Fletch was an English keyboardist, DJ, and founding member of the electronic band Depeche Mode. He and it were both inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.
When punk rock first appeared on the music scene in 1976, Fletcher was 15 years old. “Obviously, the optimum age to enjoy it…we were really fortunate in life,” he remarked.
Bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Cure, Kraftwerk, the early Human League, and early OMD influenced him.
Fletcher played bass guitar in the short-lived band No Romance in China, which he established with schoolmate Vince Clarke.
At the Van Gogh pub on Paycocke Road in Basildon in 1980, Fletcher met Martin Gore. The trio, now all on synthesizer, created a new ensemble called Composition of Sound with Clarke.
Until singer Dave Gahan was hired into the band later that year, Clarke served as principal songwriter and also provided lead vocals, after which they chose the moniker Depeche Mode at Gahan’s suggestion.
Clarke quit the band in late 1981, shortly after their debut album Speak & Spell was released.
A Broken Frame, their follow-up album from 1982, was recorded as a trio, with Gore taking over songwriting duties.
Alan Wilder, a musician and producer, joined the band in late 1982, and the band remained a quartet until Wilder’s retirement in 1995.
Gahan, Gore, and Fletcher stayed active after that, up until the release of their 2017 album Spirit and subsequent world tour.
Is Andy Fletcher Married?
Andy Fletcher was married to Grainne Mullan
Who Is Andy Fletcher’s Wife?
Andrew Fletcher and Grainne Mullan have been married for 29 years. They dated for five years after meeting in 1988 and married on January 16, 1993.
Megan (30) and Joe (27) are their two children.