The extended interview I (The Horrorist) did at the Rockerill Festival in Belgium is now online (link) at Reflections of Darkness. I talk candidly about pretty much everything including EBM, New Beat, the 80s, performing live, love, drugs, New York and much more.
“she said: “Let me hear your music” and she did an amazing thing. When she heard my early music, which was all about “I hate this” and “I’m gonna kill you”, she said: “Oliver, this is all about yourself! You were singing about yourself. You hate yourself and you’re singing about it!”
Read the full interview: reflectionsofdarkness.com/horrorist-the-may-2014
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
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
The Horrorist DJ Set – March 8, 2014 – NYC, USA at Defcon by Thingstocome on Mixcloud
Last weekend I did a DJ Set at Defcon. Defcon is run by D.J. Stalagmike. There are three things that make Defcon special. First, it’s a true old school EBM event. You won’t hear cybergoth here. Mike has very good taste playing New Beat, Scarecrow and things like that. Second, Defcon takes place in one of the oldest running classic venues: The Pyramid. The Pyramid has been around since the 1979 and was host to some of the best drag/gay parties throughout the 80s. Finally, Mike has managed to make this an every Saturday event for a long time. To create a long running classic EBM event in North America is something to be noted. I was very pleased to be asked to play there. I posted my mix below for you to hear in full! As I played music I was screaming and sweating quite a bit. A tradition at Defcon is apparently drinking something called Black Haus. I did my best not to vomit with each shot. This stuff really tastes like paint thinner. Dj Andi did two amazing sets. She runs the Synthicide night and for someone in her 20s blows my mind with her obscure 80s music knowledge. Mike DJed for the rest of the night. Several times I had to run to the DJ booth to find out what he was playing. I couldn’t stop dancing to either of their sets. I had a chance to meet Jean Lorenzo (who was sporting a nice Petra Flurr T-Shirt) who records some nice hardware only synth/gothpop under the name Silent Em. I also met with old friends Reade Truth and Kreestof. In the late 80s and early 90s there was no place greater for music than NYC. Lately it’s cool and fun factor has really been on the rise. Heimat!
“The Pyramid Club is a nightclub in the East Village of Manhattan, New York City. After opening in 1979, the Pyramid helped define the East Village drag and gay scenes of the 1980s. The club is located at 101 Avenue A in Manhattan.” – Wikipedia
For more info: facebook.com/pages/Defcon-NYC-Industrial
Last weekend I performed in Bologna, Italy with my good friend Gabri Negro (aka Richter). It was for a guy named Carlos who runs the de facto S&M/goth event in all of Italy called Decadence. I performed there a few years ago. At that show I was surprised and excited to meet Eric Van Wonterghem of The Klinik and Absolute Body Control. I unfortunately also saw one of the most bizarre “sex” acts of my life. I saw a girl shave off a guys eyebrow and then eat it. Sadly I still remember that. So when Carlos said hey it’s time for another show I said ok knowing I may see some new things. I was right. For this years Decadence they moved the event to an indoor swimming pool. There was a long line to get in and I had to make my way through a dungeon/maze of small sex rooms before I got to the pool and stage area. The pool was really large with a bridge crossing the center to a jacuzzi. It was as hot an humid as you can imagine. Everyone was either head to toe patent leather or completely naked. The room was packed and there were quite a few people swimming and having sex. My friend Luca was DJing some cybergoth type of stuff (Combichrist) and I set up next to another band. It didn’t get past me that I was setting up about two feet from the edge of the water. The band who played before me was called Wormz and they were really good. They had two vocalists and a guy behind some machines. They two vocalists moved forward and back together in proper EBM style with heavy distortion on their voices. Carlos came into the room and DJed for about 30 minutes and then it was showtime. I really enjoyed playing there. I ran all over the room with my light screaming, sweating and dancing. My favorite part was going on the bridge over the pool and dancing with some serious freaks. The second to last song my 220V extension cord attached to my 500W light dropped into the pool and there was a huge zap and then lights out. Keep in mind this was a large room full of people in and out of a swimming pool. With great luck I didn’t kill anyone. I suspect some of the people in the pool won’t be able to have children. The lights came back on and I did a quick encore and had to run out of there. My flight to Naples was just a couple of hours away so I raced off to shower and repack the equipment. I saw a few photographers in the room so I really hope to get a few more photos. When I do I will add them here. Thanks for Gabri for his help and Carlos for being so daring to do something like this. Unforgettable again! To see the full set of photos: click here
“Oliver Chesler è un dj, produttore e film maker americano. Conosciuto con vari pseudonimi, tra le sue collaborazioni spiccano Chris Liebing, Depeche Mode e the Cure.” – Decadence
For more info: decadence.cc
The Horrorist DJ Set – February 2, 2014 – Synthicide II – Bushwick, Brooklyn at Bossa Nova by Thingstocome on Mixcloud
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
The Horrorist DJ Set – December 11, 2013 – Bushwick, Brooklyn at Bossa Nova by Thingstocome on Mixcloud
Here is my (The Horrorist) DJ Set (link) from last week at Bushwick, Brooklyn’s Bossa Nova club. I played a mix of classic and new EBM and techno. Bossa Nova reminds me of what clubs were like in the East Village in the 80s. It’s in a slightly bad neighborhood (changing quickly) with a mix of local and trendy people. Anything goes there and it does.
1. Addiction (Dog House mix) – Skinny Puppy
2. Impurities (Equitant Remix) – Kontravoid
3. Until Death (Us Do Part) – Front 242
4. Neuen Strassen – Metro Pakt
5. We Believe (LP Version) – Ministry
6. Here Comes the Storm (Carretta & Workerpoor rmx) – Radical G & The Horrorist
7. Shockwave (Gesaffelstein Remix) – The Hacker
8. En Partance – Le Syndicat Electronique
9. Wet & Shiny (Hell’s 2013 Rework) – The Horrorist
10. No Shuffle – Front 242
13. Tarantula (original master002) – Radical G
14. Lucrecia My Reflection – Vampire Lust
15. Murderous (Phil Kieran Remix) – Nitzer Ebb
17. Heiliger Bimm Bamm (Original Mix) – Johannes Heil
18. Wie Du – Jäger 90
19. Into the Light – Absolute Body Control
20. O Mineiro (Der Bergmann) – U.M.M.
21. Biba Butzermann – Petra Flurr + Modernista
26. Cardinal Newman – Nervous Gender
For more info: mixcloud.com/thingstocome
/\: How To Destroy The DanceFloor :/\ a MiniMal/TeKnO/EbM Mix by Deathbat on Mixcloud
I met DJ Deathbat at two of my live shows in France. His new mix “How To Destroy The DanceFloor” includes tracks from Tobias Bernstrup, DAF, The Mover, The Horrorist, Gesaffelstein, Tragic Error, Front 242 and more. Im Rhythmus Bleiben!!
“DEATHROCK / BATCAVE / (POST-) PUNK / MINIMAL / EBM / OLDSCHOOL FRENCH DJ” – Deathbat
For more info: mixcloud.com/deathbat
Earlier this year I performed in Barcelona. One the highlights was listening to the club owner’s (Omar Leon) DJ set before I went on. I had no idea I was among musical friends so when I heard his mix of classic EBM and some New Beat records I hadn’t heard since the late 80s I was thrilled. I was again pleased this week when Omar sent his mix so here it is for everyone to listen to!
“”Adolf is only sleeping…” (Opening for The Horrorist)” – Omar Leon
For more info: soundcloud.com/omar-leon
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