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
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!”
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
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
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
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
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
I was recently contacted by Michaelangelo Matos for Red Bull Music Academy. He wanted to interview me about the start of the NY techno scene in the early 90s. Sometimes in life you are at the right place at the right time and you get to take part in something new. Be sure to click the link below to read the full article.
“That was the mindset Chesler played to under his alias the Horrorist. “Somewhere around ’96, I started to really get an itch to return to new wave and industrial,” he says. “There are really good techno producers with a lot of skill. The only way for me to stand out was to use my own voice and tell my own story. I did my first drugs around that time, so I [wrote] stories about drugs.” Tales such as “Mission Ecstasy” – with its unforgettably blunt tag line, “Because I like fucking drugs” – and “One Night In NYC,” about an NYU student’s trip to the Limelight to pick up a guy who “fucks her all night” in her dorm room, were unsettling. Chesler shopped them to a number of labels. “Nobody wanted them,” he says with a laugh, “so I started my own label.” He called it, hopefully, Things To Come.” – redbullmusicacademy.com