Ulrich thinks he got the ultimate fan trip—to play, record, and tour with his favourite band, Dead Can Dance, and to be part of the legendary 4AD label of the 1980s. From there, he went solo to pursue his own musical vision, embracing the support and influences of his mentors Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard. This, in turn, led to a collaboration with New York producer Trebor Lloyd and a huge range of musicians, which spawned a trilogy of albums released between 2013 and 2019, all the while continuing to attend DCD shows and cross paths with Perry and Gerrard. Peter Ulrich lives and works in the very centre of Norfolk, UK.
Ulrich recounts his experiences as drummer/percussionist with Dead Can Dance through the 1980s, contributor to This Mortal Coil, and guest on other 4AD recordings. After leaving DCD for family reasons, he tracks their parallel paths—DCD’s demises and rebirths; solo careers of Lisa Gerrard, Brendan Perry, and his own; Gerrard’s co-creation of the Gladiator soundtrack; and Ulrich’s collaboration with producer Trebor Lloyd and a host of artists from the New York scene. Packed with detail from the formative period of Dead Can Dance, a fan’s-eye view of the later years (with the advantage of a backstage pass), and a broad sweep through just about every corner of the wider musical landscape.