Andrew John Leonard Fletcher (born 8 July 1961 – 26 May 2022), sometimes referred to as Fletch, was an English keyboardist, DJ and electronica member of the Depeche Mode Founding member. In 2020, Fletcher was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Depeche Mode.
In the late 1970s, Fletcher and classmate Vince Clark formed the short-lived China No Romance band, in which Fletcher played bass guitar. In 1980, Fletcher met Martin Gore at the Van Gogh Bar on Pecock Road in Basildon. Along with Clark, the now synth-only trio formed another group called Vocal Synthesis.
Clark served as lead songwriter and vocalist until frontman Dave Gahan was recruited to the band later that year, after which they adopted the Depeche Mode name at Gahan’s suggestion. Clark left the band in late 1981, shortly after the release of their debut album Speak & Spell.
Their 1982 follow-up album A Broken Frame was recorded as a trio, with Gore in charge of the main songwriting duties.
Musician and producer Alan Wilder joined the band in late 1982, and the group continued as a quartet until Wilder left in 1995. The core trio of Gahan, Gore and Fletcher have remained active since then, most recently with the release of their 2017 album Spirit and subsequent world tour.
Fletcher’s role in Depeche Mode is often the subject of speculation. In the band’s early incarnations, he played bass. Following Vince Clark’s departure in 1981, Fletcher’s role changed as the band grew, as each band member moved into areas that suited them and benefited the band together.
In a key scene from D.A. Pennebaker’s 1989 documentary about the band Fletcher shed light on these roles: “Martin was the songwriter, Alan was the good musician, Dave was the singer, and I was running around.” In his 2005 review of Playing the Angel, Wilder Long after leaving the band, Rolling Stones writer Gavin Edwards responded to Fletcher’s statement in his opening remarks: “Depeche Mode’s unique division of labor has been around for a long time, and each of the three remaining members has a different Character: Written by Martin Gore.” songs, Dave Garn sings them, and Andy Fletcher shows up for photos and cashing checks.  Fletcher was the only member of the band who did not receive credit for songwriting.
Since the band didn’t always hire a full-time manager, Fletcher took care of the band’s many business, legal and other non-musical interests over the years. In the “Songs of Faith and Devotion” press kit, he talks about how he really cared about many of the commercial aspects of the music industry that other musicians shunned, so he took on many of the commercial aspects of the band. In recent years, this has included being the band’s “spokesperson,” and Fletcher has often been the one to announce Depeche Mode news.
He is also said to be a member of “The Tiebreaker” and a member of “Bring the Band Together”. According to the interview, Fletcher reached a compromise between Gahan and Gore, settling their serious spat after their 2001 Exciter album and Depeche Mode’s future songwriting duties tour.
In the studio and live, Fletcher contributed various auxiliary synth sections, including bass sections, pads, string and drone sounds, and various samples.
It’s worth noting, however, that he’s the only member of Depeche Mode who doesn’t sing. Although he can be seen singing in Depeche’s previous live performance videos, Fletcher’s vocals are often either low-mixed or only audible through his own stage monitors. During the band’s 2013-14 Delta Machine Tour, his keyboard station ran out of vocal mics.
He specifically sang Violator’s episode “Crucified”. According to Alan Wilder, each band member participated in the chorus of the song “Condemnation” from “Song of Faith and Devotion,” which Wilder confirmed in a press release for the same album.