DJ 7rym releases a 2 hour mix of Depeche Mode in honor of Andrew Fletcher – a great tribute!

(By our Norwegian correspondent Jan Ronald Stange) Trym Nævestad aka DJ 7trym had worked on an extensive Depeche Mode megamix to celebrate its 50th anniversarye birthday june 7e. I caught wind of it when he contacted me mid-April, asking if I had any DM remixes available digitally, and after searching through my hard drives, I found what he was looking for. After sharing the files I got a draft back two days later – and as a DM fan since 1983 I’ve heard a LOT of mixes but immediately ranked this one in the top 3 from my book! Feels updated with a great selection of songs and remixes, transitions other remixers would envy, have surprises, and don’t get boring.

Then on May 26e happened… Andrew Fletcher died, Depeche Mode fans cried and Trym decided to release the mix in Fletch’s honor the next day. Since the mix was released prematurely, I had wanted to wait a few weeks, let things calm down, and spend his birthday before the follow-up, so earlier this week we had a conversation by mail.

SL: We’ve read about why the mix was originally conceived and you released it early because of Fletch’s passing – tell us what thoughts have been going through your mind these days that changed the purpose of the mix?

Trym: Like everyone else, I was in shock when I heard the news about Fletch. The mix was supposed to be a celebration of me as a DM fanboy, but suddenly it became so much more than my little ego trip. I had produced a lot of DJ sets scheduled around my birthday, so I had to work quickly to figure out what to do. The decision to release it as soon as possible was easy, even though it took me a lot of extra work.

SL: What is your process for making a mix like this?

Trym: Behind each of my works, there are hundreds of hours of getting to know each song by heart. This part is easy for me with DM since I’ve been following them since 1982. It’s actually much harder to know which songs to exclude to limit the length to 2 hours. I have thousands of remixes to choose from. Most of them are bootlegs and fans so the quality is really varied. If I hear a good attempt but with obvious flaws or bad sound, I try to see if I can easily recreate it myself before deciding what to do with it. Software like online service https://www.lalal.ai/ is just incredibly powerful for dissecting leads! When assembling the set, I focus on getting the harmony right when deciding the order to play the songs. I avoid breaking the rules of the Camelot wheel so that my transitions are always in harmony. (https://mixedinkey.com/camelot-wheel/)

The final mix is ​​done in Mixmeister, which does most of the work if you’ve prepared well. It’s old software no longer developed, but I still find it powerful for programming DJ sets and easy access to plugins for EQ, compressors, etc. The mix is ​​pretty quick, but I tend to tweak knobs and filters, adding and removing beats for weeks after I should really be happy and just release it 😀

SL: How many have heard the mix so far?

Trym: It surpassed 215 unique listeners on Mixcloud, but that’s pretty normal there. For me, the most important thing was to get it published so it could be played, used, and inspired listeners for years to come.

(Editor’s note: At the time of this writing, he is 9th in the global vocal list and 88th in the global electronic list.)

SL: How long have you been a fan of DM, and what impact has it had on your life?

Trym: They came into my life in 1982 because my classmate’s older brother really liked them at the time. Strangely enough, my classmate was also called Trym and his older brother is Lars Holte, the man responsible for many of the early raves in Norway and later Tiësto’s breakup. I just fell straight into it all 😀

My very first CD was ‘A Broken Frame’, and I was surprised because I thought I had bought ‘Speak and Spell’ when I asked the man at the record store for their album. It was probably in the summer of 1983 because CDs were a totally new invention that year. I researched every vinyl edition of anything I could find after that, even though I didn’t have a decent record player and had spent most of my money on this CD player.

In 87, I started working for a radio station, and that opened up more and more opportunities for me. I saw DM live for the first time with the ‘Music for the Masses’ tour and started practicing as a club DJ. Radio put me in touch with Vince Clark and Andy Bell for an interview in Oslo. I only cared about Vince because of his work with DM. I remember Andy being quite offended as he wanted to be the star and I was told quite clearly that Vince was now in Erasure 😀

During the 90s, I worked hard day and night with morning radio shows and night club concerts. When ‘Ultra’ came out in 1997, I attended a launch party and ended up forcing the DJ out of his booth because he wasn’t playing DM ‘properly’! I took over and the roof blew off and the crowd went wild. This was the start of my long list of DM parties after this answer.

The local label head of Mute Records saw it too, took me in, and used me for everything DM afterward. This is how I was placed backstage at their concerts in Scandinavia during the ‘Exciter’ tour, and on stage at official after parties.

I almost missed their concert every time and had to go to Vilnius in 2006 to finally see their full show as an ordinary spectator. It wasn’t planned to be more than a guest there, but even in Lithuania I found myself on stage at the after party after “politely” removing the DJ who was not up to par my expectations at that time 😉

I was a pretty active dude who thought too high of myself back then – hopefully I’m considered more polite now. Anyway, it all worked out in the end!

Takeover of Lithuanian DJ 7rym!
Takeover of Lithuanian DJ 7rym!

There’s no doubt that DM’s internal life has been hard on its members, and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and playing with Alan Wilder and Fletch on their tours away from DM. Wilder is an enigma to understand, and Fletch was quite the opposite. Fletch spoke freely and made everyone feel like we had been friends forever. Truly an amazing man and very open about the alcohol issues he and Martin have struggled with. Maybe because I was pretty troubled myself at the time, so we found that to be our common ground, both wanting to get out of a life that didn’t always start days looking like a badass. wood.

SL: Any other projects or mixes planned for the near future?

Trym: I decided to post a mixture to clean my house on the first Friday of every month, and gladly share it if it can help these mops move 😀

I won’t be playing anywhere this year, but I’m seriously thinking of doing festival gigs again from 2023. I don’t know if I’ll do another DM night yet. It’s just weird now, but hopefully that will change over time.

As a unique unique around my 50th birthday, I am releasing 7 unique DJ sets in different flavors. A new one every day to show off some of my different sides and inspire DJs to open their minds to new things.

These are high-energy festival sets with bangers and mashups, a showcase of what a DJ can do with alternative rock, an Altern80s revisit, a Dark Wave set and a soundscape for Sunday brunch. You can find them all on https://www.mixcloud.com/7rym

I hope people will enjoy them 🙂


PS! As a side note on how the DM community connects people, I can add that I first met Trym when meeting before the “Exicter” concert in Oslo, 2001, after win a contest on Norwegian television, with Trym as judge. (sorry for the poor quality, PC TV recording hardware wasn’t very good 21 years ago :/ )

Me and my friend Truls got tickets to the gig and the chance to meet the band backstage before the gig, and walked out of there with three additional new acquaintances in Trym, Lars and Frank, with whom I still have occasional contacts, meet at concerts etc. 20 years later. DM for life!

Depeche Mode Meet&Greet, Oslo, September 22, 2001
Depeche Mode Meet&Greet, Oslo, September 22, 2001

Listen to the mix here, and find other 7rym mixes on his Mixcloud page:
https://www.mixcloud.com/7rym/