Update – April 2022

After my DJing comeback in March, I’ve now turned my attentions back to writing.  The concept remains “500 songs that define a scene”, although the final title won’t be decided for some time yet.  At time of writing, just over 150 songs have received a draft write-up.    Challenges include working out a fresh ways of describing periods where many songs sounded pretty much the same (thank you aggrotech), and how to sensitively handle the whole ‘musically notable-ideologically problematic’ issue.  “Leaving those bits out” isn’t an option – re-writing history to eliminate things you don’t agree with causes more problems than it solves.  

I’m hoping to launch some crowdfunding to actually get this book published – forget about the established press.  However, as a sign of good faith, I won’t launch this until the first draft is nearly complete (probably around the 400 song mark).  It will also be the point where I hope to engage other subject matter experts on corners of the scene I haven’t personally been involved in – so if you think you know your stuff RE: digital hardcore, deathrock revival, 2010s EDM-that-had-a-scene-following or whatever it is steampunks listen to, hold that thought – we might have something to discuss!

Until then, I haven’t counted out DJing again from time to time, particularly if I get to play under-represented styles (as was the case with ‘Work!’) or have the opportunity to work up a decent genre-spanning setlist. 

If you have any interest in any of the above, get in touch!

Work! (To Live) – March 2022

The first Terminates Here set since the pandemic began took place at Work! (To Live), a real-world version of Nathan Nothing’s lockdown-era online event Work! (From Home). Back to one of my favourite venues, and one of my favourite styles to play, alongside Nathan and DJ Mara Mortem. And thanks to Bandcamp Fridays, some new bands alongside the old favourites.

 

9pm-9:45pm

Due to my 2-year DJing layoff, I decided to start the event with the last track I played at the final Terminates Here set (also at Aces and Eights) in March 2020, followed by a reprise of the first track ever played at a TH set back in 2008 (also in Tufnell Park). Then the hard rhythms could begin…..

Ramin Djawadi fear Serj Tankian – The Rains of Castamere
Laibach – Mama Leone
:Wumpscut: – Capital Punishment
Deja Vu 2 – World Alert (2014 mix)
Borghesia – Ni Upanja, Ni Strahu
Ministry – Just Like You
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult – Kooler Than Jesus
Cabaret Voltaire – Just Fascination
Pouppée Fabrikk – Death
Chrome Corpse – Remembering Your Words
Rein – There Is No Authority but Yourself

 

11:15pm-12:00am

Possibly one of my favourite DJ stints, ever…..

Absolute Body Control – Figures
Front 242 – Tragedy For You (Punish Your Machine)
Leæther Strip – Strap Me Down
Red Meat – Wrapped In Leather
Test Dept – Landlord
Armageddon Dildos – East West
Choke Chain – Blood
Cat Rapes Dog – American Dream
Youth Code – The Dust of Fallen Rome
Portion Control – Amnesia
Die Krupps – Robo Sapien

Update – February 2022

With my DJing return still a little over a month away, I though it best to offer some updates on my latest writing project. It’s already the biggest thing I’ve attempted – by far, but progress is being made.

I’ve picked out 500 songs that have some claim to being influential on the musical styles that define the scene in which DJ Terminates Here has operated since 2008 (and EOL-Audio long before that). The genre remit can essentially be defined as “all the genres covered by Wave-Gotik-Treffen” – though the band doesn’t have to have played said festival to make it in. Expect all forms of industrial and goth, a decent dose of early and experimental electronics, a selected few metal and rock tracks, and more that a couple of surprises.

It’s important to note that this is NOT an academic study – my style is simply better suited to the lay reader and I wouldn’t enjoy writing it if I couldn’t indulge in some humour along the way.  Whilst there was a semi-scientific method behind the selection of bands and songs, it’s far too complex to go into here – I’ll explain more in the book itself. In terms of drafting, I’m well past 100 songs at the moment. There’s still a lot of explanatory text to write in between the chapters, so I’ll call the first draft 20% done.

I’ll post updates at key stages – and at some point in the near future I might be asking for some assistance, specifically from those of you who have some knowledge of the more obscure subgenres.  More on those later – for now, I’ve got a few hundred songs to cover!

Update – January 2022

Hi everyone, and a belated Happy 2022.  I haven’t posted much on here lately, whilst the emergence of the Omicron variant has kept me from picking up the DJing once again.  I have, however, been writing.  I’ve decided that I’ll never have time write every listeners guide I want to, so have instead decided to change course and once again attempt to write a print-to-paper book. 

This is my third attempt at such a thing, but this time I’m 20,000 words in and with plenty more to come, I’m confident of success this time.  The underlying concept is ‘Songs that defined a scene’.  I’ll reveal more as writing progresses.  As for publishing – I’m hoping that aspect can be crowdfunded, but I won’t ask for any money until the first draft is mostly complete. 

