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The Horrorist Live in NYC 2014!

The Horrorist Live in Brooklyn 2014 with Jay Serken!

Vomito Negro Live in Brooklyn, NYC 2014!

Nervous Gender Live Brooklyn NYC 2014!

Love Pig w-FBI Warning Live Brooklyn NYC 2014!

Last Friday night I threw and event in Brooklyn at the Cameo Gallery. I (The Horrorist) performed and I also booked the Belgian EBM band Vomito Negro, pioneering LA Synthpunk band Nervous Gender and local band Love Pig. I also had DJs Andi, Blackwidow and Reade Truth. Lastly, I had a merchandise and vinyl collectable’s table set up and run by Athan Maroulis. Athan was in the bands Executive Slacks, Spahn Ranch and currently Nior. He also worked at Metropolis Records and has the best record booth at the Brooklyn Record Flea each year so he knew what to bring!

While I perform live and DJ myself all the time this is only the 4th event I have ever done myself. The first two were in the early 2000s. One at CBGBs which got a lot of press for being one of the first techno parties at the legendary spot. The other was at a venue called Club Fun in Chinatown. The event at Fun was amazing because all 4 walls were full video screens. The third event was just this summer in Berlin. It was an EBM DJ event called Blitzlicht. The event last week was the biggest and most ambitious I’ve done.

I wanted a small interesting venue with a good stage in Brooklyn. I live in Brooklyn now and it’s more interesting these days as far as nightlife than Manhattan. Cameo Gallery was perfect and Jify the owner was easy to work with. The size, stage, sound and backstage all met my needs. They are used to hosting many bands in a night. They had a great sound guy Brendan who helped us set up Vomito’s electronic drum kit, find Euro power adapters (last minute!) and batteries for my cordless mic. They also have a small restaurant attached to the venue and since it was raining it was easy for the bands to grab a bite without getting wet and disappearing. The cherry on top is that Cameo currently has a wonderful art installation on it’s ceiling. It’s a thousand white “spikes” hanging from above the stage and over the crowd. When they light it up either with a moving wave pattern or solid color it’s really over the top.

I’ve known DJ Blackwidow since the 90s. When I met her she was dating a friend of mine Eddie who worked for TVT Records. TVT distributed a techno label I did a few releases for (Mokum) and they also had recently purchased Wax Trax. Blackwidow threw her own events in Brooklyn and when I had a music studio on N. 4th & Berry she did a small goth/EBM event at Teddy’s Bar & Grill on the same block. At the time she asked me if I would DJ but back then I was purely just making music. Year’s later I performed a small show for her in Philadelphia. A friend who throws events here brought her up in conversation as someone to spin for this and it seemed perfect to give back a gig to her. She’s been to Wave Gotik Treffen more than once and dresses the part (let’s just say she looks goth!). I knew she would set the stage for the night esthetically. Incredibly she brought a purple laser with her and set it up! She played two great sets of classic EBM.

Bossa Nova Civic Club is a tiny bar and dancefloor in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It probably is the single reason people even started going to Bushwick for fun and making the area “cool”. It’s a mix of dealers, hipsters and good music. It has an 80s alphabet city bar vibe to it. One night I was there and a guy named Rogelio Ramos was performing live. There was only a few people in the club. He set up right on the dancefloor. A few synths and drum machines right directly on the on the floor. With a strobe light, microphone he sat on his knees and belted out a weird and amazing set. It was kinda like Soft Cell but not. I had to meet him and after a quick chat I discovered he called his music Love Pig. He had another band FBI Warning and with that band member they took the stage at Cameo. They had a Roland Juno-60, Roland SH-101 and MFB Tanzbar drum computer. Who brings such amazing equipment to a live show? Rogelio’s head was wrapped like a terrorist and FBI Warning played and amazing set of melodies and drum sequences. Rogelio belted out some hyper sexual lyrics and swayed back and forth in the same vein. They were amazing and I was so glad to put them in front of a packed crowd.

