Tonight Bossa Nova Bushwick Party

I (The Horrorist) am DJing tonight at the Bossa Nova Civic Club in Bushwick (1271 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11221). I will be playing a mix of EBM, synthpop, coldwave, techno and just plain weird things. Other DJs tonight include John Fell Ryan, J Slusher, Derek Rush and Agressiva will perform live.

“Don’t expect to find any reclaimed-wood tables or cocktails served in Mason jars at this Bushwick hole-in-the-wall. Former rave promoter John Barclay opened this 1,900-square-foot club as an antidote to the rampant twee artisanalization of North Brooklyn. See, you don’t come to Bossa Nova to twist your mustache; you come here to drink and dance, though not in that unce-unce-unce megaclub kind of way. A tropically themed bar (think banana-leaf wallpaper and strategically placed pineapples) lubricates the young and festive with $6 drafts and $9 cocktails; there’s pumping techno and house-leaning jams via a stellar sound system.” – nymag.com

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Russian Federation Full Show Report

This past weekend I performed in Moscow. I am starting to realize the places I find the most interesting are the ones I have been the most apprehensive to visit. I flew direct from New York JFK on Aeroflot which is the main Russian airline. It’s the oldest airline in the world yet some people think you should avoid it. Apparently they have a history of crashes? The airplane itself was modern with video entertainment on every seat. Most people on the flight were Russian and I noticed a few cultural differences right away. First off I was really glad to have my Sky Team Gold Card and was able to board first because many of the passengers really brought a lot of stuff onto the plane with them. They packed the overhead bins. Another thing I noticed was there wasn’t constant snacking going on. Usually on flights I am keenly aware of everyone eating Gummi Bears and such things non-stop. I looked around a few times and didn’t see anyone eating anything.

I landed in Moscow and was a bit nervous. I never had to use a work Visa before. The Passport Control area was a giant concrete coned shaped room with some modern wood accents. I passed through easily without any incident. The promoter Evgeny Erokhin was there to greet me and to the car we went. The entire time I was in Russia is was dark, snowy, icey, foggy and smoggy. The roads spewed dirt all over cars and trucks from their tires to roofs. Before moving and every thousand yards Evgeny had to use windshield washer fluid. There was massive traffic letting me know I was about to enter a huge city. The first thing I saw on the highway was a natural gas power plant. Obviously I have seen power plants before. A power plant is a few buildings, cooling towers (these look like nuclear reactors things) and smoke stacks. However the one I saw outside the airport in Moscow was huge. When I say huge I mean the size of the entire sky! I couldn’t believe it. This image set the stage for the rest of my trip because everything in Moscow was enormous. Every building, monument, hotel or church was on a scale hard to imagine even for someone coming from Manhattan. With Russian writing everywhere and the futuristic aged buildings I felt like I was in the movie Metropolis. This was a real superpower and I was far from home.

We arrived at the Cosmos hotel which was once part of the Russian space agency. I was able to sleep a couple of hours and then it was off to the venue. We arrived a Moscow Hall and I was pleased to see it was a really nice club. There was a huge LED video wall and a large stage. After the usual “that buzz is coming from your USA powered video output” soundcheck concluded and I went backstage. I met Rob Gee who is from NJ and I have know since the early 90s. He is an interesting and crazy person so I ended up watching him drink a few red bulls in succession and talk to people. Since Napster all my albums have been available for free on the internet via illegal downloads. I honesty don’t care too much if people steel my music. Russian download sites always used to seem to come up on the top of Horrorist search results. I assumed no one actually bought my music there. It was really interesting to discover I was wrong. Backstage several people showed up with fairly large collections of my 12’s to sign. Before I knew it it was show time. This event was mostly a hardcore party so I was a little apprehensive to play a lot of my slower music. I was really happy to discover that most of the people in the audience were singing the lyrics not only to the hard stuff but a lot of newer slow songs. To my joy and surprise I think my song Modern was the best received song of the night. Since there has been a lot of news in the USA about Russia hating on gays I left my diamond flower hat at home. I also figured my vintage Nazi helmet with an American flag on it wouldn’t be so good either. I wore a plain green army helmet with an old TTC Future sticker has a kinda mohawk on it.

