Fireside Chat

Daniel Miller

IndieElectronicFeature
60 minsFirst aired 5 Jul 2017Next Fireside Chat Today at 9:00am EDT
Courtesy of Mute Records

The visionary producer and founder of the iconic Mute label tells his story: From early DIY studios to a catalog full of classic albums.

As founder of Mute Records in the late ’70s, Daniel Miller can claim to be one of the most influential figures of modern electronic music. After setting J.G. Ballard’s controversial book Crash to motorik synths with The Normal’s single “Warm Leatherette”, Miller was one of the first people to apply the DIY punk ethic to synthesizers. He might be best known for a long and fruitful relationship with Depeche Mode (in addition to releasing the group’s first single in 1981, Miller co-produced their first five albums and continues as the band’s sound consultant), but over the years Miller has worked with a who’s who of trailblazing acts, including Throbbing Gristle, Wire, Nick Cave, Moby, Richie Hawtin, and The Knife, among many others. Miller was given the Pioneer Award at the second annual AIM (Association of Independent Music) awards for his contribution to artistic freedom, creative adventure, quality pop, advanced electronics and sonic experimentation, always successful with both audiences and critics alike.

4:04

The deconsecrated church that once served as Eric Radcliff’s Blackwing Studios is now an abandoned site. Stereolab, Pixies, My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Cocteau Twins and Depeche Mode recorded here until the studio shuttered its doors in 2001.

10:50

Daniel Miller’s excitement can finally be vindicated with this Conny Plank box set!

29:31

Decades after they first visited Berlin, Depeche Mode returned to the city for a live musical event, as documented here.

44:08

Daniel Miller’s adoration of krautrock is no secret!

Credits:

Interview by Hanna Bächer
Written, produced and engineered by Frank Westerkamp

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