The Horrorist live in Aachen Report

I’m finally back from my weekend in Aachen, Germany. A weekend which consisted of 6 trains, 4 flights, 7 hours of layovers and NYC traffic. It was the evening in between it all that made it worth it. Let’s jump back about 6 months. I was performing in Berlin at a very cool event and somewhere towards the end of my set I feel something in my ear. When I play live I’m actually not consciously thinking so much. I am on some sort of automatic haze with lyrics flying out of me and my arms and legs just doing what they do. When I felt something in my ear I noticed it but just kept on going. I mean it was only for a few seconds and after the violation stopped I could still hear so I kept on playing. After the show near the bar a giant punk rock type of guy comes up to me and starts up a conversation. I had a lot of trouble understanding what he was staying and he was aggressively holding me close to him. Soon I realized it wasn’t that he wasn’t speaking english he just wasn’t making too much sense. Then I picked out a few words… “acid” “sorry” “finger” “during” “show” “ear” “sorry”. I stopped him at that point and said loudly it’s ok let’s have a drink. While kind of disgusting the situation was pretty funny because I mean who the hell does something like that and then tells you he did it? Later that night or I guess morning he comes over again. He’s far more coherent now and tells me his name is Michael and he wants to book me in Aachen. I brush it aside thinking he’s not serious. Fast forward a few months and he finds me on Facebook and shows me some of the other bands he wants to book along side of me. They were all so interesting I was in. I love to play live. I really love to play live along other interesting band like acts. The other bands were all synthpunkish and weird so right up my alley. It’s all set up for October. Hurricane Sandy hits NYC all flights are cancelled and I miss the show. My day job had me very busy the end of last year so I set a new date for January 19 knowing it would be cool to spend my Birthday (the 20th) and the release of my next album in Germany.

The club was packed. It’s always important but I really didn’t want to play and half full space on my 43rd birthday right? When I walked in Sid (Knothole) was performing. His live show is amazing. Check out the video I took of him above. He’s got Eurorack modules, fluorescent light tubes, does vocals and sets up in the middle of the dance floor. To top it off the music is good. I got to spend some time with him after the show and well let’s just say he’s pretty out there. I felt in good company. So I take the stage, play new songs and absolutely enjoy myself. I did a few encore tracks and as I’m ending they take my mic the club gets quiet and Michael says some stuff in German and then I hear an acapella… “Happy Birthday to you… Happy birthday to you…” the club chimes in. So yeah the music stops and the club, mostly everyone in there sings me happy birthday. What can a guy say to that? Michael you can stick your finger in my ear anytime you want. Thanks for a night I will never forget and thanks for singing to me! To see the full set of photos: click here

“ERWISCHT! Zu Gast aus New York war nämlich Oliver Chesler, der Mann, der auch unter dem Pseudonym The Horrorist bekannt ist. Da er aus der Hardcore-Techno-Nische kommt, erinnern seine Tracks zwar immer noch stark an Produktionen dieser Art, doch sind sie Songs alltagstauglicher geworden. One Night in NYC ist eines seiner bekanntesten Stücke und führte im Jahr 1996 die deutschen Dance Charts an. Mit dabei war der Kollege David Heyer.” – klenkes.de

For more info: thehorrorist.com and facebook.com/michael.hilgers.77

photos credit: David Heyer

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm, filed under live performance and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



DODT Aachen

I will be performing live tomorrow night (Saturday, January 19) in Aachen, Germany at Autonomes Zentrum on Vereinsstr. 25. I will be celebrating the release of Fire Funmania, my 43rd birthday and checking out some of the other bands. Those bands include Knothole, Walls & Birds, Cyklop 2019, Vomit Heat (Dj Set) and Big Dada P. I met the promoter Michael Hilgers when I performed in Berlin last summer. He’s an interesting person and most importantly has a good eclectic music taste. I will try and make some posts while I am gone!

“This Is Going To Be Legendary! Ohhh Yeah! It S A Birthday Party!” – Michael Hilgers

For more info: facebook.com/events/320977971348751

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 18, 2013 at 8:04 am, filed under live performance and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



The Horrorist – Fire Funmania

I am extremely pleased to tell you my fourth full length album has been released and it’s called Fire Funmania. These are the ten best songs I have recorded in the past eighteen months. This album is more like my first album Manic Panic and the album cover image and colors purposely reflect that. Like Alex in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange I have returned to my evil self here.

