23, 2013 Update | The band is back in the studio to record a
new album. This one will be the bands 14th album as Duran Duran
enter into their 35th year!
Recording Phase | On Monday the 4th of March Duran
Duran has reconvened in the studio after a six month hiatus
to start writing the new album . They started jamming and put
ideas together at the new Dom Brown's studio but they are back
to their usual studio in South London, where, according to Simon's
tweets, they have concluded the second writing session on April
They guys have been working, in an alternating mode, also in
May and they recently concluded their third recording session.
of photos from the first session in March, have been posted
on the band's official website. They were the first set of snaps
showing the band working with Mark Ronson.
all sounds very promising, the guys have been talking in a very
positive way about this new writing and recording phase and
fans could not be happier to hear that their favourite band
is still so enthusiastic about the future and so productive.
Point | This new edition of duranasty is mainly dedicated
to the just started band's creative and recording process; we
are going to look back together at the recent comments, interviews
and official statements that the band has released through the
media and different sources. Just hope this new installement
will be for you all a nice way to the make the point on the
actual status of the band.
webzine | In the usual webzine style this update is
also filled with pics and scans, stuff that will help to keep
us up to date.
Something new |
since many of you enjoy our updates from a mobile or tablet
rather than a computer I decided to split up the installment
in different pages rather than just put all in one page [with
consequent slowness downloading the images], in this way the
pics will load more easily and will be also easier to link back
a specific subject in the social media if you like. Hope you
enjoy this new format, I'm always trying to improve the way
to offer you a new update and I hope you appreciate the effort.
chapter in the band's history | As a fan like you all,
I couldn't be happier and excited about this new chapter of
the band's history, it seems that the direction, the ideas and
the passion the band and Mark are putting in the new music are
going to make of this album another one to be proud of.
Deeper is the Word | If
I had to pick a word, just a word, from all the bits and comments
posted here and there it would one pronounced by Roger
Taylor recently, the music is going in a more deeper
It all lead me to think that there will be this aspect on the
album, the introspective trip that John has done inside himself
with In The Pleasure Groove just opened the
On a personal level, even though I love songs like Girl Panic!
and I will be dancing with the ultimate party-band the day the
bomb will drop, I would also enjoy an album made of songs that
speaks to band's main target, the common people, so I hope they
will put in the mix some reflections on today's world and the
human condition. An album that touches also subjects such as
the beauty and the greatness of the 'banality of life' [to quote
TVMania]. We actually hope the band finds the perfect combination
of music and lyrics, pop appeal and deepness, contemporary sound
and band's musical trademark and, above all, they'll release
something they will all be 100% proud of, something they will
strongly believe in. So good luck guys from you fans!
are writing new songs now but I haven't heard the newest stuff"
Mark Ronson May, 2013
Meeting | Our friend Eunhee has
recently met Mark Ronson in Korea, this is what she reports:
"I went to Incheon Int'l Airport to meet and greet Mark
who came to Korea for a dj set. As for Duran's new album he
only said they are writing new songs now but he hasn't heard
newest stuff. I told him I am very glad with what he did for
All You Need Is Now album and happy he is working again with
Duran. He replied he will tell Duran! Will he?
make sure to click on all the 8 differnet sections of this installment
[the colored rectangles on the cover] and have fun!
back in the studio, third recording session
looking for the right direction
In Brief: all we know about the album untill now.
the album is going to be a 12 months process;
says they are about to find out how it should sound and
what direction they should go;
and Nick says that some stuff has a funky flavour;
some quite upbeat stuff;
are staying away from the "Big Duran sound" that
Ronson wanted to recreate on AYNIN;
won't be a replica of the last album;
a direction change going on and they are trying some different
track sounds like Radiohead meets Duran;
have 12 tracks so far, some more developed than others;
of these tracks are very strong;
sessions are usually two weeks long.
band has recently answerd
a fan's question on the official website about the sound of
the new album.
never really know what we’re doing when we go in to
the studio for the first time to create something new. It
is actually quite an exciting process, watching the musical
direction take shape. It tends to go through several different
stages of metamorphosis before we make a cohesive decision
which colours the whole project. So far, it is developing
to be quite different from the last album, but still likely
to move you closer to the dance floor.
you write songs that are honest
and that people can relate to,
even things with the most abstract lyrics,
if it's something that people can relate to
and they can get ahold of something that affects them some kind
of way, emotionally or means something at a certain point in
then I think you've got a much better opportunity for your material
If you want to make a quick buck and you do things swiftly and
it's all about
just getting that thing done,
I don't know how much artistry
is involved with that.
