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
Later today I am going to The Silent Barn at 603 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn, New York 11206. There is an event called Modular Equinox that will be running from 5:30PM – 1:00AM. A huge number of modular synthesizer performances and installations will be taking place. Be sure to click to the event page to see the lineup. See you tonight!
“Drew McDowall (Coil) + many more — installations and workshops”
There will be a Theremin concert next Wednesday, March 27th in New York City. It will take place at Joe’s Pub at the Public theater on 425 Lafayette Street. The show starts at 9:30PM. I think I will go to this one!
“Performances on Theremin by: Dorit Chrysler, Benjamin Ickies, Scott Robinson, Rob Schwimmer, & special guest Joe McGinty on Therevox. We are pleased to continue the NY Theremin Society’s concert series by announcing an exciting line-up of accomplished Theremin Virtuosos to perform March 27th at Joe’s Pub. Thereminists include Dorit Chrysler, Benjamin Ickes, Rob Schwimmer and Scott Robinson as well as special guest Joe McGinty on Therevox. Each player has their own unique style and approach to the instrument making for a night full of contrasts and musical surprises. ATTENTION: May contain some very rare theremin duetting or trios! Join the growing movement of infatuation with the Theremin in the 21st century!” – thereminworld.com
So if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you know that a good friend of mine got me a ticket to see Depeche Mode last night at the Ed Sullivan Theater. The theater which David Letterman uses as his set only seats 461 people so no matter your close to the stage. The show was set for 8PM with doors opening at 7. I got there about 6:15 and to my surprise there was only about 30 people on line. One thing I noticed was that the crowd was definitely older. I didn’t see anyone under the age of 25 and most people were upper 30s/40s. Everyone was stressed boringly in black. There were no freaks and only a few people were even wearing DM shirts. I asked a few people online what they wrote in as their answer to the “What does Delta Machine” mean contest question. To my surprise all the answers were random and different. I knew right then my Vince Clarke theory was probably wrong. The stage was lit beautifully and was full of keyboard rigs. There was a quick announcement letting us know it was ok to use our phones to tweet and update facebook. They also stated we would be filmed and could watch ourselves later that night. Then just like that Dave, Martin, Fletch a drummer and additional keyboardist walk on stage right in front of me. The songs they played honestly left me a little bewildered. All of them were upbeat and rockish. There was nothing slow, and nothing with Martin as the lead vocal. I heard Barrel of a Gun, Enjoy the Silence, Personal Jesus, Walking in My Shoes, Heaven and I believe three other new songs. One of the new songs was very good. I can tell it will be great on the album. Walking in My Shoes was the old song that had my eyes watering a little. Martin changed his guitar every song which I guess shows some sort of fetish for the instrument. Of course I would have rather enjoying them swapping synths. On that note there was an Access Virus and some controller/composer type of keyboards on stage. No real analog or modular stuff. You could say it doesn’t matter but I would have enjoyed it. I was thrilled to be there seeing old friends; people who still bring me much joy. You can watch the complete broadcast here: cbs.com/shows/liveonletterman/artist/209798/depeche-mode
Our next guests are an influential band and their career spans three decades and still going strong selling over one hundred million albums. Ladies and gentleman welcome back Depeche Mode.” – David Letterman
My friend Nina sent me some video footage of my live show last November in Spain. I really need to start bringing my Zoom recorder and at least 3 video cameras to each show to proper record these. What you can’t see here is my video “wall” or how far back the club was packed with lunatic kids. I really do have a lot of fun.
“The Spain show was really crazy. Those kids really know how to party! All I can say is their event went to 5PM the next afternoon. I left my jacket in the DJ booth and went back and enjoyed walking through the parking lot full of cars and vans with kids doing all sorts of subersive activities.”
I’m finally back from my weekend in Aachen, Germany. A weekend which consisted of 6 trains, 4 flights, 7 hours of layovers and NYC traffic. It was the evening in between it all that made it worth it. Let’s jump back about 6 months. I was performing in Berlin at a very cool event and somewhere towards the end of my set I feel something in my ear. When I play live I’m actually not consciously thinking so much. I am on some sort of automatic haze with lyrics flying out of me and my arms and legs just doing what they do. When I felt something in my ear I noticed it but just kept on going. I mean it was only for a few seconds and after the violation stopped I could still hear so I kept on playing. After the show near the bar a giant punk rock type of guy comes up to me and starts up a conversation. I had a lot of trouble understanding what he was staying and he was aggressively holding me close to him. Soon I realized it wasn’t that he wasn’t speaking english he just wasn’t making too much sense. Then I picked out a few words… “acid” “sorry” “finger” “during” “show” “ear” “sorry”. I stopped him at that point and said loudly it’s ok let’s have a drink. While kind of disgusting the situation was pretty funny because I mean who the hell does something like that and then tells you he did it? Later that night or I guess morning he comes over again. He’s far more coherent now and tells me his name is Michael and he wants to book me in Aachen. I brush it aside thinking he’s not serious. Fast forward a few months and he finds me on Facebook and shows me some of the other bands he wants to book along side of me. They were all so interesting I was in. I love to play live. I really love to play live along other interesting band like acts. The other bands were all synthpunkish and weird so right up my alley. It’s all set up for October. Hurricane Sandy hits NYC all flights are cancelled and I miss the show. My day job had me very busy the end of last year so I set a new date for January 19 knowing it would be cool to spend my Birthday (the 20th) and the release of my next album in Germany.
The club was packed. It’s always important but I really didn’t want to play and half full space on my 43rd birthday right? When I walked in Sid (Knothole) was performing. His live show is amazing. Check out the video I took of him above. He’s got Eurorack modules, fluorescent light tubes, does vocals and sets up in the middle of the dance floor. To top it off the music is good. I got to spend some time with him after the show and well let’s just say he’s pretty out there. I felt in good company. So I take the stage, play new songs and absolutely enjoy myself. I did a few encore tracks and as I’m ending they take my mic the club gets quiet and Michael says some stuff in German and then I hear an acapella… “Happy Birthday to you… Happy birthday to you…” the club chimes in. So yeah the music stops and the club, mostly everyone in there sings me happy birthday. What can a guy say to that? Michael you can stick your finger in my ear anytime you want. Thanks for a night I will never forget and thanks for singing to me! To see the full set of photos: click here
“ERWISCHT! Zu Gast aus New York war nämlich Oliver Chesler, der Mann, der auch unter dem Pseudonym The Horrorist bekannt ist. Da er aus der Hardcore-Techno-Nische kommt, erinnern seine Tracks zwar immer noch stark an Produktionen dieser Art, doch sind sie Songs alltagstauglicher geworden. One Night in NYC ist eines seiner bekanntesten Stücke und führte im Jahr 1996 die deutschen Dance Charts an. Mit dabei war der Kollege David Heyer.” – klenkes.de