Here’s some photos from my live performance (The Horrorist) at the Ground Zero Festival 2012. It took place in Bussloo, The Netherlands. It was a huge event with 5 stages and about 40 DJs and live acts. All the music was hard, hardcore, hardsomething techno. Like most people I can’t differentiate between the small music sub-genres but let’s just say it was an agressive night of music. Beyond the stages and many thousands of wasted youth there was large carnival rides, pyrotechnics and anything else you can imagine. I made some good new friends such as Mark Eg & Chrissi, Ms. Sprinkles and saw old ones such has Dano Leeflang, Lenny Dee, Delta 9, Dave Cik, Maxime Fight, Tymon, Laurent Ho, Manu Le Malin, Sacha Blank and Rene Schuster. I was on an “early rave” stage but of course I couldn’t resist playing a lot of new techno material. If you follow my Twitter or Instagram you will have seen the cool new Thermen Busslo hotel they put us up in. It was certainly a pleasant stay and I got a chance to see a bunch of old naked people at the spa. Time does funny things to a body. To see the full set of photos: click here.
“On behalf of the organizations UDC and Multi Groove, we want to thank everyone for visiting Ground Zero Festival 2012! It was a great success and we are pleased with the positive responses. We hope you all again next year for the party!” – groundzerofestival.nl
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Here’s a quick tip or really more a reminder. I’m heading to Amsterdam later today to play a live show. I have a long list of things to do before I head out the door. Here’s two of them. They may seem obvious but either can fix a disaster. First, I back up my computer using SuperDuper!. I plug-in an external hard drive and make a clone of my laptop drive. My laptop is about to fly around the world. It can be stolen, dropped, confiscated, doused in beer and a lot of other things. If anything does happen I can get back to work day one when I return with the clone drive. The other possible life saver is making a backup live show. I record a run through of my live show and make an MP3 of the just the music. I throw that on a USB stick. If my laptop dies or doesn’t make it to the show at the very least I can stand on stage and give the fans “something”. I use a USB stick and MP3 because a lot of new CD and DJ mixers will read those formats. It’s better than not performing at all. In 23 years I’ve never had to use these emegency measures but that won’t stop me from preparing them every time.
“SuperDuper is the wildly acclaimed program that makes recovery painless, because it makes creating a fully bootable backup painless. Its incredibly clear, friendly interface is understandable, easy to use, and SuperDuper’s built-in scheduler makes it trivial to back up automatically.” – shirt-pocket.com
For more info: shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper
This Saturday night I will be performing at a large techno festival in The Netherlands called Ground Zero. The event takes place in Bussloo which is about an hour and fifteen minutes from Amsterdam. There are 6 stages and about 50 DJs or live acts. It’s all “hardcore techno” of some type. There’s going to a large number of people there. To get an idea of what this will be like take a look at some of the photos of my live at Ground Zero 2008: flickr.com/grz08. If you do make it out to see my show try and say hello!
“Ground Zero 2012 is now more than ever before going to be a festival for the real hard-dance junkies, with a massive underground line-up, representing known and unknown artists from Holland and way abroad like no other festival does! Deep in the dark and mysterious woods of Bussloo, with all of its legends, Ground Zero 2012 is going to be a unique festival that will squeeze the living hell out of the night, all the way until a breathtaking morning sun merges above the lake to announce a brand new day!” – groundzerofestival.nl
For more info: groundzerofestival.nl/2012
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Forget the Olympics there’s something far more interesting happening near London this summer. OMD, Grandmaster Flash, Kool & The Gang, The Bangles, Mark Almond, Adam Ant, Rick Astley and Jimmy Summerville are just some of the acts performing August 17-19 2012 at the Rewind Festival. The 80s event takes place at Temple Island Meadows, Remenham Farm, Remenham, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 3DB. There’s only one problem: it’s sold out! At least we will get some good concert footage on YouTube! Anyone who has an extra ticket and wants to take me a long feel free to let me know.
