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Ad:Rem 2016

The second Ad:Rem festival took place at Elektrowerkz. This event is dedicated to bringing over bands from the European scene that otherwise would not have a chance to play in the UK, as well as giving a few local acts a chance to play styles not often heard on London stages. As with last year, I was tasked with filling in the gaps between the bands. Here’s what I ended up playing.

NON – Fire In The Organism
Haus Arafna – You Don’t Believe Me
Death In June – Crush My Love
Psychic TV – No Go Go
Einstürzende Neubauten – Sabrina
Coph Nia – The Oath
Deutsch Nepal – Deflagration of Hell
In Slaughter Natives – Angel Meat

<Grimbergen>

Anenzephalia – A Tribute To..
Whitehouse – Why You Never Became A Dancer
Brighter Death Now – Hipp Hipp Hurray I Will Kill You Today
Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music (Excerpt…..like I could get away playing the whole thing)

<S.T.A.B. Electronics>

November Növelet – Free
Printed At Bismarck’s Death – O’ What Can Ail Thee
Cyan – A New God Is Born

<Lizard Smile>

Von Thronstahl – Heimatfreund-Staatsfiend
Blood Axis – Bearer Of 10,000 Eyes – Lord Of Ages
H.E.R.R. – The Fall Of Constantinople
Stalingrad – Neither Honour Nor Glory
Puissance – Grace Of God

<Triarii>

Am Not – Intervention
Sonar – Sonar
PAL – Agentenfister
Synapscape – Drastic Significance
Imminent Starvation – Lost Highway 45

<MDS51>

The Thought Criminals – Dirty Electro
FullContact69 – Below The Belt
Elm – Edge (Extended)
Old School Union – Stressi
Wulfband – Gewalt
SadoSato – Piefkemädchen

<Schramm>

Ad:Key – Pissed Off
Container 90 – Raise Your Finger
Deja Vu 2 – World Alert (2014 Mix)
Borghesia – Theme One (Resistance Mix)
Ionic Vision – Ave Maria (Pristine)

<Akalotz>

After this, DJ Danny Dup from Belgium came on to play an afterparty set, consisting of scene favourites from Front 242 to Rammstein to Sisters of Mercy. At 4:40am, I then returned to the booth to see the event out.

Project Pitchfork – Timekiller
Front Line Assembly – Mindphaser
Feindflug – Glaubenskreig
This’Morn Omina – One eYed Man
Xotox – Eisenkiller
Terrorfakt – Arsenal
Punch Inc. – Arm Against
Converter – Death Time
Asche – Riding On The Atomic ICE
P.A.L. – Gelöbnis
:Wumpscut: – Black Death (French Texture)
Suicide Commando – See You In Hell
Leæther Strip – Japanese Bodies
Skinny Puppy – Smothered Hope
Front 242 – Masterhit Pt 1+2
Outro: Vangelis – Bladerunner (End Titles)

Slimelight – Goth and 80s Floor

I’ve DJed at the Elektrowerkz venue many times in the past, mainly as support DJ for the various bands playing there, and I have on a few occasions stuck around to fill a vacant slot at the Slimelight club following on after. This was my first stand-alone set at Slimelight, joining DJs Jester and Jo The Waiter on the ‘Goth/80s’ floor (though the music policy in practice is somewhat broader that that).

This evening also doubled up as one of the afterparties for the Pride In London event, with members of The Queer Alternative very much in presence. It was also a few days after the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. Whilst I avoid discussion of topical issues here, it’s fair and factually true to say that both the EU and the LGBT+ community have both played a vital part of making my DJ career what it is. Someone even wrote on the request list “They’ll Never Take Our Scene Away”. That summed up the mood of the night.

