So as I mentioned in a previous post I have a tour coming up in Europe next month. Since I will be stationed in Berlin I decide to throw my own event on Wednesday, September 17th. It will take place at 1820 Club (Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 39-41). The event is called EBM BLITZLICHT and it will be five EBM, New Beat, Industrial, Synthpunk DJ Sets. If you’re in Berlin you must come and hang out! Booked to spin: Petra Flurr, Denard Henry aka Sonic Architect, DJ Death B, DJ Andi and yours truly (The Horrorist).
“A Night Of Old School Ebm, New Beat, Industrial & Synthpunk!!”
The extended interview I (The Horrorist) did at the Rockerill Festival in Belgium is now online (link) at Reflections of Darkness. I talk candidly about pretty much everything including EBM, New Beat, the 80s, performing live, love, drugs, New York and much more.
“she said: “Let me hear your music” and she did an amazing thing. When she heard my early music, which was all about “I hate this” and “I’m gonna kill you”, she said: “Oliver, this is all about yourself! You were singing about yourself. You hate yourself and you’re singing about it!”
Last weekend I did a DJ Set at Defcon. Defcon is run by D.J. Stalagmike. There are three things that make Defcon special. First, it’s a true old school EBM event. You won’t hear cybergoth here. Mike has very good taste playing New Beat, Scarecrow and things like that. Second, Defcon takes place in one of the oldest running classic venues: The Pyramid. The Pyramid has been around since the 1979 and was host to some of the best drag/gay parties throughout the 80s. Finally, Mike has managed to make this an every Saturday event for a long time. To create a long running classic EBM event in North America is something to be noted. I was very pleased to be asked to play there. I posted my mix below for you to hear in full! As I played music I was screaming and sweating quite a bit. A tradition at Defcon is apparently drinking something called Black Haus. I did my best not to vomit with each shot. This stuff really tastes like paint thinner. Dj Andi did two amazing sets. She runs the Synthicide night and for someone in her 20s blows my mind with her obscure 80s music knowledge. Mike DJed for the rest of the night. Several times I had to run to the DJ booth to find out what he was playing. I couldn’t stop dancing to either of their sets. I had a chance to meet Jean Lorenzo (who was sporting a nice Petra Flurr T-Shirt) who records some nice hardware only synth/gothpop under the name Silent Em. I also met with old friends Reade Truth and Kreestof. In the late 80s and early 90s there was no place greater for music than NYC. Lately it’s cool and fun factor has really been on the rise. Heimat!
“The Pyramid Club is a nightclub in the East Village of Manhattan, New York City. After opening in 1979, the Pyramid helped define the East Village drag and gay scenes of the 1980s. The club is located at 101 Avenue A in Manhattan.” – Wikipedia
Ugly Mood is Gery Francois, Tony Baron, Lee Kane. As most proper New Beat this is from Belgium. Recorded in 1989. I slow the slow tempo and clear synths on this.
“New beat is an electronic dance music term that was used in the 1980s with two different meanings, one a collective term used in the U.S. for various electronic music styles, and the other a reference to the new beat sound: a particular electronic music genre that flourished in Western Europe during the mid-1980s. New beat is also used as a reference to the wider Belgian underground music scene and subculture during the 1980s” – Wikipedia
Earlier this year I performed in Barcelona. One the highlights was listening to the club owner’s (Omar Leon) DJ set before I went on. I had no idea I was among musical friends so when I heard his mix of classic EBM and some New Beat records I hadn’t heard since the late 80s I was thrilled. I was again pleased this week when Omar sent his mix so here it is for everyone to listen to!
“”Adolf is only sleeping…” (Opening for The Horrorist)” – Omar Leon
Here’s a nice EBM or maybe New Beat example of what the Korg Volcas can do. Check out that sick stand too. The performer should be wearing some Liberace style rings.
“Following in the footsteps of the monotron, monotribe, and MS-20 Mini analog synthesizers, Korg announces the Volca series. volca is a new lineup of EDM production tools comprised of three distinct models: the Volca Keys lead synthesizer, the volca Bass synthesizer, and the Volca Beats rhythm machine.” – korg.com
I bought the 12″ vinyl of Tragic Error’s Tanzen in 1989 from Vinyilmania on Carmine Street. This was the precursor to the techno onlsaught that was about to happen. While it may seem really silly to some we took this track very seriously. Patrick DeMeyer went on to create some monster hits has T99 and Technotronic. The other single he released that year Klatsche In Die Hände was also killer.
“Patrick DeMeyer is a Belgian songwriter, composer and producer who has written and performed with several successful elecronica acts, most notably Technotronic, T99, Daisy Dee and 2 Unlimited. Also known under the aliases Thomas De Meyer, The Beat Machine, Black Kiss, Fatal Error, G-Force, Go!, Tecno-Rockers, Tragic Error He is also considered a pioneer of early techno and electronica due to his involvement with several ground breaking acts including Technotronic and 2 Unlimited in the late eighties, and early nineties.” – wikipedia.org/Patrick_DeMeyer