There is a movie from 1979 called Breaking Away. It’s about a young man in a small mid-west town so obsessed Italian bicycle racing that he speaks and pretends to be Italian. DJ Andi is like that but replace Italian bicycle racing with Belgian New Beat. She knows every record, every producer and practices DJing all day long. Not only is she obsessed with the genre and loves anything Belgian but inside this tiny genre she chooses specifically the New Beat with Egyptian melodies to go on and on about. Therefore, to know her you know the term “Begyptian”. This is all coming from a person who is so young she was listening to Hanson when the New Beat scene was alive in the 80s. She performed two meticulously perfect sets.

It was my turn. I won’t review myself but I will tell you I had so much fun on stage. I’ve made a lot of new friends in NY since I performed last here so it was great to let them see what I actually do. My current show is set up with a Roland TR-8 and Arturia Minibrute controlled by long time friend (and fellow Depeche 101 kid) Jay Serken. I control Ableton and of course vocal duties. The highlight of the show was when Matt Moran (Satronica) came on stage and sang Metal Man with me. I use a 500W light as a “prop” along with video in sync with the sequences. I’ve been working on a new album for a long time now. I feel like I’ve done 2-3 new albums already and have thrown them away. I want the new album to be very “EBM” but as an American it’s not an easy task so lots of finished songs are going into the garbage bin. I was pleased to here cheers after I did a live version of DAF’s Der Mussolini. In fact the main reason for perform it was to test the sounds in the track!

Speaking of EBM let’s talk about the band who performed who helped create the genre! Vomito Negro took the stage around midnight. They had never performed in NYC before. Gin Devo on vocals. Sven Kadanza on electronic drums. I whole heartedly believe we are on the cusp of a lot of new genre specific music that is as good or better than the 80s stuff it tries to be. Vomito Negro has already started that trend. Earlier this year I was listening to a DJ set on Mixcloud and a song played. It sounded familiar yet new. I had to know what it was. After some research I discovered it was a new song from Vomito Negro called Obsession. I couldn’t believe it. Soon I found another new track by Vomito called Enemy of the State. And there it was: A new EBM song as good as or better than any old one. It’s been a long time waiting for something like that. There show was dark. Gin belted out track after track while Sven stood aggressively pounding the kit. They rarely looked at each other. True EBM in NYC.

Let’s re-write history. We need to change the record books. Nervous Gender should be known as large a pioneering band such as Kraftwerk or Throbbing Gristle. They were making and performing with synthesizers synthpunk music starting in 1978! Not only were they first they were wicked. Like most new music I find I found them on Youtube. I was doing my usual playing and clicking and a song came on called Cardinal Newman. Since that day I must have played that song a thousand times. They never once performed live outside of California… until last Friday. This is a true punk band yet they all love all the same pure electronic music as I do. In the hotel they were playing DAF and using Moog iPad synth apps. The band had a member die and one member Michael had a stroke and has to sit on stage during the performance. Yet being around for a while for this band didn’t mean they needed special treatment. In fact their kind demeanors hid that once they got on stage they were there to blow everyone away (and they did). Edward Stapleton’s vocals are truly punk. He’s Irish and was raised in a strict religious school full with god and beatings and oh boy can you hear it. Joe Zinnato on synth and vocals backs up Edwards screams and at one point switched places with Edward as lead singer. Tammy Fraser stood on synth actually reading musical notes on paper! Michael who I afore mentioned sat at a small table controlling the computer. At the soundcheck I joked to a friend that he looked like he was going to do all our accounting. I ate my words because on stage the accountant look turned to full on super villain. Hunched over the table Michael sat with one eye partially closed, a light coming up from below surrounding my three other punk maniacs screaming. Everyone at Cameo was seriously blown away.

To close out the night Reade Truth DJed. Having Reade DJ and end the show brought things full circle for me. Around 1987 my parents got divorced and my mother got a new boyfriend Doug. Every Friday Doug would give me $100 so my brother and I could go record shopping. I never thought about it until recently but now I realize it was to get us out of the house so they could get it on! I guess they did get it on quite a bit because by the time I stopped collecting records around 1992 I had over 5,000. A good portion of those records I bought at Vinylmania, Record Runner, Discorama, St. Mark’s Sounds, Tower and Groove. Reade worked at Groove and recommended a lot of what I bought. His own vinyl collection is around 10,000. He still plays music from back then that I have to run up to the DJ booth to ask what it was. In fact even on Friday I did just that. No one else could have had that last slot of the night.