11pm-12am

Wendy Carlos – Title Music From A Clockwork Orange
The Human League – The Black Hit Of Space
Absolute Body Control – Do You Feel It Inside
A Split-Second – Mambo Witch
Front 242 – U-Men
DAF – Kebabträume
Fad Gadget – Collapsing New People
Gary Numan – Me! I Disconnect From You
Gang Of Four – Damaged Goods
Wire – I Am The Fly
Magazine – The Light Pours Out Of Me
Killing Joke – Wardance
Joy Division – Isolation
David Bowie – Speed Of Life
Bauhaus – Lagartija Nick
Mono Inc. – After The War
The 69 Eyes – Gothic Girl
Star Industry – The Look

2am-3am

Nine Inch Nails – Head Like A Hole
Die Krupps – To The Hilt
Pop Will Eat Itself – Ich Bin Ein Auslander
New Model Army – Vengeance
The Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The UK
Sham 69 – If The Kids Are United
The Jam – Going Underground
Undertones – Teenage Kicks
Killing Joke – Eighties
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Spellbound
She Wants Revenge – Tear You Apart
Devo – Whip It
Visage – Fade To Grey (12″ Version)
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts (Live 101)
Erasure – A Little Respect
OMD – Enola Gay
Kraftwerk – The Model

Ad:Rem 2015

Four weeks on from Renaissance and it’s back to Elektrowerkz to provide DJ support for another multi-band epic. This one features many artists and styles rarely heard in London, and several of the bands were making their UK debut. Myself and Nathan Nothing shared out the band supports, whilst Belgian DJ Danny Dup came over to play a 90-minute set at the afterparty. Here’s what I played.

Andrew King Support

Genocide Organ – Vive La Guerre
NON – Total War (Live In Osaka)
Blood Axis – Walked In Line
SPK – Mekano
Von Thronstahl – Heimatfreund-Staatsfiend
Of The Wand And The Moon – My Devotion Will Never Fade
Spiritual Front – Song For The Old Man
Ain Soph – White Guard
Strawbs – The Hangman and the Papist
Allerseelen – Sturmlied
Psychic TV – No Go Go
Einstürzende Neubauten – Sabrina

Institution D.O.L. Support

Whitehouse – Why You Never Became A Dancer
Converter – Slave
Brighter Death Now – I Wish I Was A Little Girl

(Note to Terminates Here regulars…..I’ve long since wished for a legitimate chance to play Whitehouse in a DJ set. Itch scratched!)

Lizard Smile Support

Arzt+Pfusch – Better Than You
yelworC – Sacred City
(note these two played in fragments due to brief PA power outage)

Invasion of Female Logic Support

Babyland – Mindfuck
Youth Code – Consuming Guilt
Vomito Negro – No Hope No Fear
!Bang Elektronika – Elektronische Blitzkreig

Pantzer Fabriek Support

Ionic Vision – Back Again
Paranoid – I Dominate You
DAF/DOS – Wegen Dir
Jäger 90 – Dessau

5am Slimelight Afterparty Set

My original plan for a rhythmic noise afterparty set was abandoned as the crowd was thinning by this point, so I reverted to the ‘Terminates Here Greatest Hits’ for what was going to be my 3rd Slimelight set.

Project Pitchfork – KNKA (Climax Version)
Covenant – Figurehead (Plain)
VNV Nation – Joy
Front Line Assembly – Plasticity
Skinny Puppy – Smothered Hope
Kirlian Camera – Eclipse (Anniversary)
The Eternal Afflict – San Diego (Tragical)

Renaissance VI

Renaissance – The annual all day festival is now in it’s sixth year, now going from midday to midnight with countless bands, performance poets, art displays and video clips. I’ve undertaken some DJing at all but the first one, and here was no exception. A DJ setlist from the middle part of the day doesn’t come close to summing up the full story of the event, but as ever, I’m committing my contribution to the event here. Thanks to all involved (too many to list) for an epic experience.

