What started out as a brief flight of fantasy and imagination three years ago has evolved into something quite special; a visual and audio feast of the highest calibre.
It is a known fact that Depeche Mode, because of their level of musical and production technicality, is not the easiest act to emulate. Music for the Masses strives fearlessly to capture the true essence of Depeche Mode with an audio and visual performance paying true homage to one of the greatest bands of all time.
Allow us to take you on a journey and spark up memories from a time where innovation and the reinvention of fashion were at their prime. A time when you could be anyone you wanted to be on the weekend with a little eyeliner and leather; when teased hair and long fringes were the order of the day, when Doc Martens was still an intern in the electronic halls of the New Wave sound.
Music for the Masses is the Perfect Party Band for your next Corporate Function Conference or Event
Who is Music for the Masses?
The band was formed by three “Brothers in Mode” namely:
Elton “Otis Vocal” Tuck – Having spent many years in bands as both a vocalist and drummer Elton brings an element of showmanship mixed with an element of rock theatrics to the bands performance. A lover of what Depeche Mode stood for and the ground breaking influence the band had played a major role in Elton’s music career. Through his journey Elton has recorded with a variety of artists from around the world. His fearless rock induced influence is evident in this frontman’s performance. A recorded artist that has held a number one spot on Zone Radio (SA), Radio Caroline (UK) and Fame Music Radio (SA) with his collaborative work with Rebeka Rain and the band LIFE. In the past Elton has worked and recorded with British composer and musician Duncan Mackay (ex 10CC, Cockney Rebel and Kate Bush). Elton has also worked with Mick Evans of Melpro Studio’s in Australia where he recorded the song Coming Home with Rebeka Rain.
Sean “Styx” Nunan – Sean started drumming at the age of 17 and turned professional in 1988. In 1990 Sean joined popular South African band Shifty Henry and stayed for the next 3 years. Thereafter Sean, together with two of his former band mates, formed Avalanche where he played for the next five years before moving to Cape Town where he went on to form the bands Almost Famous and the ever popular Absolutely Fabulous Duo.
Sean is a professional musician, a self-termed “Tech Junkie” and a Roland V- Drums Ambassador, making him the perfect member of Music for the Masses. Sean is also an in demand session drummer and has performed on various albums and jingles. ‘ I think my strengths as a drummer are the fact that number one I grew up playing to a click track, which has helped me get a lot of regular studio work, and I am also passionate about all aspects of our art form.
Eric Mc Callaghan – To try and sum the multi-talented Eric M into a few words or even try to box his list of achievements is near impossible. Eric has held various number one hits with remixes of Depeche Mode in Europe for many years. A producer and song writer with an innate talent to mix international sounds into one glorious magical wonder. Signed to BMG Records Africa in 1996 saw him quickly produce and record anything from local rock and pop remixes to originals that went onto international playlists and compilations.
From the late 80s –
- Kevin van Staden’s Communique
- State of Mind
- Casual Culture
- Girl 2 Boys
- Then performed solo as C4 for 10 years with various vocalists and dancers to promote his 150 CD releases.
Some of Eric’s accomplishments have been:
- Xplicit” (under his Heatseeker alias) was #1 in South Africa for several months in 1999 and received the Best South African Dance Track award. It is released worldwide on more than 30 compilations.
- “Reflections” received a South African Music Award Nomination in 2003.
- “Touch Faith” is an official Depeche Mode remix of Personal Jesus, and was #1 in Belgium, 8 weeks on the sales charts and Ultratop 40 2007
- “Woven” was #29 on the world DMC Trance Charts in 2008.
- Paul Oakenfold played Eric’s “I’ll Wait For You” at a 911 benefit concert in New York 2001
- John ‘00’ Flemming gave “Spinning” 4 ½ out of 5 in Mixmag 1998
- DJ’ed in Pakistan, Belgium, Holland, UK and at Miami WMC 2011
- Released on more than 150 CD compilations, albums and singles
Put these musicians on one stage and you will soon see why they are the three best musical tour guides to take you on your journey through the sounds and sights that is Music for the Masses – A Salute to Depeche Mode.
**PLEASE NOTE: DINNER FROM 7PM SHOW AT 8.30PM