Andy Fletcher

 

LOS ANGELES — Andy “Fletch” Fletcher, the unassuming, bespectacled, red-headed keyboardist who for over 40 years added his synth sounds to Depeche Mode hits like “Just Can’t Get Enough” and “Individual Jesus,” has kicked the bucket at age 60.

Depeche Mode reported the demise of establishing part Fletcher on its true web-based entertainment pages.

An individual near the band said Fletcher passed on Thursday from regular causes at his home in the United Kingdom. The individual talked on state of namelessness since they were not approved to freely talk.

“We are stunned and loaded up with overpowering bitterness with the awkward passing of our dear companion, relative and bandmate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher,” the band’s posts said. “Fletch had a genuine kind nature and was generally there when you really wanted help, an enthusiastic discussion, a decent chuckle, or a chilly 16 ounces.”

Fletcher framed the gathering that would become goliaths of British electro-pop alongside individual synthesizer players Vince Clarke and Martin Gore, and lead artist Dave Gahan, in Basildon, England in 1980.

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The band would break out a year after the fact with their presentation collection “Talk and Spell,” which opened with the unassuming hit “New Life” and shut with one of the band’s persevering through hits, “Just Can’t Get Enough.”

Clarke would leave the gathering and be supplanted by Alan Wilder after the collection.

The gathering would make global progress with 1984’s “Some Great Reward” and the single “Individuals are People,” and their unmistakable quality would just develop all through the 1980s and mid 1990s.

Fletcher would loan his consoles to exemplary collections including “Music for the Masses,” “Dark Celebration” and “Violator.”

The first of these prompted a world visit that brought a live collection, a narrative, and an unbelievable show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, that addressed the zenith of the band’s unmistakable quality.

An enthusiast of soccer group Chelsea FC with a propensity for chess, Fletcher expected a position of safety in the gathering. He didn’t sing or compose tunes, and his face never as recognizable as those of his bandmates.

“Martin’s the lyricist, Alan’s the great artist, Dave’s the performer, and I bum around,” he said in the visit narrative, “101.”

However, Fletch was a joining figure and frequently the tiebreaking vote in the quarrels of his more well known bandmates.

He additionally every so often played bass in the band.

Depeche Mode was accepted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020. Gahan, Fletcher and Gore needed to acknowledge the honor from a distance alongside the wide range of various inductees in the pandemic year. To the surprise of no one, Fletcher let his bandmates do practically all the talking.

His demise leaves Gahan and Gore as the main super durable individuals.

Fletcher’s melodic friends offered him recognition as expression of his passing spread.

“His console sounds made Depeche Mode’s sonic methodology as well as changed the course of Techno, EDM, Downtempo, Triphop, and Electronica. Pivotal misfortune,” Living Color guitarist Vernon Reid tweeted.

The Pet Shop Boys said on Twitter that he was “a warm, well disposed and interesting individual who cherished electronic music.”

Symphonic Maneuvers in the Dark tweeted that he was a “delightful individual in an astonishing band.”

The oldest of four kin, Fletcher was brought into the world in Basildon and brought up in Nottingham, England.

He became lifelong companions with Clarke, and with artist Alison Moyet, who might frame Yazoo (known as Yaz in the U.S.) with Clarke after he left Depeche Mode.

“Since we were 10,” Moyet tweeted Thursday. “Same home. Colleagues to mark mates. He who kept confidence with all the old pack and they with him. It doesn’t figure. Fletch. I have no words.”

As teenagers, Fletcher and Clarke would frame the brief gathering “No Romance.”

With Gore, who Fletcher met at a bar in Basildon in 1980, they shaped the triplet Composition of Sound, with each of the three playing synthesizer. Gahan was enlisted into the gathering later in the year, and the name was changed to Depeche Mode.

Fletcher would stay with the gathering until his passing, however detailed battles with misery in 1994 prodded him to pass on piece of a visit.

He began his own record name, Toast Hawaii, in 2002, delivering a collection by the band CLIENT.

Fletcher would perform DJ sets at the band’s live shows, which he kept on doing at celebrations and clubs after he and CLIENT headed out in different directions.

Fletcher is made due by his significant other of almost 30 years Gráinne Mullan, and their kids Megan and Joe.