There is a new book by Michaelangelo Matos called The Underground is Massive which goes into great detail on the emergence of the techno scene solely in the United States. I am quoted and mentioned a few times and so far (I just read a few chapters) I think he’s got it right.
“Joining the ranks of Please Kill Me and Can’t Stop Won’t Stop comes this definitive chronicle of one of the hottest trends in popular culture—electronic dance music—from the noted authority covering the scene. It is the sound of the millennial generation, the music “defining youth culture of the 2010s” (Rolling Stone). Rooted in American techno/house and ’90s rave culture, electronic dance music has evolved into the biggest moneymaker on the concert circuit. Music journalist Michaelangelo Matos has been covering this beat since its genesis, and in The Underground Is Massive, charts for the first time the birth and rise of this last great outlaw musical subculture.”
Laibach the infamous Slovenian band on Mute records will perform in New York City at the The Gramercy Theatre (127 E 23rd St) on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. You better believe I will be there. Artists should be free to create and tell any story however dark or wrong the public may perceive it to be. In today’s era of political correctness we need Laibach more than ever!
“We are children of the spirit and brother of might. We are the black sprits of the world. We sing the insane image of horror. Art is a high mission and demands fanaticism.” – Laibach
Yesterday I did a DJ Set for RIOT Radio from Edinburgh, Scotland. I really enjoy doing set that don’t have to be totally dancefloor friendly. Enjoy the mix!
1. Violences Conjugales – Violence Conjugale
2. Tragisch – Petra Flurr + Modernista
3. Deadlines – Skinny Puppy
4. Venereal Desires – The Slop
5. B.I.O.N.I.C. – The Force Dimension
6. Motordead – Cat Rapes Dog
7. Molecule Man – SuperPower
8. Who Raised These People? – Charles Manier
9. Germaniac – Die Krupps
10. Helpless (Final D.) – X Marks The Pedwalk
11. Untitled – Absolute Body Control
12. This Hour of The Night – SuperPower
13. Clear – Cybotron
14. Te Quiero Mi Amor (The Hacker Remix) – David Carretta
15. Kervorkian – Staccato Du Mal
16. The Future – Vomito Negro
17. Carried Mask – Youth Code
18. Will Ever Fall Here Again – Millimetric
“An absolute star that shines so very, very brightly. A true inspiration for me over the years like you would not believe. The Horrorist aka Oliver Chesler has released so many of techno’s best ever & most well recognized releases. If I started naming them all I’d be typing here for an eon. So many releases on not only his own label The Things To Come but countless others too and his remixes for other people go on and on and on he’s that much in demand. His live show, which has to be seen to be believed, has been played across the globe & is being constantly booked to perform to sell out crowds. A true pioneer from the birth of techno, to now & into the future. This DJ set he has done exclusively for the show is quite simply stunning. So strap yourself in, let your blood wings soar and prepare your ears for a flight into vicious sonic beauty. Enjoy LOUD!” – RIOT Radio
Johnny Love from Chicago contacted me a few weeks ago to do a DJ Set for Healthgoth and VICE. Healthgoth is an amazing trend of… well goths in the gym. Let’s face it… nothing tastes better than being skinny and there are plenty of goths that need a good workout. I hope you enjoy the set!
Der Plan – “Lebdoch”
Hymn – “I Am the Absolute”
Absolute Body ContRol – “Melting Away”
Front Line Assembly – “Die-sect”
The Force Dimension – “Aqua 2000″
Cosmetics – “The Cries”
Die Krupps – “2 Herzen 1 Rhythmus”
Frontal – “Winterzeit”
Manufacture – “Armed Forces”
Severed Heads – “Hot With Fleas”
Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft – “Co Co Pino”
James T. Cotton – “Press Your Body”
Cyberaktif – “Meltdown”
Gorilla Aktiv – “Die Maske”
Cybotron – “R-9″
Nitzer Ebb (The Horrorist remix) – “Murderous”
Acrosome – “Running on the Wheel” (Remix)
Dive – “Bloodshot Eyes”
Millimetric – “No Feedback”
Hymn – “Danger””
“The first two editions of THUMP’s Healthgoth mix series have been classy affairs as both DMC champ DJ Shiftee and Washington, DC scene leader Tittsworth championed the underground from across the spectrum in their selections.
For our third edition, New York dance-punk stalwart The Horrorist delves deep into new wave music and EBM, with a focus on punk-edged, early-tech dance music from Germany in particular.
The Things to Come Records boss opens up with “new German wave” progenitors Der Plan, makes stops everywhere from pop to industrial to techno, before crescendoing with influential UK act Nitzer Ebb’s “Murderous” (special Horrorist cover version) and closing with the swirled-out synth-pop of Hymn’s “Danger.”
This mix could be considered an education in EBM, one of the most influential and organic scenes and eras in dance.”
I never thought I would perform in China but this past Saturday night, March 28, 2015 I (The Horrorist) did exactly that. Shanghai holds the record for the most populated city with over 20 million people living there. As the taxi took me from Pudong Airport to Hilton in the city center I got to see how big the city really is. Imagine a city like Newark or Charlotte, North Carolina. Imagine the cluster of tall buildings in each center of those cities. Now imagine about 20 cities that large all clustered together. Put a river in the middle and across the river put some amazing skyscrapers that tower over the cluster of other cities and your getting a close idea of how big Shanghai is.
