"Hello my name is Oliver and I'm going to tell you a story." I have been recording music since 1989 under the name The Horrorist. I have released over 60 singles and 4 full length albums. To hear my music please go to: thehorrorist.com
Tonight I will be going to the IFC Theater (323 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10014) to see a screening of Depeche Mode 101. Any reader of this blog will know I was one of the lucky contest winners to go along on tour with DM in 1988 and be in this film. Jay Serken & Chris Hardwick will be coming with me and there will be a Q&A after the movie. Come and enter a time machine for a few hours tonight!
“Three weeks into the filming, the band’s producers suggested a dance contest where a busload of fans would win a trip across the country and meet up with Depeche Mode at the final Rose Bowl concert. New York radio station WDRE and DJ Malibu Sue hosted the event which drew thousands of fans. Somehow eight fantastic kids were chosen and we put two of our favorite filmmakers, Jeff Kreines and Joel DeMott, on the bus with them. Some people say that the bus kids were the first of the MTV Real Life series.” – DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus
About a month ago I threw an event in Berlin called EBM Blitzlicht. I was spending a week in Europe on tour and instead of meeting a bunch of friends at a bar I thought, “let’s all DJ!”. I booked a small basement club near the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) called 1820 Bar. The dance floor sits low in a pit with a cat walk surrounding it. There is a large video screen. During the event I played some videos of 80s goth dance nights. I (The Horrorist) did a DJ set and I booked Petra Flurr, Denard Henry aka Sonic Architect, DJ Death Bat and DJ Andi. Everyone played EBM, New Beat and Industrial. While it’s a small genre everyone had a very different style and played different tracks. Good friends Miro Pajic, Adam X, Aga Wilk & Christian Gjelstrup (77TM), Sid Lamar (Schwefelgelb), Alison Lewis and Pieter Van Der Veg all came out and “getanzt”!. It was great to make some new friends too and as always I can’t wait to visit Berlin again soon.
“The club felt full despite it being mid-week at a niche show: about 150 people came and went, clustering around the sidelines in nefarious conference, eyeing the dancers doing aerobics through smoke machine fog at the center of the room.” – unsceneberlin
There is a new iOS game I am in love with called Helix. It’s kind of like a mix between the a game on Magnavox Odyssey 2 called UFO and anything from Jeff Minter. Acid colors, awesome soundtrack and very good arcade play.
“It all makes for a wonderful arcade experience. The twist is rich enough that everything feels fresh, and there’s something almost painfully addictive about the game as well.” – pocketgamer.co.uk
Ah, two of my favorite things: Berlin and Daniel Miller. Slice (also based in Berlin) visits Daniel Miller in his home. I love seeing which Eurorack modules he has, the art on his walls and just hearing him talk all things Depeche Mode and anything else!
“Daniel Miller has earned his place among the most influential figures in the music business from the last three or four decades. Throughout his career, Miller has often showed great vision and an excellent taste in music; he founded the legendary Mute Label, discovered and produced Depeche Mode, signed classic acts like Throbbing Gristle, Fad Gadget, Erasure, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds as well as contemporary greats such as Moby, Goldfrapp, The Knife. For this Slices feature on Electronic Beats TV we had the honor of joining him in his Berlin home.” – Slices
Here is a DJ set and interview that covers the recent release of the “Special Suicide Tribute To New York Iconic Legends” album. I did one of the covers for the song Rocket USA. Enjoy the listen and you can hear my remix and order the album here: link
1. Suicide – Johnny – 1977
2. Novo – Cheere -2014
3. Simi Nah – Diamonds Fur coat, Champagne – 2014
4. Black Egg ft Hausfrau – Dream Baby Dream – 2014
5. L.A.A.G. – Rain of ruin -2014
6. Radical G – Ghostrider -2014
7. Adán & Ilse ft Gabi Delgado – Girl – 2014
8. David Caretta & Jürgen Engler – Wild in Blue – 2014
9. Position Parallèle – Je t’en prie – 2014
10. Nick Void – Rocket USA – 2014
11. Millimetric ft Dirk da Davo – Devastation – 2014
12. Agenda – by Felicie
“Broadcast on October 12th, 2014 at 20:00 on Radio Vibration (vibration.fm) in Brussels & Mons, Belgium. Special ‘Suicide Tribute to New York Iconic Legends’. Presented by Fernando Wax, with the help of Phil Blackmarquis and Pierre Sensurround. Agenda by Félicie.” – W?VES
I (The Horrorist) will be DJing tonight in Manhattan. The event is called “Sunglasses at Night” and it will be at Leftfield (87 Ludlow St, New York, New York 10002). The dress code is “sunglasses” although you can certainly join us if you want to come with your naked eyes. Tonight will be more on the fun side meaning I will not be playing the normal dark EBM or Industrial. Tonight is everything else 80s like some lighter New Wave, AOR, Breakdance, Freestyle, etc… The event takes place in the basement room. So please join me and have some fun!
