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
The Postpunk Project is a Kickstarter for a book I want you to contribute to. Last summer I was contacted by a girl named Andi Harriman. She was looking for 80s photos of goths and related culture. I had a few good photos, out of print magazines and boxes of NYC event flyers. I delivered her some high resolution scans. I’ve been watching the book’s progress and I am pretty impressed. It’s going to be a high quality affair named “Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace” full of never before published images (some highly paid for) and narrative. Pledges that start at $15 get some really interesting gifts including an 83 Ministry 12″ (I Wanted to Tell Her), Goth postcards (remember getting these are record stores?), the documentary La Peli de Batato, an Alien Sex Fiend 12″, a signed LP from Gavin Friday and Man Seezer of the Virgin Prunes, 7″ from Sisters of Mercy, A signed Vigin Prunes Poster, Clan of Xymox LP from 85, a special digital insert from “Some Wear Leather Some Wear Lace” with additional unpublished photos, Vintage real Winklepickers!… the list goes on including a one of a kind painting from Rikk Agnew (Christian Death, ex-Adolescents). I think it’s important to preserve these photos and stories in a beautiful book. Pledge: click here
UPDATE: Goal reached!!
“The Postpunk Project aims to uncover goths and postpunks that should be displayed on an international level–the original, everyday fans of the scene. Additionally, we aim to highlight bands that shaped the scene but might have been forgotten. Our interviews with original goths and postpunks, and with writers and filmographers of the time enable us to compile a plethora of information on the time period and the scene as accurately as possible. Ultimately, this will result in the curation of a well-designed, high quality art book full of interviews and photographs that carries the name SOME WEAR LEATHER, SOME WEAR LACE. Old and new goth fans will recognize this as a dedication to the legendary line in the a song from Sexbeat–a band that described all the peculiar sides of the ’80s ‘goth’ scene.” – The Postpunk Project
This song Bulbform by Toronto based band Trust is pretty cool. I like the vocal melody and the synth lines that follow it. The junoesque pad at the intro and break surely peaked my interest.
“Trust were formed in Toronto by Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski in 2009, and their dark, sexy music fuses spooky witch house atmospheres and four-on-the-floor techno beats. In 2011, Sacred Bones released the duo’s first two 7” singles, “Candy Walls” and “Bulbform.” – Tunes Biography
I will be performing on October 29, 2011 in Manhattan at Bardot Heights for SMack!’s annual Halloween Fetish Ball. I like to pick my NY events carefully and I didn’t hesitate to say yes to this one. Things are sure to get very freaky at this notorious party. I have a few new songs I can’t wait to perform. Also on the menue is The Xxxorcist w/Joanna Angel, The Ludovico Technique and more. Come and get scary with us!
“SMack! is New York City’s Premier Multimedia Fetish Play Party. NYC’s Longest running Fetish Event, we’ve been setting the trends since 1996, and after 15 years worth of events, we’re still pushing the envelope with new Performers/Models/Fashion Shows, cutting edge music/DJ’s, VJ’s /video artists/projections, play equiptment/machines, Dungeon Play Space/Dominatrix Hosts…” – smack-fetish.com
This weekend I returned to Denver, Colorado to perform for a second time. The event was called Gasmasquerade due to the fact show goers were advised to incorporate gas masks into their scare wear. The club called Tracks was in the warehouse district and is normally a gay club. It’s got a good sound system and is decked out with some very nice lighting effects, an LED message wall and disco balls galore. As you can see from the photos this was a full on gothic party. Dave “Vendetta” the promoter has finessed the scene in Denver for many years so when he tells people to come out they do so. I thoroughly enjoyed my entire time there including my stay at the purposely strange in a good way theme floored Curtis hotel. Thanks to everyone who came out and it was good to meet a lot of you after the show.
“The Goths were an East Germanic tribe of Scandinavian origin who played an important role in the history of the Roman Empire after they appeared on its lower Danube frontier in the third century.” – Wikipedia
When I was a teenager I lived in an alternate world obsessed with music. The clothes I wore and the music was a large part of who I was. Sometimes youth and music can take humans beyond what is normally accepted as rational behavior. Apparently two Russian goths named Maxim Golovatskikh and Yury Mozhnov killed a 16 year old girl and fed her to a lodger. Here’s the story…
“Two Russian men, goths as you can see above, are accused of chopping up a 16-year-old girl and serving her with potatoes to a lodger. The trial has now been postponed after the juror had to be excused while examining photographs of student Karina Barduchian after her death. Maxim Golovatskikh and his friend florist Yury Mozhnov, both 20, drowned 16-year-old Karina Barduchian in a bath, then carved up her body and served her meat with potatoes to a lodger. The lodger, Ekaterina Zinovyeva, told the court in St Petersburg they had a party with their Goth friends on the night of the murder in January, 2009. Karina, who was in love with Golovatskikh, stayed the night, she said. ” – side-line.com
Has music ever made you do something you regretted later?
For more of the story and a Chinese reenactment head to: side-line.com
ReGen is a USA based EBM, Synthpop and Goth magazine. Since last October (2009) they have been putting out a free one hour mix of music. I like to grab it and scan through the audio to pick out a gem here and there. Where’s my black nail polish?
“An hour of the best in industrial, goth, EBM, synthpop and alternative and electronic music, downloadable every Monday provided by ReGen Magazine.” – regenmag.com