Some people can work very quickly."
Rhodes @ Huffington Post 2013
Taylor on Duran Duran's child No 14
music sounds a little deeper, a little less poppy
We are re-energized says Roger | During the
April Katy Kafe posted last month on the official duranduranmusic.com
fan community [conducted by Katy Krassner who
is also doing a fantastic job keeping the fans
constantly up to date trough the band's official social media]
Roger has informed his fans of how good the band is doing in
had a really good few weeks, load of ideas, we have developed
quite a few of those ideas into things that actually almost
sounds like songs, and it's been really good, eveyone has been
very inspired, it's been fantastic i gotta say, the album with
Mark and the amazing tour we had at the back of the last album
it kinda re-inspired us for this record, there's been a great
mood in the studio, its all good."
Roger was even more specific when he talks about the direction
the band has taken for Duran's Child No 14. He said "it's
pretty unique I think, it's a little kinda funkier, it reminds
me of the Notorious period of the band a little bit, there's
some quite upbeat stuff, there's one songs that reminds of Rahiohead,
kinda like Radiohead meets Duran, that wasn't analyzed at all,
we had not really thought about that, it just turned out like
that... The music sounds a little deeper, a little less poppy."
"It's a little bit of a direction change and I think we
are ready for that, we did the big Duran Duran sound on the
last record, I think it's time for someting different..."
just do what we feel and seems to be working."
All You Need Is Now Mark wanted the Duran bits, chords and armonies.
He wanted to rediscover the early sound... not really done that
on this record, we're trying to get away from that a little
bit, we just do what we feel and seems to be working."
is not actually a new news as Nick last year, when he was asked
about the new album, has expressed the intention to look back
a little bit to the Notorious album [we reported about this
on the last update. Do you remember this quote from the citegay.fr
interview released in late 2012?]
band hadn't really talked about the new direction the album
might take but Nick thinks "it would have to be a logical
continuation of All You Need Is Now," Maybe, says Rhodes,
"something a little more funk... something with one's
eye on Notorious actually"
continues: "We have 12 piece of music already, some are
more developed than others but there's a lot of strong pieces
in there and I think we are further ahead a this point than
the last album. So the plan is to get it finsh this year, we
would like to be quicker, and we'll be back on tour next year.
compares Duran Duran to a football team such as Manchester United,
he said Mark is like a the perfect coach who watch what the
team is doing and the direction that it's taking. "We need
a Mark Ronson that look at that and analyze where we are going
as a team".
how's it going with the band at the moment, what are the plans?
"New material for next year and then
just get going again..."
you gonna stop?
"When we are fit to drop."
will Roger ever write his autobiography?
like to have a go,” says the Duran Duran drummer.
Richards has always said that Charlie Watts' book would be the
best Stones biography.
A drummer's perspective is always ditterent.”
Taylor's Biography? | According to Classic Pop magazine, which
published the article on the left, Roger Taylor would like to
have a go. Here a transcription.
Duran will celebrate the New Year by working on a new album-
”It's back to the studio in January to start the whole
process all over again," reveals drummer Roger Taylor,
who hopes to enlist more young talent for the follow-up to 2010's
Mark Ranson-produced All You Need ls Now.
"We'd like to do another album with Mark," continues
Taylor. ”He's got such a great energy and really understands
the inner workings on Duran.” Meanwhile, the success of
bassist John Taylor’s autobiography, in The Pleasure Groove
[which we profiled with an exclusive interview last issue],
has got the other Duranies dusting down their diaries. ”l'd
like to have a go,” adds Roger Taylor. ”Keith Richards
has always said that Charlie Watts' book would be the best Stones
biography. A drummer's perspective is always ditterent.”
Le Bon on Duran Duran's child No 14
got Brian Eno, we got Mark Ronson, we bring the best out of
this year Simon said "I haven't written any lyrics during
my six months hiatus, nothing. I like to work with the guys.
I get my inspiration from the music, I'm sure I have got a lot
of ideas moving around in my head, I didn't write much down."
But it all changed after the first two recording session as
he reports on April 18th via Twitter to his about 101.500 Twitter
if it's been a bit quiet
from my corner.
Finished our second writing session.
