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Jordan Reyne, MaxDmyz, Ventenner, Die Kur

A short-notice set it might have been, but a chance to DJ for a very mixed line-up. I’d actually support DJed for MaxDmyz 10 years previously at Imperial College Union. Also finally a chance to see Die Kur after playing them in sets a couple of times, and two interesting discoveries in Ventenner and Jordan Reyne.

Sulpher – One Of Us
Ministry – The Fall
Stahlhammer – Herz Aus Stahl
Weissglut – Etwas Kommt In Deine Welt
Stabbing Westward – Lies
Acumen Nation – Parasite Mine
Machines Of Loving Grace – Butterfly Wings
Electric Hellfire Club – Hypochristian
Mortiis – Decandent and Desparate
Gravity Kills – Guilty
Lard – Forkboy

<Die Kur>

Pop Will Eat Itself – Ich Bin Ein Auslander
Filter – The Best Things
NIN – The Beginning Of The End
Rico – Big Black Sea

<Ventenner>

Pantera – Mouth For War
Prong – Who’s Fist Is It Anyway?
Machine Head – From This Day
White Zombie – Electric Head Pt.2

<MaxDmyz>

Haggard – Herr Mannelig
Subway To Sally – Seiben
Letzte Instanz – Ohne Dich

<Jordan Rayne>

Blood Axis – Song Of The Comrade

Alternative Bring’n’Buy Sale – August 2011

Having taken a break from playing CDs at the Alternative Bring’n’Buy in April in order to, erm, sell CDs at the Alternative Bring’n’Buy, today I went back to Plan A. I was joined by my regular co-DJs Robert Cowlin and Scott McMahon, who between them handled all the genres than having guitars in.

11am-12noon – Another Sunday Morning Special

I’ve kicked off with darkambient, mittelalter, neo-folk and dark cabaret in the past. And today? A 13-minute psychedelic Krautrock epic. And then lots of old-school synths. I love the early shift!

Tangerine Dream – Fly And Collision Of Comas Sola
Jean-Michel Jarre – Ethnicolor 1
Suicide – Rocket USA
Claire Obscur – Blume
Twilight Ritual – Closed Circuit
DAF – Der Räuber und der Prinz
Depeche Mode – Puppets
Absolute Body Control – Never Seen
Attrition – Thin Red Line
Kirlian Camera – The Desert Inside
Diary Of Dreams – Soul Stripper
Silke Bischoff – Waste Of Time
Girls Under Glass – Ohne Dich
Pink Turns Blue – Your Master Is Calling

2pm-3pm – EBM and Electro-Industrial

I think this is one of my favourite sets in recent times. A quick salute to the stall that sold me all those Pankow and Click Click CDs!

Front 242 – U-Men
Spetsnaz – That Perfect Body
Jäger 90 – Wie Du
Kommando XY – Genesis Does (What Nintendon’t)
Nitzer Ebb – Control I’m Here
Portion Control – Amnesia
Auto Da Feh – Divided We Fall
Invincible Spirit – Push!
Project Pitchfork – Go Further
Evil’s Toy – Organics
Plastic Noise Experience – Kill The 6
Funker Vogt – History
System:FX – Overdrive
Dismantled – Thanks For Everything
Inertia – Shakalaka Baby!

5pm-5:30pm – Jonny vs Scott Tag Team Silliness

In the true B&B tradition, there was time for playing somewhat ‘atypical’ tracks at the end. Every time it gets more and more random..…

Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance
Pulp – Disco 2000
The Confettis – The Sound Of C
Placebo – Daddy Cool
Mike Oldfield – Moonlight Shadow
Lady Gaga – Judas
The Bloodhound Gang – The Bad Touch (Eiffel 65 Remix)
Lordi – Hard Rock Hallejulah

Dark 7 2011

Dark 7 was an event organised by the members of the band Machine Rox. The concept was to book a number of UK scene bands (the only overseas act, Terror Error, withdrew before the event) and hold a one day mini-festival in the Camden Underworld.

