The Return to Montreal

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.” –″>FUBAR

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The Horrorist Live in Montreal this Weekend

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.” –″>F.U.B.A.R.

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In the hotel in Montreal jet-lagged but ready to play.

Tonight I perform in Montreal, Canada at a Festival Kinetik. It’s a three day event with over 50 electronic bands and DJs. Tonights show is Nitzer Ebb, Ascii Disko and myself (The Horrorist).

We flew here last night with Air France; layover in Paris. For the transatlantic leg we were on a huge Boeing 777-200. A small city can fit on these planes. It was boring as ever. I can’t believe when I lived in NYC I used to fly over the Atlantic 2-3 times a month. I don’t think I could go back to doing that. To pass the time I listened to a few podcasts. For readers of this blog the podcast of note you should check out is Sonic Talk from Nick Batts and his crew over and This week they discussed the Moog Guitar, Turnkey going out of business and in ear headphones. I also had the mispleasure of watching the movie Jumper staring Hayden Christensen and Samuel L. Jackson.

I think it’s funny that the Canadian border is by far the hardest to get through. I’ve been to places like the Ukraine but Canada holds the top spot for always being a major pain in the ass. I always have a proper work permit but it’s never good enough. Every time it’s first a stop at the immigration office and then Customs. This time Customs was extra nasty throwing my underwear all over the table. It took me twenty minutes to fold those neatly! Anyway, we made it though and met the promoters and Nitzer Ebb. I’ve played Montreal a bunch of times before and know the promoters well so we caught up a bit then drove to the hotel.

The hotel is decent, a place called Candlewood Suites. Each room has a kitchen and free wifi. Free internet makes me happy and the kitchen is useful because it’s stocked with coffee. I’m going to need that tonight because I’m typing this to you at 6:30 AM. Luckily jet lag usually doesn’t effect me too much.

They are shooting a DVD of the festival and I know the director Larry Kraman so there will be some wicked footage. They will have six nice cameras rolling tonight. I also did an interview for the Montreal Mirror yesterday. Of course I’ll post whatever media I can grab.

Back in Berlin Miro Pajic is using my studio and feeding the dog. As long as he doesn’t put in the wrong alarm system code again (that was a disaster) he should make some good music this week. By the way he has a full length album that just came out on my label called Everything is Nothing.

After Montreal we head to NYC by car. I will be doing a few music related things like visiting the studio of Mark Ephraim (The Shorebirds). He has some nice API gear. Oh I also have a Voice of Saturn Synth and Sequencer being delivered to my mothers house!