Good stuff bubblin'away in the pipes.
reports from the studio! About the first pic he says "This
is a photo of Nick's original Roland Jupiter 8 Think keyboard
solo which opens Save A Prayer". We just wonder if
that has been used on the new tracks...
such a teaser! About the second pic he says:
"This is where we're at [on March 14 he tweets a
pic of the Pro Tools screen]
has very unique sense of melody and his lyrics sometimes can be
and sometimes beautifully abstract."
music and lyrics take on greater significance."
need change as they grow older, although they might hold an
candle for us in the heart, as they say. As people would say
to us when we got back together. They`ve grown older and have
to find different things they like about us in the set - without
"That means the music and lyrics take on greater significance."
will find interesting also the tweet right that leaves us all
with the question: was that a new Duran Duran song or just one
of the numerous projects that Mr Rhodes is working on? In any
case we are all dying to listen this one...
like putting hair on my face.
got some pretty adverse press for it in this country, and you
I don't give a fuck what anybody else think of it,
I really don't!
It's my face, i do what I like with it."
Rhodes on Duran Duran's child No 14
what happens when you're making other plans'
Transcriptions by Salvo
still like an arts school band | It's funny to me to
think it's three decades now as it sort of seems as if it was
yesterday. I honestly don't know how it's gone so quickly, but
I have to say we've had a pretty interesting ride along the
It's never what you expect - as the cliché goes, ‘Life's
what happens when you're making other plans'. In our case, we’ve
never quite known what we were going to do next. I think everybody
sort of thinks that we maybe had a grand plan but we're still
like an arts school band.
We sort of sit there in the studio when we’re starting
a new project and say 'ok, let's take everything off the blackboard:
what shall we do?'. [from the Nicole Thompson interview]
Duran is a very different unit | We do very much work
together. We all play different roles I suppose one of my roles
is to try bring something different to a song, to try shaping,
making it sounds different, but Roger and John are for me the
greatest rhythm section in the world.
That’s why I never felt any need to work with anyone else,
they are so adaptable and so tied, Simon has a very unique sense
of melody and his lyrics sometimes can be very reliable and
sometimes beautifully abstract so it’s a real unusual
team we have. [Absolute 80s]
We've always followed our instincts and sometimes
it worked commercially,
and really connected
with an audience,
other times l think we've been
but it hasn't connected as much commercially.
l wouldn't know how to do it another way.
Some people say 'well you just go into a room and write
a hit' but l don‘t think it’s like that and
l think the public sense that.
Mark Ronson | We had a lot fun doing the last record
with Mark. So it seemed to be an easy choice to say why don't
we try to do it again. If you find someone where you have that
kind of chemistry, particularly being at this point in your
career, for us being on album 14 or something, then it's better
to stick with it if you can than search around to find something
else. And I also have no fear that we will come up with something
very different with Mark. I don't think it will be an absolute
replica of the last album. We're not looking to reinvent the
history of music. But I'm sure we'll change direction a bit
and try some different things out. So we are going to start
a bit of writing in March and then we start work with Mark a
little bit in April. But we tend to do it in bursts, spend couple
of weeks together and then go away, write some lyrics, fiddle
with some things and then get back together again a month or
good about him is he gets the roots of what Duran Duran is about.
The sort of pop culture that we draw from, the music we grew
up with, the music that we like now, the groove stuff; he’s
a very talented guy,” [sabotagetimes.com]
think he was the perfect person for us on the last album - stylistically,
musically, reference-wise, his knowledge of everything: from
the greatest grooves to the best rock music, electronic music,
hip-hop and pop. He's perfect for us because we're incredibly
eclectic. We don't function without a style guru. [GQ]
Duran Duran's longevity | “I don’t know.
I always remember Mick Jagger saying to me, when I met him early
on in our career, ‘what you’ve got to do is you’ve
got to stick at it, you’ve got to turn up, show up and
that’s half the battle’; and I think really what
it means is, you have to believe it and keep believing it because
some times are not as easy as others.” said Nick “Sometimes
you have to really work a lot harder to bring something to realisation,
and other times it comes easy, and so if you’re in the
mind set where you are able to accept that, and you like the
people you’re working with or the sounds you’re
making then I think that helps make it work. I like everybody
in the band, we’re friends, we’ve had an amazing
time in the band.” [sabotagetimes.com]
the creative process
I’m usually the instigator.
like to stir things up and make things unbalanced. That’s
when you get the most interesting scientific results
from your experiments. If you follow formulas it becomes
incredibly dull, but if you actually look at things
from a different perspective, you can usually carve
out something different. I still believe there are many
ways within music to create different combinations of
instrumentation and arrangements. This is what I’m
most interested in, of course. I love the composition
of songs. I always like to invent; I’m not always
successful. At its best, when I have a good day and
the great song god in the sky looks kindly upon me,
it’s a day when I have done something I haven’t
somebody asked me what would I make the record about now,
I would say genetics,
and how it with merge with technology and nanotechnology:
that's the next stage
of the future to me." NR
Rod Temperton, Grace Jones, Brandon Flowers: names that comes
to mind for future collaborations.
a huge admirer of Grace Jones in many, many ways.