System:FX were called into headline, although the first four bands on the bill were completely new to me. A scan through various online profiles and chance to watch soundcheck gave me a chance of devising a vaguely relevant set before each band came on, and despite an occasionally sticking ‘Play’ button, it seemed to go quite well. So here’s what was played.

Digicore – We Will Protect You
Godflesh – Like Rats
Concrete Lung – Destructive
Revolting Cocks – Key To The City (Vegas Mix)
16 Volt – Cables + Wires
Pitchshifter – Please Sir

<Ghost In The Static>

ClockDVA – The Sonology of Sex II
This Morn’Omina – Epoch (ccf)
Mind.in.a.box – Certainty

<Futurefrenetic>

PAL – Gelöbnis (Terrorfakt Remix)
Aphex Twin – Phloam
Future Sound Of London – We Have Explosive

<Digital Deformation>

Skinjob – Beauty Is Your Toy
Modulate – Skullfuck

<Cease2Exist>

Gary Numan – Films
Project Pitchfork – K.N.K.A. (Climax Version)
Deviant UK – You Will Burn

<Global Citizen>

Angelspit – 100%
Ayria – The Gun Song
Nachtmahr – Mädchen In Uniform

<Machine Rox>

Be My Enemy – This Is The New Wave
Prodigy – Take Me To The Hospital
Chemical Brothers – Music:Response
The Inkspots – I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire

<System:FX>

Covenant – One World One Sky

Reptile March 2011

Reptile is a monthly club held at the Minories at Tower Hill, playing a mix of gothic, industrial, rock, metal, 80s and various other alternative styles. It’s something of a regular of mine and many of my friends, so to get a chance to DJ there, and on my birthday at that, was a particularly special occasion. We’d agree beforehand that I’d be focusing on the industrial/electronic area, which could mean a lot of things to a lot of people. To me, it meant this…..

11pm-11:30pm

The Crüxshadows – Tears
Diary Of Dreams – The Curse
Spahn Ranch – Heretics Fork
Velvet Acid Christ – Futile (Nazi Bastard Mix)
Front Line Assembly – Mindphaser
Leæther Strip – Strap Me Down

12:30am-1am

Laibach – Tanz Mit Laibach
Nitzer Ebb – Let Your Body Learn
Front 242 – Welcome To Paradise
Die Krupps – Goldfinger
Skinny Puppy – Smothered Hope
Project Pitchfork – Timekiller
Depeche Mode – Photographic (Some Bizarre Version)

Alternative Bring’n’Buy Sale – December 2010

For the third time in 2010, I take to the DJ booth for London’s premier event for independent stallholders of a goth/alternative ilk to set up shop in a hall in Tufnell Park for 6 hours on a Sunday. More stalls than ever, attendence topped 200 once again, what’s not to love?

Scott McMahon joined me once again, prior to rushing down to the Reptile Club to play some more. Also joining me today was James Black of Black n Beard Radio, taking a break from stallholding duties to spin a few sets. As it was the festive season, each of us took a chance to spin some vaguely Chrismassy tunes.

10:30am-11am – Jonny’s Sunday Morning Ambience

The Dome had refitted it’s soundsystem, meaning we we up and running much earlier than usual. Some would have taken the opportunity to grab a coffee. Not me.

Potentia Animi – Oh Tannenbaum
Jean-Michel Jarre – Equinoxe I
Vangelis – Tears In Rain
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson – Journey
Steve Roach – Infinite Shore
Lustmord – Beckoning
Wendy Carlos – Title Music From A Clockwork Orange

1pm-2pm – Half Industrial, Half Goth

I don’t get to play much trad, so it was nice to play some bands that I really should be spinning more often – I’d never previously played Mission, Cult or the Nephs, and I haven’t played The Cure since 2001!

