I am in Berlin this weekend. Friday and Sunday I will be in Berlin hanging with some good friends including Miro Pajic and Petra Flurr. On Saturday I take the train to Magdeburg which is about an hour away. I will be performing at the huge Junimond Festival! It’s a club convention where venue owners from around Europe come to talk about taxes, lighting, sound systems and more. Most importantly they throw a huge event. This year there are 19 areas and 61 DJs/Live Acts! I will be performing some new tracks including my recent collaboration with Haujobb The Dancer (link).
“Das Line up wird wieder super bunt und interessant, die Clubs und Showcases auch mal ausgefallen und in jedem Fall hör- und tanzbar. Nach jetzigem Stand werden sich die Clubs auf 15 Floors vorstellen.” – Junimond Festival
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
Since we are waiting to hear the Roland Aira to see if they will deliver a new TR-808 here’s a classic track featuring the king of drum machines. Perfect High from Peppermint Lounge has the elements of an early 80s new wave track I love. Sad lyrics, meloncholy arpeggiators, pads, stuttering samples, vocoder and a TR-808. Produced by Jörg Burckhardt and written by Matthias Elvers in Germany in 1983
“Because getting high was all he cared to do.” – Peppermint Lounge
Wolfgang Palm the father of PPG and Wavetable synthesis added some 80s videos to his YouTube channel. I really love the one above which shows him at work. You can see the care that went into making the PPGs and it’s in no doubt many are still working today. The accompanying music is also great!
“PPG Company 1984, Production, 10 year anniversary celebration music by Michael Wehr 2009 and from PPG-demo 1983” – Wolfgang Palm
Sushi, Millhouse, The Dold Sistaz. I’ve been repeating those three things over and over in my head every since I left Dortmund a week ago. I performed there for Sascha Blank. People call him Sushi for some reason. He’s the type of guy everyone likes. I’ve mentioned to him if he was a politician he could be president. But he uses his skill to throw wicked techno events and since he invites me to perform I’m fine with that. If you’re American and have never been to a small underground techno event in Europe you really don’t know what your missing. Usually everyone knows each other at these things and forget 12:00-4:00AM nonsense. By the time I arrive on my flight everyone has been already awake 24 hours and they are just getting started. This creates a seriously mental atmosphere at the club. Everyone is covered in sweat and the music is almost always completely psycho. So yeah I like these events but this event in Dortmund was for Sushi’s birthday so I knew it would be special. When I got off the flight a guy named Millhouse picked me up from the airport. He did look like Millhouse from the Simsons. Keep in mind the night before I performed in Newcastle. That show and trip from NYC was already too much for most people. I was operating on about 3 hours sleep. Millhouse is driving a nice Audi and doesn’t own a smart phone. I should have known right there I was in trouble. Sometimes the obvious goes right past a person. The event which had Rod Boltz, Marc Acardipane and others performing during the daylight hours was full. Now lets go back about 5 years ok? I was living in Berlin and at one of my shows I met two sisters name Heikie and Sandra. They wanted to come to Berlin to record in my studio and I agreed. However when it came time for them to come and visit I got cold on the idea. In Berlin I was living a pretty structured life and honestly I didn’t think we liked the same type of music. They got pretty pissed off at me and probably rightly so. They really wanted to make music. About a month before the Dortmund/Sushi birthday event Hekie sent me a message on Facebook. Something like “Hey I’m coming to the event.”. I’m a peacemaker and thought hell I should be nice so we chatted a bit and said Ill see you there. It’s show time and the room I’m playing in fills up with people ready to seriously do this with me. The more energy the crowd has the louder I scream and so it went. I love playing live. I also love hanging out after the show. Hey there’s that guy Millhouse again. So this is the part of the blog post where I can’t actually tell you much. I know that sucks right? I would like to keep my day job and I suppose my family reads this thing from time to time. I’m at Millhouse’s house. The Dold Sistaz are there. I discover that to my amazement they are into 80s Electronic Body Music. Next thing you know I agree to fix my broken promise and we are in my hotel room recording. The room is all orange colored wood and the sun is baking the room. I’ve been sweating non stop since Thursday so whatever. If death comes it will be quick. Air conditioning would have been a good idea. Note to self: put the hotel has to have AC in my rider. Recording vocals in front of someone is difficult. I sit in my studio saying the craziest, lame stuff for hours before I get anything good. The Dold’s just sat down and one after another came up with good stuff. I guess it’s been building up in them for a few years. In the end there’s six completely crazy EBM like tracks with German female vocals on my laptop. I’ll take those into my studio and give them the full proper analog treatment in the coming months and release this to you. Sushi, Millhouse, The Dold Sistaz. To see the full set of photos: click here
