This past weekend I performed in Moscow. I am starting to realize the places I find the most interesting are the ones I have been the most apprehensive to visit. I flew direct from New York JFK on Aeroflot which is the main Russian airline. It’s the oldest airline in the world yet some people think you should avoid it. Apparently they have a history of crashes? The airplane itself was modern with video entertainment on every seat. Most people on the flight were Russian and I noticed a few cultural differences right away. First off I was really glad to have my Sky Team Gold Card and was able to board first because many of the passengers really brought a lot of stuff onto the plane with them. They packed the overhead bins. Another thing I noticed was there wasn’t constant snacking going on. Usually on flights I am keenly aware of everyone eating Gummi Bears and such things non-stop. I looked around a few times and didn’t see anyone eating anything.
I landed in Moscow and was a bit nervous. I never had to use a work Visa before. The Passport Control area was a giant concrete coned shaped room with some modern wood accents. I passed through easily without any incident. The promoter Evgeny Erokhin was there to greet me and to the car we went. The entire time I was in Russia is was dark, snowy, icey, foggy and smoggy. The roads spewed dirt all over cars and trucks from their tires to roofs. Before moving and every thousand yards Evgeny had to use windshield washer fluid. There was massive traffic letting me know I was about to enter a huge city. The first thing I saw on the highway was a natural gas power plant. Obviously I have seen power plants before. A power plant is a few buildings, cooling towers (these look like nuclear reactors things) and smoke stacks. However the one I saw outside the airport in Moscow was huge. When I say huge I mean the size of the entire sky! I couldn’t believe it. This image set the stage for the rest of my trip because everything in Moscow was enormous. Every building, monument, hotel or church was on a scale hard to imagine even for someone coming from Manhattan. With Russian writing everywhere and the futuristic aged buildings I felt like I was in the movie Metropolis. This was a real superpower and I was far from home.
We arrived at the Cosmos hotel which was once part of the Russian space agency. I was able to sleep a couple of hours and then it was off to the venue. We arrived a Moscow Hall and I was pleased to see it was a really nice club. There was a huge LED video wall and a large stage. After the usual “that buzz is coming from your USA powered video output” soundcheck concluded and I went backstage. I met Rob Gee who is from NJ and I have know since the early 90s. He is an interesting and crazy person so I ended up watching him drink a few red bulls in succession and talk to people. Since Napster all my albums have been available for free on the internet via illegal downloads. I honesty don’t care too much if people steel my music. Russian download sites always used to seem to come up on the top of Horrorist search results. I assumed no one actually bought my music there. It was really interesting to discover I was wrong. Backstage several people showed up with fairly large collections of my 12’s to sign. Before I knew it it was show time. This event was mostly a hardcore party so I was a little apprehensive to play a lot of my slower music. I was really happy to discover that most of the people in the audience were singing the lyrics not only to the hard stuff but a lot of newer slow songs. To my joy and surprise I think my song Modern was the best received song of the night. Since there has been a lot of news in the USA about Russia hating on gays I left my diamond flower hat at home. I also figured my vintage Nazi helmet with an American flag on it wouldn’t be so good either. I wore a plain green army helmet with an old TTC Future sticker has a kinda mohawk on it.
After the show I talked with DJ Angela who I met in Paris in the mid nineties. I tried some Russian Vodka. The stuff we get in America is a lot more harsh and not as alcoholic. After a few sips I made some new friends. The next day I got to see how some real Russian people live. I went to the amazing Red Square and received a nice history lesson. I took the cliche photo in front of Saint Basil’s church. I had some very tasty Russian food. Everywhere I went the “huge scale” feeling was present. The lights on the road were twice as high as on American roads. The escalator down to the subway was on an eighty five degree angel and went super deep taking more than minutes to ride. It took me a long time to get a proper booking there. I can’t wait to go back.
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“Event will support two musicians from the United States , about whom no exaggeration to say – “They were at the origins , They wrote the history of Hardcore .” First time in Russia !” – Sonic Impact
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I will be performing in Russia this weekend! On Saturday night I will perform at the Moscow Hall (Triumphalnaya 1, Moscow, Russia). The event is called Sonic Impact: The Beginning and other acts include Rob Gee, Angela, Doublee, Antikillah and Guyver. The last time I was in Russia I was a baby so I’m very excited to do this.