I will say it was a lot of work. Everyone including myself, Cameo, the bands and hotel gave a discount and worked extra hard to make the event free. The love of music. To see the full set of photos including some press about the show: click here

“Chesler performed as The Horrorist during the December 5th show, delivering a blistering set of pounding, aggro industrial.” – The Brad Lebeau Company Inc

For more info: facebook.com/events/640798396029276

Radical G on Roland AIRA Gear

Radical G and Roland AIRA1

Radical G and Roland AIRA2

Radical G is one of the absolute best EBM meets techno producers. He’s also a good friend of mine. I was excited to see Roland visited his studio to see how he liked the AIRA line. He agrees with me that Roland has produced some right hardware. Take a quick look at Glenn at work!

“Dark electronic madness by Glenn Keteleer with pounding Rave sounds and techno hooks. No excuses regarding styles, Gloomy atmosphere’s ,Wave & Elektro infuences by legendary bands as TNJ and Front 242 are part of the game” – radicalg.com

For more info: radicalg.com

EBM Blitzlicht Berlin A Full Review

The Horrorist DJ Set in Berlin 2014!

Denard Henry aka Sonic Architect at Blitzlicht!

Adam X & Denard Henry aka Sonic Architect

Petra Flurr DJ Set at Blitzlicht, Berlin!

EBM Blitzlicht!

DJ Death B at Blitzlicht, Berlin!

Aga Wilk & Christian Gjelstrup

About a month ago I threw an event in Berlin called EBM Blitzlicht. I was spending a week in Europe on tour and instead of meeting a bunch of friends at a bar I thought, “let’s all DJ!”. I booked a small basement club near the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) called 1820 Bar. The dance floor sits low in a pit with a cat walk surrounding it. There is a large video screen. During the event I played some videos of 80s goth dance nights. I (The Horrorist) did a DJ set and I booked Petra Flurr, Denard Henry aka Sonic Architect, DJ Death Bat and DJ Andi. Everyone played EBM, New Beat and Industrial. While it’s a small genre everyone had a very different style and played different tracks. Good friends Miro Pajic, Adam X, Aga Wilk & Christian Gjelstrup (77TM), Sid Lamar (Schwefelgelb), Alison Lewis and Pieter Van Der Veg all came out and “getanzt”!. It was great to make some new friends too and as always I can’t wait to visit Berlin again soon.

“The club felt full despite it being mid-week at a niche show: about 150 people came and went, clustering around the sidelines in nefarious conference, eyeing the dancers doing aerobics through smoke machine fog at the center of the room.” – unsceneberlin

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Front 242 at Irving Plaza

Front 242 Irving Plaza

Front 242 Irving Plaza 2

Front 242 Irving Plaza 3

Front 242 Irving Plaza 4

Last night I went to see Front 242 at Irving Plaza in Manhattan. The last time I saw them live was May 6, 1989 at the Palladium. Considering that they are one of my favorite bands of all time it’s strange to me that I have only seen them twice… 25 years apart. When I saw them two and a half decades years ago they were young, skinny, all in black and extremely aggressive. They used Emulator Samplers, analog delay pedals and electronic drums. At that point every single song that they had released I adored with a passion. After Tyranny for You their sound changed and techno took over the landscape. I still worshiped what they had done but wasn’t very interested in their “newer” material. Even though I shunned the new stuff I in fact have probably listened to Front 242’s early music every week of my life since I first heard them.

The love affair started in 1987. At that point in my life I was the worlds biggest Depeche Mode fan. Black Celebration was on heavy rotation. I was in a car with my then girlfriend and she put in a cassette. It was Official Version. As she drove something happened to me. I couldn’t really process what I was hearing but I was being overtaken. I clenched my teeth and squeezed my fists. I never heard anything so dark, mysterious and complicated. I knew what I was hearing was important. Right away I went to record stores trying to finding a 242 release here or there. I remember walking on St. Mark’s Place and seeing a guy wearing the now iconic helicopter 242 shirt. I was fairly shy as a teenager but I went right up to the guy and stopped him. I said, “Oh my god you know about this too!”. Front by Front was released soon after. Reviewing all their work I saw their music vision grow from Geography into this military music machine. I started making my own music and in doing so realized the incredible amount of work that went into each 242 song. I was obsessed with Jean Luc’s mannerisms. They were pure electronic power. They were also my very own. My parents and “normal” friends couldn’t even come close to understanding Front 242 and that was exactly perfect.