She came out of the fashion industry,
made a disco record and then went on to make three classic records.
was entirely original and everyone in Duran Duran loves Grace
We’ve played her records more than most other artists.
I also think Grace is one of the most fascinating performers
press release on the new album the band has various collaborators
and many people involved in the project. Let's see what names
has been made so far by the guys, names that might turn up real
collaborations one day or another. You never know, as Nick says?!
tweet of Simon from April 3rd made me think...
super producer & songwriter extaordinaire Rod Temperton
[check out his body
of work]. DD paying homage to a true musical hero."
Temperton wrote and composed Off The Wall by Michael Jackson.
Nick considers that album one of his 13
best album ever
Of course, mind flies thinking to a possible collaboration with
the extraordinay man behind many of Mickael Jackson's [Donna
Summer and many others] hit singles... Especially after listening
to the latest Kafe where John says that Mark might produce a
part of the new work, maybe half or maybe just some songs.
Temperton, the man behind the Michael Jackson classic Thriller,
has recently been working on Mica Paris' new album.
We assume that the band is really open to collaborations. Nick,
for example, was recently asked "Are there any other contemporary
artists you'd love to work with?"
"We worked with Kelis on the last album, which was sort
of great - I think I'd like to work with her again. Grace Jones
I can't get enough of, I always think she's contemporary. Years
ago Brandon Flowers came on-stage and did "Planet Earth"
with us and his voice and Simon's voice together are actually
really quite a good blend. So I thought, one day, it'd be fun
to do something if The Killers were up to it. You never know."
plans to play any shows this year says Nick:
"We do wanna complete the new album, we literally just
started writing, that’s usually a 12 months process…
maybe next year" Absolute
Taylor on Duran Duran's child No 14
think we are gonna write some good songs this year"
the promotional trip in Copenhagen
for the release of the danish version
of In The Pleasure Groove,
John said that he and the rest of the band has been given by
a tape filled with today's music:
"a mixtape, you know, five hours
of new music,
to give us a sense of what the kids are listening to."
April 17th John, through the microphones of TV2, the danish
TV channel, is all positive about the future of the band when
the interviewer asks the question:
"Where do you think duran duran will be in about 10 years?"I
think we might still be working actually in 10 years time, we’re
writing songs for the new album now, it's kinda like a marriage,
you kinda are tempted to start a new one every year but then
is ‘why would I do that?’ because these people knows
me so well and actually there’s something about intimacy,
going further into each other, that is kinda interesting, I
think we are gonna write some good songs this year and hopefully
would be back on stage next year.
are you these days?
Good. We are currently working on a new Duran Duran album.
How far are you?
We are still in the initial stage. We are about to find out
how it should sound and what direction we should go. We've got
Mark Ronson again. He is fantastic. He has good taste and constantly
force you to do your best. [Translation from the mx.dk interview
Blog from John March 18th, 2013 duranduran.com
takes a distance to protect the creative process |
Now the time has come for Duran Duran to enter the studio once
again and I can only liken the process to hibernation. In this
instance, for me to bring you new music, I must gather and store
my thoughts until they are ready to come out after a creative
Winter. The process is both a rewarding and tricky one and I
find I have to keep my ideas and thoughts to myself, in order
for songs to develop. This year myself and the rest of the band,
are engaged in a number of potentially cool creative projects,
but they are all too under-developed to discuss at this stage.
Brown on Duran Duran's child No 14
think it's gonna be a great one!"
the recent Duran Duran album, that I co-wrote, I hope that my
contribution to the music, melody and arrangements helped inspire
Simon Le Bon who is chief lyricist."
Dom Brown, in the band since 2006, is part of the writing and
recording team for album #14. In November Dom has made the transition
from his home studio to a full blown studio. It's a 2 rooms
studio in South West London, including a live room and a control
That's also the studio where the band has started jamming/writing
back in March.
Bass magazine has recently interviewed Dom about his studio,
his guitar collection, his solo work and being in Duran Duran.
I transcribed an excerpt of the most interesting parts.
about songwriting | ‘I don’t have a format
for writing songs... it can be a riff or lyrics, whatever comes
Duran Duran we just jam with a clean slate and literally see
what comes out of the blue, then work on that. ‘But I
think it’s essential to have a good acoustic for songwriting.
