LEGO, Robots and a Depeche Mode song. Obviously I love this. It amazes me all the work that went into recreating Everything Counts in such a way. I hope someone in NYC books the Toa Mata Band band because I would love to see it in person.
“Toa Mata Band is known as the World’s first LEGO robotic band controlled by Arduino Uno which is hooked up to a MIDI sequencer. In this video, the third episode, the robots are playing some unconventional drum-percussions made by some food packaging are captured by a contact microphone (piezo) and processed in real time in the D.A.W. Ableton Live. A brand new device appears for the first time, it’s a moving platform on x-axis, made of Lego bricks, gears and servo motors that permits to move with semitones-steps the tiny synth. The song is a cover of the famous synth-pop band Depeche Mode, it’s a personal tribute to the band who made my days in the 80’s. The performance was recorded live in July 2014.” – Opificio Sonico
For more info: facebook.com/ToaMataBand
The greatest acid house track of all time is Acid Tracks by Phuture. They have never played in NYC. That changes tonight as they will take the stage in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at Verboten.
“Yes there may have been Acid recordings before Phuture – Acid Tracks but this is the one that really propelled the Acid style in chicago clubs, this was originally created and played at the music box by Ron Hardy in 1985 2 years before its release… and they don’t come better than this” – Leroy Skibone
For more info: brooklynvegan.com/archives/2014/08/acid_house_pion
I’m a lucky man. For more than 10 years I’ve been booked to perform in Malta. It’s three small islands below Italy and above Africa. It’s paradise. It has ancient cities with Roman ruins and a blue lagoon you can’t believe. The hotel I stayed in (Le Meridien) had a pool on the roof, an indoor pool with water that changed colors and the view from my balcony looked out onto the Mediterranean Sea. I performed at the Dome which itself had three swimming pools. It gets it’s name from the main concert area which is well in a dome. I enjoyed performing! After 10 years coming back to a country you build up fans and friends. I performed some new songs I am testing out and also played the song I recently did with Haujobb. For those who were there and know what I am talking about a special thanks to “Super Mario”! I did plenty of sight seeing including visiting the ancient city of Mdina and the capital city (which is also dam old) Valletta. I took a wonderful boat ride to Camino to it’s blue lagoon and caves. I snorkeled, ate some nice Maltese food and hiked. I owe a great debt to Andrew Grech and his crew for continuing to bring me to their island. It’s always a terrific time. New York is a fast paced stressful place. To go to a place like Malta brings me a well needed alternate reality!
“Oliver Chesler better known as The Horrorist will return to our shores on the 21st of June at The Dome, Limits of San Gwann. Get ready for one Mental night!” – Shift
For more info: facebook.com/events/1393560704199821
I am in Berlin this weekend. Friday and Sunday I will be in Berlin hanging with some good friends including Miro Pajic and Petra Flurr. On Saturday I take the train to Magdeburg which is about an hour away. I will be performing at the huge Junimond Festival! It’s a club convention where venue owners from around Europe come to talk about taxes, lighting, sound systems and more. Most importantly they throw a huge event. This year there are 19 areas and 61 DJs/Live Acts! I will be performing some new tracks including my recent collaboration with Haujobb The Dancer (link).
“Das Line up wird wieder super bunt und interessant, die Clubs und Showcases auch mal ausgefallen und in jedem Fall hör- und tanzbar. Nach jetzigem Stand werden sich die Clubs auf 15 Floors vorstellen.” – Junimond Festival
For more info: junimond.net and facebook.com/junimond.festival
One of the greatest record labels of all time Wax Trax! is about to relaunch. Before the official store opens they will be doing a one day pop-up store in Chicago on June 15th. This is happening the morning after the band Cocksure performs. Cocksure will be the first release on the reborn label. The pop-up store will be selling the new single, classic pressings and merchandise. The first 40 people on line get a special goodie bag. One of those bags will contain a golden ticket. That golden ticket will get you into a special upcoming concert and other “special” things to be announced. I may head to Chicago for this.
“We will be hiding one special “Golden Ticket” in one of the random shopping bags throughout the day. This ticket will allow the ticket holder into a special Wax Trax! event later in the year. We can’t give everything away, but trust us, this golden ticket would be a very, very good thing to have.” – Wax Trax!
For more info: waxtraxchicago.com
This weekend I performed at the infamous Rockerill Festival in Charleroi, Belgium. Charleroi is about 40 minutes from Brussels. People from Belgium call it their version of Detroit. It is a very industrial looking city with huge factories and crumbling buildings. I was lucky to be picked up from the airport by two of the artists that were performing: Elzo Durt & Singularity (Raul Borges). To my great joy Front 242 was playing on the car ride. Being in Belgium that was exactly the right start to what would be an incredible weekend.
