Last month I did a DJ set at Bossa Nova in Bushwick for Synthicide. The night ended up being really packed and went on in full until 4AM. If your driving, at work or just drunk in your house give it a listen and let me know if you liked it! It starts off with DJ Andi, then my set (The Horrorist) then Frankie Teardrop.
“For this special (birthday) edition of SYNTHICIDE, I’m bringing back some of my favorite DJs for an encore!” – Synthicide
The greatest acid house track of all time is Acid Tracks by Phuture. They have never played in NYC. That changes tonight as they will take the stage in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at Verboten.
“Yes there may have been Acid recordings before Phuture – Acid Tracks but this is the one that really propelled the Acid style in chicago clubs, this was originally created and played at the music box by Ron Hardy in 1985 2 years before its release… and they don’t come better than this” – Leroy Skibone
Here is my (The Horrorist) DJ Set (link) from Sunday’s event called Synthicide! It was at Bossa Nova in Bushwick, Brooklyn. I played a mix of classic and new EBM and New Beat. It was DJ Andi’s event; she DJed and also booked DJ Stalagmike of the Pyramid Club’s Defcon party. They are both true classic EBM music lovers so it was a true time machine in there! I had a wicked time and I will be DJing again soon in NYC. A ton of live shows kick off in Italy in a couple of weeks and a new special EP I did is about to be revealed. A full set of photos from Synthicide II: click here
1. Negative Leaders (The Horrorist remix) – Millimetric
2. I Sit On Acid (Original) – Lords of Acid
3. Over And Over feat. Radical G – Neon Electronics
4. War Beat – Bassline Boys
5. TANZEN – Tragic Error
6. Moving Hand – The Klinik
7. Slogan (David Carretta mix) – Millimetric & Riot Miloo
8. Ponyhof (Vocal Mix) – Thomas P Heckmann, Knarz
9. RAGE (Original Mix) – Terence Fixmer
10. Grip of the Cobra (unreleased mix) – The Horrorist
11. Tanzmaschine (Original Mix) – Thomas P Heckmann
12. Soul On Soul – System F, Marc Almond
13. Kind Der Nacht (Original Mix) – Knarz
14. Join in the Chant (Thomas Heckmann mix) – Nitzer Ebb
15. Is There an Exit? – Absolute Body Control
16. Ein Neuer Tanz – Jäger 90
17. Kung I Drift – Adolf Filter
18. Nacht Arbeit – Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft
19. White Lies – CLAPS
I (The Horrorist) am DJing tonight at the Bossa Nova Civic Club in Bushwick (1271 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11221). I will be playing a mix of EBM, synthpop, coldwave, techno and just plain weird things. Other DJs tonight include John Fell Ryan, J Slusher, Derek Rush and Agressiva will perform live.
“Don’t expect to find any reclaimed-wood tables or cocktails served in Mason jars at this Bushwick hole-in-the-wall. Former rave promoter John Barclay opened this 1,900-square-foot club as an antidote to the rampant twee artisanalization of North Brooklyn. See, you don’t come to Bossa Nova to twist your mustache; you come here to drink and dance, though not in that unce-unce-unce megaclub kind of way. A tropically themed bar (think banana-leaf wallpaper and strategically placed pineapples) lubricates the young and festive with $6 drafts and $9 cocktails; there’s pumping techno and house-leaning jams via a stellar sound system.” – nymag.com
Friday night I did a DJ set at the Wreck Room in Bushwick. Bushwick has been transforming from a war zone to partly artist area for a while. Arriving on the block of the venue it reminded me of going out in the East Village in the late 80s. The Wreck Room is awash in red lights and graffiti with a long bar as soon as you enter. The sound system is wack as in not much bass but it’s loud enough and distorts in a way that feels more punk than just plain cheap. While I have been making DJing mixes for a long time I rarely play as a DJ out. I’ve been solely focused on my live act but this event signals a push to add DJ gigs to my overall repertoire. In fact I purposely didn’t promote Friday night because I wanted a warm up gig. I plan on playing a few different styles depending on where I can play. Im working on an old school EBM set and an cold wave obscur synthpop set. The first style I have ready is purely techno. You can hear about 30 minutes of what I did on Friday on Mixcloud (link). Track selection is really important to me and I’m spending a huge amount of time finding not only what I like but tracks that fit a certain danceable mindset. DJing and playing live feel and are very different to me. However, I do have an F1 Controller (like a little Monome) and I plan on deconstructing some of my own songs and playing them “live” in my DJ sets too. Thanks for Josh, Bill Kraemer and the others who played with me (Shawn O’ Sullivan & SSPS). To see more photos from the event on flickr: click here