Americans have a pre-conception (brainwashing?) that all of China is poor, full of military, the food is tainted with chemicals and the cars are made of cardboard. None of that is really true. I saw my share of Ferraris, Bentleys, most cabs were VWs and in a way that the world should follow most people got around by a brand new subway system or fully electric scooters. I had several great meals of organic vegetarian dishes. I was able to use Facebook and Twitter and had no issues going in and out of the country. I’m not saying there may not be oppression or problems but in Shanghai I didn’t see any of it. I went to the Bund area where you walk along the water front at look at the Pearl Tower, World Financial Center and the amazingly tall Shanghai Tower. One thing I found interesting was most of the Chinese tourists were totally focused on those tall modern towers while the classic beautiful old Chinese waterfront buildings and the poor statue of Mao was left quiet. The only complaint about the city itself is the pollution is very noticeable. Some people wear masks as they walk the streets. I noticed a change in my breathing. That’s saying something considering I live in NYC. I read that living in Shanghai is the equivalent to smoking a half a cigarette a day.
Enter the void. I performed in a WWII shelter (the Japanese were doing the bombing). The club is of course called The Shelter and it’s known as THE place to perform in Shanghai. The night was run by 3 expats. Vincent from Paris, Camy from Edinburgh and Ilsa from Moscow. You walk down into the club through a stone tunnel into a stone and steel room (don’t fall and hit your head!). The owner doesn’t allow any lighting during the night. Since I bring my own strobes and 500W lamps I knew I had a nice surprise in store for the regulars of the Void. The club filled up with a mix of Shanghai natives and more ex-pats. I particularly enjoyed playing my more political songs. I didn’t get past me for a minute where I was. Playing “The World will Know Us” in China was a thrill I won’t forget. The reaction on some of the faces was great. It was a mix of surprise, smiles and hell yeah lets dance! The same night in Shangai I heard A Guy Called Gerald and Nigel Richards were also performing. After my set I met a promoter from Beijing. If you’re a DJ or electronic musician don’t be surprised when China calls you too. I know I will be going back. Thanks to everyone who came out and the new friends I made there. Wings over the world! To see the full set of photos: click here
“NYC-based experimental EBM musician The Horrorist comes to Shelter. His brand of pitch black industrial techno, most famously the track “One Night in NYC,” weaves together a playful, creepy overlay of lyrics about the evils of city living with abrasive, danceable beats. For this live set, expect an array of costume changes, crowd interaction and manic energy.” – cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai
Here’s a Nitzer Ebb modular patch so authentic it could easily be from the Belief era. morphiclab303 has some good taste in modules with a Stepper Acid, DrumDokta2, Turing Machine and some Frequency Central stuff all going to work here. Bon & Doug if you read this take notes because this is what we want you to be doing ok?
“stepper acid driving frequency central 100m modules in a nitzer ebb style
great snappy fcuk adsr, drums provided by the dokta2″ – morphiclab303
A few months ago I was contacted by the band Resistor to do a remix for a song called Breathe. Resistor is an EBM band from Bogota Colombia. Since I had a great time there when I performed there and my friends Delectro, Modernista and Equitant were also doing remixes I said yes. The release is on Black Leather Records which is owned by Victor Lenis aka Cute Heels. Victor is a bit crazy but his music is always great.
I did the remix almost entirely on my now large Eurorack modular. The drums are Tiptop Audio 808s sequenced by a Tiptop Circadian Rhythms. I layered the snare with a Synthesis Technology E355 wavetable LFO. The bassline is a combination of a Microbrute and Synthesis Technology Cloud Generator. There is some sequenced filtering going on with a Toppobrillo Multifilter. The sequenced line that comes in at 2:45 is from an Intellijel Metropolis. The reverb it arrives under is a MakeNoise Erbeverb. I decided to re-sing the vocals. I used a Shure SM7 mic, API 512c micpre and Izotope’s Nectar plug-in. There is some delay at the end on the snares from a Modcan Dual Delay. There are some vocals being manipulated for effect and those were done using a MakeNoise Phonogene. This release breaks the ice for 2015. Expect some good things!
“Label based in Colombia and devoted to Electro, Techno, New Wave and EBM.” – Discogs
Great new 113bpm track called Sex Telephone by Karel Goldbaum (Warsaw, Poland). I will be playing this one in my upcoming DJ Sets for sure.
“Welcome to an another new face on the label: Cowshed Records’ owner, music producercomposer and film creator Karel Goldbaum from Poland. Sex Telephone is a slow but rough and hard techno track that lives from distortion and overcompression. The both remixes come from END 519 and Mike Creepman. 2 different versions round out this release, one straight 130bpm techno and the other is a more relaxing version.” – 9Volt Records
Last Saturday night I went to Long Island City to see Daren Ho perform. For this event he was doing a Eurorack Modular performance. The event which took place next to PS1 at a venue called The Print Shop was also a showcase for Generation Records. Generation was a store and record label in the East Village. Throughout the 80s they released noise artists including most famously Conrad Schnitzler’s work. Conrad who is from Berlin was also a member of Tangerine Dream. I got to meet Ken from Generation and I bought a Generation Unlimited Cassette “No Borders”. I bought 3 cassettes in 2014!
In my opinion live modular performances can be hit or miss. Usually they go on way to long as the artist gets lost in himself usually stuck on one idea for 20 minutes or more. I like a bit of structure in my music. Owning a modular myself I appreciate when I see modular live and the sounds are sculpted in a meaningful way. For example Daren kept his range of sounds very tight. The set was mostly tight pops, delay, and futuristic flanging type of effects. He relied heavily on stereo imaging. The set was all “minor” notes which is my cup of tea. If I had a crystal ball in the 80s and I could see what I would be listening to in the future this would seem about right. I really enjoyed the performance. I should mention Daren is part owner of the store Control and if you catch him there and ask him to demo a module you could get a mini private performance. To see the full set of photos: click here
“Daren Ho is a Brooklyn-based artist with releases on record labels such as NNA Tapes, In Context Music, and Root Strata. His recent release on In Context Music (2014) is a set of 7″ lathe cut records featuring music performed on a modular synthesizer.” – Generations Unlimited