Releasing a full length album is a huge deal for any musician. Saturday is my birthday and getting this released is my gift to myself. To celebrate I’m playing in Aachen, Germany. The event called DODT is very synthpunk and underground. I can’t wait to get on stage. Another way I’m going to celebrate the release of Fire Funmania is to write about each of the songs. A few songs are quite clear in their meanings but I love to talk about the technical side of production. I used a lot of vintage and new hardware on this release. Other songs such as Kissing Anne I think would benefit from some discussion or at least make a good read. No matter the content I believe all music is art. It should be a human right to freely express yourself without fear. Song writing is one of the most important things in my life.

If you like my music or just like reading Wire to the Ear the best way to say thank you is to buy this release. The digital release is available today on iTunes, Beatport and Amazon MP3. In the coming weeks there will be a CD a limited edition 12″ vinyl and cassette.

“The Horrorist returns in 2013 with his 4th full length album! He goes back to his roots with 10 completely evil, wild, sex filled tracks. This is really dark, sick twisted material! Will be played at many afterparties! 10/10!!!” – Beatport.com

This week’s pick comes from the electronic artist The Horrorist. His fourth album Fire Funmania is being released on Things To Come Records and it is wickedly dark and evil. There are some strange experimental type tracks on here that will make you say “hmm”, but there are also “regular” techno type tracks that many of you will expect. Especially if you are only familiar with his breakout hit “One Night In NYC“. Go into this album thinking The Horrorist is an artist first and a techno producer second, you will thank me. – Auxiliary Magazine (Mike Kieffer)

The horror show returns! From the first song to every one after this is pure sexyness. Electronic torture never sounded so good! Awesome album. – iTunes”

Available now: iTunes, Amazon and Beatport

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 17, 2013 at 6:54 am, filed under music and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Herr Zimmerman Show Report

I’m back from Rotterdam and my live show at the Herr Zimmerman party. It was as cool as I’d hope it would be. I had friends from Belgium meet me there, played some new songs and closed 2012 with just enough “party” that would make most people write their new years resolutions in capital letters. The promoters of the event Mario Martinez and Linda who also DJ as TanzMan and Fraulein Z have been doing the Herr Zimmerman events for some time and it really shows. They have built up what I think is the perfect crowd… slightly freaky, nerdy and love to dance. To view the full set of photos: click here

“Herr Zimmerman’ is the name of the alien Katze – Herr Zimmerman – who has come to Earth, to throw these amazing tanzparties! Experience amazing parties with a crazy mix of very nice people, that are there for only one thing: To create an amazing Party! The unique techno electro party nights, originally & frequently take place in Factory 010 in Rotterdam” – Herr Zimmerman

For more info: facebook.com/HerrZimmerman

photo credit: Arno de Voogd

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 2, 2013 at 6:32 am, filed under live performance and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Rotterdam this Weekend

I will be performing a live show (The Horrorist) this Saturday night in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The event called Herr Zimmerman is quite notorious. Each event is well somewhat S&M themed and from what I hear no one leaves, early or without accepting or inflicting some amount of pain. I have several new songs to perform and a nifty black patent leather 1987ish Michael Jackson jacket to wear. If you’re there please come and say hello!

“MISTER ONE NIGHT IN NEW YORK CITY – THE HORRORIST, ist coming to EUROPE! Saturday 29 december is the last Saturday & weekend of 2012! The perfect night for an incredible and crazy 2012 Closing Party in Rotterdam, Factory 010! Muzik: TanzMan, The Horrorist, Fraulein Z & More!” – Herr Zimmerman

For more info: facebook.com/events/499910626710618

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on December 28, 2012 at 8:24 am, filed under live performance and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Photos from France and Spain

I finally had a chance to sort through and post some photos from last week’s live shows in Bordeaux, France and San Sebastian, Spain. Both shows were good but as expected the Spain show was really crazy. Those kids really know how to party! All I can say is their event went to 5PM the next afternoon. I left my jacket in the DJ booth and went back and enjoyed walking through the parking lot full of cars and vans with kids doing all sorts of subersive activities. It’s good to know life is going on somewhere! The next live show is in Rotterdam on December 29 at the infamous Herr Zimmerman party!

