Depeche Mode's Martin Gore: 'Music is a tough industry to break into'

'Times have changed so much' says the electronic band's songwriter and guitarist

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Depeche Mode's Martin Gore has said that music is now – more than ever – a "tough" industry to break into.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Gore said that "times have changed" since his band formed.

He commented: "I don't want to be pessimistic, but times have changed so much. I'm not saying it was easy when we first started out, but at least there was a healthy record industry and record companies were looking to sign bands and there was money flying around.”

He added: "It's really difficult now. I even have nephews who make music, my daughter makes music. I don't know what advice to give them these days. It's really a tough industry to break into."

Depeche Mode released their new album, 'Delta Machine', earlier this week.

The electro-veterans recently revealed that they turned down the opportunity to win a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Brits this year after learning that ITV had no intention of airing footage of them accepting the award.

To watch the official video for the album's first single, 'Heaven', scroll down to the bottom of the page and click. The video was directed by Tim Saccenti and shot in New Orleans. Gahan has said that the video was inspired by Terrence Malick's 2011 film The Tree Of Life with "beautiful yet twisted, dark imagery".

Depeche Mode play London's O2 Arena on May 28 and 29.

These are currently the only UK dates the band have announced as part of 34-date European tour which will include appearances at Rock Werchter Festival in Belgium (July 7), BBK Festival in Spain (July 11) and Optimus Alive Festival in Portugal (July 13). A North American tour will follow later in the year.

To check the availability of Depeche Mode tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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