“Dresscode: Sunglasses Music: 80s (Breakdance, New Wave, AOR, Freestyle, anything that sounds good snorted off a glass table!)” – Sunglasses at Night
I was looking through some old photos last night and I came across a photo of myself in my studio in 1995. It was in this room I wrote the first Things to Come Releases including One Night in NYC and many of the early Industrial Strength Records I recorded. This studio was in my mother’s basement. Her bedroom was just above it. Looking back I realize how funny it is that I was screaming my head off down there. I do remember I was going to a wedding and thought, “OK I look cool lets take a photo in the studio.”. So hah please look past my uncool look and let’s see what gear I had!
– Atari 1040ST & SM124 High Resolution Monochrome Monitor running Cubase and Dr. T’s KCS.
– Yamaha NS10M Studio Monitor Speakers driven by a Crown Microtech 500 AMP.
– Roland TR-909 Drum Machine
– Roland TR-707 (not pictured… sat to the right of the 909)
– Roland TB-303 Bassline Synthesizer
– Roland SH-101 Synthesizer
– Roland Juno-106 Synthesizer
– Roland SH3 Synthesizer
– Electrocomp-101 Synthesizer
– Roland S-50 Sampler with external monochrome CRT
– Akai S950 Sampler
– Korg SDD-2000 Digital Delay
– Mackie 1604 Mixer
– Another large old mixer (in the photo with the record, CD and DATs on it)
– Tascam 1/4″ Patch Bay
– Tascam Dual Cassette Deck
– Tascam DA-30 DAT Machine
– Turntable for Sampling Records
– Ultimate Support Systems Desk with extra “wings”
– Ultimate Support Systems A-Frame Keyboard Stand with extra “wings”
– Ultimate Support Systems 3 Tier Keyboard Stand
– 2 SKB Rackmount Cases
– Slanted 19″ Rackmount Stand with Wheels
Today kids own a ton of gear. Back then my studio was considered “a lot of stuff”. In making this list you can see how Roland owned the techno world or at least you can see how much I love their stuff. This photo was right before Apple Macs became powerful enough to run Cubase VST with audio recording. So all the vocals I did back then had to be recorded live in one pass to DAT (digital audio tape). One night in NYC, Dark Germany, Mission Ecstacy, etc… all recorded live to DAT in one pass. Of course I would make mistakes and had to start the tape again. So what things in this photo do I still own today? I moved to Brooklyn and the TB-303 and Juno-106 were stolen. I sold the Akai S950, Dat Machines, Mackie Mixer, SH-101 and TR-909. I never regretted selling the 909 actually and until I saw this photo I forgot I even once owned a SH-101! I sold the Korg SDD-2000 digital delay and I do regret that. I will buy one again on eBay someday. I still own the Electrocomp-101. You can’t really see it in this photo (it sat above the SH-101). My father gave it to me and I’ll never part from it. It’s number 521 of 2000 ever created. I still own, love and use the Roland SH3. This is a SH3 not SH3a. The 3 has the original filter in it which was a clone of a Moog design. Moog threatened to sue Roland to they created the weaker 3A revision. While it’s fun to fetishize gear it’s very important to remember it’s not the equipment it’s the artist. Just make music, have fun and tell YOUR story.
