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QuoteAndy Fletcher obituaryKeyboard player and business brain of Depeche Mode who pushed the electronic band to long-lasting successFletcher was a keyboardist and passionate proponent of electronics, glorying in the synthesiser's role in overturning the convention of music being made with guitars and drums. ... his musicianly interests were rivalled by a head for business. He enjoyed keeping tabs on receipts and merchandising, and for Depeche Mode, who became one of the world's biggest touring groups in the 1990s, that was win-win: Fletcher was onstage behind his keyboard every night, but offstage performed dusty managerial duties. He estimated that he spent 17 years as player-manager; even after the band acquired heavyweight management he kept his hand in.