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10 Years of DJ Terminates Here – 2008

The story of my first DJ set under the Terminates Here game actually dates back to December 2006, when an event called the Alternative Bring’n’Buy Sale was born in the function room of The Blue Posts pub. I got talking to the organiser Steph, suggesting that “a bit of music” would help add a bit of atmosphere. Sure enough, the next couple of events saw us move to venues with PA systems and veteran scene DJ Andy Ravensable was called in to provide the music.

I was a stallholder at the summer 2008 event, and observed that it did seem a little unfair that he was covering six hours on his own, missing out on both the commercial and social opportunities the event provided. Talking to Steph in the Reptile club (plenty more on them later), I offered to share the Djing with him. Despite not having played for six years, we quickly agreed to share the set on an ‘alternating hours’ pattern and I was at the races.

Don’t Be a Plague, a Spell to Kill, You Should be Grateful

I’d run off some CD-Rs and practised in software the previous week, laptop Djing still a few years away. Only to arrive at the venue to find the whole DJ booth not-wired-together. Took about half an hour to connect it all up and find someone to turn the PA system on. Little did I know at the time that this would become something of a trend….another lesson being “Learn where all the wires go and never expect everything to be wired in perfectly on arrival.”

Anyway, once the assembled in the Tufnell Park Dome had the early morning delight of Laibach’s version of ‘Mama Leone’ to enjoy in the later stages of setup, I found myself with a DJ booth, lots of music, and a low-pressure environment to find my way around the kit again after six years off. No pressure to fill a dancefloor, indeed at 11am one shouldn’t be thinking about that kind of thing anyway.

As for what I did play, it largely reflected my tastes of the time, for the most part taking the form of a WGT line-up distilled into setlist form. One side-effect of this was that I didn’t play an English-language song until I was half-an-hour into the set. There was a brief salute to the ‘mittelalter’ sound I’d discovered during my six-year Djing lay-off (someone even thanked me for playing ‘Vollmond’), tracks by both Solar Fake and Zeraphine (a Sven Friedrich double!) and a couple by Diary of Dreams, always a favourite and a frequent appearance in Terminates Here sets from now.

I went home from this event happy with the day’s work, hoping that I might get a few more chances to do something similar. As it happened, the results weren’t immediate, but the first seed was planted at least.

Onto 2009….

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20 Years Of Live Music – Part 9 (2008)

2007 was over, having provided few gigs of note in it’s latter half. 2008 soon made up for it – on the first weekend, I saw Earth Loop Recall for the last time, and System:FX for the first time. The ELR story is already told in previous parts, whilst the definitive S:FX story comes in a later chapter.

Die Krupps came and went in style a month later, and the live show following my favourite album of 2007 (Star Industry – Last Crusades) arrived over the Easter weekend. But looking back, these two events were just very good shows without any real significance outside of the quality of the music.

No, the three tales I have for you now all reflect different aspects of my live music experiences. They are not all positive, but they all have to be told. Continue reading

Alternative Bring’n’Buy Sale – November 2008

My return to the decks after more that 6 years off came at the Alternative Bring’n’Buy Sale at The Dome in Tufnell Park. It wasn’t a dancefloor-oriented event, so I meant I could really stretch my wings and show that I’m not tied down to any one subgenre. Even then, I only got to touch on some areas of the scene, but I’m quite pleased about how it turned out in the end.

11am to 12:15pm – ‘The Slow Moody Sunday Morning Set’

Laibach – Mama Leone
Rik Schaffer – Downtown Theme from ‘Vampire: Bloodlines’
Blood Axis – The Gospel Of Inhumanity
Die Form – Cantique 1
Leisem – Fundamentum
Helium Vola – Omnis Mundi Creatura
Dead Can Dance – Enigma Of The Absolute
Deine Lakaien – Love Me To The End
Chiasm – Isolated
Kirlian Camera – Eclipse
L’Âme Immortelle – Bitterkeit
Das Ich – Das Dunkle Land
Diary Of Dreams – Malice
Project Pitchfork – Merry-Go-Round To Hell
FAQ – We Come In Pieces (Duet Version)
Rotersand – The Gods Have Gone Insane
32 Crash – Slow Crash
DuPont – Planless Exhibition

1pm to 2pm – ‘The Gothic Rock’n’Metal Set’

Magazine – Shot By Both Sides
Bauhaus – Dark Entries
Zeraphine – Be My Rain
ASP – Welcome
Star Industry – Lost Generation
London After Midnight – Psychomagnet
Samsas Traum – Ein Foetus Wie Du
Sisters Of Mercy – Vision Thing
Lacuna Coil – Swamped
Paradise Lost – One Second
Type O Negative – Love You To Death
Rammstein – Ohne Dich
In Extremo – Vollmond
Tanzwut – Lügner

3pm to 4pm – ‘Darkwave to Industrial and Back Again’

Diary Of Dreams – The Plague
Solar Fake – Stigmata Rain
Covenant – Figurehead (Plain)
Mesh – Step By Step
Velvet Acid Christ – Futile (Nazi Bastard Mix)
Heimataerde – Deus Lo Vult
Gothminister – Angel
KMFDM – Anarchy
Jesus On Extasy – Assassinate Me
Unheilig – Herz Aus Eis
Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds
Killing Joke – Pandemonium (Cybersank Extended)
The Birthday Massacre – Video Kid
Girls Under Glass – Frozen