I saw a few video clips of late 90s and early 2000s 242 live shows. I saw them gain a few pounds and wearing dayglow yellow. Richard 23 lost the mohawk, sunglasses and even ran for political office in Belgium. I craved an new “old style” 242 track badly. I probably had a dream or two where I even heard one. This concert at Irving Plaza wasn’t put together by a concert promoter in the traditional sense. A small group of DJs who have been keeping the EBM candle alive through the dark years got together to make this happen. They paid for this themselves. That fact and because the band has giving me a large part of the soundtrack for my life made me buy a ticket. So off to Irving Plaza I went. I honestly was expecting to be very disappointed.

I got a lump in my throat when I saw the sign over the Plaza’s entrance. “Front 242 Live”. I did the math. 25 years since I have seen them. You could almost see the Palladium (now a Trader Joe’s) from Irving Plaza. The line was around the block. I joked to my friends that they were asking for ID if people wanted to drink because clearly there was no one under the age of 30 on the line.

Cocksure was the opening band. I went to the Wax Trax popup store in Chicago this summer. Cocksure performed and really blew me away. They had that classic 80s Wax Trax sound. I told people leading up to this that they were going to possibly blow 242 away. They didn’t. Being an opening band is painful. On one hand who would say no to a trip to NYC and open for 242? On the other hand you get less than half the sound of the main act and no one is really there to see you. I still think they are a band to watch but just not last night.

The DJs who brought 242 to NYC played some music. I couldn’t see the DJ booth so I’m not sure who was on but it was a good mix of new and old stuff and a low enough volume that the audience could talk and make some predictions about what they were a few minutes away from seeing. Then a few seconds of quiet, cheers and Patrick Codenys took the stage. He played a minute of beatless music and then Jean Luc DeMeyer and Richard23 ran on stage. What happened next thrilled me. It was Front 242. Electronic Body Music. The two men moved in action just like they did 25 years ago. Massive strobes flashed shadows behind them making them look like giants. It was very clear they were excited to be there and we were in for something really good. Every classic they played blew me away. Surprisingly the newer songs I didn’t know were also great live. The highlight was No Shuffle. As the song played I felt like I was dreaming about how they would do the song far in the future. They crossed each other back and forth on stage without looking at each other. They each took turns as front man. Richard23 traded his small belt held analog delay pedal for some almost psychedelic sounding rack of lush delays. Funk Gaddafi was an experience like watching the “Sprach Zarathustra” time warp scene in Kubrick’s 2001. A funny moment happened during the song Welcome to Paradise when a young person said, “They are singing the samples how cool!”.

I had a great time. Was it as good as seeing them the first time? Of course not. In 89 they were pure, angry and the technology was raw. It was also something completely new. Even the New York Times covered them back then. But one thing is clear in both shows. In 1989 they had something to prove and they did so. In 2014 they had something to prove again and they did it again. They are still Front 242 and I am still in love.

“FRONT 242 < > !!First NYC concert in almost 10 YEARS!!” – Krieg Koncerts/MediaDent/Defcon/Qxts/Nobody?/Dr. Avi/EMP

For more info: front242.com

Wednesday Night Blitzlicht Berlin

EBM BLITZLICHT

If you’re in Berlin tomorrow night (Wednesday, Sept 17) be absolutely sure to come to the 1820 Club! I am throwing an event called EBM BLITZLICHT you don’t want to miss. Petra Flurr, Denard Henry (Sonic Architecht), DJ Death B, DJ Andi and myself (The Horrorist) will all be doing DJ Sets. Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 39-41 Berlin (U2 Rosa-Luxemburg Platz). Join us!!