After the show I talked with DJ Angela who I met in Paris in the mid nineties. I tried some Russian Vodka. The stuff we get in America is a lot more harsh and not as alcoholic. After a few sips I made some new friends. The next day I got to see how some real Russian people live. I went to the amazing Red Square and received a nice history lesson. I took the cliche photo in front of Saint Basil’s church. I had some very tasty Russian food. Everywhere I went the “huge scale” feeling was present. The lights on the road were twice as high as on American roads. The escalator down to the subway was on an eighty five degree angel and went super deep taking more than minutes to ride. It took me a long time to get a proper booking there. I can’t wait to go back.

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“Event will support two musicians from the United States , about whom no exaggeration to say – “They were at the origins , They wrote the history of Hardcore .” First time in Russia !” – Sonic Impact

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The Horrorist Live in Moscow saturday

I will be performing in Russia this weekend! On Saturday night I will perform at the Moscow Hall (Triumphalnaya 1, Moscow, Russia). The event is called Sonic Impact: The Beginning and other acts include Rob Gee, Angela, Doublee, Antikillah and Guyver. The last time I was in Russia I was a baby so I’m very excited to do this.

“The Horrorist aka Dj Skinhead (Things To Come, Industrial Strength Rec., …) LIVE! – Real name Oliver Chesler. New York musician known for his performances as Live on Hardcore, and the Techno and dark electronics scenes. Musician who does not follow the styles and creates them. Artist with crazy energy and author of such hits as “One night in New York city” and “Extreme Terror”. He did remixes for such stars as Chris Liebing. Presented in Moscow his legendary live performance, combining the whole range of his work from the dark electronics and technology, to the most powerful TerrorCore!” – Sonic Impact

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Melody Mill

Critter & Guitari is going Eurorack with the Melody Mill. Besides looking really cool (who doesn’t like those buttons!) it is a very useful 39HP. Read the quote below for a taste of what this can do. I am considering this one for sure. $360 USD.

“The Critter & Guitari Melody Mill is a note generation control module for Eurorack modular synthesizers. It contains a keyboard, CV outputs, CV clock input, built-in arpeggiators, a sequencer, and MIDI capabilities. Use the CV output to control oscillators. Connect your MIDI controller or computer into your modular setup using the MIDI input. Play notes, record and playback sequences and arpeggios on your favorite modules. Convert MIDI clock into CV pulses. Clock the arpeggiator with an LFO for strange melodies. ‘Hold’ notes for drones. Connect the built-in square wave oscillator directly to a filter or an amp.” – critterandguitari.com

For more info: critterandguitari.com/melody-mill

Cubase 7.5 TrackVersions

Even though I use Ableton as my main DAW for over a decade I was in love with Cubase. I went to the Steinberg user group in NYC and wrote many of my great songs using Cubase. Steinberg has always been one of the most innovative music software companies and lately they are shining again. Cubasis for iPad is amazing and with the power of the iPad Air it’s actually a viable way to make full on tracks. Steinberg also showed off a little recently by adding Leap Motion tech to Cubase allowing you to wave your hands in the air Minority Report style to control your DAW. They just released Cubase 7.5 and one feature I really think is stellar called TrackVersions. TrackVersions allows you to create different versions of parts in a neat manner. One “trick” I use when making music is to always try out 4-5 things per transition or part. I love the idea of being able to keep this different options labeled and inside the track. With Ableton I end up with a very long page full of muted ideas.

“Create, rename and manage parallel versions of the same track or tracks and use them to compare takes or create alternative versions of your recordings while keeping all track settings. Interfacing perfectly with existing track handling features like lanes, the flexible new TrackVersions feature will significantly speed up your workflow when working not only with audio but also MIDI, instrument, chord, tempo and signature tracks.” – steinberg.net

For more info: steinberg.net