VOMITO NEGRO | THE HORRORIST | NERVOUS GENDER | FULL SHOW REVIEW

The Horrorist Live in NYC 2014!

The Horrorist Live in Brooklyn 2014 with Jay Serken!

Vomito Negro Live in Brooklyn, NYC 2014!

Nervous Gender Live Brooklyn NYC 2014!

Love Pig w-FBI Warning Live Brooklyn NYC 2014!

Last Friday night I threw and event in Brooklyn at the Cameo Gallery. I (The Horrorist) performed and I also booked the Belgian EBM band Vomito Negro, pioneering LA Synthpunk band Nervous Gender and local band Love Pig. I also had DJs Andi, Blackwidow and Reade Truth. Lastly, I had a merchandise and vinyl collectable’s table set up and run by Athan Maroulis. Athan was in the bands Executive Slacks, Spahn Ranch and currently Nior. He also worked at Metropolis Records and has the best record booth at the Brooklyn Record Flea each year so he knew what to bring!

While I perform live and DJ myself all the time this is only the 4th event I have ever done myself. The first two were in the early 2000s. One at CBGBs which got a lot of press for being one of the first techno parties at the legendary spot. The other was at a venue called Club Fun in Chinatown. The event at Fun was amazing because all 4 walls were full video screens. The third event was just this summer in Berlin. It was an EBM DJ event called Blitzlicht. The event last week was the biggest and most ambitious I’ve done.

I wanted a small interesting venue with a good stage in Brooklyn. I live in Brooklyn now and it’s more interesting these days as far as nightlife than Manhattan. Cameo Gallery was perfect and Jify the owner was easy to work with. The size, stage, sound and backstage all met my needs. They are used to hosting many bands in a night. They had a great sound guy Brendan who helped us set up Vomito’s electronic drum kit, find Euro power adapters (last minute!) and batteries for my cordless mic. They also have a small restaurant attached to the venue and since it was raining it was easy for the bands to grab a bite without getting wet and disappearing. The cherry on top is that Cameo currently has a wonderful art installation on it’s ceiling. It’s a thousand white “spikes” hanging from above the stage and over the crowd. When they light it up either with a moving wave pattern or solid color it’s really over the top.

I’ve known DJ Blackwidow since the 90s. When I met her she was dating a friend of mine Eddie who worked for TVT Records. TVT distributed a techno label I did a few releases for (Mokum) and they also had recently purchased Wax Trax. Blackwidow threw her own events in Brooklyn and when I had a music studio on N. 4th & Berry she did a small goth/EBM event at Teddy’s Bar & Grill on the same block. At the time she asked me if I would DJ but back then I was purely just making music. Year’s later I performed a small show for her in Philadelphia. A friend who throws events here brought her up in conversation as someone to spin for this and it seemed perfect to give back a gig to her. She’s been to Wave Gotik Treffen more than once and dresses the part (let’s just say she looks goth!). I knew she would set the stage for the night esthetically. Incredibly she brought a purple laser with her and set it up! She played two great sets of classic EBM.

Bossa Nova Civic Club is a tiny bar and dancefloor in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It probably is the single reason people even started going to Bushwick for fun and making the area “cool”. It’s a mix of dealers, hipsters and good music. It has an 80s alphabet city bar vibe to it. One night I was there and a guy named Rogelio Ramos was performing live. There was only a few people in the club. He set up right on the dancefloor. A few synths and drum machines right directly on the on the floor. With a strobe light, microphone he sat on his knees and belted out a weird and amazing set. It was kinda like Soft Cell but not. I had to meet him and after a quick chat I discovered he called his music Love Pig. He had another band FBI Warning and with that band member they took the stage at Cameo. They had a Roland Juno-60, Roland SH-101 and MFB Tanzbar drum computer. Who brings such amazing equipment to a live show? Rogelio’s head was wrapped like a terrorist and FBI Warning played and amazing set of melodies and drum sequences. Rogelio belted out some hyper sexual lyrics and swayed back and forth in the same vein. They were amazing and I was so glad to put them in front of a packed crowd.

There is a movie from 1979 called Breaking Away. It’s about a young man in a small mid-west town so obsessed Italian bicycle racing that he speaks and pretends to be Italian. DJ Andi is like that but replace Italian bicycle racing with Belgian New Beat. She knows every record, every producer and practices DJing all day long. Not only is she obsessed with the genre and loves anything Belgian but inside this tiny genre she chooses specifically the New Beat with Egyptian melodies to go on and on about. Therefore, to know her you know the term “Begyptian”. This is all coming from a person who is so young she was listening to Hanson when the New Beat scene was alive in the 80s. She performed two meticulously perfect sets.

