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
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
Last night I went to a birthday party in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. When it was over I went out with some friends and was surprised to find out that Michal Matejcík was performing at the Sullivan Room. I raced over there to him. I’ve mentioned him on this blog before. He plays covers of Depeche Mode songs on the harp. Check out the video I recorded of Michal performing Halo.
“The night will kick off at 10pm with a unique performance by the renowned Slovakian harpist Michal Matej?ík who presents Depeche Mode songs rearranged for the harp combined with audio mixes as well as visuals on screen. Michal performed as an opening act for Depeche Mode in two shows this year…” – DJ Shred
Sushi, Millhouse, The Dold Sistaz. I’ve been repeating those three things over and over in my head every since I left Dortmund a week ago. I performed there for Sascha Blank. People call him Sushi for some reason. He’s the type of guy everyone likes. I’ve mentioned to him if he was a politician he could be president. But he uses his skill to throw wicked techno events and since he invites me to perform I’m fine with that. If you’re American and have never been to a small underground techno event in Europe you really don’t know what your missing. Usually everyone knows each other at these things and forget 12:00-4:00AM nonsense. By the time I arrive on my flight everyone has been already awake 24 hours and they are just getting started. This creates a seriously mental atmosphere at the club. Everyone is covered in sweat and the music is almost always completely psycho. So yeah I like these events but this event in Dortmund was for Sushi’s birthday so I knew it would be special. When I got off the flight a guy named Millhouse picked me up from the airport. He did look like Millhouse from the Simsons. Keep in mind the night before I performed in Newcastle. That show and trip from NYC was already too much for most people. I was operating on about 3 hours sleep. Millhouse is driving a nice Audi and doesn’t own a smart phone. I should have known right there I was in trouble. Sometimes the obvious goes right past a person. The event which had Rod Boltz, Marc Acardipane and others performing during the daylight hours was full. Now lets go back about 5 years ok? I was living in Berlin and at one of my shows I met two sisters name Heikie and Sandra. They wanted to come to Berlin to record in my studio and I agreed. However when it came time for them to come and visit I got cold on the idea. In Berlin I was living a pretty structured life and honestly I didn’t think we liked the same type of music. They got pretty pissed off at me and probably rightly so. They really wanted to make music. About a month before the Dortmund/Sushi birthday event Hekie sent me a message on Facebook. Something like “Hey I’m coming to the event.”. I’m a peacemaker and thought hell I should be nice so we chatted a bit and said Ill see you there. It’s show time and the room I’m playing in fills up with people ready to seriously do this with me. The more energy the crowd has the louder I scream and so it went. I love playing live. I also love hanging out after the show. Hey there’s that guy Millhouse again. So this is the part of the blog post where I can’t actually tell you much. I know that sucks right? I would like to keep my day job and I suppose my family reads this thing from time to time. I’m at Millhouse’s house. The Dold Sistaz are there. I discover that to my amazement they are into 80s Electronic Body Music. Next thing you know I agree to fix my broken promise and we are in my hotel room recording. The room is all orange colored wood and the sun is baking the room. I’ve been sweating non stop since Thursday so whatever. If death comes it will be quick. Air conditioning would have been a good idea. Note to self: put the hotel has to have AC in my rider. Recording vocals in front of someone is difficult. I sit in my studio saying the craziest, lame stuff for hours before I get anything good. The Dold’s just sat down and one after another came up with good stuff. I guess it’s been building up in them for a few years. In the end there’s six completely crazy EBM like tracks with German female vocals on my laptop. I’ll take those into my studio and give them the full proper analog treatment in the coming months and release this to you. Sushi, Millhouse, The Dold Sistaz. To see the full set of photos: click here