I have two Taylor acoustics which I find very inspirational
about being in Duran Duran | It’s cool to play
in a band that in the ’80s were the biggest British pop/rock
band to hit the USA since the Beatles.
May roots are blues-based, but I have a catchy, well-structured
song with the verse-chorus-verse format. I signed up full-time
with Duran Duran in 2006 and have played to sell-out arenas
with them ever since, including a two-week run in London’s
Wembley Stadium for the Princess Diana memorial concert.
Duran songs vary quite a lot when it cames to construction and
they way they need to sound. For live work I’m always
swapping back and forth humbuckers to single coils.
I’m a total analogue man when it cames to sound, and would
never go down the amp or guitar
process do you go through to create your music?
I don’t have any one particular process as ideas come
in various forms and are then developed accordingly. Most typically
I will start with some chords or a riff that inspires me and
then search for interesting melodies. Lyrics usually come next,
though I have started with the lyric first on some occasions.[From
30 seconds with… Dom Brown]
the left, Dom Brown and Roger Taylor going on stage at the Live
Celebration Concert at Hyde Park on July 27, 2012 in London,
one of the most exciting moments of the band last year.
March 16th Dom showed all his enthusiasm about being in the
studio with the guys:
a great and productive 2 weeks with Duran Duran
and Mark Ronson at my studio!"
on April 4th he said
couple of days with Duran and Mark Ronson
getting songs together for the new album...
I think it's gonna be a great one!"
I have to hide it away when he comes to jam in the studio!
a few bass guitars at close quarters in the studio purely
for recording, such as this wonderful 2006 Alleva Coppolo
KPB4 Classic 4, designed around a P-bass and made by Jimmy
Coppolo in Upland, California. It’s just one of those
basses that you know you can reach out and grab and get the
sound that's in your head.
lt's beautifully made, with a European alder body, a maple
neck and an African rosewood fingerboard, and it plays and
sounds greats It has "JT"’ on the headstoek
as it was made for Duran’s bassist John Taylor, but
it’s been here so long that I hope he’s forgotten
about it. I have to hide it away when he comes to jam in the
Duran's only public performance of 2013
idea was to try and create, on the fly, layers of images permeating
Duran Duran on the stage, a world of experimentation and some
happy accidents.” David Lynch
Release from Arclight Films
Duran Duran Concert Film Snatched Up
by Arclight Films
Duran Unstaged, a collaborative effort between the rock group
and filmmaker David Lynch, has been picked up by Arclight
Films. Duran Duran will be making the trek to Cannes for AmfAR’s
20th anniversary Cinema Against AIDS event on May 23, 2013
while Arclight presents the movie to potential distributors
“We’re honored to be representing this unique
film, and working with such an incredible team of entertainment
industry professionals, whose artistic endeavors have had
such a profound effect on people all over the world,”
stated Gary Hamilton, Managing Director of Arclight Films.
“Duran Duran Unstaged is a breakthrough in movie-making.
It’s an experience that marries the arts of film and
music in a distinctly creative and refreshing manner that
will appeal to audiences worldwide.”
The film was shot at the Mayan Theatre in LA and includes
special guests Mark Ronson, Kelis, Gerard Way [My Chemical
Romance] and Beth Ditto [Gossip]. Duran Duran Unstaged marks
only the second time a concert by the group has been shot
in high def, and the Cannes screening will be the premiere
of the director’s cut of the film.
The original cut screened once via live online stream on YouTube
and Vevo. “The idea was to try and create, on the fly,
layers of images permeating Duran Duran on the stage,”
said director David Lynch. “A world of experimentation
and some happy accidents.”
“We were all beyond delighted that David Lynch agreed
to direct this show for us and knew that he would create something
that wouldn’t look like anything you’ve ever seen
before,” said Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon. “It
was a dream come true, quite frankly. We are all such huge
fans of his work and think he has a creative vision like no
out pics of Simon and Nick at the Cavalli Yacht party held yesterday
in Cannes here
website tomorrow's event in Cannes will be livestreamed at lovegold.com
do you see in the future for Duran Duran?
I suppose it'll be more things but in a different format or
different way, possibly visually -
TV or movies would be interesting. I think our web presence
will grow enormously.
What I hope for more than anything is that we keep making better
albums and keep doing better shows because that’s what
you keep going for.
I have no doubt in my mind that our shows now are much better
than they were 10 years earlier. You don't lose that, you should
learn more as you go along — you get better at it.
Going back to when I saw The Rolling Stones, I thought 'wow,
this is the reason why,
now I get it completely' because they had this beautiful understanding
of what the audience wanted and how to make them excited.
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