Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan gets spiritual

Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode performs at the 7th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit in Los Angeles.

Story highlights

  • Dave Gahan is the front man for Depeche Mode
  • He is working with the production team Soulsavers
  • Gahan also is recording his 13th Depeche Mode album
When Depeche Mode chose Soulsavers, the English electronica production team of Rich Machin and Ian Glover, to open for them on their 2009 European tour, they didn't know it would be just the beginning of their musical collaboration.
But, as mutual fans, with front man Dave Gahan enjoying Soulsavers' work with singer Mark Lanegan and Machin's love of the seminal albums "Violator" and "Songs of Faith and Devotion," it was only a matter of time.
Following in their tradition of joining forces with high-profile guest vocalists, Soulsavers turned their attention to Gahan for their latest album, "The Light the Dead Can See."
CNN recently spoke to Gahan about what inspired the soaring new songs, what fans can expect from the new Depeche Mode LP being recorded now and how "Ziggy Stardust" changed his life.
CNN: How did working on this album compare to recording a Depeche Mode or solo record for you? It seems like a big enough task to have one great idea, never mind be able to parcel them out to different projects like you do.
Dave Gahan: It's interesting that you said that about the one good idea. With "Presence of God," for instance, it's one phrase or one sentence and the way I sing that. The notes that I choose to sing will sometimes do it. If I get that one line, I'm like, yes! That leads me somewhere else. That's when things start getting really exciting.
The stuff with Rich was a different process for me. I never sat down and said, OK, I'm writing songs now for this or for that. I wasn't choosing thi