Andy Fletcher (musician)
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|Birth name||Andrew John Leonard Fletcher|
|Born||8 July 1961|
|Genres||Alternative dance, synthpop, New Wave|
|Occupations||Musician, Manager, Spokesperson, DJ|
|Instruments||Synthesizer, bass, vocals|
|Associated acts||Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode 
Fletcher had originally played bass in a band with Vince Clarke, but moved on to play synthesizers in the group Composition of Sound with both Clarke and Martin Gore. In 1980, these three musicians formed Depeche Mode with vocalist David Gahan. He is the only member that has never written a song for the band although it is indicated in one interview that he had attempted it in the past.
Fletcher’s role within Depeche Mode has been a topic of confusion for the media, as Rolling Stone writer Gavin Edwards once noted: "Depeche Mode's unique division of labor has been long established, with each of the three remaining members having a distinct role: Martin Gore writes the songs, Dave Gahan sings them and Andrew Fletcher shows up for photo shoots and cashes the checks."
Fletcher has stated that he plays bass in Depeche Mode; programmed on the synthesizer, in addition to electric bass as played on the Playing the Angel album. He can also be seen playing keyboards live and in rehearsal videos.
With the band having not always employed a full-time manager, Fletcher has also concerned himself with many of the band's business, legal, and other non-musical interests over the years.
More recently, this has included acting as the band's "spokesperson", with Fletcher often being the one who announces Depeche Mode news (such as album details for Exciter in 2001, Playing the Angel in 2004 and 2005 and Sounds of the Universe in 2008) to the press.
He is also said to be the member that brings the band together, as he was one of the main factors in helping build a compromise that settled the serious dispute between Gahan and Gore over songwriting duties for Playing the Angel. During the EPK for Songs of Faith and Devotion, he discussed being genuinely interested in many of the business aspects of the music industry that other performing musicians shy away from, and as such, has taken over a lot of the business management aspects of the band. In one of the scenes in 101, he describes each member's unique role as the following: "Martin's the songwriter, Alan's the good musician, Dave's the vocalist, and I bum around."
Almost solo 
According to a Depeche Mode biography, Fletch recorded a solo album entitled Toast Hawaii, named after his favourite dish in the studio canteen. It was recorded during the Some Great Reward sessions in 1984. All the songs on the album are cover songs on which he sings lead vocals. The album features Alan Wilder and/or Martin Gore on the piano and the cover photo was taken by Wilder. The "project" was seen as a diversion from serious studio work, and was recorded in a light-hearted fashion. The joke goes that Gore & Wilder presented the album to Mute Records' Daniel Miller and pleaded for him to release it, but Miller declined for obvious reasons. Recordings of the session therefore exist only in rare copies, so it will never likely see the light of day. Fletcher has been criticised for his voice, and is the only member of Depeche Mode who does not sing (except for the interlude "Crucified" on Violator, the four-part harmony at the end of the song "New Life" (singing the root note), the song "Condemnation" where he's said to have sung with Martin and Alan for the background vocals, the high pitched backing vocals in the verse of "Barrel of a Gun" (as well as "whatever, whatever"), and "The Sun and the Rainfall" where he can be heard towards the end of the song singing the "All that I'm saying..." refrain in the right speaker of the mix). Although he is seen singing during live performances, it is usually only heard through his stage monitors.
Toast Hawaii/DJ career 
In 2002 Andy Fletcher started his own record label, named "Toast Hawaii", and signed the band CLIEИT. He produced their 2004 album City. However CLIEИT are no longer signed to the label and the label seems to be lying dormant currently.
As well as this, he also DJs. Initially most of his DJ gigs came about while on tour with CLIEИT, but he went to tour in his own right as a DJ, playing festivals and clubs in Europe and South America. One of his more famous DJ gigs was documented as "One Night in Warsaw". In July 2011, it was announced via Depeche Mode's website that Andy Fletcher will be DJing in Romania, Ukraine, Belarus, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, China and Korea. It was stated that he plans on going to places where Depeche Mode hasn't visited in a long time. He's also been playing some new DM remixes from the new remix album during his sets.
Fletcher also appeared in a cameo role in the low budget, CLIEИT music video "Client" which was produced and directed by Laurence Akers (assisted by Barry Holloway) and shot in and around Soho and St. John's Wood.
- "Price of Love" (Extended mix)
- "Rock and Roll Machine" (Extended mix)
- "Here and Now" (Extended mix)
- "In It For The Money" (Extended mix)
- "Radio" (Extended mix)
- "Pornography" (Extended mix)
Personal life 
Fletcher has been married to Grainne (an Irish name pronounced grawn-yeh) for 17 years and has two children, Megan and Joe. Fletcher's parents are Joy and John. He has three siblings: Susan, Karen, and Simon—and is the eldest.
Around the early '90s, Fletcher owned the restaurant Gascogne, located in St. John's Wood, London.
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