Interview with Reade Truth

Reade Truth

As part of the build up to the big event I am throwing and performing at there will be a series of interviews with all the Live Acts and DJs. Here is one with Reade Truth. I have known him since the late 80s. Hear Reade spin a special set on December 5 at Cameo (93 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211) along with DJ Blackwidow, DJ Andi and live performances by Vomito Negro, The Horrorist, Nervous Gender and Love Pig! You don’t want to miss this! Enjoy the interview:

You told me you had about 12,000 records and recently paired it down to the best 7,000. Is your catalog on Discogs? In your home what is your method of cataloging and finding releases. For example alphabetically or by genre?

yes 99% of my collection is documented on discogs. i am one of the original catalogue freaks, back in the day i had a handwritten notebook, keeping track of every label, trying to find out what R&S records were missing etc. those notes became the sonic groove database, which was the source, pre-discogs. lotta heads tell me they swear by my catalog system, which is based on my personal beliefs, its hard to define.. but, separate 70s, 80s from 90s and up. go chronologically in order of importance by city / label but make exceptions for key artists, keep them with their cities…. techno shelves start with chicago, than detroit and new york. there is like 5 rows for berlin. uk, those peeps were always mental. so, they have their own shelf, lol.

i paired down because its unlikely that i will be able to play or listen to everything before i die.sounds nihilistic i know. but actually its very realist. i am honing in on the records i really want to identify with permanently.

You also make music. Tell us about it.

the music i make. what is it. nobody can say. thats cuz i dont make music, i make art. i dont care about trends or styles or promotion or anything. its always been personal and mostly to document my life experiences, sometimes maybe thats obvious…. and lately my earlier releases are getting a lot of hype. anyway, i am very happy that i dont sound like anyone else. its electronic, its techno its house, yes, but its dark, unsettling, abnormal. great.. i think in reality its industrial. thats what i have always identified with. identifying pain and synthetically trying to explain it. sonic groove, n-syde, planet e put out a lot of classic RT sounds.

You’re a life long New Yorker. A group of young cool record executive types are coming from Berlin to NYC for the first time. They tell you they want to get in trouble. They arrive Friday afternoon and leave Monday morning. What’s the schedule?

guys from berlin coming here? either get a time machine and go back to 1991 – robots, building, pyramid, limelight, world, etc….. or just stay close to me, the horrorist or both of us… haha

Would you rather spin at a large festival or a small club?

i prefer festivals. i want to play longer sets, in the middle of the morning, for people who are totally losing their shit, outdoors. YES, no contest, fuck 4 am, 6 am whatever am it is, LETS KEEP GOING!!!!

You worked at the legendary Groove records. We all know what an amazing place that was and the history. Tell us something else about your time there. Maybe about the day someone tried to steal a record? What was the protocol? Give us something we don’t already know.

i managed for bones and adam x at SG for 5 or 6 years. was an interesting decision. straight outta college i first did promo for Front Line Assembly, than I ran NovaMute promo, than eventually for Antler-Subway. but i got sick of that, and wanted to b not isolated to one label but filter everything thru to the people and it was a great experience. the modern era simply doesnt compare to a record store experience back then. when someone tried to steal a record, which was often, we were all so passionate we often went nuts. adam has multiple stories lol. once, abe duques wife suzanne broektsch alerted me and jon turi to a theft, we came upstairs and forced him outside. i bodyslammed the kid on the sidewalk. everyone was shocked. me too! for love of music i guess! bring the record stores back, downloading mp3s is BORING.

The big event December 5: facebook.com/events/640798396029276

Daniel Miller in his Berlin Home

Daniel Miller in his Berlin Home

Daniel Miller in his Berlin Home 2

Daniel Miller in his Berlin Home 3

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

For more info: mute.com

The Boys on the Bus Interview

On July 1st I will be siting with my old friends Jay Serken & Chris Hardwick talking about our time going across country with Depeche Mode. We all won a contest to be in the movie Depeche Mode 101. The talk will be broadcast on a radio show called Black Door. It is hosted by DJ Andi. It’s live and drinks will be served so expect a few fun stories!

“The Boys on the Bus: DM 101 Revisited LIVE on WFKU RADIO – 8 PM. This special edition of BLACK DOOR will feature the stars from the infamous 101 documentary. OLIVER CHESLER, JAY SERKEN, and CHRISTOPHER HARDWICK will take you back to 1988 to the Music for the Masses tour! For two hours, they will answer your questions, reminisce about old times and play special Depeche Mode tracks!” – Black Door

For more info: facebook.com/events/1494001460833691/

Reflections of Darkness

The extended interview I (The Horrorist) did at the Rockerill Festival in Belgium is now online (link) at Reflections of Darkness. I talk candidly about pretty much everything including EBM, New Beat, the 80s, performing live, love, drugs, New York and much more.