It was my turn. I won’t review myself but I will tell you I had so much fun on stage. I’ve made a lot of new friends in NY since I performed last here so it was great to let them see what I actually do. My current show is set up with a Roland TR-8 and Arturia Minibrute controlled by long time friend (and fellow Depeche 101 kid) Jay Serken. I control Ableton and of course vocal duties. The highlight of the show was when Matt Moran (Satronica) came on stage and sang Metal Man with me. I use a 500W light as a “prop” along with video in sync with the sequences. I’ve been working on a new album for a long time now. I feel like I’ve done 2-3 new albums already and have thrown them away. I want the new album to be very “EBM” but as an American it’s not an easy task so lots of finished songs are going into the garbage bin. I was pleased to here cheers after I did a live version of DAF’s Der Mussolini. In fact the main reason for perform it was to test the sounds in the track!

Speaking of EBM let’s talk about the band who performed who helped create the genre! Vomito Negro took the stage around midnight. They had never performed in NYC before. Gin Devo on vocals. Sven Kadanza on electronic drums. I whole heartedly believe we are on the cusp of a lot of new genre specific music that is as good or better than the 80s stuff it tries to be. Vomito Negro has already started that trend. Earlier this year I was listening to a DJ set on Mixcloud and a song played. It sounded familiar yet new. I had to know what it was. After some research I discovered it was a new song from Vomito Negro called Obsession. I couldn’t believe it. Soon I found another new track by Vomito called Enemy of the State. And there it was: A new EBM song as good as or better than any old one. It’s been a long time waiting for something like that. There show was dark. Gin belted out track after track while Sven stood aggressively pounding the kit. They rarely looked at each other. True EBM in NYC.

Let’s re-write history. We need to change the record books. Nervous Gender should be known as large a pioneering band such as Kraftwerk or Throbbing Gristle. They were making and performing with synthesizers synthpunk music starting in 1978! Not only were they first they were wicked. Like most new music I find I found them on Youtube. I was doing my usual playing and clicking and a song came on called Cardinal Newman. Since that day I must have played that song a thousand times. They never once performed live outside of California… until last Friday. This is a true punk band yet they all love all the same pure electronic music as I do. In the hotel they were playing DAF and using Moog iPad synth apps. The band had a member die and one member Michael had a stroke and has to sit on stage during the performance. Yet being around for a while for this band didn’t mean they needed special treatment. In fact their kind demeanors hid that once they got on stage they were there to blow everyone away (and they did). Edward Stapleton’s vocals are truly punk. He’s Irish and was raised in a strict religious school full with god and beatings and oh boy can you hear it. Joe Zinnato on synth and vocals backs up Edwards screams and at one point switched places with Edward as lead singer. Tammy Fraser stood on synth actually reading musical notes on paper! Michael who I afore mentioned sat at a small table controlling the computer. At the soundcheck I joked to a friend that he looked like he was going to do all our accounting. I ate my words because on stage the accountant look turned to full on super villain. Hunched over the table Michael sat with one eye partially closed, a light coming up from below surrounding my three other punk maniacs screaming. Everyone at Cameo was seriously blown away.

To close out the night Reade Truth DJed. Having Reade DJ and end the show brought things full circle for me. Around 1987 my parents got divorced and my mother got a new boyfriend Doug. Every Friday Doug would give me $100 so my brother and I could go record shopping. I never thought about it until recently but now I realize it was to get us out of the house so they could get it on! I guess they did get it on quite a bit because by the time I stopped collecting records around 1992 I had over 5,000. A good portion of those records I bought at Vinylmania, Record Runner, Discorama, St. Mark’s Sounds, Tower and Groove. Reade worked at Groove and recommended a lot of what I bought. His own vinyl collection is around 10,000. He still plays music from back then that I have to run up to the DJ booth to ask what it was. In fact even on Friday I did just that. No one else could have had that last slot of the night.

