Last weekend I performed in Bologna and Naples, Italy. You can find my Bologna photos and report on a post right before this one. Needless to say I arrived in Naples with very little sleep. I’ve performed often in Northern Italy around Milan and on the coast in Rimini. I also performed in Malta but never southern Italy so I was really looking forward to see what “Napoli” was like. Naples is near Rome on the Tyrrhenian Sea. On the drive from the airport I quickly realized this was an amazing place. It has that Mediterranean look with crowded one or two story white or pink brick buildings. It’s surrounded by mountains and volcanos. It is a very very crowded city. Car roundabouts are an amazing thing to see here. This is a place like NYC where you have to have driven there years to know how to force your way through traffic. Packs of school kids run all over the place. Stray dogs run around. I got to my hotel room and crashed for five hours. There was a DJ named Milo from Florence and he had his crew with him. They were also staying in my hotel and took me to get some pizza. Naples is famous for pizza and it stood up to it’s reputation. Rested and fed I did a soundcheck at the Barcode nightclub. After performing at the pool the night before I was happy to see a proper stage and a killer sound system. The event was called Hardfactory. This isn’t normally a “goth” event but that night the dress code was all black (yeah!!). I performed a few new songs that no one has heard yet. I was very pleased to hear them loudly and the reaction lets me know your going to like these too. After the show there was an official afterparty. I dropped my equipment at the hotel, changed out of my now two show smelling outfit and off I went. As the sun came up we drove along the coast heading to the event. My work was done and it felt great just to be there. When I arrived I got that “never going to happen in the USA” feeling. Everyone was dancing and well here’s where the credits roll because if you weren’t there you just not going to know what happened. I can’t wait to return.
“HARDFACTORY is proud to announce From NY (USA) – Unica data del Tour Europeo! First Time in Naples THE HORRORIST (Live!).” – Hardfactoty
For more info: facebook.com/pages/HARDFACTORY
Last weekend I performed in Bologna, Italy with my good friend Gabri Negro (aka Richter). It was for a guy named Carlos who runs the de facto S&M/goth event in all of Italy called Decadence. I performed there a few years ago. At that show I was surprised and excited to meet Eric Van Wonterghem of The Klinik and Absolute Body Control. I unfortunately also saw one of the most bizarre “sex” acts of my life. I saw a girl shave off a guys eyebrow and then eat it. Sadly I still remember that. So when Carlos said hey it’s time for another show I said ok knowing I may see some new things. I was right. For this years Decadence they moved the event to an indoor swimming pool. There was a long line to get in and I had to make my way through a dungeon/maze of small sex rooms before I got to the pool and stage area. The pool was really large with a bridge crossing the center to a jacuzzi. It was as hot an humid as you can imagine. Everyone was either head to toe patent leather or completely naked. The room was packed and there were quite a few people swimming and having sex. My friend Luca was DJing some cybergoth type of stuff (Combichrist) and I set up next to another band. It didn’t get past me that I was setting up about two feet from the edge of the water. The band who played before me was called Wormz and they were really good. They had two vocalists and a guy behind some machines. They two vocalists moved forward and back together in proper EBM style with heavy distortion on their voices. Carlos came into the room and DJed for about 30 minutes and then it was showtime. I really enjoyed playing there. I ran all over the room with my light screaming, sweating and dancing. My favorite part was going on the bridge over the pool and dancing with some serious freaks. The second to last song my 220V extension cord attached to my 500W light dropped into the pool and there was a huge zap and then lights out. Keep in mind this was a large room full of people in and out of a swimming pool. With great luck I didn’t kill anyone. I suspect some of the people in the pool won’t be able to have children. The lights came back on and I did a quick encore and had to run out of there. My flight to Naples was just a couple of hours away so I raced off to shower and repack the equipment. I saw a few photographers in the room so I really hope to get a few more photos. When I do I will add them here. Thanks for Gabri for his help and Carlos for being so daring to do something like this. Unforgettable again! To see the full set of photos: click here
“Oliver Chesler è un dj, produttore e film maker americano. Conosciuto con vari pseudonimi, tra le sue collaborazioni spiccano Chris Liebing, Depeche Mode e the Cure.” – Decadence
For more info: decadence.cc
On this Valentine’s Day I am very happy to release a new single to the world! This is a special release for me as this time the music is centered around someone else’s vocals. Andi is a DJ in the EBM, synthpop, coldwave world. She runs the night Synthicide in New York City. She also has a wonderful 80s post punk book coming out later this year called Some Wear Leather Some Wear Lace. We co-wrote about 6 songs. Our band name is Schadenfreude and this EP is called Spectra. We picked the best two and then I redid the music in my home studio. I fell in love with these songs over the past few months and I am really pleased to let you hear them. From a technical standpoint you are hearing some nice equipment including a lot of my Eurorack modular and Ensoniq ESQ-1.
“The blood it drips through my hand. I watch it pool I take the command. I don’t think only what I feel. I’m not sure if this can be real.” – Schadenfreude
Buy now: iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp.