“The Horrorist aka Dj Skinhead (Things To Come, Industrial Strength Rec., …) LIVE! – Real name Oliver Chesler. New York musician known for his performances as Live on Hardcore, and the Techno and dark electronics scenes. Musician who does not follow the styles and creates them. Artist with crazy energy and author of such hits as “One night in New York city” and “Extreme Terror”. He did remixes for such stars as Chris Liebing. Presented in Moscow his legendary live performance, combining the whole range of his work from the dark electronics and technology, to the most powerful TerrorCore!” – Sonic Impact
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I used to perform in Montreal, Canada quite often. I think it’s the only city in North America that hosts electronic events that give you that party feel you get in Europe. I’ve performed at some of the best spots in Montreal including the Canadian CBGB’s aka Foufounes Électriques and the now huge EBM event the Kinetik Festival. Since it has been a few years I wanted to make the most of the weekend so I decided to do a DJ Set on Thursday, a live show Friday and go to an official afterparty on Saturday. The DJ set was a last minute surprise announcement at a club called Bar Passeport. I was glad to see people there and after I fit my S4 and laptop in a super tiny booth I played a techno EBM set full of Gesaffelstein, TTC remixes and 80s EBM. I will post that set later tonight or tomorrow. I met some proper TTC fans, Maurice Roy the official Horrorist graphic designer and some friends from NYC. The live show the next night was at Le Belmont. During soundcheck I noticed it was a pretty nice/classy venue and it could also hold more than just a few people. When I returned around midnight I was pleased to see the place quite full of freaks. The stage was large and had a full size video wall behind me. I love when promoters get things right. With space to move and scream I had a blast performing. Even with all the stage space I jumped into the crowd a few times. When I wear my helmet people think it’s fun to hit me in the head and Montreal was no different. One guy almost knocked me out. In Montreal nightclubs and bars close early. This weekend that was a good thing because I “had” to attend the official/planned afterparty. After dropping my equipment off and changing out of some very sweaty clothes I found myself in a place I called the “Hippie House”. There was an episode of Mad Men where Don Draper goes to LA and finds himself way out of his element. The Hippie House was that kind of place for me because well it was run by authentic hippies. I met some very deranged non-hippie like people in there too. So just like a PG movie I now close the door on this story and let your imagination do the rest. I had a great time and somehow I feel it won’t be so long before I return to Montreal again. To see the full set of photos: click here
“F.U.B.A.R. Prods en collaboration avec Deadna Prod. présentent: The Horrorist live! Après 5 ans d’absence le conteur, Oliver Chesler, est de retour à Montréal. Le spectacle est appuyé par nos talents locaux.” – facebook.com/events/610785738953351″>FUBAR
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I will be performing live this Friday night in Montreal, Canada. The event is officially called “The Horrorist – présenté par F.U.B.A.R. – le 11 octobre”. The venue is Le Belmont (4483 Boulevard St-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec H2W 1Z8). In the early 2000s I performed often in Montreal and I also had a chance to play the first Festival Kinetik. I will be spending a few days there and watchful eyes can expect some surprises. The promoter has and empty private apartment for me in a nice neighborhood and I am spending a few days there. I will also spend some time with my Graphic Designer Maurice Roy. If you come to the show be sure to say hello in person if you can!
“F.U.B.A.R. Prods en collaboration avec Deadna Prod. présentent: The Horrorist live! Après 5 ans d’absence le conteur, Oliver Chesler, est de retour à Montréal. Le spectacle est appuyé par nos talents locaux ::: The Horrorist: Based in New York City, artist Oliver Chesler is a producer and vocalist, as well as the founder of Things To Come Records. He is the brain behind such tracks as One Night In New York City, Hard Step Future Force, Flesh Is The Fever, Mission Ecstasy, and many more! His last appearance in Montreal dates back to the first Kinetik Fest held in 2008, preceded by his performance at Hitched in 2007.” – facebook.com/events/610785738953351″>F.U.B.A.R.
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I recieved an email from a guy named Michael Forrest asking to post one of his videos here. I too have made a few GoPro headcam demos and I thought this one one interesting so here it is. One thing I thought was we are now in that future space where so many small electronic syncable devices have been released it’s rare to find people using the same set ups anymore. Everythone has little boxes and touch screens everywhere. Enjoy Mike on his OP-1, Korg Boxes, iPads, Eventides and more.
