company, released a four track self-titled e. p.
Clarke teamed with synthpop producer Martyn Ware (of Heaven 17) in 1999 as "The Clarke & Ware Experiment" and released the album Pretentious. Martyn Ware (born May 19 1956 in Sheffield, England) is a British musician Heaven 17 are a British Synthpop band originating from the city of Sheffield in the early 1980s The duo collaborated again in 2001 for the album Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle, which was created with "3D music technology" specifically designed for listening in headphones. 2001 also saw the release of the Clarke-produced album Erasure's Vince Clarke which featured The Peter Pan Effect, an album that he and Eric Radcliffe produced for his long time friend, Robert Marlow. The Peter Pan Effect is the first album released by Robert Marlow. Eric Radcliffe (often credited as EC Radcliffe) is a recording engineer and producer who worked with the following New Wave and Synthpop bands in the Robert Marlow (born Robert Allen, October 21 1961) is a Synthpop Musician and songwriter Clarke wrote "Let's Get Together" for the pop girl group Girl Authority for their second album, Road Trip. Girl Authority is an American pop Girl group from Massachusetts. Road Trip is the second album from Girl Authority. Unlike the first album Road Trip is a mixture of cover songs and original songs performed by Girl The song was meant to be for Depeche Mode, but was canceled out. Depeche Mode (dəˌpɛʃˈmoʊd are an English Electronic music band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. Clarke also co-wrote "What Do I Want From You?" with Freeform Five for their album Strangest Things(2005). Freeform Five is an electronic band based in London headed by Dj/producer/remixer and chief song-writer Anu Pillai
He has remixed the following songs for artists other than Erasure:
When Clarke started out in the music industry in 1979, all synthesizers were analogue. Nitzer Ebb (pronounced night-zer or nit-zer &mdashthe band pronounces it both ways are a British music group formed in 1982 by Essex school friends The Wolfgang Press were an English band active in the 1980s and 1990s Alison Moira Clarkson, better known as Betty Boo (born 6 March, 1970 in Kensington, London) is an English dance The Time Frequency (TTF is a techno solo act from Scotland. Started by Jon Campbell in 1988 as a 80's synth band changing its name from Thru Sparks is an American rock and Pop music band formed in Los Angeles in 1970 by brothers Ron (keyboards and Russell Mael (vocals Alison Moyet (born Genevieve Alison Jane Moyet on 18 June 1961 is an English pop Singer-songwriter noted for her Bluesy voice. White Town is a techno - pop act from the United Kingdom, and is the work of one man Jyoti Mishra. Simple Minds are a rock band from Scotland, who had their greatest worldwide popularity from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s This article is about the lead singer of Erasure; there is also Andy Bell (musician, a member of the band Oasis. Rammstein (ˈʀamʃtaɪ̯n is a German Industrial metal band founded in Berlin, and consisting of Till Lindemann ( lead vocals Rosenstolz is a German music band from Berlin. Their music combines several styles including rock, pop and ballads In order to connect analogue synthesizers, drum machines and sequencers together, a complex series of patch cables was required controlling each aspect of the instruments sound. When the MIDI standard was introduced in 1983, Clarke, like most other electronic musicians, gradually migrated to the new technology. MIDI ( Musical Instrument Digital Interface, ˈmɪdi is an industry-standard protocol that enables Electronic musical instruments Computers MIDI only requires one cable per instrument connection. However, he never felt as comfortable using MIDI as he did with his older analogue instruments, despite the ease of MIDI controllers and connections. For the Chorus album in 1991, he gathered together his collection of analogue synthesizers from various recording studio locations in London and set up a small studio in Amsterdam.  This led Clarke to assemble an intricate patch system to more easily enable the control of his analogue instruments. In a 1993 interview for the Erasure fan club magazine Private Ear, Clarke stated about analogue “I can hear and feel that it's tighter than MIDI - we can even prove it using 'scopes. Because everything is clocked simply, it arrives bang on the beat. The whole production starts to 'tick over'. Just look at Kraftwerk's stuff. I think that 'feel' has been lost with MIDI sequencers. No matter what you do with MIDI, the music will never sound as good as it did in the good or Futurist days. That's why our tracks sound the way they do. "
Clarke continued to expand his collection of analogue synthesizers and in 1994 set up 37B, a recording studio within his custom made home, named ‘Ammonite’, in Surrey. From 1994 to 2003, all Erasure albums were either wholly recorded or at least part recorded at 37B. 
Clarke moved to Maine in 2004, but was unable to transport his studio equipment with him. Subsequent Erasure albums have been produced using computer based MIDI software synthesizers which Clarke stores on his laptop computer.
Clarke currently lives outside of Damariscotta, Maine with his wife Tracy, whom he married in May 2004, and their son. Damariscotta is a town in Lincoln County, Maine, United States.  In the mid the 70's he dated church crush, Linda Andrews(Hall).