Cyber Axis – The Prophecy
The Galan Pixs – Anuschka Corazon
Mindless Faith – Momentum
Killing Joke – Whiteout

<Little Death Machine>

Controlled Bleeding – Any Questions? (Crotch-Rock Mix)
Acumen Nation – Parasite Mine
Stahlhammer – Herz Aus Stahl
Stahlmann – Stahlmann (anyone seeing a theme?)
Sulpher – You Ruined Everything
Chant – Manifesto
Ministry – Rio Grande Blood

<Ventenner>
<Spoken Word by Fascimile>

Radiohead – Just
Foo Fighters – The Pretender

<The Tango Pirates>

Renaissance V

Renaissance is a once-a-year alternative all-day festival. This was my fourth time DJing the event, which has since relocated to Elektrowerkz, home of Slimelight. The new venue allowed for a second stage, resulting in the biggest line-up yet. 5 DJs were brought in to cover the gaps between the performances on mainstage (aka ‘Ram’ stage), and also on the second Archer (‘soloist’) stage in the bar area (Vade Retro, The Scott, Alan 69, Jester and myself). There was also a chance to DJ the Slimelight Goth/80s floor afterwards.

Archers Stage Sets 1-4

The Archers stage began live performance at 4pm, but I took the chance to play some more of the atmospheric tunes in my collection earlier in the day. This wasn’t continuous, leaving gaps when everyone was watching the bands in the other room, but at least it provided some contrast. This also saw my first real attempt at classical music DJing, following the Terminates Here rule that anything in my collection is viable setlist content!

Purcell – Music For the Funeral of Queen Mary: March
Handel – Sarabande from Suite No. 11
Bach – Bouree in B Minor
Beethoven – Adagio Canabile
Elgar – Enigma Variations (Nimrod)
Vivaldi – Winter – Allegro Non Molto

Stalingrad – The Road On Which You’ll Die
The Protagonist – Zoroaster
Hector Berlioz – Theme from The Shining
Ron Goodwin – March of the Children (From Village of the Damned)

Coil – Dark River
Ambre – Khan
Steve Roach – Infinite Shore

Death In June & Boyd Rice – Black Sun Rise
Current 93 – All The Pretty Little Horses
Jordan Reyne – Factory Nation
Strawbs – The Hangman and the Papist
Blood Axis – Reign I Forever

Ram Stage Sets

Now support DJing for the bands. Originally, Death Valley Scars were meant to do a PA immediately before Splendor, but as things transpired that wasn’t possible, so I ended up supported each band individually.

O.V.N.I. – Good For You
Soko Friedhof – Blutrünstiges Mädchen
OhGr – Shhh

<Death Valley Scars>

Foetus – Friend or Foe
Luxt – American Beast
Ministry – Lay Lady Lay

<Splendor>

Florence + The Machine – Kiss With A Fist
Apocalyptica – Quuatano
Diablo Swing Orchestra – Balrog Boogies
Vic Anselmo – Open Wide

<Maleficent>

Emigrate – Wake Up
Ost+Front – Mensch
Atrocity – Trial
Godflesh – Like Rats

<MaxDmyz>

Archers Stage Sets 5-6

At this point, I was brought in to support Howlin’ Anton from Bleak, whose full band I’ve support DJed for in the past. How to support Death Blues? Answer……

Nick Cave and the Bad Seed – Where The Wild Roses Grow
Johnny Cash – Hurt
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
Type O Negative – White Slavery
Rammstein – Seeman

And then back a little later. By this stage in the event, only real anthems fitted the bill on either stage. Cue anthems.

Sheep on Drugs – 15 Minutes of Fame
Lords of Acid – Out Comes The Evil
Prodigy – Everybody In The Place
Faithless – Salva Mea (Floating Mix)
Underworld – Born Slippy.NUXX
Robert Miles – Children
William Orbit – Barber’s Adagio For Strings (Ferry Corsten Mix)
VNV Nation – Joy
Front 242 – Headhunter (Apoptygma Berzerk Mix)
Project Pitchfork – Timekiller
Vangelis – Tears In The Rain (the lead out song….time for everyone to go and watch Die Kur)

Slimelight Goth/80s Floor

A little bonus set at the afterparty….performed off tablet for technical reasons, but only my second attempt at playing Slimelight (my first being 45 minutes on the Industek floor two years ago). Tonight’s set was somewhat more accessible!