Rockerfill takes place in massive abandoned factory complex. It’s several super sized rooms with very high ceilings made of concrete and steel. When I arrived DjPute-Acier was playing. He did an incredible EBM/Techno set. The link to that set is below. Be sure to take a listen to it and I noticed that Download is enabled to grab it while you can. The sound system was sharp and clear and was slightly echoing off the massive room’s walls. I had some good friends show up including Ethan Fawkes and Lady Lupa. Downstairs metal bands performed in a packed room with balconies surrounding it. I could barely squeeze over the edge to see down at the madness. I was pretty shocked when I was told that was the stage I would be playing on!
I took the stage and soon after mind stopped thinking about my day job, love life, Tiffy, NYC, the spring flowers. Those images disappeared and off I went screaming in the night. At one point I stepped into the crowd and a was lifted into the air. For about five minutes I was tossed around dropped, picked up again and somehow ended up back on stage mic and light in hand wholly unbruised. The night went long into the next day. At 44 years old I crowd surfed for the first time and yet that probably wasn’t even the close to the most interesting thing I did that weekend. Until next time Belgium!
“The Horrorist & Minimum Syndicat ont tout déchiré, c’est comme si j’y étais encore!” – Frédéric Dem
For more info: rockerill.com
This weekend I will perform in Charleroi, Belgium at the famous Rockerill Festival! On Saturday night I will take the stage with not only electronic musician but those also holding guitars and banging on real drums. I have interviews set up for Reflections of Darkness and MusicZine. I am very excited to play at this one and have a lot of friends meeting me there. If you can make it you won’t be disappointed!
“Hello the Kids! The Rockerill Festival will open soon 18 h exposure serigraphs in Forges: 9 artists who made the most pockets pockets vyniles recent months … Then two scenes, 5 rock bands Garage-punk-psyche from the two labels organizers Rockerill Records and Teenage Menopause (Brussels-Paris); After the concert, we go to electro, techno, acid and all night long!” – rockerill.com
For more info: rockerill.com and facebook.com/events/480932
It’s really important to go out and hear live music. Last night I went to Silent Barn in Brooklyn to see die Reihe, Roe Enney, Debbie DJs Dallas and Trogpite. I’m personal friends with Jack (die Reihe) and Rachelle Rahme (Roe Enney) yet I never saw either of them perform. It was good to see the bands bring a lot of vintage equipment out including some tape machines. Jack even brought a ladder with him. Take a listen and enjoy some photos and be sure to search and follow these bands. For the full photo set: click here
“A night of bright lights & shining stars!” – Bánh Mì Verlag
For more info: facebook.com/events/833249596690400
I performed in Zwickau, Germany on March 15, 2014 at Club Seilerstrasse. The event was called Home Sick 2. This was the first of 4 live shows I would do in a week where I would stay in the Leipzig area. To be honest so much has happened and I’ve had so little sleep since then it’s hard to remember all the details of this extreme evening. After working most of the day on Friday I flew off to Leipzig. It’s a overnight flight and for the first part of the trip I was put in the Westin. The hotel was really nice with a great pool, bar and lobby. I managed to get a few hours sleep and then was picked up for the hour drive to Zwickau. East German hard techno events are great. People are there to go insane. No one stops moving all night and the next day. Anyone who isn’t dancing like a freak is DJing or MCing. I have a great video of everyone on stage taking turns screaming assorted things all through the early morning. There’s a guy named Tom from Amplidudez who is the ring leader of this screaming. I played a few new tracks I did the week earlier. Of course there’s more to he story but you’re going to have to come in person to one of my shows and attach yourself to me to ever know the truth. Stay tuned for photos, videos and words from the Lodz (Poland), Sky Club Leipzig and Laucha shows! To see the full photo set: click here
“Homesick is back! Nach der großartigen ersten Veranstaltung im Oktober kommt es am 15. März zur Neuauflage von Homesick und gleichzeitig feiert Triebton 3-jähriges Agenturbestehen. Dazu haben wir uns tolle Acts in die Geburtstagsrunde geholt, die sich die Ehre geben. Ganz vorn dran gratuliert die New Yorker Techno-Ikone The Horrorist! Vielen ein Begriff durch “One Night in New York City”, gibt er eine kleine Tour durch Ost-Deutschland, die am 15.03. bei uns in der Seilerstraße 1b startet. Weitere Gratulanten der Nacht sind Alec Troniq & Gabriel Vitel, Reche & Recall, Ron Flatter, AmpliDudez, Sugar D., Derron S., Klirrfaktor & Kammerflimmern, D-Effekt und Bastian B.! Alle weiteren Infos erfahrt Ihr natürlich hier im Event oder auf den Pages Club Seilerstraße und Triebton. “One Night in Zwickau City!”.. wir freuen uns auf Euch!” – Club Seilerstraße
For more info: facebook.com/events/241267999380940
Next week I will go to see Kraftwerk 3-D at the United Palace Theatre in NYC. It’s amazing to think how far in the future we are now. I saw them about 10 years ago and it’s was one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.
“From the Rockpalast Archive Mixed Media Show Soest, Germany. Winter 1970 0. Intro 1. Stratovarius 2. Ruckzuck 3. Heavy Metal Kids 4. Improvisation 1″ – Henry Owings
For more info: kraftwerk.com