I will say it was a lot of work. Everyone including myself, Cameo, the bands and hotel gave a discount and worked extra hard to make the event free. The love of music. To see the full set of photos including some press about the show: click here

“Chesler performed as The Horrorist during the December 5th show, delivering a blistering set of pounding, aggro industrial.” – The Brad Lebeau Company Inc

For more info: facebook.com/events/640798396029276

Bad Memory (The Horrorist remix) – VOTIIV

Bad Memory - VOTIIV

A couple of summers ago I performed in Sweden at the Klubb Kalabalik Festival. At that festival I saw the band Kontravoid perform and met the man behind the music Cam Findlay. At one point Cam was also a member of the band Crystal Castles. Both bands are incredible so when Cam asked me to remix his new project VOTIIV I didn’t hesitate in saying YES! For VOTIIV Cam has teamed up with Kat Duma on vocals. I selected the song Bad Memory to remix.

My method of remixing music is a little different than the way most producers go about things. I like to start from scratch using my own sounds and that’s what I did here. I replaced the drums with an old Korg KR-55 drum machine. To make them pop I layered the kick and snare with some Vengeance samples. For the main arpeggiating synth I used an Arturia Microbrute. The Microbrute, it’s brother and the Analogue Solutions synths are probably the only new synths you can buy that sounds truly vintage. There are two synth pad sounds both coming from a Roland JV-2080. Additional sounds come from a HISS and Roar sample pack. Additional processing came from my API Lunchbox and Eurorack Modular. I can’t wait to hear this in a club. By the way the track is set to FREE download. Enjoy!

“He comes to me in dreams. He tells me how I feel.” – VOTIIV

For more info: votiiv.com

VOMITO NEGRO | THE HORRORIST | NERVOUS GENDER | NYC DEC 5

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I am pleased to announce a very special event! For the first time ever in NYC: Belgian band Vomito Negro will take the stage and perform live! The pioneers in EBM (Electronic Body Music) are preparing something incredible for you. Also for the first time ever in NYC the notorious early 80’s LA synthpunk band Nervous Gender will play live! Nervous Gender are one of the most unique genre busting acts out there. I (The Horrorist) will also be performing LIVE a very, VERY special show! This is more than just the seriously crazy live shows though. DJ Andi, Reade Truth and DJ Blackwidow (from Philadelphia) will turn the fantastic Cameo Gallery venue into one serious night in NYC. There will be a rare vinyl & collectables market and this event is FREE! Feel the heat!

“Who’s your master? Who’s your slave?” – Vomito Negro

For more info: facebook.com/events/640798396029276

The Horrorist Presets for the Arturia iSEM + Interview

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I created a bank of presets for Arturia’s fantastic iSEM synthesizer. The presets are available in the latest update. I also did an interview for Arturia (link). iSEM is really one of if not the best iPAD synth app. I worked hard on making these sounds so please check them out and enjoy the preset names too.

“Discover The Horrorist, the artist behind the new iSEM presets, and what he thinks about the app.” – arturia.com

For more info: arturia.com/company/news/agenda/interviewhorrorist

EBM Blitzlicht Berlin A Full Review

The Horrorist DJ Set in Berlin 2014!

Denard Henry aka Sonic Architect at Blitzlicht!

Adam X & Denard Henry aka Sonic Architect

Petra Flurr DJ Set at Blitzlicht, Berlin!

EBM Blitzlicht!

DJ Death B at Blitzlicht, Berlin!

Aga Wilk & Christian Gjelstrup

About a month ago I threw an event in Berlin called EBM Blitzlicht. I was spending a week in Europe on tour and instead of meeting a bunch of friends at a bar I thought, “let’s all DJ!”. I booked a small basement club near the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) called 1820 Bar. The dance floor sits low in a pit with a cat walk surrounding it. There is a large video screen. During the event I played some videos of 80s goth dance nights. I (The Horrorist) did a DJ set and I booked Petra Flurr, Denard Henry aka Sonic Architect, DJ Death Bat and DJ Andi. Everyone played EBM, New Beat and Industrial. While it’s a small genre everyone had a very different style and played different tracks. Good friends Miro Pajic, Adam X, Aga Wilk & Christian Gjelstrup (77TM), Sid Lamar (Schwefelgelb), Alison Lewis and Pieter Van Der Veg all came out and “getanzt”!. It was great to make some new friends too and as always I can’t wait to visit Berlin again soon.