“Die HEADLINER an diesem Tage und in der Nacht sind 2 Mannschaften die es in sich haben, 2 Gruppen voller Gegensätze und doch zig Gemeinsamkeiten. 2 Mannschaften die es wert sind befeiert zu werden und mit wunderbarer Musik beschallt zu werden.” – Boltsplatz
Last weekend was so hardcore that it’s taken me quite a while to recover and realize what even happened. Instead of one long post with stories and photos about both events I’m going to break them up. So let’s start with Newcastle. I’ve been friends with DJ Smurf (Glenn Petersen) for quite a long time and we have been thinking of a way to get me to perform in his hometown. After a few tries with help of his friends Booney and Donald Jenkins they pulled off a really sick event. It was at a club called Think Tank in an industrial area. It was over 100F all week in NY so while I was enjoying the cool weather in the UK the funny thing was they were all complaining about the heat. I guess it never even gets warm there. I even noticed that while in the hotel the news was reporting several cases of severe sunburns. These are some translucent skinned gingery people! The venue was a concrete cube just the right size for my long light cable to reach the back of the room if I so decided to trot into the crowd. During soundcheck I had the chance to test out a few new tracks including a EBM slammer I recorded with Belgian artist Radical G. After a change of clothes I put some new Dr. Martens on and the night began. It was pretty packed and I really got into it. I will say on stage it was dam hot. I had to pause and grab water more and a few times. I was basically one hundred percent wet by the time the hour was over. After Don stage dived and almost killed a girl I went into the crowd too. Deaf and wet I still couldn’t resist hanging out after the event. There’s some good looking fun people there and it was hard to get myself back to the hotel room within a reasonable time. Glenn was kind enough to have me over his house for a few drinks. His girlfriend who for some reason they call hotdog is pretty insane and obsessed with the Kardashians. My issue was I had to get to Dortmund for my next show and I had a 4 hour layover in Heathrow. With a lot of luck I made it. To see the full set of photos: click here
This weekend I (The Horrorist) am performing in Newcastle UK and Dortmund, Germany. Friday night in Newcastle is the last night ever of a long running event called “Milk the Cow”. As people say goodbye they will be of course going berserk and I am ready to lose it with them. That event will be a mixed techno, electro all the way to hard stuff type of crowd. I have a tough journey to Dortmund starting early the next day. It’s simply not that easy to get from Newcastle to Dortmund so I have a long layover in Heathrow getting me into Dusseldorf at 19:45. After a drive to Dortmund there won’t be much time to rest before the event. That event is a birthday party for a friend of mine Sascha Blank. I say birthday part but it’s really a huge hardcore techno event with a large amount of DJs and several rooms. I’m looking forward to catching up with Marc Acardipane and some other old friends I haven’t seen in a while. For both shows I have 3 new songs to test live. As usual I will be reporting when I can via social media and then a full report here when I return.
“Let us take you into the future with Oliver Chesler aka The Horrorist coming Live & direct from New York City . Dark sleazy techno, narcotic techno percussion and hardcore rave stabs are brought to life with his vocal driven cold wave electro. Chris Liebing , Ricardo Villalobos and Chris Liberator have all remixed his classic track One Night in New York City and he appeared in the classic Depeche Mode documentary 101. This guy is a true creative genius, defys genre and holds legendary status. We’re very excited to welcome The Horrorist to Newcastle.
Die HEADLINER an diesem Tage und in der Nacht sind 2 Mannschaften die es in sich haben, 2 Gruppen voller Gegensätze und doch zig Gemeinsamkeiten. 2 Mannschaften die es wert sind befeiert zu werden und mit wunderbarer Musik beschallt zu werden.”
The Village Voice voted Tobacco Road in Hell’s Kitchen (574 9th Ave, NYC) the Best Dive Bar. It’s also a “Bikini Bar”. It’s been sitting in the same location since the mid 80s. Therefore it’s quite appropriate that I do a DJ set there tomorrow night (Saturday, June 21, 2013). My college friend Bill Kraemer’s label “The Seed” recently re-released my 2007 political track Automatic. He had a contest for remixes and put the best of them out with the original. So besides my DJ set this is a proper record release party. Please come and drink heavily. It’s free to get in!
