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
For more info: junimond.net and facebook.com/junimond.festival
I will be performing in Russia this weekend! On Saturday night I will perform at the Moscow Hall (Triumphalnaya 1, Moscow, Russia). The event is called Sonic Impact: The Beginning and other acts include Rob Gee, Angela, Doublee, Antikillah and Guyver. The last time I was in Russia I was a baby so I’m very excited to do this.
“The Horrorist aka Dj Skinhead (Things To Come, Industrial Strength Rec., …) LIVE! – Real name Oliver Chesler. New York musician known for his performances as Live on Hardcore, and the Techno and dark electronics scenes. Musician who does not follow the styles and creates them. Artist with crazy energy and author of such hits as “One night in New York city” and “Extreme Terror”. He did remixes for such stars as Chris Liebing. Presented in Moscow his legendary live performance, combining the whole range of his work from the dark electronics and technology, to the most powerful TerrorCore!” – Sonic Impact
For more info: facebook.com/events/229951670499825
I used to perform in Montreal, Canada quite often. I think it’s the only city in North America that hosts electronic events that give you that party feel you get in Europe. I’ve performed at some of the best spots in Montreal including the Canadian CBGB’s aka Foufounes Électriques and the now huge EBM event the Kinetik Festival. Since it has been a few years I wanted to make the most of the weekend so I decided to do a DJ Set on Thursday, a live show Friday and go to an official afterparty on Saturday. The DJ set was a last minute surprise announcement at a club called Bar Passeport. I was glad to see people there and after I fit my S4 and laptop in a super tiny booth I played a techno EBM set full of Gesaffelstein, TTC remixes and 80s EBM. I will post that set later tonight or tomorrow. I met some proper TTC fans, Maurice Roy the official Horrorist graphic designer and some friends from NYC. The live show the next night was at Le Belmont. During soundcheck I noticed it was a pretty nice/classy venue and it could also hold more than just a few people. When I returned around midnight I was pleased to see the place quite full of freaks. The stage was large and had a full size video wall behind me. I love when promoters get things right. With space to move and scream I had a blast performing. Even with all the stage space I jumped into the crowd a few times. When I wear my helmet people think it’s fun to hit me in the head and Montreal was no different. One guy almost knocked me out. In Montreal nightclubs and bars close early. This weekend that was a good thing because I “had” to attend the official/planned afterparty. After dropping my equipment off and changing out of some very sweaty clothes I found myself in a place I called the “Hippie House”. There was an episode of Mad Men where Don Draper goes to LA and finds himself way out of his element. The Hippie House was that kind of place for me because well it was run by authentic hippies. I met some very deranged non-hippie like people in there too. So just like a PG movie I now close the door on this story and let your imagination do the rest. I had a great time and somehow I feel it won’t be so long before I return to Montreal again. To see the full set of photos: click here
“F.U.B.A.R. Prods en collaboration avec Deadna Prod. présentent: The Horrorist live! Après 5 ans d’absence le conteur, Oliver Chesler, est de retour à Montréal. Le spectacle est appuyé par nos talents locaux.” – facebook.com/events/610785738953351″>FUBAR
For more info: facebook.com/events/610785738953351
I will be performing live this Friday night in Montreal, Canada. The event is officially called “The Horrorist – présenté par F.U.B.A.R. – le 11 octobre”. The venue is Le Belmont (4483 Boulevard St-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec H2W 1Z8). In the early 2000s I performed often in Montreal and I also had a chance to play the first Festival Kinetik. I will be spending a few days there and watchful eyes can expect some surprises. The promoter has and empty private apartment for me in a nice neighborhood and I am spending a few days there. I will also spend some time with my Graphic Designer Maurice Roy. If you come to the show be sure to say hello in person if you can!
“F.U.B.A.R. Prods en collaboration avec Deadna Prod. présentent: The Horrorist live! Après 5 ans d’absence le conteur, Oliver Chesler, est de retour à Montréal. Le spectacle est appuyé par nos talents locaux ::: The Horrorist: Based in New York City, artist Oliver Chesler is a producer and vocalist, as well as the founder of Things To Come Records. He is the brain behind such tracks as One Night In New York City, Hard Step Future Force, Flesh Is The Fever, Mission Ecstasy, and many more! His last appearance in Montreal dates back to the first Kinetik Fest held in 2008, preceded by his performance at Hitched in 2007.” – facebook.com/events/610785738953351″>F.U.B.A.R.
For more info: facebook.com/events/610785738953351
Here’s a tip made for parents that could be very useful for stage musicians. The CNET video above shows how you can make it so you iPad will act as just one app using Guided Access. If you use your iPad on stage I think this is a great idea to ensure the home button and jestures won’t mess you up.