Rammstein – Moskau
Terminal Choice – Be Like Me
Agonoize – For The Sick And Disturbed
Psyclon Nine – Lamb Of God
Feindflug – Leitbild
Signal Aout 42 – To Talk Nonsense
Project Pitchfork – Requiem
Diary Of Dreams – Ex-ile
Dreadful Shadows – Futility
Fields Of The Nephilim – Preacher Man
The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary
Adoration – Same As It Ever Was
The Mission – Severina
Sisters Of Mercy – Alice
Christian Death – Romeo’s Distress
The Cure – 10:15 Saturday Night

4pm-5pm – Goth of the Pops?

The first three songs in this set each remind me of a very special person in my life. The last? Probably best not to ask!

Blutengel – Navigator
Ravenous – The Voices You Hear (Spit and Polish Mix)
Mesh – Step By Step
Icon Of Coil – Stimulated
XPQ-21 – Rockin’ Silver Knight (Skinjob Remix)
Assemblage 23 – Document
RBN – Faithless (Radio Edit)
The Nine – My Fallacy (Delusional Mix)
Psyche – Six Feet Under
Iris – Annie, Would I Lie To You?
Parralox – Supermagic
Camouflage – The Great Commandment
Welle:Erdball – Monoton + Minimal
SPOCK – White Christmas
Erasure – Take A Chance On Me
Divine – You Think You’re A Man

5pm-5:20pm – Tag Team With Myself

Unfortunately, neither of my co-DJs was available for tag-team today, so I got cheesy for 20 minutes whilst everyone was clearing up.

Rocky Horror Picture Show – Time Warp
The Reverend Horton Heat – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Men Without Hats – Safety Dance
The Human League – Don’t You Want Me
Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
A-Ha – Take On Me

Alternative Bring’n’Buy Sale – October 2010

After skipping the July event, I returned to the Dome to DJ the Alternative Bring’n’Buy Sale once more. I had no less than three co-DJs, Robert Cowlin putting in a couple of hours of trad-goth and new wave, Scott McMahon coming in at the last minute to do an hour of metal, with Ashleigh (aka Miss Jade) taking a break from her stall and handling the final hour.

10:45am-12noon

At least a couple of people thanked me for playing bands that weren’t even in the setlist – yep, it’s another Jonny early-hours special! The first track was 13 minutes long, which explains the early start.

Swans – The Sound
Sol Invictus – A Rose In Hell
Death In June – But What Ends When The Symbols Shatter?
Black Tape For A Blue Girl – All My Lovers
Love Spirals Downwards – Mirrors A Still Sky
Persephone – Immersion
Apocalyptica – The Unforgiven
Lacrimosa – Seele In Not (Urversion)
Illuminate – Ein Erwachen
How To Destroy Angel – The Space In Between
Ego Likeness – I Live On What’s Left
Claire Voyant – Love The Giver
Diary Of Dreams – The Colours Of Grey
Girls Under Glass – When I Think About You
The Ghost Of Lemora – Dread The Day (The Cities Rise)
Inkubus Sukkubus – Paint It Black
Alien Sex Fiend – Dead And Buried

2pm-3pm

An industrial set….

Fleischmann – Die Roboter
The Young Gods – Skinflowers
NIN – Wish
Cubanate – Oxyacetylene
Project Pitchfork – I Am (A Thought In Slowmotion)
Absurd Minds – Essence
Velvet Acid Christ – Parasite
X Marks The Pedwalk – Paranoid Illusions
Leæther Strip – Strap Me Down
System:FX – Virus
Accessory – Deadline
God Module – Resurrection Resurrected
The Retrosic – Ground Zero (Valley Of Death)
[:SITD:] – Laughingstock
Faderhead – Noisebastardz

5pm-5:30pm

Usually any DJs remaining would do a tag-team ‘fun set’ whilst everyone’s clearing up. None of the others could join me today (though Ashleigh put in the Evelyn Evelyn track), so I did it solo this time.