I’m otherwise alive and well, and happy to continue with this project at my own pace.  I’ll post updates when there’s news.  Until then, I wish you all the best with whatever it is you’re all doing these days.  Hopefully we’ll all meet again soon.

Diary of Dreams – A Listener’s Guide

The second consecutive Listener’s Guide to be about a band from Deutschland beginning with ‘D’, but that’s the point at which the similarities end.  The DAF listener’s guide was written as a somewhat delayed tribute to Gabi Delgado, who died on the eve of the initial COVID lockdown (thankfully not from said disease itself), only for my writing to get totally derailed as my creativity ground to a standstill along with the rest of the world.  I eventually completed it, but the significance of the timing was lost.

This guide, however, has been a long time coming.  It’s about a band who have featured frequently in my DJ sets and past playlists.  I wrote about them frequently back in my EOL-Audio days.  And yet I’ve found their works remain somewhat under-appreciated amongst many of those who’s tastes I otherwise share.  Too “goth” for the industrial kollectiv, too electronic for the goth-rock puritans.  Too dark in tone for the casual listener, but too song-oriented for experimental elitists.   

It’s time to tell you all what you’ve been missing out on.

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Listeners Guides Updated

Hello, anyone out there?

Despite the reopening of the outside world, I for one am not ready to rejoin it.  The next listeners guide is well underway at least.  However, I’ve taken a short diversion to bring two of the existing guides up to 2021 spec.  It’s a pity I didn’t have more interesting material to work with, but for those who care one way or the other, you can read what I thought of the recents Wumpscut and Fear Factory albums.  These are not ‘reviews’ as such, just updates to the story I’d already told.  

Anyway, back to the next epic.  Who was it who said “You Cannot Help, Where Your Help Is Not Wanted”?  That’s both a massive hint, and the story of the past few months.  See you on the other side.

Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft – A Listener’s Guide

I’ve long had issue with how poorly bands from continental Europe are covered when the Anglo/American music journos cover a particular genre.  Even when the bands in question sing in English.  Bands singing in any other tongue are a particularly hard sell, but every now and again, a notable project breaks through.  And Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft (DAF from here on) stand out in this very small grouping due to the way they achieved a cult following in the UK a couple of decades before anyone had heard of Rammstein.  This achievement was not despite the fact that they sung in German, but in many respects because of it. 

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Fear Factory – A Listener’s Guide

What do you mean, Fear Factory?  Why are you profiling a METAL band, Jonny?  Has the Listener’s Guide series jumped the shark already?  I’m pre-emptively calling out these potential criticisms, because I’ve got the rest of this guide to prove to you all that this is a band worth writing about. 

And they are a band with significant links to my own musical journey.  The first “metal” band I developed a taste for, and the first I saw live.  “Saw” is actually an understatement – heard, felt, smelt and otherwise lived through in every possible sense.  It was thanks to Rhys Fulber’s involvement on some of their most notable albums that I discovered Front Line Assembly, an act who themselves were hugely influential in the development of my tastes in the years to come.

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Update – April 2021

It’s been a while since I’ve even logged into this site. Curiously, the DJ Terminates Here Facebook page is still getting likes despite me having done nothing to earn them in recent times. I thought you all at least deserved an update. I’m still alive and so far avoided the Coronavirus. However, long-running mental health issues, which are only partially related to the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have results in a severe hit to my productivity in the past year.

I’m beginning to find a route out, but it’s early days. DJ Terminates Here will as a result remain closed until it is possible for full-audience events to be safely held once more – indeed, my lack of activity and personal circumstances mean I’m unlikely to be first in-line for a real-world return. The good news is – the writing it on its way back. I have a half-finished Listeners Guide which should be published here soon.

In the meantime, I have updated the half-dozen existing guides to 2021-spec, so there’s something new to read, even if you’ll have to scroll a lot to find it.

Update – August 2020

Hi, thought I’d write a little here as I seem to be getting ‘Likes’ on Facebook despite zero activity! I’m still alive and staying out of harm’s way – however, I decided some time ago that DJ Terminates Here will remain “Closed for the Duration”.

I will return once full-audience events are once again possible in a safe manner – however. I find it difficult to gain any satisfaction from playing in empty rooms, and as the online audience has been well catered for so far by others, I don’t feel any need to cram another event into the virtual schedules.

I do hope to resume writing about music soon, with the focus on what I think I do best, long-form ‘deep dive’ articles, going places where the music journo establishment dares not go (or doesn’t even acknowledge the existence of). One may ask why I haven’t spent lockdown obsessively doing so already – I would only request “No questions, please” on that one.

Similarly, my plans to write a print-to-paper book (focusing on the UK scene post-1991) were hit on several levels by the pandemic. It’s still possible that some of the text will appear in article form but the project as original mooted simply isn’t possible in the current environment.