“The club felt full despite it being mid-week at a niche show: about 150 people came and went, clustering around the sidelines in nefarious conference, eyeing the dancers doing aerobics through smoke machine fog at the center of the room.” – unsceneberlin

For more info: facebook.com/events/764871263569278

Waves 23 Suicide Tribute Mix

Waves 23 Suicide Tribute Mix

W?VES 23 – 12/10/2014 SPECIAL SUICIDE TRIBUTE TO NEW YORK ICONIC LEGENDS by W?ves on Mixcloud

Here is a DJ set and interview that covers the recent release of the “Special Suicide Tribute To New York Iconic Legends” album. I did one of the covers for the song Rocket USA. Enjoy the listen and you can hear my remix and order the album here: link

1. Suicide – Johnny – 1977
2. Novo – Cheere -2014
3. Simi Nah – Diamonds Fur coat, Champagne – 2014
4. Black Egg ft Hausfrau – Dream Baby Dream – 2014
5. L.A.A.G. – Rain of ruin -2014
6. Radical G – Ghostrider -2014
7. Adán & Ilse ft Gabi Delgado – Girl – 2014
8. David Caretta & Jürgen Engler – Wild in Blue – 2014
9. Position Parallèle – Je t’en prie – 2014
10. Nick Void – Rocket USA – 2014
11. Millimetric ft Dirk da Davo – Devastation – 2014
12. Agenda – by Felicie

“Broadcast on October 12th, 2014 at 20:00 on Radio Vibration (vibration.fm) in Brussels & Mons, Belgium. Special ‘Suicide Tribute to New York Iconic Legends’. Presented by Fernando Wax, with the help of Phil Blackmarquis and Pierre Sensurround. Agenda by Félicie.” – W?VES

For more info: facebook.com/wavelengthbroadcastingsystem

Sunglasses at Night Event

Sunglasses at Night

I (The Horrorist) will be DJing tonight in Manhattan. The event is called “Sunglasses at Night” and it will be at Leftfield (87 Ludlow St, New York, New York 10002). The dress code is “sunglasses” although you can certainly join us if you want to come with your naked eyes. Tonight will be more on the fun side meaning I will not be playing the normal dark EBM or Industrial. Tonight is everything else 80s like some lighter New Wave, AOR, Breakdance, Freestyle, etc… The event takes place in the basement room. So please join me and have some fun!

“Dresscode: Sunglasses Music: 80s (Breakdance, New Wave, AOR, Freestyle, anything that sounds good snorted off a glass table!)” – Sunglasses at Night

For more info: facebook.com/events/1488790524712597

Oliver Chesler’s Recording Studio 1995

Oliver Chesler Recording Studio 1995

I was looking through some old photos last night and I came across a photo of myself in my studio in 1995. It was in this room I wrote the first Things to Come Releases including One Night in NYC and many of the early Industrial Strength Records I recorded. This studio was in my mother’s basement. Her bedroom was just above it. Looking back I realize how funny it is that I was screaming my head off down there. I do remember I was going to a wedding and thought, “OK I look cool lets take a photo in the studio.”. So hah please look past my uncool look and let’s see what gear I had!

– Atari 1040ST & SM124 High Resolution Monochrome Monitor running Cubase and Dr. T’s KCS.
– Yamaha NS10M Studio Monitor Speakers driven by a Crown Microtech 500 AMP.
– Roland TR-909 Drum Machine
– Roland TR-707 (not pictured… sat to the right of the 909)
– Roland TB-303 Bassline Synthesizer
– Roland SH-101 Synthesizer
– Roland Juno-106 Synthesizer
– Roland SH3 Synthesizer
– Electrocomp-101 Synthesizer
– Roland S-50 Sampler with external monochrome CRT
– Akai S950 Sampler
– Korg SDD-2000 Digital Delay
– Mackie 1604 Mixer
– Another large old mixer (in the photo with the record, CD and DATs on it)
– Tascam 1/4″ Patch Bay
– Tascam Dual Cassette Deck
– Tascam DA-30 DAT Machine
– Turntable for Sampling Records
– Ultimate Support Systems Desk with extra “wings”
– Ultimate Support Systems A-Frame Keyboard Stand with extra “wings”
– Ultimate Support Systems 3 Tier Keyboard Stand
– 2 SKB Rackmount Cases
– Slanted 19″ Rackmount Stand with Wheels