“she said: “Let me hear your music” and she did an amazing thing. When she heard my early music, which was all about “I hate this” and “I’m gonna kill you”, she said: “Oliver, this is all about yourself! You were singing about yourself. You hate yourself and you’re singing about it!”

Read the full interview: reflectionsofdarkness.com/horrorist-the-may-2014

Dave Clarke in the Studio

Future Music films Dave Clarke in his studio. Dave is one of my favorite DJs. I adore his long running show White Noise. Most of the time I am on my elliptical trainer I am listening to Dave’s high energy mixes. He plays a lot of techno EBM stuff which of course has my heart. I like how he says he labels the drums always in black. He doesn’t sidechain and never wanted too and he likes digital EQ better than analog. I’ve never met Dave in person but would love to have a drink with him.

“Educated at Brighton College, Clarke ran away from home at the age of 16 after his parents split up. After sleeping rough for a while, a friend offered him temporary accommodation. All that kept him going was his love for music, initially hip hop and post-punk (The Damned are a favourite of his to this day) and the money from his job in a shoe shop. He soon undertook a DJ set at the Brighton nightclub, Toppers. The night became successful and even worried a rival, at which John Digweed held residency” – Wikipedia

For more info: daveclarke.com

Terri Nunn of Berlin

Metro is one of my all time favorite songs. Check out Berlin’s lead singer Terri Nunn on Terri on VH1’s Where Are They Now? She talks about what pushed her to make the vocals and she says what I always say: The best music comes from frustration. Synths and sex forever people.

“Berlin is an American synthpop band. The group was formed in Los Angeles in 1978 by John Crawford (bass guitar). Bandmembers included Crawford, Terri Nunn (vocals), David Diamond (keyboards), Ric Olsen (guitar), Matt Reid (keyboards) and Rod Learned (drums). Learned left during the first EU tour and was replaced by Rob Brill (drums). The band gained mainstream-commercial success in the early 1980s with singles including “The Metro”, “Sex (I’m A…)”, “No More Words” and then in the mid 80s with chart-topping single “Take My Breath Away” from the 1986 film Top Gun.” – Wikipedia

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_(band)

The Postpunk Project

The Postpunk Project is a Kickstarter for a book I want you to contribute to. Last summer I was contacted by a girl named Andi Harriman. She was looking for 80s photos of goths and related culture. I had a few good photos, out of print magazines and boxes of NYC event flyers. I delivered her some high resolution scans. I’ve been watching the book’s progress and I am pretty impressed. It’s going to be a high quality affair named “Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace” full of never before published images (some highly paid for) and narrative. Pledges that start at $15 get some really interesting gifts including an 83 Ministry 12″ (I Wanted to Tell Her), Goth postcards (remember getting these are record stores?), the documentary La Peli de Batato, an Alien Sex Fiend 12″, a signed LP from Gavin Friday and Man Seezer of the Virgin Prunes, 7″ from Sisters of Mercy, A signed Vigin Prunes Poster, Clan of Xymox LP from 85, a special digital insert from “Some Wear Leather Some Wear Lace” with additional unpublished photos, Vintage real Winklepickers!… the list goes on including a one of a kind painting from Rikk Agnew (Christian Death, ex-Adolescents). I think it’s important to preserve these photos and stories in a beautiful book. Pledge: click here

UPDATE: Goal reached!!

“The Postpunk Project aims to uncover goths and postpunks that should be displayed on an international level–the original, everyday fans of the scene. Additionally, we aim to highlight bands that shaped the scene but might have been forgotten. Our interviews with original goths and postpunks, and with writers and filmographers of the time enable us to compile a plethora of information on the time period and the scene as accurately as possible. Ultimately, this will result in the curation of a well-designed, high quality art book full of interviews and photographs that carries the name SOME WEAR LEATHER, SOME WEAR LACE. Old and new goth fans will recognize this as a dedication to the legendary line in the a song from Sexbeat–a band that described all the peculiar sides of the ’80s ‘goth’ scene.” – The Postpunk Project

For more info: kickstarter.com/postpunkproject

Tony Rolando Interview

Metrono.me has interviewed Anthony T. Rolando of Make Noise. Tony’s eurorack modules are considered to be some of if not the best and most interesting. There is some interesting stuff in the interview including news of a Make Noise Reverb module. Read the full interview here: metrono.me/makenoise.html

“The only thing I am seeking at the moment is a unique reverb algorithm to design a Make Noise reverberation module around. Tom Erbe and I are currently chatting about that one.” – Metrono.me

For more info: makenoisemusic.com

Waveform City

Waveform City is an interview podcast that was started in January of this year (2012). Some of the people interviewed so far include Tom Erbe, Make Noise, WMD, Richard Divine, 4MS, Mark Verbos and The Harvestman. If you have a Eurorack addiction you may as well subscribe!

“This podcast will hopefully illuminate the world of synthesizers and the people who use them along with the people who build them and repair them.” – Waveform City

For more info: waveformcity.blogspot.com