“Learn how to use Apple’s Guided Access feature in iOS to temporarily limit the use of your child’s iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone to a single app.” – CNET
For more info: apple.com/ipad
I will be performing this weekend in Bogota, Colombia! It is my first time to South America and I just can’t wait to land in a new place. I will have internet in my hotel and will be sending updates via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
“LA PRIMERA FIESTA EN COLOMBIA SIN LIMITE DE HORARIO !!! MYHAPPYHOUSE es la casa de todos!!! Y de tu casa te vas cuando quieras!!! Seguro preferirás permanecer feliz en la casa por muchoooo tiempo!!! Mínimo hasta las 12 del dia! Cumplimos un año desde nuestra inauguración y queremos celebrarlo por lo alto con el LIVE ACT de OLIVER CHESLER desde Nueva York, más conocido como THE HORRORIST!!! Productor musical de THINGS TO COME RECORDS, comenzó su carrera en 1989, con hits como One Night in NYC. En el 2004 con su álbum Manic Panic se convirtió en un icono mundial de la música electrónica siendo el número uno de los German Alternative Hun Chuen Ch’Oc art (DAC). Entre sus logros se encuentran re-mezclas para artistas del calibre de Chris Liebing, The Hacker, Marc Acardipane, John Selway, Frankie Bones y su hermano Adam X, entre otros. Sus bases están muy influenciadas por Depeche Mode y giran en torno a una amalgama de electro, EBM, techno y hardcore.” – myhappyhouse
For more info: facebook.com/events/523464001024293
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
For more info: thehorrorist.com
Last weekend was so hardcore that it’s taken me quite a while to recover and realize what even happened. Instead of one long post with stories and photos about both events I’m going to break them up. So let’s start with Newcastle. I’ve been friends with DJ Smurf (Glenn Petersen) for quite a long time and we have been thinking of a way to get me to perform in his hometown. After a few tries with help of his friends Booney and Donald Jenkins they pulled off a really sick event. It was at a club called Think Tank in an industrial area. It was over 100F all week in NY so while I was enjoying the cool weather in the UK the funny thing was they were all complaining about the heat. I guess it never even gets warm there. I even noticed that while in the hotel the news was reporting several cases of severe sunburns. These are some translucent skinned gingery people! The venue was a concrete cube just the right size for my long light cable to reach the back of the room if I so decided to trot into the crowd. During soundcheck I had the chance to test out a few new tracks including a EBM slammer I recorded with Belgian artist Radical G. After a change of clothes I put some new Dr. Martens on and the night began. It was pretty packed and I really got into it. I will say on stage it was dam hot. I had to pause and grab water more and a few times. I was basically one hundred percent wet by the time the hour was over. After Don stage dived and almost killed a girl I went into the crowd too. Deaf and wet I still couldn’t resist hanging out after the event. There’s some good looking fun people there and it was hard to get myself back to the hotel room within a reasonable time. Glenn was kind enough to have me over his house for a few drinks. His girlfriend who for some reason they call hotdog is pretty insane and obsessed with the Kardashians. My issue was I had to get to Dortmund for my next show and I had a 4 hour layover in Heathrow. With a lot of luck I made it. To see the full set of photos: click here
“The very best of Techno today!”
For more info: thehorrorist.com
This weekend I (The Horrorist) am performing in Newcastle UK and Dortmund, Germany. Friday night in Newcastle is the last night ever of a long running event called “Milk the Cow”. As people say goodbye they will be of course going berserk and I am ready to lose it with them. That event will be a mixed techno, electro all the way to hard stuff type of crowd. I have a tough journey to Dortmund starting early the next day. It’s simply not that easy to get from Newcastle to Dortmund so I have a long layover in Heathrow getting me into Dusseldorf at 19:45. After a drive to Dortmund there won’t be much time to rest before the event. That event is a birthday party for a friend of mine Sascha Blank. I say birthday part but it’s really a huge hardcore techno event with a large amount of DJs and several rooms. I’m looking forward to catching up with Marc Acardipane and some other old friends I haven’t seen in a while. For both shows I have 3 new songs to test live. As usual I will be reporting when I can via social media and then a full report here when I return.
“Let us take you into the future with Oliver Chesler aka The Horrorist coming Live & direct from New York City . Dark sleazy techno, narcotic techno percussion and hardcore rave stabs are brought to life with his vocal driven cold wave electro. Chris Liebing , Ricardo Villalobos and Chris Liberator have all remixed his classic track One Night in New York City and he appeared in the classic Depeche Mode documentary 101. This guy is a true creative genius, defys genre and holds legendary status. We’re very excited to welcome The Horrorist to Newcastle.
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.”
Newcastle info: facebook.com/events/151052468396612
Dortmund info: facebook.com/events/472305462848384
The Village Voice voted Tobacco Road in Hell’s Kitchen (574 9th Ave, NYC) the Best Dive Bar. It’s also a “Bikini Bar”. It’s been sitting in the same location since the mid 80s. Therefore it’s quite appropriate that I do a DJ set there tomorrow night (Saturday, June 21, 2013). My college friend Bill Kraemer’s label “The Seed” recently re-released my 2007 political track Automatic. He had a contest for remixes and put the best of them out with the original. So besides my DJ set this is a proper record release party. Please come and drink heavily. It’s free to get in!
“Totally weird, awesome bar. Appropriately surreal – it’s basically right outside the bus terminal. $7 PBR + whiskey! what do you want, really? It’s a true dive.
Hot chicks serving me drinks in a bra? 4 stars! Cheap booze? 4 stars! Stage to sing Karaoke once I’m hammered? 4 stars! Dancing on a pole for free shots? Lights out.” – Yelp
For more info: facebook.com/events/274398456038654 and yelp.com/biz/tobacco-road-new-york