“Totally weird, awesome bar. Appropriately surreal – it’s basically right outside the bus terminal. $7 PBR + whiskey! what do you want, really? It’s a true dive.
Hot chicks serving me drinks in a bra? 4 stars! Cheap booze? 4 stars! Stage to sing Karaoke once I’m hammered? 4 stars! Dancing on a pole for free shots? Lights out.” – Yelp
In the video above you see the emerging dance scene in NYC. If you ever listen New Order’s Confusion and thought wow this is well produced and really works well in a nightclub now you can know the reason. Producer Arthur Baker tells how he tested the track in club specifically to sound good there. At that time most music heard even in clubs had melody and lyrics. At 13:58 in the reporter amazingly has an epic thought and asks Baker if he thinks if eventually dance music will just be rhythmic without vocals or melody. He knew the future!
“The other question is what would be the next? Because things are becoming more and more rhythmic. Do you think we will end up with just complete rhythm records with no melody whatsoever?”
So I am just back from a long weekend in Poland. To get there I had the usual trek to JFK and all it’s long term parking and security nonsense, a 2 hour layover in Amsterdam and 4 hour drive from Warsaw to Sopot. By the time I arrived I had just enough time to soundcheck, shave, shower and go back to the venue to perform. Luckily even with 30 hours of nonstop packing and travel behind me once on stage in front of such hyped up kids I felt totally fresh. Sopot is a vacation town on the Baltic Sea. In fact the nightclub which is strangely named Sfinks700 is in a small green park with views of the beach. Kids from the event are free to go in out of the club down to the water. The sound system was really sharp and loud and I tried on a new tall hat and a see through pixelated Mitt Romney mask for the song “The World Will Know Us”. The other DJs including Tymon, Sebastian, Matt Green, PZG and the Warsaw Speedcore Team all were great. The lovely promoter Nicole told me some kids didn’t believe I was going to show up and there were some naysayers saying the event would flop. I am happy to report both were greatly unfounded! I had fun watching kids on a new drug called “Methadrome”. Correct me if I have that name wrong. EDIT: I have been notified it’s called “Mephedrone”. It was described to me as ecstacy that you snort that doesn’t last as long. It has an interesting side effect in that you often loose some recent memory. Scary and fun? All I know is people looked like that were having a great time. I met some very cool people there and now can add Poland to one of those places I want to return to. This kicks off a series of summer live shows and DJ sets I am doing. Next up is NYC, Newcastle and Dortmund. Oh there is going to be many more photos from this event and I will add them to my flickr account and Facebook profile as I get them!
“Oliver is already on the plane home, so my job is over and i can finally say I never expected that so many people would come out to this event that it would be almost too many! We have proven that hard work and commitment we can achieve something that long has been considered impossible.” – Nicole Gier
This Friday night I will be performing live in Sopot, Poland. Sopot which is next to Gdänsk is 4 hours north of Warsaw on the Baltic Sea. I’ve bever been there before but looking at Google Maps I see it’s on the beach lined with resort hotels. I will be performing at the Sfinks 700 club. This show kicks off my summer season and upcoming shows in Newcastle, Dortmund, Berlin, Barcelona, Växjö Sweden, Bogota and Montreal. I can’t wait to get on stage.
“Our bookings have set a high standard in the Polish scene, however, this party will be even more special for many reasons. First of all, it will be the 10th edition and we will celebrate birthdays of Nicole and Art00r. But the most important reason is the fact that we booked an artist for whom many Polish fans have waited for a long time. Ladies and gentlemen, may we have your attention please? On June 7, THE HORRORIST will visit Poland with his legendary live performance. He will be supported by top producers and Djs from Poland and abroad. We invite you to come and have a great time with us in Sfinks700 (Sopot)!” – Sfinks700