To see the full photosets click here: Bordeaux and Spain.

“The perfect night for an incredible and crazy 2012 Closing Party in Rotterdam, Factory 010! Herr Zimmerman’s Spanky Wanky Party!!! :-) Very Spezial Guest & Live act! – The Horrorist (New York, USA)” – facebook.com/HerrZimmerman

For more info: thehorrorist.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 12, 2012 at 10:24 am, filed under promotion and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Haywire – The Horrorist

I am very pleased to announce my new release Haywire is now available! This is the 3rd single from my upcoming album Fire Funmania. This time around I asked techno legend Al Ferox, drum & bass master The Panacea and hardcore producer Tymon to do remixes. My parents used to fight a lot. This one is about that. Couples fighting, yelling sex hate and love.

“The 3rd single from the upcoming Horrorist album Fire Funmania. This time Chesler goes back to his aggressive roots with a very in your face track! The lyrics are amazing on this one. Remixes by Panacea, Al Ferox and Tymon. 10/10!” – Beatport

Buy now: iTunes, Beatport, and Amazon MP3

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 6, 2012 at 9:18 am, filed under music and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



France and Spain this Weekend

I will be performing in two of the nicest European cities this weekend Bordeaux and San Sebastian. Because of Hurricane Sandy I missed my show in Aachen on Wednesday but after some long waits on the phone I was able to rebook and fly out today to catch the weekend events! I will be playing some new material and I have a spiffy new insane outfit. I can’t wait to get on stage. I have a global MiFI so I think I will be able to post more than I usually do when I am abroad. If you want to keep up with my up to the minute nonsense be sure to follow my Twitter.

“Producteur New-Yorkais connu pour son style déviant et sans concession, c’est un véritable showman en live! Il est le créateur du label Things To Come Records et il aime se faire remixer par les fers de lance de l’electro musclée à la française comme The Hacker, David Carretta, Millimetric… et bien sûr… Stamba qui l’a remixé par deux fois et a sorti un maxi ou c’est le malsain Oliver qui s’est donné à l’exercice du remix ! Pour les accompagner dans cette descente aux enfers, 14anger : il allie la discipline steroidée de l’EBM et la folie extasiée de la rave en un mélange electro-techno qui avale l’énergie du dancefloor et la recrache en grandes giclées de sérotonine. La fin du monde en 2012 ? C’est le vendredi 2 novembre au Respublica!”

Bordeaux show info: facebook.com/events/275977152523937/
San Sebastian show info: facebook.com/events/270847583017826/

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 1, 2012 at 5:36 am, filed under live performance and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



LuSH-101 Oliver Chesler Presets

I was asked to make some official presets for D16′s LuSH-101 software synthesizer. It’s a very easy synth to program. You get 8 full synth layers, effects and arpeggiation (with shuffle) per layer and master effects. You can do some really great things with that. Take a listen to some of my presets. These of course swing towards weird and techno such as that’s what I do. I think I had as much fun naming the presets as I did making them. There is a free demo of LuSH-101 so try it out for yourself!

“LuSH-101 is a synthesizer created from modules that can be found in many modern virtual synthesizers, all combined into a single compact and logically intuitive design. However, this basic simplicity combined with its multilayer architecture turns it into an easy-to-use but extremely powerful instrument that can be programmed and tweaked quickly, almost effortlessly leveraging its maximum potential.” – d16.pl

For more info: d16.pl/lush-101

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 19, 2012 at 10:39 am, filed under plug-ins, synthesizer and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



The Man Master Ltd Edition 7″

I just wanted to share the new a very limited edition 7″ vinyl of my last release’s original song The Man Master and a never heard before B-side Drink with Me is now available on Sweden’s Flexiwave records.

“FlexiWave is very proud to present the next 7-inch with no -less than the legendary producer Oliver Chesler aka The Horrorist. Here he presents 2-tracks of rough Body-Wave music. Not to be missed out on.” – flexiwaves.com

For more info: skerriethings.com/Flexi006/TheHorrorist-TheManMaster

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 18, 2012 at 4:59 am, filed under music and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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