“Outside, the streets bump and buckle like 1980s Beirut but inside, thanks to car part light fixtures, a pressed-tin ceiling and the rose brocade wallpaper, this cavernous, bare-brick space conjures up an atmosphere of languid libertinism that’s more like 1890s New Orleans. As the name suggests, Wreck Room is something akin to a punk-rock community center: A pool table offers stimulation on those rare nights when DJs aren’t spinning slinky industrial jams or when bands aren’t playing gritty trash rock. During the latter nights (mostly weekends), a double-doored buffer confines the din to the back room with its delightfully over-the-top tropical mural and thereby leaves the eerily indistinguishable boys and girls in black T-shirts to their earnest, tallboy-fueled conversations about the art of making ‘zines.” – nymag.com
Last night I went to Control in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to see Dan Snazelle demo his SnazzyFX Eurorack modules. Of all the demos I’ve seen so far this was the best. He’s really into it and spent a solid two hours showing how to use is stuff in musical contexts. After seeing it in action I know I really want a Chaos Brother. It creates random gates and more but in a really useful way. He had it hooked up to a DPO’s strike with some Tiptop drum modules as a back beat and it was instant Berghain (infamous Berlin nightclub). The Dreamboat was similar but faster and more chaotic. The Dronebank is a simple module designed solely to make drones. It’s six triangle oscillators and in person it’s quite wantable. Wow & Flutter mutates your incoming signal sort of like tape. Lastly there’s the Ardcore module. This module is a chameleon which loads programs via USB. There are about 60 to choose from right now. You can have things such as a bit-crusher, arpeggiator and even a drum machine. Dan mentioned he will be doing a run of modules with “normal” faceplates later this summer. As usual Daren & Jonas (the owners of Control) were great hosts. If you’re in the NY area you really owe it to yourself to visit.
“The Chaos Brother is a new modulation module full of enough options and knobs to keep it interesting no matter where you decide to use it. It all starts with the CHAOS knob, when turned all the way to the left, you get repetitive, tame oscillations like you would find in a basic LFO. Start turning the knob to the right and the Chaos ensues.” – snazzyfx.com
Dan from SnazzyFX will be demoing his Eurorack Modules tonight at Control (416 Lorimer St. Brooklyn, NY 11206). I am pretty interested in what these modules can do. Bring some beer and see you there! 6-8PM
“Our second spring event begins tomorrow night with Dan Snazelle of Snazzy FX. He will be discussing his current and future line of modules and effects.” – ctrl-mod.com
Last night I stopped by the always fun Control in Williamsburg to see a demo of Pamela’s Workout and their new SID chip prototype module. As you can see there was a nice number of highly interested people there. We heard Pamela’s doing some nice swing steps on a Tiptop Cowbell (my choice of course). We also heard the new upcoming SID module. It’s has multiple oscillators, a filter, noise, ring modulator and more with CV controls. My ears were happy when it did some 80s style pulse width modulation. I really enjoy these little get togethers. To see a few more photos visit the flickr set: click here
“Control is an independent synthesizer brick & mortar shop located in the South Williamsburg Neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. We specialize in Eurorack Modular, with a passion for vintage traditional and unusual eccentric electronic devices both analog and digital.” – ctrl-mod.com
Williamsburg Brooklyn has another boutique pro-audio store! Just last month we saw the modular synth shop Control open and now my good friend Dan Physics and his business parter Blue Wilding have opened Audio Power Tools. Dan cut his teeth as a manager at the flagship Guitar Center store on 14th street and now he’s working exclusively with high end stuff. The great thing is they will let you try before you buy which is important because unless you work in recording studios most people don’t have access to say a Germanium micpre.
“Only the good stuff…with the highest performance, value and support for working pros. Every purchase is a balance of necessity and personal taste. Our “demo-based shopping” helps you make confident decisions.” – Audio Power Tools
Well this is really exciting for me to see! There is a brand spanking new modular synth store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s named Control and the address is 416 Lorimer St. Brooklyn, New York. 11206. They opened yesterday! The website isn’t online yet but you can join their mailing list here: ctrl-mod.com. There’s no doubt you will see me there often.
“Driphouse’s Daren Ho and Jonas Asher have just opened New York’s premier synthesizer boutique. If you’re on the east coast you no longer have to wait for modules to arrive from California, just visit CONTROL in Williamsburg.” – The Sixth Bar