A few weeks ago I did a special DJ set in Stockholm, Sweden. It was a private event called Dungeonwave #2 for the Swedish synthpop label Flexiwave. Flexiwave is owned and run by Jon and Ella Moe. They release some very pretty vinyl records including one of my own releases “The Man Master/Drink with Me”.
The event took place in a large recording studio space where Jon has some equipment along with the modular artist Dungeon Acid. I assume this is where the same of the event came from. The event instantly felt like an afterparty (except this one started around 10PM!). It was invite only so everyone knew each other, danced like crazy and took turns spinning the low hung disco balls in the room. Jon and Ella tag teamed a set. It was great to hear a lot of music I didn’t know. I found myself running up to the booth asking for track IDs all night. Matthias Anger did a great set too. I didn’t realize that night but he runs the CCP label and owns the Kollaps Record store in Stockholm. There were two live shows. Dungeon Acid had a really nice Eurorack Modular set up driven by some Elektron gear. He did an excellent full force NY style techno set. Jocke Boberg (Acid Vals) were two guys doing some acid house “waltz” music with vocals. They were crowd pleasers no doubt. DJ Andi did the absolute best two hour New Beat set I ever heard in my life. It was very early in the morning and everyone there was moving like freaks. It didn’t get past me that a lot of people also knew all the far underground tracks being she played. This was a true EBM/New Beat lovers event! Eskil Simonsson from the band Covenant came and hung out. I also got to catch up with an old friend and music producer Johan Afterglow and his girlfriend Anja. I have a great respect for people like Jon and Ella who work hard and don’t mind spending a little to make great art happen. It was a joy to be there.
The next day I woke up at the Hotel Clarion Stockholm. It’s a super swank hotel with a bar hung over the highway with a giant sports dome in the distance. After breakfast I hit the amazing spa with an infinity pool that is part indoors and part outdoors. To swim from inside to out you push a button and a glass wall rises. Once outside you realize you are swimming a few stories above the sidewalk. I had fun looking at people walking under me and at one point Jon, Ella and Dungeon Acid walked by! Sometimes I really think I’m living in a computer program with glitches.
After feeling rockstar and clean enough I met up with the Flexi’s as I call them. They took me to Kollaps Records. I walked in and “whaah!!”. Wall to wall Electronic Body Music. To get an idea of what the store is like check out the photos I posted here. I bought a Scapa Flow 12″ and a Haus Arafna sticker. If your in Sweden and you like this kind of music this is the place. I enjoying looking through the book at the cash register of “famous” signatures. After the store the Flexi’s took me to a proper Swedish lunch and I was off to Berlin. Stockholm is a very nice place. Be sure to view the entire set of photos on flickr: click here
“We are very proud to annunce the second installment of DungeonWave. This time FlexiWave & Dungeon Acid also join forces with the excellent Kollaps Records. For this special night we have a special appearance by no less then the legend Oliver Chesler aka The Horrorist who is on tour in Europe. Also the fabulous Dj Andi who runs Synthicide in Brooklyn NYC.” – Dungeonwave
I think it’s fair to say at this point Roland did create a proper modern day replacement for the TB-303. The TB-3 is a box we can bring out and toss around and while it doesn’t sound quite as good as the original it is far more versitile. Back in the day if I wanted to create a random pattern on a real 303 I would have to take the batteries in and out. On the TB-3 you hold the [PTN SELECT] and press [SCATTER].
“Based on the wildly influential TB-303, the new TB-3 Touch Bassline is a performance-ready bass synthesizer with authentic sound and intuitive controls engineered to play. The TB-3 contains the unmistakable character of its predecessor, wrapped in a modern package with a pressure-sensitive touch pad that makes both playing and programming a total joy.” – rolandus.com
Jonas at Control showed me the Hexinverter.net Mutant drums. When you control the pitch CV with a sequencer it’s very excellent! The kick is doing a bassline. The clap you can also hear but it’s also changing in a really cool way… almost like filter opening and closing. We had it going by itself and I had to own it. The high hat can sound quite 808ish.
“The TR-909’s clap featured one control the user could adjust: volume. That was not okay with me!” – Stacy (hexinverter.net)