The Horrorist DJ Set – February 2, 2014 – Synthicide II – Bushwick, Brooklyn at Bossa Nova by Thingstocome on Mixcloud
Here is my (The Horrorist) DJ Set (link) from Sunday’s event called Synthicide! It was at Bossa Nova in Bushwick, Brooklyn. I played a mix of classic and new EBM and New Beat. It was DJ Andi’s event; she DJed and also booked DJ Stalagmike of the Pyramid Club’s Defcon party. They are both true classic EBM music lovers so it was a true time machine in there! I had a wicked time and I will be DJing again soon in NYC. A ton of live shows kick off in Italy in a couple of weeks and a new special EP I did is about to be revealed. A full set of photos from Synthicide II: click here
1. Negative Leaders (The Horrorist remix) – Millimetric
2. I Sit On Acid (Original) – Lords of Acid
3. Over And Over feat. Radical G – Neon Electronics
4. War Beat – Bassline Boys
5. TANZEN – Tragic Error
6. Moving Hand – The Klinik
7. Slogan (David Carretta mix) – Millimetric & Riot Miloo
8. Ponyhof (Vocal Mix) – Thomas P Heckmann, Knarz
9. RAGE (Original Mix) – Terence Fixmer
10. Grip of the Cobra (unreleased mix) – The Horrorist
11. Tanzmaschine (Original Mix) – Thomas P Heckmann
12. Soul On Soul – System F, Marc Almond
13. Kind Der Nacht (Original Mix) – Knarz
14. Join in the Chant (Thomas Heckmann mix) – Nitzer Ebb
15. Is There an Exit? – Absolute Body Control
16. Ein Neuer Tanz – Jäger 90
17. Kung I Drift – Adolf Filter
18. Nacht Arbeit – Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft
19. White Lies – CLAPS
Sports are for sissies! Forget the Super Bowl and commit Synthicide with me this Sunday. I (The Horrorist) will be DJing along with DJ Andi and DJ Stalagmike at the Bossa Nova Civic Club (1271 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221). Andi and Mike have amazing music tastes and in Bushwick the drinks are definitely stronger. This is a happy hour event and it’s free!
“SYNTHICIDE returns for a second round of dancable synth-driven DJ sets! Happy hour in the heart of Bushwick! 7-10 PM. FREE. EBM | NEW BEAT | INDUSTRIAL | TECHNO | DARK SYNTH” – Synthicide
For more info: facebook.com/events/332304223574974
The Horrorist DJ Set – December 11, 2013 – Bushwick, Brooklyn at Bossa Nova by Thingstocome on Mixcloud
Here is my (The Horrorist) DJ Set (link) from last week at Bushwick, Brooklyn’s Bossa Nova club. I played a mix of classic and new EBM and techno. Bossa Nova reminds me of what clubs were like in the East Village in the 80s. It’s in a slightly bad neighborhood (changing quickly) with a mix of local and trendy people. Anything goes there and it does.
1. Addiction (Dog House mix) – Skinny Puppy
2. Impurities (Equitant Remix) – Kontravoid
3. Until Death (Us Do Part) – Front 242
4. Neuen Strassen – Metro Pakt
5. We Believe (LP Version) – Ministry
6. Here Comes the Storm (Carretta & Workerpoor rmx) – Radical G & The Horrorist
7. Shockwave (Gesaffelstein Remix) – The Hacker
8. En Partance – Le Syndicat Electronique
9. Wet & Shiny (Hell’s 2013 Rework) – The Horrorist
10. No Shuffle – Front 242
13. Tarantula (original master002) – Radical G
14. Lucrecia My Reflection – Vampire Lust
15. Murderous (Phil Kieran Remix) – Nitzer Ebb
17. Heiliger Bimm Bamm (Original Mix) – Johannes Heil
18. Wie Du – Jäger 90
19. Into the Light – Absolute Body Control
20. O Mineiro (Der Bergmann) – U.M.M.
21. Biba Butzermann – Petra Flurr + Modernista
26. Cardinal Newman – Nervous Gender
For more info: mixcloud.com/thingstocome
/\: How To Destroy The DanceFloor :/\ a MiniMal/TeKnO/EbM Mix by Deathbat on Mixcloud
I met DJ Deathbat at two of my live shows in France. His new mix “How To Destroy The DanceFloor” includes tracks from Tobias Bernstrup, DAF, The Mover, The Horrorist, Gesaffelstein, Tragic Error, Front 242 and more. Im Rhythmus Bleiben!!
“DEATHROCK / BATCAVE / (POST-) PUNK / MINIMAL / EBM / OLDSCHOOL FRENCH DJ” – Deathbat
For more info: mixcloud.com/deathbat
I (The Horrorist) am DJing tonight at the Bossa Nova Civic Club in Bushwick (1271 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11221). I will be playing a mix of EBM, synthpop, coldwave, techno and just plain weird things. Other DJs tonight include John Fell Ryan, J Slusher, Derek Rush and Agressiva will perform live.
“Don’t expect to find any reclaimed-wood tables or cocktails served in Mason jars at this Bushwick hole-in-the-wall. Former rave promoter John Barclay opened this 1,900-square-foot club as an antidote to the rampant twee artisanalization of North Brooklyn. See, you don’t come to Bossa Nova to twist your mustache; you come here to drink and dance, though not in that unce-unce-unce megaclub kind of way. A tropically themed bar (think banana-leaf wallpaper and strategically placed pineapples) lubricates the young and festive with $6 drafts and $9 cocktails; there’s pumping techno and house-leaning jams via a stellar sound system.” – nymag.com
For more info: facebook.com/events/346886945448633
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
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