7500 in Marseille

I’m back from France and I’m happy to report that the event known as La Nuit Rouge pulled in 7,500 party goers. I spent some talk time with Pet Duo, Alan Fitzpatrick, Mindindustries and DJ Rush (at the airport). Everything from the moment I started my set was golden. Now since this is a tell all blog let’s rewind to my departure to France from JKF Airport.

I arrive at Long Term Parking. I’m a little later than I hoped because there was of course a few hours of traffic for what should be a 20 minute drive. I get on my Delta, KLM, Alitalia flight. I think they do this codeshare crap knowing they need to blame someone for mistakes so they take turns on each other. I’m in my seat. One hour goes by we don’t take off. Two hours go by we don’t take off. We finally get a report from el captino, “There’s a broken clasp in the cargo bay we are manufacturing a new one. Once we get the paperwork from Atlanta we can fly.” We approach three hours and they tell us we have to disembark. I know why they did this. There’s some new rule you can’t leave passengers hostage more than three hours. Now if you thought that was the bad part oh boy you are mistaken.

I had a layover in Rome. I missed that layover by a mile so when I asked when I could get another connecting flight from Rome to Marseille I was delighted to find out the only one would be late Saturday night at 9:30PM. That would get me into Marseille at around Midnight. I had a 1:00AM set time. That also meant that I’d have to spend 9 hours in the Rome airport waiting for that connection. I thought about canceling my show and just going home but I’ve only missed three shows in my entire career.

I was supposed to play the weekend after 9/11 in Stuttgart. I had my apartment robbed a few days before I had a gig. The third show I missed was my fault. Being that I have performed a zillion times since 1992 I think it’s a record worth keeping nice and I am sure promoters know I am reliable (which keeps bookings coming). So I decided to check into the Hilton Hotel Rome at the airport. I got a day rate of 100 Euros and slept myself into superman again. I woke up and took the short flight to Marseille.

I got to the gig and it was the usual war zone. Pet Duo was on stage with 6 CD players, two mixers, booze. On the same 5 foot wide table sat the lighting guy, his controller, the house mixing console and sound guy. I need a few feet of space too and I was on next. So I hovered around the Pets who are luckily my friends. They are also generally happy people so they didn’t mind me crawling around them. I hooked my gear up. They stopped playing. I started playing. I had a wonderful time after the show (this isn’t really a tell all blog!). Life is good and no matter what I go through to get there it’s always worth it!

“one night in new york city ou encore can you hear the sound… olivier chesler, trop bon, même le personnage c’est quelque chose!!! c’est quelqu’un ce mec!!!” – jérémy couvreur (via facebook)

For more info: facebook.com/lanuitrouge

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 28, 2011 at 6:12 pm, filed under business, live performance, promotion and tagged , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Marseille France

Tomorrow night I perform live in Marseille, France at Le Dock De Duds for a large event called La Nuit Rouge. Besides The Horrorist (yours truly) party goers will hear from Modeselektor, Dj Rush, Fairmont, Monika Kruse, Pet Duo, Gary Beck, Marzenit & Henri Saiz Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Clickbox and many more. I personally know a few of the other musicians/djs and I have some friends coming so I’m expecting a good time. The only thing that could mess with my happiness is that I noticed I am wait listed in Rome for my layover heading there. I have no idea what that means and being I’m flying Alitalia I am slighting concerned. I get in early enough but I do like to catch a few hours of sleep before I hit the venue. I played a bunch of new songs on New Year’s eve and I was able to weed out tracks that didn’t work, make some tracks shorter/harder, etc… That’s the key to playing live. It makes your music better. I know I said that before but without being out there you won’t make music that’s consistently awesome out there. Music for bedroom listening you can do but there’s rarely a project studio monitoring system that can tell you what a song will really be like in a giant room pumping 20 zillion decibles.

“La Nuit Rouge revient le Samedi 26 Février 2011 au Dock des Suds à Marseille avec encore une fois des artistes à faire pâlir ses cousins européens, et une vrai révolution technique niveau son et lumière. Le Nec Plus Ultra de l’histoire Nuit Rouge!!!” – facebook.com/event.php?eid=1399…

For more info: facebook.com/event.php?eid=1399…

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 25, 2011 at 11:03 am, filed under live performance and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Letting Go

Over the past three months I’ve been experiencing Chinese Democracy syndrome. Chinese Democracy was the Guns and Roses album that took them a decade to release. They wrote, erased, rewrote, sweated, talked and stressed instead of just letting it out. The truth is I have recorded almost 30 songs for my next album called Joyless Pleasure. I’ve worked harder and I’ve been more inspired while making these songs than ever in my life. Certainly it will be my best effort and about half I consider gems. Yet I still sit wanting to make one more song. One more that will be the one that will take it all over the top. I don’t have any advice in this post. I’m only sharing this strange experience. I am going to let go. I have my last song in Ableton. Maybe I just don’t want to go take the album photos!

“In the music industry, a release is usually a term referring to the creative output from an artist available for sale or distribution.” – Wikipedia

photo credit: Karola Riegler

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 24, 2011 at 6:40 am, filed under business, promotion, song writing and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



MFB Dominion

Berlin synth and drum machine company MFB announced (or leaked) they are making an under 1500 Euro synth. I think it will be interesting because this Manfred Fricke design will be the full blown real thing with a keyboard and three oscillators. I can’t wait to see and hear it.