Today kids own a ton of gear. Back then my studio was considered “a lot of stuff”. In making this list you can see how Roland owned the techno world or at least you can see how much I love their stuff. This photo was right before Apple Macs became powerful enough to run Cubase VST with audio recording. So all the vocals I did back then had to be recorded live in one pass to DAT (digital audio tape). One night in NYC, Dark Germany, Mission Ecstacy, etc… all recorded live to DAT in one pass. Of course I would make mistakes and had to start the tape again. So what things in this photo do I still own today? I moved to Brooklyn and the TB-303 and Juno-106 were stolen. I sold the Akai S950, Dat Machines, Mackie Mixer, SH-101 and TR-909. I never regretted selling the 909 actually and until I saw this photo I forgot I even once owned a SH-101! I sold the Korg SDD-2000 digital delay and I do regret that. I will buy one again on eBay someday. I still own the Electrocomp-101. You can’t really see it in this photo (it sat above the SH-101). My father gave it to me and I’ll never part from it. It’s number 521 of 2000 ever created. I still own, love and use the Roland SH3. This is a SH3 not SH3a. The 3 has the original filter in it which was a clone of a Moog design. Moog threatened to sue Roland to they created the weaker 3A revision. While it’s fun to fetishize gear it’s very important to remember it’s not the equipment it’s the artist. Just make music, have fun and tell YOUR story.

For more info: thehorrorist.com

The Horrorist DJ Set in Stockholm, Sweden Full Report

The Horrorist DJ Set in Stockholm Sweden!

A few weeks ago I did a special DJ set in Stockholm, Sweden. It was a private event called Dungeonwave #2 for the Swedish synthpop label Flexiwave. Flexiwave is owned and run by Jon and Ella Moe. They release some very pretty vinyl records including one of my own releases “The Man Master/Drink with Me”.

The event took place in a large recording studio space where Jon has some equipment along with the modular artist Dungeon Acid. I assume this is where the same of the event came from. The event instantly felt like an afterparty (except this one started around 10PM!). It was invite only so everyone knew each other, danced like crazy and took turns spinning the low hung disco balls in the room. Jon and Ella tag teamed a set. It was great to hear a lot of music I didn’t know. I found myself running up to the booth asking for track IDs all night. Matthias Anger did a great set too. I didn’t realize that night but he runs the CCP label and owns the Kollaps Record store in Stockholm. There were two live shows. Dungeon Acid had a really nice Eurorack Modular set up driven by some Elektron gear. He did an excellent full force NY style techno set. Jocke Boberg (Acid Vals) were two guys doing some acid house “waltz” music with vocals. They were crowd pleasers no doubt. DJ Andi did the absolute best two hour New Beat set I ever heard in my life. It was very early in the morning and everyone there was moving like freaks. It didn’t get past me that a lot of people also knew all the far underground tracks being she played. This was a true EBM/New Beat lovers event! Eskil Simonsson from the band Covenant came and hung out. I also got to catch up with an old friend and music producer Johan Afterglow and his girlfriend Anja. I have a great respect for people like Jon and Ella who work hard and don’t mind spending a little to make great art happen. It was a joy to be there.

The next day I woke up at the Hotel Clarion Stockholm. It’s a super swank hotel with a bar hung over the highway with a giant sports dome in the distance. After breakfast I hit the amazing spa with an infinity pool that is part indoors and part outdoors. To swim from inside to out you push a button and a glass wall rises. Once outside you realize you are swimming a few stories above the sidewalk. I had fun looking at people walking under me and at one point Jon, Ella and Dungeon Acid walked by! Sometimes I really think I’m living in a computer program with glitches.

After feeling rockstar and clean enough I met up with the Flexi’s as I call them. They took me to Kollaps Records. I walked in and “whaah!!”. Wall to wall Electronic Body Music. To get an idea of what the store is like check out the photos I posted here. I bought a Scapa Flow 12″ and a Haus Arafna sticker. If your in Sweden and you like this kind of music this is the place. I enjoying looking through the book at the cash register of “famous” signatures. After the store the Flexi’s took me to a proper Swedish lunch and I was off to Berlin. Stockholm is a very nice place. Be sure to view the entire set of photos on flickr: click here

“We are very proud to annunce the second installment of DungeonWave. This time FlexiWave & Dungeon Acid also join forces with the excellent Kollaps Records. For this special night we have a special appearance by no less then the legend Oliver Chesler aka The Horrorist who is on tour in Europe. Also the fabulous Dj Andi who runs Synthicide in Brooklyn NYC.” – Dungeonwave

For more info: flexiwaves.com