“A NIGHT OF OLD SCHOOL EBM, NEW BEAT, INDUSTRIAL & SYNTHPUNK!!”

For more info: facebook.com/events/764871263569278

PRESS: Partysan EBM BLITZLICHT

PARTYSAN-BLITZLICHT

EBM_BLITZLICHT-PARTYSAN

German magazine Partysan has mentioned the upcoming EBM DJ night I am throwing in Berlin, Germany with Petra Flurr, Denard Henry Aka Sonic Architect, Dj Death B. And Dj Andi called EBM BLITZLICHT! If you’re in Berlin that Wednesday you must come and hang out!

“A NIGHT OF OLD SCHOOL EBM, NEW BEAT, INDUSTRIAL & SYNTHPUNK!!”

For more info: facebook.com/events/764871263569278

EBM BLITZLICHT

EBM BLITZLICHT

So as I mentioned in a previous post I have a tour coming up in Europe next month. Since I will be stationed in Berlin I decide to throw my own event on Wednesday, September 17th. It will take place at 1820 Club (Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 39-41). The event is called EBM BLITZLICHT and it will be five EBM, New Beat, Industrial, Synthpunk DJ Sets. If you’re in Berlin you must come and hang out! Booked to spin: Petra Flurr, Denard Henry aka Sonic Architect, DJ Death B, DJ Andi and yours truly (The Horrorist).

“A Night Of Old School Ebm, New Beat, Industrial & Synthpunk!!”

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Take One

Front 242 Take One

You can bet I am going to try and buy one of these new red 7-inch Front 242 records when they play live in NYC this September. What I want even more is for the band to go back to their old sound. They know people love the older material. They can pick up where they left off after Tyranny for you. Ok guys? Please?

“Pressed on red vinyl and limited to 500 copies, the 7-inch is the second release from the relaunched Wax Trax! and the first Front 242 release on the label in 25 years. It will be sold only at Front 242?s three U.S. dates — in Tampa, New York and Chicago — this September, according to the label. The single will include a remastered recording of “Take One” performed on Sept. 28, 1984, at Medusas’s in Chicago — the group’s debut American performance — and a version of “Im Rhythmus Bleiben” recorded at the Wax Trax! Retrospectacle concert in 2011.” – slicingupeyeballs.com

For more info: waxtraxchicago.bigcartel.com

Ward 6

I don’t remember how I originally met Father Jeff. He’s a Industrial/EBM/goth DJ in the New York area. It must have been in the late 80s. I’m going to guess he was DJing at the IVY (The Haven) in Connecticut/Westchester or maybe one of the Long Island clubs like Paris NY. It was only a few words and then the 90s happened and I was off in techno land. During that time Jeff started his own night Ward 6. I ran into Jeff recently at the Mad World book release and realized it’s time to check out Ward 6 again. Tonight DJ Stalagmike is playing alongside Jeff. I DJed Mike’s event Defcon at the Pyramid a few months ago. I really like what Mike plays so tonight I’m going for sure. Come and join me for a drink. The Gallery at LPR. 158 Bleecker Street. New York, NY 10012

“WARD 6–Friday, May 16th..!! DJ FATHER JEFF and Guest DJ JET (Cybertron) and Guest DJ STALAGMIKE (Defcon). NEW WAVE-POST PUNK-GOTH-SYNTH-INDUSTRIAL Ticket Giveaways for DE/VISION–NYC Show–5/30!!! WARD 6 first opened on September 8th, 1990. Music to stop your mind from rotting.” – Ward 6

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The Horrorist EBM DJ Set – Freitag Unlimited

I received clearance to repost the DJ Set I did for DI.FM Digitally Imported and Freitag Unlimited on Mixcloud (link) with my other sets. If you don’t already know Freitag is a great label London based record label. I recently remixed a track by Dead Sound for them and it was released on Vinyl. If you don’t know DI.FM just go there now and you can listen to a large selection of electronic music streaming 24/7. It’s very popular in the USA. Since this set wasn’t played live specifically for a crowd I was able to play some more obscure and unique items. Enjoy!

“Standing in the dark watching you glow. Lifting a receiver nobody I know.” – John Foxx

For more info: thehorrorist.com