This weekend I performed at the infamous Rockerill Festival in Charleroi, Belgium. Charleroi is about 40 minutes from Brussels. People from Belgium call it their version of Detroit. It is a very industrial looking city with huge factories and crumbling buildings. I was lucky to be picked up from the airport by two of the artists that were performing: Elzo Durt & Singularity (Raul Borges). To my great joy Front 242 was playing on the car ride. Being in Belgium that was exactly the right start to what would be an incredible weekend.
Rockerfill takes place in massive abandoned factory complex. It’s several super sized rooms with very high ceilings made of concrete and steel. When I arrived DjPute-Acier was playing. He did an incredible EBM/Techno set. The link to that set is below. Be sure to take a listen to it and I noticed that Download is enabled to grab it while you can. The sound system was sharp and clear and was slightly echoing off the massive room’s walls. I had some good friends show up including Ethan Fawkes and Lady Lupa. Downstairs metal bands performed in a packed room with balconies surrounding it. I could barely squeeze over the edge to see down at the madness. I was pretty shocked when I was told that was the stage I would be playing on!
I took the stage and soon after mind stopped thinking about my day job, love life, Tiffy, NYC, the spring flowers. Those images disappeared and off I went screaming in the night. At one point I stepped into the crowd and a was lifted into the air. For about five minutes I was tossed around dropped, picked up again and somehow ended up back on stage mic and light in hand wholly unbruised. The night went long into the next day. At 44 years old I crowd surfed for the first time and yet that probably wasn’t even the close to the most interesting thing I did that weekend. Until next time Belgium!
“The Horrorist & Minimum Syndicat ont tout déchiré, c’est comme si j’y étais encore!” – Frédéric Dem
For more info: rockerill.com
Here’s a cover of Depeche Mode’s song To Have and to Hold. The Korg Volcas and Arturia Microbrute help out. From the greatest album of all time Music for the Masses.
“I need to be cleansed, It’s time to make amends. For all of the fun. The damage is done.” – Depeche Mode
For more info: depechemode.com
This weekend I will perform in Charleroi, Belgium at the famous Rockerill Festival! On Saturday night I will take the stage with not only electronic musician but those also holding guitars and banging on real drums. I have interviews set up for Reflections of Darkness and MusicZine. I am very excited to play at this one and have a lot of friends meeting me there. If you can make it you won’t be disappointed!
“Hello the Kids! The Rockerill Festival will open soon 18 h exposure serigraphs in Forges: 9 artists who made the most pockets pockets vyniles recent months … Then two scenes, 5 rock bands Garage-punk-psyche from the two labels organizers Rockerill Records and Teenage Menopause (Brussels-Paris); After the concert, we go to electro, techno, acid and all night long!” – rockerill.com
For more info: rockerill.com and facebook.com/events/480932
Yesterday I stopped by Control in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to see Peter Kirn demo his upcoming MeeBlip ANODE synthesizer. The MeeBlip ANODE has digital oscillators, an analog filter, envelope, MIDI, and an LFO. You may be thinking what’s the big deal. Well the ANODE is very inexpensive (a little over $100), small and most importantly sounds very good. It’s also open source and by grabbing one you support Peter who with his blog Create Digital Music has given a huge amount to the pro-audio community over the years. When I arrived it was hooked up with a tasty P3 Sequentix sequencer and Korg Volca Beats. I quickly ran home and grabbed my new Roland TB-3 to hear it sequence the MeeBlip too. The MeeBlip/TB-3 combo sounded quite good and I was glued to their knobs for a good thirty minutes.
“Combining an analog filter with unique digital sound sources, all in an easy-to-understand, compact sound package, MeeBlip anode is synth hardware anyone can enjoy immediately. anode is part analog, part digital, capable of producing a range of uniquely aggressive, bass-heavy sounds. And inspired by the best classic synths of the past, getting your hands on that sound is always simple, direct, and intuitive. Simply plug in a keyboard, computer, iPad (via adapter), or controller via the MIDI port to play notes. Then, adjust sounds via knobs and switches – you don’t need to navigate a single menu. Its digital side reproduces the sound and architecture of classic synthesizers, but with an emphasis on adding personality, especially in the low end. Its all-new analog filter with resonance can range from smooth to raunchy – perfect for shaping sound or making squelchy basslines.” – meeblip.com
For more info: meeblip.com
It’s really important to go out and hear live music. Last night I went to Silent Barn in Brooklyn to see die Reihe, Roe Enney, Debbie DJs Dallas and Trogpite. I’m personal friends with Jack (die Reihe) and Rachelle Rahme (Roe Enney) yet I never saw either of them perform. It was good to see the bands bring a lot of vintage equipment out including some tape machines. Jack even brought a ladder with him. Take a listen and enjoy some photos and be sure to search and follow these bands. For the full photo set: click here
“A night of bright lights & shining stars!” – Bánh Mì Verlag
For more info: facebook.com/events/833249596690400
If I could I would own every drum machine ever created. Here’s a new one based on Roland’s TR-606 from Acidlab called Drumatix. I really love all the products Klaus creates. You can read an interview I did with Klaus from 2009: here. Coming soon.