OMD – Maid of Orleans
Depeche Mode – Ice Machine
The Human League – Empire State Human
Simple Minds – I Travel
Gary Numan – Metal
Killing Joke – Requiem
Gang Of Four – Damaged Goods
Magazine – Shot By Both Sides
Joy Division – Isolation
Chameleons – Don’t Fall
Sisters Of Mercy – Alice
Love and Rockets – Kundalini Express

Cybersonik 2012

Set from the Cybersonik festival at Elektrowerkz, with a little bit of unscheduled power noise afterwards to fill in until the industek floor DJs began – therefore becoming my first go at DJing the Slimelight club proper!

Cryo – Does It Hurt
Neuroactive – Inside Your Head
Cesium 137 – Echoes

<FutureFrenetic>

Caustic – Pull The Pin
Synapscape – Who Painted My Cat Black
Winterkâlte – El Niño

<Digital Deformation>

Sero.Overdose – Missing
Colony 5 – Big Brothel
High Level Static – Shine (Four Simple Words)
Tenek – Submission

<Spacebuoy>

Pzychobitch – Breakdown
Zombie Girl – Blood, Brains and Rock’n’Roll
Sara Noxx – Colder And Colder

<Machine Rox>

Cease2Xist – Tonight
Cenobita – Estrellas
Painbastard – Kein Vergeben
Hocico – Poltergeist
Punto Omega – Punto Omega
X-RX – Hit The Drums
Noisuf-X – Toccata Del Terrore

<Project Rotten>

Sheep On Drugs – 15 Minutes Of Fame
Cubanate – Body Burn

<System:FX>

X-KiN – Believe In You (Darkmorte Mix)
Karl Bartos – 15 Minutes Of Fame (NOT the same song as earlier…..)
Fad Gadget – Ricky’s Hand
Depeche Mode – Ice Machine
Visage – Fade To Grey

<Mechanical Cabaret>

Imminent Starvation – Tentack One
Converter – Death Time
Punch Inc – Arm Against
Sonar – Silk Shades
Terrorfakt – Arsenal
Asche – Kiss The Whip
P.A.L. – Concrete Rage (Vinal Version)
Noisex – Inarrogance

Frozen Plasma and Reaper

Not content with providing members with free entry before midnight and a third dancefloor once inside, this evening’s Slimelight also saw the London debut of both of Vasi Valis’ current musical projects. Having had other priorities at Leipzig and having missed InFest entirely, it was also my first chance to see him play in any form other than as a VNV live keyboardist. I never saw NamNamBulu, not that I was ever a particularly big fan, but more recent works have been of slightly greater interest, so I definitely up for catching this double bill. Continue reading

Imminent (Starvation)

Free entry to Slimelight was included in the price of the Der Blutharsch ticket, although being a Whitby Weekend, it was free for members if you turned up early enough, anyway. Despite this, I’d originally planned to go home and get some rest before the CMI festival the next day, but I’d decided to stay on having heard that Imminent (aka Olivier Moreau) was playing a set during the club itself. He hasn’t released much since cutting the ‘Starvation’ off of the project name (only a few collaborations with Synapscape), to the extent that the performance was advertised as ‘Imminent (Starvation)’. Just to alleviate (or compound) the confusion. Continue reading

The Galan Pixs and Combichrist

The warm-ups to Flag’s latest festival (Black Celebration V) occurred (in time-honoured fashion) at the Slimelight, with The Galan Pixs headlining and Icon of Coil’s Andy LePleuga electing to give his new side-project a run as support. With daylight savings time clock changes occurring at 2am, the night was indecently long (10-and-a-half hours of clubbing, anyone?), but the bands came on at sensible times (12:30am and 2am respectively), though it did mean the Pixs ended up finishing their set fifteen minutes before it started. Continue reading

Hocico, Accessory & Monosect

You don’t get many Mexican bands playing the UK circuit, especially of the industrial variety. Though 2002 has seen something of an upsurge in the Central American electronic music scene, with Cenobitia playing this slot not so long ago (apologies, readers, for missing that one) and tonight Hocico. Back home, they supported Rammstein in Mexico City (and we get Raging Speedhorn? Mako no senso!). How will they cope here? Continue reading