“Thought you might like this – it’s some POV footage of the way I play live.” – Michael Forrest
For more info: grimaceworks.com
On Friday night I (The Horrorist) performed in Paris. This was the last show of a tour that took me to Berlin, Newcastle, Calais, Dortmund, Barcelona, Sweden and Bogota. When I started this group of shows I was about 10 pounds heavier. I lost those 10 pounds in pure sweat. I am near certain the last 5 I lost was just in Paris. I performed at Glazart which is an indoor/outdoor space in the Clichy district. I performed indoors along with Petra Flurr and DJ Bombdahouse. I stayed at the Hilton near the airport because I needed to get back to New York quickly and it seemed the safest bet. I’m also a sucker for any hotel with a swimming pool. I got the call from reception that my driver was there to bring me to the venue. There are events in France called “Free Techno Parties”. These events usually are run by large groups of people in crazy old vans. Typically they smoke a lot of Marijuana and live with a pack of dogs. To my surprise my ride was a perfect example of a “Free Party” van. It was covered in graffiti and full of stuff. I sat up front and off we went. The first song on the card ride set the mood. I heard an accordion play and as some French woman started singing so did the guys. The Eiffel tower glittered in the distance. It’s these little moments that let you know your in another place that I just cherish. We arrive at the venue and in my dressing room I discover a refrigerator full of Champagne & Macarons. One of the promoters was reading my tweets earlier that day and fulfilled my fantasy… very nice! The club filled up and it got hot. Hotter than hell. Petra Flurr performed and got everyone into a frenzy. Now the place was really almost on fire. The only thing keeping the club from burning was that it was covered in sweat. I took the stage and after the first song entered the place I go where I perform. I really enjoyed that during my show every now and then someone from the crowd would join me on stage in a non-obtrusive way. People took turns doing a little dance with me as if to help me along somehow. I received some gifts from fans now friends after the show which I really appreciated. I hope to burn with Paris again soon. Next stop Montreal!! To see the full set of photos: click here
“ohé du bateau! Les Sexy Cat Fuckers, Eksesiv, Epsylonn accostent une nouvelle fois à la plage du Glazart pour leur Grand Boucan de l’année. Sortez vos pistolets à silex, cirez vos plus belles jambes de bois et hissez vos Jolly Roger les plus terrifiants. Rappelez-vous l’année dernière, personne n’en est sorti indemne, mais qu’est ce que c’est qu’une oreille perdue quand on en a deux? Début du partage du butin sonore à 18h00 sur la plage du Glazart, les tonneaux de rhum resteront en perce jusqu’à 6h00 au club du même nom. On ne fera aucun prisonnier, ventrebleu!” – Glazart (Le Grand Boucan)
For more info: glazart.com
photo credits: Guillaume Leroux, facebook.com/G.LEROUX.PHOTO and Morganistik, morganistik.com, facebook.com/Morganistik.photography
Martin Gore performed a reworked version of the Depeche Mode song When The Body Speaks at Jones Beach last night. This live version makes my heart explode. If anyone knows of a full length recording of this specific concert and song please let me know.
“To the soul’s desires. The body listens. What the flesh requires. Keeps the heart imprisoned. What the spirit seeks. The mind will follow. When the body speaks. All else is hollow. I’m just an angel. Driving blindly. Through this world. I’m just a slave here. At the mercy of a girl” – Depeche Mode
For more info: depechemode.com
I will be performing (The Horrorist) tomorrow night, Friday September 6, 2013 in Paris France. The event is called “LE GRAND BOUCAN / THE HORRORIST – Sexy Cat Fuckers – Epsylonn – Eksesiv” (link). The show takes place at Glazart in the Clichy area. There is a really interesting line up including Petra Flurr, Koubiak, Bomb Da House, Run Out Groove, Roula L’ame Gillette, Akeda, Kookie, Jul Ek, Rohan El Romano, Stand Mamaculpa, Audioflow, Fatburner Johnny, Dj Gravier and L’escrock. Looking forward to screaming my head off and having some Champagne and Macarons!