“Analog Drummachine based on the circuits of the 606 with additional sounds and parameters.” – acidlab.de
For more info: acidlab.de
This my friends seems like a must have combination. For less than $700 you get a truly killer bassline monster.
“waldorf rocket sequenced by roland aira tb3 effects come from the mc808 in the beginning i used a little reverb later some more effects. this is just an example nothing special tb3 volume is turned down so all you hear is the waldorf rocket damn i really love the rocket great little synth.” – bananepoep
For more info: waldorf-music.info and rolandus.com
Delectro – Corrupted Electro Techno Set – 28-03-14. by Delectro on Mixcloud
Here’s a great new DJ Set from Colombian artist Delectro titled Corrupted Electro. There’s a lot of Things to Come Records, The Horrorist, Stamba, Ionic Vision, Millimetric and more on this one!
“die ganze nacht” – Ionic Vision
For more info: mixcloud.com/Delectro/delectro-corrupted-electro
TipTop Audio has released another in their line of Roland TR-808 modules for the Eurorack system. I own all of them so far and they are all stellar. I believe I read Gur used to repair or clone real 808s so he really knows what he is doing. This time the Rimshot and Clav are covered in the new RS808 module. The sound is right and besides the flexibility of being in the modular environment the module has slightly more variation than the original.
“The RS808 is the TR-808’s analog Rimshot and Clavs sound generator in Eurorack format. It’s a low-cost module that brings back that classic sound, but with even more variation and control, continuing to expand your Tiptop Audio modular drum machine. The RS808 comes with two switches that give a total of 4 different positions: two are the classic Rimshot and Clavs sounds as found on the original, and two are unique to the RS808 module adding a range of snappy “click” sounds the circuit is capable of producing. Two control knobs were added, each have different effect for the selected sound. In general, these controls can be categorized as Pitch and Snap as they control the frequency of the oscillator and decay of the envelope generator. The RS808 is an exact reproduction of the original circuit which sounds like a fresh machine coming off the assembly line back in the 80’s.” – tiptopaudio.com
For more info: tiptopaudio.com/rs808
I performed in Zwickau, Germany on March 15, 2014 at Club Seilerstrasse. The event was called Home Sick 2. This was the first of 4 live shows I would do in a week where I would stay in the Leipzig area. To be honest so much has happened and I’ve had so little sleep since then it’s hard to remember all the details of this extreme evening. After working most of the day on Friday I flew off to Leipzig. It’s a overnight flight and for the first part of the trip I was put in the Westin. The hotel was really nice with a great pool, bar and lobby. I managed to get a few hours sleep and then was picked up for the hour drive to Zwickau. East German hard techno events are great. People are there to go insane. No one stops moving all night and the next day. Anyone who isn’t dancing like a freak is DJing or MCing. I have a great video of everyone on stage taking turns screaming assorted things all through the early morning. There’s a guy named Tom from Amplidudez who is the ring leader of this screaming. I played a few new tracks I did the week earlier. Of course there’s more to he story but you’re going to have to come in person to one of my shows and attach yourself to me to ever know the truth. Stay tuned for photos, videos and words from the Lodz (Poland), Sky Club Leipzig and Laucha shows! To see the full photo set: click here
“Homesick is back! Nach der großartigen ersten Veranstaltung im Oktober kommt es am 15. März zur Neuauflage von Homesick und gleichzeitig feiert Triebton 3-jähriges Agenturbestehen. Dazu haben wir uns tolle Acts in die Geburtstagsrunde geholt, die sich die Ehre geben. Ganz vorn dran gratuliert die New Yorker Techno-Ikone The Horrorist! Vielen ein Begriff durch “One Night in New York City”, gibt er eine kleine Tour durch Ost-Deutschland, die am 15.03. bei uns in der Seilerstraße 1b startet. Weitere Gratulanten der Nacht sind Alec Troniq & Gabriel Vitel, Reche & Recall, Ron Flatter, AmpliDudez, Sugar D., Derron S., Klirrfaktor & Kammerflimmern, D-Effekt und Bastian B.! Alle weiteren Infos erfahrt Ihr natürlich hier im Event oder auf den Pages Club Seilerstraße und Triebton. “One Night in Zwickau City!”.. wir freuen uns auf Euch!” – Club Seilerstraße
For more info: facebook.com/events/241267999380940