“Die HEADLINER an diesem Tage und in der Nacht sind 2 Mannschaften die es in sich haben, 2 Gruppen voller Gegensätze und doch zig Gemeinsamkeiten. 2 Mannschaften die es wert sind befeiert zu werden und mit wunderbarer Musik beschallt zu werden.” – Boltsplatz
I’m finally back from my weekend in Aachen, Germany. A weekend which consisted of 6 trains, 4 flights, 7 hours of layovers and NYC traffic. It was the evening in between it all that made it worth it. Let’s jump back about 6 months. I was performing in Berlin at a very cool event and somewhere towards the end of my set I feel something in my ear. When I play live I’m actually not consciously thinking so much. I am on some sort of automatic haze with lyrics flying out of me and my arms and legs just doing what they do. When I felt something in my ear I noticed it but just kept on going. I mean it was only for a few seconds and after the violation stopped I could still hear so I kept on playing. After the show near the bar a giant punk rock type of guy comes up to me and starts up a conversation. I had a lot of trouble understanding what he was staying and he was aggressively holding me close to him. Soon I realized it wasn’t that he wasn’t speaking english he just wasn’t making too much sense. Then I picked out a few words… “acid” “sorry” “finger” “during” “show” “ear” “sorry”. I stopped him at that point and said loudly it’s ok let’s have a drink. While kind of disgusting the situation was pretty funny because I mean who the hell does something like that and then tells you he did it? Later that night or I guess morning he comes over again. He’s far more coherent now and tells me his name is Michael and he wants to book me in Aachen. I brush it aside thinking he’s not serious. Fast forward a few months and he finds me on Facebook and shows me some of the other bands he wants to book along side of me. They were all so interesting I was in. I love to play live. I really love to play live along other interesting band like acts. The other bands were all synthpunkish and weird so right up my alley. It’s all set up for October. Hurricane Sandy hits NYC all flights are cancelled and I miss the show. My day job had me very busy the end of last year so I set a new date for January 19 knowing it would be cool to spend my Birthday (the 20th) and the release of my next album in Germany.
The club was packed. It’s always important but I really didn’t want to play and half full space on my 43rd birthday right? When I walked in Sid (Knothole) was performing. His live show is amazing. Check out the video I took of him above. He’s got Eurorack modules, fluorescent light tubes, does vocals and sets up in the middle of the dance floor. To top it off the music is good. I got to spend some time with him after the show and well let’s just say he’s pretty out there. I felt in good company. So I take the stage, play new songs and absolutely enjoy myself. I did a few encore tracks and as I’m ending they take my mic the club gets quiet and Michael says some stuff in German and then I hear an acapella… “Happy Birthday to you… Happy birthday to you…” the club chimes in. So yeah the music stops and the club, mostly everyone in there sings me happy birthday. What can a guy say to that? Michael you can stick your finger in my ear anytime you want. Thanks for a night I will never forget and thanks for singing to me! To see the full set of photos: click here
“ERWISCHT! Zu Gast aus New York war nämlich Oliver Chesler, der Mann, der auch unter dem Pseudonym The Horrorist bekannt ist. Da er aus der Hardcore-Techno-Nische kommt, erinnern seine Tracks zwar immer noch stark an Produktionen dieser Art, doch sind sie Songs alltagstauglicher geworden. One Night in NYC ist eines seiner bekanntesten Stücke und führte im Jahr 1996 die deutschen Dance Charts an. Mit dabei war der Kollege David Heyer.” – klenkes.de
I will be performing live tomorrow night (Saturday, January 19) in Aachen, Germany at Autonomes Zentrum on Vereinsstr. 25. I will be celebrating the release of Fire Funmania, my 43rd birthday and checking out some of the other bands. Those bands include Knothole, Walls & Birds, Cyklop 2019, Vomit Heat (Dj Set) and Big Dada P. I met the promoter Michael Hilgers when I performed in Berlin last summer. He’s an interesting person and most importantly has a good eclectic music taste. I will try and make some posts while I am gone!
“This Is Going To Be Legendary! Ohhh Yeah! It S A Birthday Party!” – Michael Hilgers
Dave Gahan and the song People are People star in Volkswagen’s new advertisement. The Golf is VW’s most important car. It shows how freakin huge DM are in Germany. Really huge. My only question is: Why didn’t they use the song Behind the Wheel?
“You have to know people to build the one car — Der Golf. Das Auto. Enjoy the new tv commercial and discover different cover versions of the famous Depeche Mode Song “People are People”. If you look closely, you might spot a celebrity.” – volkswagen.de
One of the most friendly people you can meet in this world is Andreas Schneider. If you go to his synth store in Berlin he will enthusiastically show you all his toys and then set you free to play with everything. When I lived in Berlin I bought a few things when the store was at Alexanderplatz. Now they have moved to Kruezberg and lucky us Musotalk has uploaded a video showing us the new place.
“Our showroom in Berlin .. is called Schneidersladen now at the Kottbusser Tor above ‘Kaisers’ with quite limited opening hours: On Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 2pm til 6pm you are very welcome, wednesdays the showroom is closed (!).”