“Hohé du bateau ! Les Sexy Cat Fuckers, Eksesiv, Epsylonn accostent une nouvelle fois à la plage du Glazart pour leur Grand Boucan de l’année. Sortez vos pistolets à silex, cirez vos plus belles jambes de bois et hissez vos Jolly Roger les plus terrifiants. Rappelez-vous l’année dernière, personne n’en est sorti indemne, mais qu’est ce que c’est qu’une oreille perdue quand on en a deux ? Début du partage du butin sonore à 18h00 sur la plage du Glazart, les tonneaux de rhum resteront en perce jusqu’à 6h00 au club du même nom. On ne fera aucun prisonnier, ventrebleu!” – LE GRAND BOUCAN
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Last weekend I performed in Bogota, Colombia. It was my first time in South America. I was pretty nervous to go down there. I was sure I would be kidnapped and would end up naked chewing leaves from a coca plant. I read about Scopolamine, Aguardiente and anything else that could scare me. However all my friends have gone down there and said it was great. In addition, I read many recent articles saying that the country was really safe now. Most importantly there were people there who want me to come. A few promoters and lots of fans have contacted me over the years. It was now or never. I set some rules up for myself. Register with the embassy and don’t do certain things while you are down there. I broke every rule I set for myself and fell in love with the people there.
The flight there was nice. There were amazing lighting storms below us as we were over South America. When I arrived I met Laura Martinez aka DJ Blue Kim and the main promoter Sebastian Perez Bastidas (great name right?). I’ve been talking to Laura for a few years now. She has a very close musical taste to my own and the fact that she plays so much of my music down there it’s probably 90% of the reason this booking could even happen. After checking into the hotel we went for a Cervezas in the “pink district”. I clicked instantly with Seb & BK. Before I went to sleep I decided to put the news on and discovered there were huge protests, road blocks and rioting around Bogota. I learned the protests were heading toward the city. In fact some of the surrounding areas had curfews put on them. I began to wonder if the event was going to happen. The Colombian farmers and students were protesting because the government was importing Monsanto seed. There were also importing vegetables at a lower cost than what their own farmers could produce. I watched Colombian farmers on television explain that they make enough potatoes for their own people so why import? I hate American corporate greed and Monsanto especially when they go after the thing we all need most… food! I opened Ableton and added a FUCK MONSANTO sign to the opening video of the live show.
With luck things were mostly calm on the show day and all things were go! The event was at a place called Las Vegas which was essentially a strip club/whore house. There was a big advantage to having the show there as this venue could stay open past lunch the next day. As people started to enter I knew I was reaching “my” crowd. Intelligent freaks, the lost and serious dark music lovers surrounded the stage. I often feel that no matter where I am, whatever city or country inside the club are my kind of people and once the music starts I could be anywhere. I had a great time performing.
What can I say now? Rules are made to be broken right? I made some amazing new friends over the next few days there. I also got a chance to see what people really live like in Colombia. I walked through streets that once looked scary to me on television and realized how nice it actually was. The city is crowded with young people, motorcycles, small private stores, trees, hills and mountains. I made a huge mistake not going to Bogota sooner. I can’t wait to go back. To see the full set of photos: click here
“Cumplimos un año desde nuestra inauguración y queremos celebrarlo por lo alto con el LIVE ACT de OLIVER CHESLER desde Nueva York, más conocido como THE HORRORIST!!!” – Myhappyhouse
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I will be performing this weekend in Bogota, Colombia! It is my first time to South America and I just can’t wait to land in a new place. I will have internet in my hotel and will be sending updates via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
“LA PRIMERA FIESTA EN COLOMBIA SIN LIMITE DE HORARIO !!! MYHAPPYHOUSE es la casa de todos!!! Y de tu casa te vas cuando quieras!!! Seguro preferirás permanecer feliz en la casa por muchoooo tiempo!!! Mínimo hasta las 12 del dia! Cumplimos un año desde nuestra inauguración y queremos celebrarlo por lo alto con el LIVE ACT de OLIVER CHESLER desde Nueva York, más conocido como THE HORRORIST!!! Productor musical de THINGS TO COME RECORDS, comenzó su carrera en 1989, con hits como One Night in NYC. En el 2004 con su álbum Manic Panic se convirtió en un icono mundial de la música electrónica siendo el número uno de los German Alternative Hun Chuen Ch’Oc art (DAC). Entre sus logros se encuentran re-mezclas para artistas del calibre de Chris Liebing, The Hacker, Marc Acardipane, John Selway, Frankie Bones y su hermano Adam X, entre otros. Sus bases están muy influenciadas por Depeche Mode y giran en torno a una amalgama de electro, EBM, techno y hardcore.” – myhappyhouse
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