Ultraviolence – Paranoid
Utah Saints – Something Good
Squeeze – Cool For Cats
Evelyn Evelyn – Elephant Elephant
Madness – Baggy Trousers
Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance
Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
Adam Ant – Stand And Deliver
Ian Dury – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

Black Celebration September 2010

My second go at DJing the Black Celebration Depeche Mode night at The Elixir Bar. Not much chance to get eclectic this time. The best bit was being able to fade out Everything Counts and still hear the singing.

Set 1

Depeche Mode – Barrel Of A Gun
Recoil – Missing Piece
Depeche Mode – The Dead Of Night
Rosetta Stone – An Eye For The Main Chance
The Chameleons – Don’t Fall
Depeche Mode – A Pain That I’m Used To
Depeche Mode – Happiest Girl (Jack Mix)
Ashbury Heights – Anti-Ordinary

Set 2

Depeche Mode – Something To Do
Nitzer Ebb – Let Your Body Learn
Front 242 – Welcome To Paradise
Depeche Mode – The Sun And The Rainfall
Depeche Mode – Photographic (Some Bizarre)
Project Pitchfork – Timekiller
Diary Of Dreams – Butterfly:Dance!
Mesh – Crash
Depeche Mode – A Question Of Time
Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts (Live 101)
Ministry – Stigmata
Skinny Puppy – Smothered Hope
Depeche Mode – Ice Machine

Black Celebration August 2010

As very much a last-minute thing (so last minute I didn’t get much chance to advertise the fact I was playing beyond a rush of Facebook invites!), I DJed the Black Celebration night at the Elixir Bar. As it’s a Depeche Mode themed night, you might notice a certain band from Basildon occuring quite frequently in the setlist.

9:15pm to 10:30pm – Early Mode, European New Wave, Old EBM

I wanted a concept to base my first set round, so decided to play some of the earliest Mode tracks alongside a number of other bands who also helped shape the sound of electronic pop in the early 80s.

Depeche Mode – Oberkorn (It’s A Small Town)
Pyrolator – Nordatlantik
Malaria – Kaltes Klares Wasser
Depeche Mode – Puppets
Fad Gadget – Ladyshave
Depeche Mode – Ice Machine
Absolute Body Control – Do You Feel It Inside (Re[Wind] version)
Telex – Rock Around The Clock
Depeche Mode – Get The Balance Right
Opera Multi Steel – Ils S’eloigent
Martin Dupont – Just Because
Depeche Mode – Work Hard
Cabaret Voltaire – I Want You
Depeche Mode – People Are People
Front 242 – Body To Body
DAF – Der Mussolini
Depeche Mode – Photographic (Some Bizarre Version)
Nitzer Ebb – Join In The Chant
Orange Sector – Dynamit
Depeche Mode – Master And Servant

12:05 – 1:05 – 80s Anthems With Metal For Dessert

After a midnight airing of ‘Pimpf’, I decided to do a DM heavy pure 80s set. Well, until I got some very enthusisatic requests for metal towards the end and prompty did a quick direction change. If you plan to play a set of crowd-pleasers, you gotta please the crowd!

New Order – True Faith
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts (Live 101)
Ultravox – Hymn
Depeche Mode – Precious
Tears For Fears – Mad World
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough
Yazoo – Don’t Go
Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down
Depeche Mode – Sea Of Sin (Tonal Mix)
Rammstein – Engel
Type O Negative – Black No.1
Depeche Mode – Blasphemous Rumours

Decadence In The Afternoon

A private Sunday afternoon party held by London Gothic.

