Meet Daniel Barassi: King of All Depeche Media
Daniel Barassi is man of many media talents with two primary public identities.
The Brat is known by a globe of Depeche Mode fans as the band’s webmaster, creating a constantly evolving site that pleases even the most finicky superfan. He’s also a music producer, giving birth to mashups that've been consumed on the Internet by hundreds of thousands, and heard locally on KCRW. (The above mashup was recently featured on Gary Calamar’s program.)
Both Rolling Stone and Wired praised his mix of The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven and The Commodores’ “Easy” as one of the finest mashups ever. “Definitely not a combination one would normally think of, but it went together beautifully,” said Barassi of the music-marriage. He DJs too, and will be doing so twice this weekend, alongside former Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder’s band Recoil.
Tonight, Recoil play the El Rey Theatre with Barassi DJing after the show. On Sunday, it's to the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana for Barassi's birthday and another gig with Recoil. Barassi won't be DJing solo on Sunday, he'll be playing along with Depeche Mode's Martin Gore. That's huge. The shows feature additional support by Conjure One, and Architect.
A few of Barassi's fine videos have featured on LAist, but now LAist gets a chance to talk to the man himself.