24k Gold Buttons for the Tour

The Horrorist 24k Gold Buttons

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The Horrorist - Silver Buttons

For the upcoming tour special I created some wonderful Horrorist 24k Gold Buttons and some silver ones including a slogan from one of the upcoming singles “Programmed”. For now the only way to get them is at one of the shows but I will figure out a way to get them to other people.

“There’s gold in them thar buttons! 24-karat gold plated custom 1” round buttons. Only at Busy Beaver!” – busybeaver.net

Tour schedule: songkick.com/artists/294971-horrorist/calendar

The Underground is Massive

The Underground is Massive

There is a new book by Michaelangelo Matos called The Underground is Massive which goes into great detail on the emergence of the techno scene solely in the United States. I am quoted and mentioned a few times and so far (I just read a few chapters) I think he’s got it right.

“Joining the ranks of Please Kill Me and Can’t Stop Won’t Stop comes this definitive chronicle of one of the hottest trends in popular culture—electronic dance music—from the noted authority covering the scene. It is the sound of the millennial generation, the music “defining youth culture of the 2010s” (Rolling Stone). Rooted in American techno/house and ’90s rave culture, electronic dance music has evolved into the biggest moneymaker on the concert circuit. Music journalist Michaelangelo Matos has been covering this beat since its genesis, and in The Underground Is Massive, charts for the first time the birth and rise of this last great outlaw musical subculture.”

For more info: http://amzn.to/1QFh8Vb

New Order Signs to Mute

New Order Sign A New Record Deal With Mute Records

I hope to see some collaborations between DM and New Order. Mute really is such a great label.

“This is an exciting new chapter for both Mute and New Order and I feel privileged to be working with artists with such a long, creative and successful history. When the possibility of us working together first came up, I was invited to hear some of the new material and immediately had no doubts whatsoever that Mute would be the right home for New Order. We’ve already had a number of creative conversations, and I am looking towards an exciting future” – Daniel Miller

For more info: mute.com/new-order/announce-they-have-signed-to-mute

The Last Martian – Sound of Science

About six months ago I was asked to take part in a then secret music project. Tom J Carpenter and Jason Subtractive of Analogue Solutions were planning an ambitious string of Synthpop/New Wave releases. They were going to work with different vocalists, create music videos and promised a high quality package. I knew Jason’s synth work from his synth demos so I didn’t hesitate in saying yes. To say he has the Depeche Mode sound down is an understatement. On the song I gave my voice to titled The Last Martian listen to filtering bassline, high pitched delaying notes and at 43 seconds in there is a panning mid range sound that I’ve only heard Alan Wilder himself create. I knew that Tom was friends with Alan helping him repair some synths and selling him a Telemark. In fact, I question if Jason is actually who he says he is. This was also the first time I recorded my own vocal to someone else’s lyrics. Vile Electrodes and Chad Glenn also remixed the track. Here he comes with his gun the last martian.

“Sound of Science is pleased to announce the availability of our 2nd EP, “The Last Martian”, featuring THE HORRORIST (Oliver Chesler). Included are remixes by Vile Electrodes, Chad Glenn (The Coil), and SOS!” – Sound of Science

Buy now: iTunes or CD Baby

LTD Edition Fire Funmania

I am extremely pleased to announce that a Limited Edition of my newest album Fire Funmania is available. Made in Germany and limited to 100 copies you get the album on 12″ Vinyl, CD with 2 exclusive Bonus Tracks and an Armband. The set is only 20 Euros so they will disappear quickly. Thanks to Steffen Kuschel and Maurice Roy for making this happen.

“just received it from sbmonline.de . Great package!” – JF.Gore

Buy now: sbmonline.de/2013/e/temartic.php?nr=TTC23

Remix The Horrorist

The record label The Seed is having a remix contest for my song Automatic. The song which is about guns was originally released in 2007 on my album Attack Decay. It’s such a strong dance track I still play it live.

Demo Dropbox: theseedmusic.label-engine.com
Download the Stems: sendspace.com/pro/dl/rek7iv

“The Seed is proud to announce that we are doing our first ever remix contest in association with Underground legend, The Horrorist. For your remix to be considered it must be uploaded to our demo dropbox by no later than May 13, 2013. The contest will be judged by The Horrorist and label management. Winners selected will have their remix released as part of the “Automatic; Reloaded” Remix collection out in June on the Seed.” – facebook.com/theseedmusic

For more info: facebook.com/theseedmusic

Fire Funmania Side-Line Review

If you asked me what is the most important website to get EBM, goth, synthpop and New Wave news hands down I would say Side-Line. I love when I am mentioned there and they just reviewed my latest album Fire Funmania (link). I am extremely glad they like it. It took me about 18 months to create the songs and even though the initial release came out a month ago the party is only getting started. The cassette, limited German CD and 12″ and merchandise are all forthcoming. I also didn’t forget to let you know the behind the scenes production and song writing wise. I will start tomorrow with “Enter the Sex Game” so stay tuned.

“The songs remain simple, but damn efficient. The Horrorist is a sound wizard confirming his genius on “Starving For You”. The Horrorist has deployed his entire battery of electronic creativity which resulted in a new fascinating and diversified opus.” – Side-Line Magazine

Read the full review: side-line.com/reviews_49252


I am very pleased to let you know Wire to the Ear is featured in this months Engadget Distro! Distro is thier super slick and free iPad magazine. In the interview I discuss Make Noise, TRS-80s, Ableton, Buchla and more. Be sure to download the March 8, 2013 issue and check it out!

“What are you favorite gadget names? There is a modular synthesizer module called…”

Download now: itunes.apple.com/us/app/engadget-distro

Societe Perrier

Yours truly and your favorite blog has been featured on Société Perrier. I do an interview titled Better Know A Blogger: Oliver Chesler of Wire to the Ear. I’m glad all things synth, strange and songwriting is interesting so many people!

“I started the blog in September 2007, so that’s over five years ago. Around that time I was emailing and phoning friends whenever I would see a cool piece of music tech or hear a great song. I realized I was annoying most of them so I decided to put it on a blog and find the people actually interested. I didn’t know…”

Read the full interview: societeperrier.com/oliver-chesler-of-wire-to-the-ear

Photos from France and Spain

I finally had a chance to sort through and post some photos from last week’s live shows in Bordeaux, France and San Sebastian, Spain. Both shows were good but as expected 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. It’s good to know life is going on somewhere! The next live show is in Rotterdam on December 29 at the infamous Herr Zimmerman party!

To see the full photosets click here: Bordeaux and Spain.

“The perfect night for an incredible and crazy 2012 Closing Party in Rotterdam, Factory 010! Herr Zimmerman’s Spanky Wanky Party!!! :-) Very Spezial Guest & Live act! – The Horrorist (New York, USA)” – facebook.com/HerrZimmerman

For more info: thehorrorist.com