3:30pm-4:15pm – Dark Cabaret, Dark Wave, Dark Other Stuff

Dead Can Dance – De Profundis (Out Of The Depths Of Sorrow)
Helium Vola – Dormi
Jill Tracy – Evil Night Together
The Dresden Dolls – My Alcoholic Friends
Cinderella Effect – Timekiller
Bat For Lashes – Horse And I
Emilie Autumn – Unlaced
Diary Of Dreams – The Curse
Diorama – Child Of Entertainment
Mesh – Not Prepared
Wolfsheim – The Sparrows And The Nightingales
She Wants Revenge – Spend The Night

7pm-8pm – NDH, Industrial and Bleepy Stuff

Oomph! – God Is A Popstar
Unheilig – Maschine
Rammstein – Du Hast
KMFDM – Never Say Never
In Strict Confidence – Silver Bullets
Project Pitchfork – K.N.K.A. (Climax Version)
Noisuf-X – Toccata Del Terrore
Hocico – Forgotten Tears
Punto Omega – Punto Omega
VNV Nation – Chrome
Apoptygma Berzerk – Unicorn (Fairlight Children Remix)
The Prodigy – Out Of Space
Power-Pill – Pac-Man
Orbital – Doctor?
Marsheaux – Pop Corn

Alternative Bring’n’Buy Sale – March 2010

Another successful Bring’n’buy sale – Robert Cowlin couldn’t join us today, so instead I was joined in the booth by Scott McMahon, who also did three set (dark indie/soundclash for the first, bleep for the second, goth metal in the third). This of course left me to do a trad-set, which turned out to be a lot of fun.

11am-12noon – Dark Cabaret and Downtempo Electronics

Another 11am ‘special’, but a bit different from usual.

Raison D’etre – Ascencion De Profundis
Nicki Jaine – Pretty Face
Rozz Williams and Gitane Demone – In Every Dream Home A Heartache
Revue Noir – The Gravediggers
Johnny Cash – Hurt
Diary Of Dreams – AmoK (aLive Piano Version)
Absolute Body Control – I’m Leaving
The Human League – Circus Of Death
Depeche Mode – Ice Machine
John Foxx – Underpass
Kraftwerk – Radioactivity (original version)
Deine Lakaien – Generators
Blutengel – I’m Dying Alone
Kirlian Camera – Comfortably Numb

1pm-2pm – A sort of trad-goth set by a not-very-trad-DJ

With Robert off (but appearing in the set as The Mumbles!), I was doing the trad today. Scott gave me a ‘dark indie’ set to fade in on, and expressed a plan to do a ‘bleep’ set after, hence the move away from trad at the end.

This Is Radio Silence – Forever Ends Today
Joy Division – New Dawn Fades
The Mumbles – Movement
The Velvet Underground – All Tommorows Parties
Lene Lovich – Bird Song
Siouxsie and the Banshees – This Wheel’s On Fire
The Eden House – To Believe In Something
The Sisters Of Mercy – Detonation Boulevard
Star Industry – Pray
The Merry Thoughts – 2nd Generation
Switchblade Symphony – Bad Trash
Goethes Erben + Peter Heppner – Glasgarten
The Eternal Afflict – San Diego (Tragical)
In Strict Confidence – Promised Land

3pm-4pm – 90s Dance and Industrial Metal

I’ve always wanted to play some of these songs – a kind of ‘Full Tilt’ revival?

Leftfield – Open Up
Orbital – The Box (Untitled Single Version 4)
Lords Of Acid – Out Comes The Evil
Underworld – Cowgirl
Prodigy – Breathe
Project Pitchfork – 2069AD
Gary Numan – Pure
Rammstein – Sehnsucht
Megaherz – Herz Aus Stein
Unheilig – Ich Will Alles
Gothminister – Monsters
Genitorturers – Lecher Bitch
Killing Miranda – Teenage Vampire
Zeromancer – Need You Like A Drug
Rob Zombie – Sick Bubblegum

5pm-5:30pm – Jonny vs Scott Tag Team Silliness

As ever, we had some fun during clean up. No ‘Timewarp’ (that’s Robert’s track), but still a good to play stuff that we can’t at any other time of day.

Ian Dury – Billericay Dickie
Heart – Barracuda
Emerson, Lake and Palmer – Hoedown
Tatu – Not Going To Get Us
Transvision Vamp – Baby I Don’t Care
Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
Nena – 99 Luftballons
Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah