This past weekend I performed in Moscow. I am starting to realize the places I find the most interesting are the ones I have been the most apprehensive to visit. I flew direct from New York JFK on Aeroflot which is the main Russian airline. It’s the oldest airline in the world yet some people think you should avoid it. Apparently they have a history of crashes? The airplane itself was modern with video entertainment on every seat. Most people on the flight were Russian and I noticed a few cultural differences right away. First off I was really glad to have my Sky Team Gold Card and was able to board first because many of the passengers really brought a lot of stuff onto the plane with them. They packed the overhead bins. Another thing I noticed was there wasn’t constant snacking going on. Usually on flights I am keenly aware of everyone eating Gummi Bears and such things non-stop. I looked around a few times and didn’t see anyone eating anything.
I landed in Moscow and was a bit nervous. I never had to use a work Visa before. The Passport Control area was a giant concrete coned shaped room with some modern wood accents. I passed through easily without any incident. The promoter Evgeny Erokhin was there to greet me and to the car we went. The entire time I was in Russia is was dark, snowy, icey, foggy and smoggy. The roads spewed dirt all over cars and trucks from their tires to roofs. Before moving and every thousand yards Evgeny had to use windshield washer fluid. There was massive traffic letting me know I was about to enter a huge city. The first thing I saw on the highway was a natural gas power plant. Obviously I have seen power plants before. A power plant is a few buildings, cooling towers (these look like nuclear reactors things) and smoke stacks. However the one I saw outside the airport in Moscow was huge. When I say huge I mean the size of the entire sky! I couldn’t believe it. This image set the stage for the rest of my trip because everything in Moscow was enormous. Every building, monument, hotel or church was on a scale hard to imagine even for someone coming from Manhattan. With Russian writing everywhere and the futuristic aged buildings I felt like I was in the movie Metropolis. This was a real superpower and I was far from home.
We arrived at the Cosmos hotel which was once part of the Russian space agency. I was able to sleep a couple of hours and then it was off to the venue. We arrived a Moscow Hall and I was pleased to see it was a really nice club. There was a huge LED video wall and a large stage. After the usual “that buzz is coming from your USA powered video output” soundcheck concluded and I went backstage. I met Rob Gee who is from NJ and I have know since the early 90s. He is an interesting and crazy person so I ended up watching him drink a few red bulls in succession and talk to people. Since Napster all my albums have been available for free on the internet via illegal downloads. I honesty don’t care too much if people steel my music. Russian download sites always used to seem to come up on the top of Horrorist search results. I assumed no one actually bought my music there. It was really interesting to discover I was wrong. Backstage several people showed up with fairly large collections of my 12’s to sign. Before I knew it it was show time. This event was mostly a hardcore party so I was a little apprehensive to play a lot of my slower music. I was really happy to discover that most of the people in the audience were singing the lyrics not only to the hard stuff but a lot of newer slow songs. To my joy and surprise I think my song Modern was the best received song of the night. Since there has been a lot of news in the USA about Russia hating on gays I left my diamond flower hat at home. I also figured my vintage Nazi helmet with an American flag on it wouldn’t be so good either. I wore a plain green army helmet with an old TTC Future sticker has a kinda mohawk on it.
After the show I talked with DJ Angela who I met in Paris in the mid nineties. I tried some Russian Vodka. The stuff we get in America is a lot more harsh and not as alcoholic. After a few sips I made some new friends. The next day I got to see how some real Russian people live. I went to the amazing Red Square and received a nice history lesson. I took the cliche photo in front of Saint Basil’s church. I had some very tasty Russian food. Everywhere I went the “huge scale” feeling was present. The lights on the road were twice as high as on American roads. The escalator down to the subway was on an eighty five degree angel and went super deep taking more than minutes to ride. It took me a long time to get a proper booking there. I can’t wait to go back.
To see the full set of photos: click here
“Event will support two musicians from the United States , about whom no exaggeration to say – “They were at the origins , They wrote the history of Hardcore .” First time in Russia !” – Sonic Impact
For more info: facebook.com/events/229951670499825
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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
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My friends over at Sequencer.de mentioned a movie called Elektro Moskva yesterday. It looks amazing so I had to repost the info here. The movie is about the Russian synthesizer world. If anyone knows how I can see the full film let me know. I am excited to go perform in Moscow in a few weeks.
“On a western device, you push a button and get a result. On a Soviet instrument, you push a button and get something.” – Benzo
For more info: elektromoskva.com
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Look at the map above. That pin far away from everything is Novosibirsk, Russia. It’s Siberia and it’s where Mark Hawkins started a mini tour. He also shot the above 20 minute film. His footage shows Siberia as industrial, cold and alcohol fueled. Basically just what I think of when I think of Siberia. It’s amazing Mark performed there. My eyes were glued to this video. I’m not sure I could handle a tour like that. I froze my ass off just watching this.
“Techno artist Mark Hawkins’ tour of Siberia, Russia including dates in Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk, a visit to a school in the remote town of Nazarovo and an 11 hour nighttime journey on the Trans Siberian Railway.”
For more info: signalsfromsouthwark.com
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It must be a real mind trip for an everyday non music techno American listener to see this.
“Russian techno party in the forest.” – marteenp
For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia
Yes my friends, above is a playlist I found on imeem. It was posted by Attchort and it’s titled, “USSR 1980-1990′s”. I can see why imeem is so popular now! The past nights I’ve been spending more and more time there and I found a serious amount of great music.
I set up my own artist profile so if your signed up there feel free to friend me: www.imeem.com/thehorrorist I’m still setting up my profile so it’s sparse at the moment.
So what about your own music on imeem? Well if your a known independent artist chances are you will find some of your music on imeem in violation of your copyright. Fans have most likely have uploaded entire songs of yours. Don’t get upset as this is just a good sign people like you. So what to do? Imeem suggests register at imeem then head over to Snocap (who they now own), sign up there and register all your songs. Once all your music is registered at Snocap you can choose where Snocap allows your music to be sold. When I say “sold” in reference to imeem I mean paid a share of imeem’s ad revenue each time the full song has been streamed. I read the Snocap Terms of Service and it’s non-exclusive.
As a registed artist with SNOCAP, you can control which songs you want to be streamed at full-length to everyone on imeem. imeem uses a filtering technology to check whether you have permited full streaming for these songs. If you did not register your songs in SNOCAP, your song could be claimed by another artist/label or misidentified.
In our efforts to bring artists and labels access to new and innovative ways to promote, control, and earn more from their music, SNOCAP has partnered with imeem. Artists and labels who stream their music on imeem will earn income by sharing some of imeem’s advertising revenue.
The SNOCAP technology will automatically identify tracks uploaded by our users and determine if the artist/label of the song permitted the full stream.- Imeem.com
I would like some feedback if anyone is signed up with Snocap and/or is using imeem. I know Snocap has had a bad reputation in the past. I wonder if I am missing something in the TOS. I have yet to sign up myself and am looking for a bit more info. What do you think?
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