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
For more info: facebook.com/events/606185276087803
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
For more info: facebook.com/events/523464001024293
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
For more info: facebook.com/events/523464001024293
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
For more info: michalmatejcik.com
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
For more info: thehorrorist.com
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
“The very best of Techno today!”
For more info: thehorrorist.com
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.”
Newcastle info: facebook.com/events/151052468396612
Dortmund info: facebook.com/events/472305462848384
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
For more info: facebook.com/events/274398456038654 and yelp.com/biz/tobacco-road-new-york