“The biggest 80s festival in the world!” – facebook.com/rewindfestival
For more info: rewindfestival.com
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I’m back from Rotterdam and as you can see from the photos I had a great time. I met Juan Atkins, re-connected with Mathis (Panacea) and screamed into the open air. Mathis was a bit late setting up his gear so I ended up performing one of my longest sets ever. As more an more time when on and Panacea wasn’t quite ready the only material I had left to play live was really songy slow stuff. To my amazement the crowd really loved it. It goes to show you sometimes you have no idea what’s going to work. The stage was built in sections and the section leading to the audience was about seven feet up. As I do in smaller club I really love going out and getting to the crowd. I had to jump up and down off the stage many times. My legs are totally black and blue. This happens so often I’m considering some sort of shin guard sports equipment the next time I perform. Be sure to look at the full set of photos (link) to see some of the art and mobile performance pieces that were on display. It’s fairly certain that Containerfest will now be a regular annual event. I am please to be noted in history as performing the first one. Toward the end of my set the sun went down and I have to say I felt pretty lucky to be standing up there.
“ContainerFest 0.1. On the 21st of July 2012 from 12:00h till 23:00h the first edition of ContainerFest…Schiehaven of Rotterdam. ContainerFest0.1 is a new, multidisciplinary festival with different styles of progressive electronic music styles, industrial designs, cool performance art, visuals and art and light installations. This year you will be spoiled with two big area’s filled with big (inter)national headliners.” – Containerfest.nl
To see the full set of photos: click here
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I (The Horrorist) will be performing at Containerfest in Rotterdam this weekend, Saturday July 21. It’s a large techno event. I’m on the main stage with Juan Akins, Luke Slater, Model 500, DJ Sneak and many others. In fact there are a huge amount of performances and art on display so check the website for full details. Rotterdam is a huge port in The Netherlands and they have created stages out of shipping containers. I’m very excited to be playing this outdoor festival!
“ContainerFest 0.1. On the 21st of July 2012 from 12:00h till 23:00h the first edition of ContainerFest will be organized in the Schiehaven of Rotterdam. ContainerFest0.1 is a new, multidisciplinary festival with different styles of progressive electronic music styles, industrial designs, cool performance art, visuals and art and light installations. This year you will be spoiled with two big area’s filled with big (inter)national headliners. On top of this twelve of Rotterdam’s finest music organisations will combine their forces in six dance area’s: Blendits & Classified, Redrum/Deformer & Social Disturbance, Strange Fruit & Triphouse Rotterdam, Maatschappij voor Volksgeluk & Moustache Records, Lowriders & Doublecross and Strictly Techno & Rotterdam Ondergrondstalent.”
For more info: containerfest.nl
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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.”
To see the full set of photos: flickr.com/thingstocomerecords/721…
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Here’s a set of photos from my live show last month in Scotland. The event was in a town near Edinburgh called Rosyth. It was for an old friend David Booney at a properly sick named party Nosebleed. As you can see you don’t really come to my show if your looking for a calming experience. Even if you don’t like the music I will give you a show though. Besides the new outfits I played quite a lot of new songs. I even played some slow stuff at this full hardcore event. As long as you engage with the audience and let them have enough of what they want you can get away with stuff like that. DJ Smurf and Loftgroover also did there thing (both fun and interesting people). Booney had a long afterparty at his house and I made some new friends for sure. See that photo of a truck? That was my ride to the airport (thanks again Billy!). To see the full set on flickr: click here
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I finally had time to start going through the large amounts of photos and videos I took during my recent week in Berlin (and 4 shows). Here is the first set of photos from the live show in Berlin. The show was at Raum 20 in the Neukölln section of the city. The party was the 2 Year Anniversary of an event called Sabbat thrown by Petra Flurr. This event turned out to be one of my most favorite shows I ever played! I met a lot of very interesting people. A near perfect evening.
See the entire photo set here: flickr.com/thingstocomerecords/7215…
“INVASION OF ELEKTRO, TEKKNO, APOCALYPTIC, RAVE, CRIMINAL WAVE, OLDSKOOL, NOIZE ….” – Sabbat
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An Electronic Body Music band has to be good live. In my opinion the sing Thoralf and synth man Vigo ofJäger 90 have it going on. I would like to play an event where they are or work with them on something.
“Jäger 90 is a band from Germany, Rostock. Their musical influence lies in the 80s, first and foremost in the legendary pioneers of EBM: Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft.” – Last.fm
For more info: jaeger90.com
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