I recently performed a live show in London. It was the first show of a tour in Europe which would take me to Stockholm, a week in Berlin and end in Stuttgart. The event took place at Electrowerkz which also hosts Slimelight. I performed at Slimelight before so I knew the venue would be perfect. I should mention I also one performed at one of the Drop the Bomb events in London too. At that show I notoriously hooked the wrong piece of equipment to a transformer and almost burned the place down.
After a few hours sleep and soundcheck I took a taxi to another event for a book release. The book “Some Wear Leather Some Wear Lace” is an essay and photo book on Post Punk and Goth. It has a photo of me in it (page 46) so I spent a few hours listening to UK goth DJs, drinking wine and well showing everyone who would bare me blabbing on page 46! I made it back to Electrowerkz an hour before my show and paced backstage for a bit. I think you can ask anyone who performs that the hour before getting on stage is the worst. Everything almost always goes perfectly but until you get in front of people and scream the first lyric your mind imagines everything going wrong.
With a good amount of smoke and proper lighting I did my thing. I performed some new songs I am testing for my next album. One song in particular is really working. It’s a track I am collaborating on with a guy named Daniel Olarte. He’s from Bogota but is living in NYC. He’s worked David Carretta and is a name to watch. The other DJs of the night (Jerome Hill, Chris Redmond, Tom E C, etc…) were playing some hard acid and some nice old Disintegrator tracks (thanks for that guys!). After the show I was kindly handed two ecstacy pills. I knew I had to leave for Sweden early the next morning and I would never do such things anyway ;)… so I handed them off to a friend and got the hell out of there in one piece. Chris (DJ Manga) and Tom Chamberlain were great hosts so a big thank you to them for being patient while I put the tour together and making this happen. Thanks to 303 PHOTO for most of these great shots. To see the full photo set: click here
“44 City and Elektrofied are proud to present The Horrorist! Making a very rare, exclusive appearance in the UK, Oliver Chesler will fly over from New York to headline a night of Techno and Electro spread over two rooms in Electrowerkz, London.” – Elektrofied
Here’s another wonderful time machine find. Disco Volante is music project based in London from songwriter Terry Tanx. The single No Motion was released in 1984.
“In 1984 Disco Volante released a single “No Motion” C/W “Click” and “Punishment Tank”. The single did not do well commercially and due to a strike in the music press didn’t receive any publicity at all. The whole Electronic Music landscape has changed since the early 1980s. When Disco Volante recorded No Motion, the studio engineer was shocked, when arriving at the studio all of the equipment used on the single could be put into a couple of hold alls. For those interested in the technology the equipment used on the single was: Roland TB 303 Bassline, Roland TR 606 Drum-matix, Roland MC-202 Sequencer, Roland SH-09 Mono synth.” – discovolanteonline.com
Forget the Olympics there’s something far more interesting happening near London this summer. OMD, Grandmaster Flash, Kool & The Gang, The Bangles, Mark Almond, Adam Ant, Rick Astley and Jimmy Summerville are just some of the acts performing August 17-19 2012 at the Rewind Festival. The 80s event takes place at Temple Island Meadows, Remenham Farm, Remenham, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 3DB. There’s only one problem: it’s sold out! At least we will get some good concert footage on YouTube! Anyone who has an extra ticket and wants to take me a long feel free to let me know.
Alex Delfont and Shaun Crook make some interesting audio hardware for synth heads. The toys they have for sale called Delfy Originals are reasonably priced from 35-135 British Pounds. Here’s a few videos of what they have to offer:
I love unique stuff like this. It seems in line with some of what Curious Inventor, Atomosynth and some others non-giant music tech corporations are doing. So out of the the stuff Delfy offers what do you like the best?
This past weekend I played a cool goth-freak club in London called Slimelight. I think it’s the de-facto place for darker music there. The opening band from Germany “Gerechtigkeitsliga” (photo above) reminded me of so many of the noise bands I saw in NYC during the 80’s. I’d like to thank Lenny from their crew for dousing me with his Beer during my set. I will update this post with a link to some photos once I collect and get them online.
The tip of the day as far as this blog’s focus and my trip to London is “the follow up”. It may seem obvious but keeping your focus and game on before and after a gig when meeting people is important. You should really consider your socializing important work. You never know who is there to see you. Never, ever judge a book by it’s cover! The youngest looking weirdo could be your biggest fan who through out his lifetime gets you more promotion then any magazine ad ever would. The old drunk guy missing a tooth could be an A&R scout.
Collect email addresses, websites and MySpace pages. Anyone who came out to see you and then also made point to come up to you to say hello deserves a thank you. Don’t you think so? It’s easy to forget when your in “Rock Star mode” that without fans your shows would be seriously lame!
I know more than anyone what’s it’s like to have some kid with bad ecstasy-alcohol breath try and yell over the music in my ear. More often than not besides the smell and screaming he only “thinks” he can speak English. But regardless how many times this happens to me I remain friendly. You can’t break the kid’s heart. You will feel bad about it later.
I remember fondly getting a ticket stub autographed from Jean Luc Demeyer from Front 242. It was after a live show they played at Irving Plaza in 1987. I was 17 and he was gracious and friendly. Because of that fact every time I look at the my Front by Front CD in which I keep the signed stub I smile. Imagine he told me to fuck off. What would I be writing on this blog today? Get my point?
There are other advantages to keeping your fans as friends. They probably know ten other people who were at the show and can gather together some show photos for you. If any slug tries to steal your equipment if your a liked person chances are people will stop the fool. The list goes on…
Update: Photos from the live show are now posted on flickr: click hereÂ