“high quality analogue monophonic synth, 3 oktaven weighted keyboard mit aftertouch, pitch/bend & mod rad arpeggiator, sequencer funktion (synchronisierbar), 3 vco mit fm und sync, pwm, saw/trangle mix, 3 lfo (2 als hüllkurve nutzbar) bis in den audiobereich, ringmod & noise multifilter (8-12 typen) eines bekannten berliner filter entwicklers, 2 analoge und schnelle ENVs (voltage controlled), daher gut regelbar bei niedrigen werten high quality VCA, digital delay (tbc), speicherbare sounds, midi und cv/gate steuerbar, midi ausgabe, wertige potis, schalter und knöpfe, stahlgehäuse mit holzseitenteile.” – tripbeat

For more info: mfberlin.de

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 23, 2011 at 2:11 pm, filed under hardware, synthesizer and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Milhaus Bauhaus

Wear this to the next Bauhaus reunion live show and get a few double takes and smiles. Available on Etsy for $20.

“Two more great tastes that also taste great together! The iconic Bauhaus logo meets everyone’s favorite nerdlinger!” – PattWhelan

Buy the T-Shirt: click here

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 22, 2011 at 4:14 am, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Helmtronic Challenger

This morning I was reading a post on Gearslutz from a guy who received a synth called the Helmtronic Challenger. He has a sort of unboxing, description and samples posted. It has an over the top amount of knobs, oscillators, filters, etc… Does any one the full plans for this synth? Will it a batch be produced? At what price?

“Not much is available on this yet – it appears to have been designed by Hans-Joachim Helmstedt and to be a boutique synthesizer now under development.” – Synthtopia

Read the Gearslutz thread: click here

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 21, 2011 at 4:38 am, filed under synthesizer and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



The Music Industry

Some are calling this chart the death of the music industry. Maybe we are just returning to global sales figures that make more sense. After all, we all know the major labels were raping our wallets with Compact Disc prices right? If these figures dip below 5 Billion then we can have a death march.

“It makes me laugh!!! Copyright may have constitutional protection, but at the end of the day, the Internet is kicking the music industries monopolistic ass.” – JoeJoe

For more info: businessinsider.com/chartoftheday

photo credit: Edward Cotton

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 18, 2011 at 3:42 am, filed under business and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Shopp Digital Download Store

Last night I attended the WordPress NYC Meetup Group at NYU Poly. The theme of the evening was ecommerce. I wanted to see if there was a good solution if you wanted to skip iTunes, Beatport and Amazon. There were three presentations covering the popular WordPress solutions: WP-eCommerce, Shopp and Ecwid. A representative for each product showed off what the products could do. Next, the WordPress Meetup Group broke into three parts everyone following whatever product they liked best into a separate room.

WP-eCommerce and Shopp were similar but I thought Shopp was cleaner and the develeper really knew his stuff so I followed him into the Shopp room. Ecwid was the only product with a monthly subsciption and it was based and hosted your files in Russia. I actually won a rafle for a free year of Ecwid but I still skipped past it. I’m sure it could be a great product but the entire idea of my night out was to find a free or pay once self contained solution.

Years ago I ran an online store script off my own website called the Easybe shop. Shopp is far simplier and more powerful to use. You can sell digital goods quite easily. Download links expire and are encoded so your source url is never revealed. You can send out coupon codes. You can sell physical goods. You can sell digital and physical goods within the same product using variables (such as a CD or MP3 download). You store lives on your Wordpres site within a link but there are sidebar widgets or shortcodes to put any product or product category into any WordPress post (nice!). There are options to host your files on your own server or if you’re a huge site you can use Amazon S3. There are language plug-ins and much more. The price seems very reasonable to me at $55. The only time you pay more is when there are full version point upgrades.

Because Shopp is a full store not specifically an mp3 store it doesn’t have a built in audio player but you can use SoundCloud embeds or a Wordpres plug-in like Audioplayer for your sample clips. I really liked what I saw and I’m going to set up a sample shop here on this site over the weekend. I still think you should have your stuff available for sale on iTunes, Amazon and Beatport. However, why not have a one click away store where no one get a cut of your action?

“Shopp seamlessly integrates into your WordPress website from administration to your online store’s shopping experience. It looks and works like it was meant to be part of WordPress all along. And Shopp plays well with other plugins by adhering to the WordPress plugin development guidelines.” – shopplugin.net

For more info: shopplugin.net

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 16, 2011 at 4:22 am, filed under business, promotion and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Traktor Air Scratching with Kinect

Kinect “AiR” Scratch Dj n’ with Traktor from dustin o'connor on Vimeo.

At the recent Tekserve Future of Music V event the discussion went beyond iPads and an audience member brought up Microsoft’s Kinect. I made the joke that the future of music would be air guitar. Well in just less than a month later we have Air Scratching via Kinect. So far I’m not so hot on no surface controllers but friends of mine who have used Kinect say it’s amazing. Is this a novelty or something we are going to be actually using in music creation?

“here im using the kinect to control dj software. its no joke in air gesture scratching.” – dustin o’connor

photo credit: Creative Tools

via Matrixsynth

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 15, 2011 at 6:24 am, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Bizarre Love Triangle

What a Valentine’s Day treat to find this graceful acoustic version of New Order’s 1987 hit Bizarre Love Triangle (iTunes Link). Gray haired freshly cut and clothes to fit Mr. Sumner’s decade in this classy video. If your a young one or was sleeping through the 80s check out the original: youtu.be/W2Ii0K77K1k

“Every time I see you falling I get down on my knees and pray. I’m waiting for that final moment. You say the words that I can’t say.” – New Order

For more info: wikipedia.org/New_order

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 14, 2011 at 5:38 am, filed under live performance, music, video and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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