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
“Thomas Alan “Tom” Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding “like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car.” With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music, Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona.” – Wikipedia
Every now and then I will grab a stack of old photo from storage, scan them and get them onto flickr. I came across this set from a Disintegrator (my first band with John Selway) show in 1996. It took place in Monticello NY. I decided it would be interesting to record a call with John and let him see these photos at the same time. Deadmau5 eat your heart out because we play live. Listen to the audio interview as we discuss everything on stage and more. Be sure to follow the link at the bottom of this post to see all the photos on flickr.
“The planetary journey continues on Saturday October 12, 1996 at the illustrious Concord Resort Hotel nestled within the Catskill Mountains just 1 hour north of New York City. For URANUS, the fifth in a series of planetary parties we have selected an unparalleled lineup of the best DJ’s and producers in the galaxy. The world renowned Concord Resort is one of New York State’s Largest exhibition centers featuring over 170,000 square feet of raw space. We will be converting this space into two MASSIVE dancing arenas complete with CLAY PACKY GOLDEN SCAN HPE series fixtures, J WOLF SOUND, and a huge ARGON laser sweeping overhead. For those wishing to continue your journey, the excitement continues. After the party rooms are available. The Concord resorts features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms, and a plethora of recreational facilities to suit your every need. For reservations please contact the Concord after September 1, 1996 at 1-800-CONCORD and ask for the planetary group rate.”
There is a new Grateful Dead archive online from the University of California Santa Cruz. It’s a large collection of over 45,000 “digital artifacts”. My father was a fan of the Dead and whenever I hear Fire on the Mountain or Casey Jones it takes me back. Be sure to check out the collection: click here. Here is an interview from 1978. Jerry and the band were arrested…
“… and there we are you know. We’ve been snapped.” – Jerry Garcia
This is a great video of Depeche Mode and The Cure from 1986. Watch Martin Gore playing Strangelove on his Guitar before Music for the Masses was released. Alan Wilder & Martin loading the song Nothing into an ancient computer by floppy disk and much more. In my opinion this captures DM at their very best moment in history right before their greatest album was released. Many will argue this was The Cure’s greatest period too and watching them work out the song Just Like Heaven is well heavenly.
“These are the songs. The songs are on here (floppy disk).” – Martin Gore
Ethan Winer is a person you should follow if you have your own little studio. He owns the company RealTraps in Connecticut. If there is anyone who understands how audio waves travel through the air and bounce off surfaces it’s Ethan. He has a new book out The Audio Expert: Everything You Need to Know About Audio and even though I’ve probably heard it all by now I’m going to read this on my iPad next week.
“Gain a deep understanding of audio practice and theory with this easy-to-read book, illustrated with more than 400 figures and photographs. Using common sense, plain-English explanations and minimal math, author Ethan Winer helps you understand audio at the deepest, most technical level-no engineering degree necessary.” – Amazon
Today Fear.fm will be broadcasting an interview I recorded via Skype with them last week. They asked some good questions and will be playing a good selection of my music. Don’t worry if you miss it as I’ve been promised a Soundcloud version (added!).
“Every thursday on 22:00 PM (GMT +1) at Fear.FM HARDEST we will take a deep dive into the ‘core’. With an exclusive new show presented by Painbringer from CENOBITE RECORDS. The first episode will be broadcasted upcoming thursday the 5th!!! With a very special guest to kick it off: THE HORRORIST from NYC!!” – Painbringer
One of the great side effects of Apple’s rise and Johnny Ive coming into the spotlight is that more people now know who Dieter Rams is. Sometimes I will jump onto eBay just to look at some of his old Braun products for sale. I almost bought the desk fan several times.
“The unspectacular things are the important things. Especially in the future.” – Dieter Rams
Is Jay Greenburg the next Mozart? It doesn’t really matter it’s amazing how music flows from some in such a way. Jay mentions he can’t turn the music off in his head and hears multiple channels at a time. Let’s hope he doesn’t go insane.
“There is a composer studying at New York’s renowned Juilliard School who some say is the greatest talent to come along in 200 years…. “We are talking about a prodigy of the level of the greatest prodigies in history when it comes to composition,” says Sam Zyman, a composer. “I am talking about the likes of Mozart, and Mendelssohn, and Saint-Sans.” – 60 Minutes