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10 Years of DJ Terminates Here – 2013

2013 initially looked like it was going to offer more of the same. Things actually got off to a bright enough start. First a trip back to the Intrepid Fox to play for a Die Kur, MaxDmyz and Drilling Spree lineup – thankfully with considerably more polite venue staff than last time. Three DJs meant there wasn’t actually much to play, even if we were able to squeeze in a brief afterparty this time, but what was played fitted the spirit of the night and it was a nice low-pressure way of kicking off the year’s DJ action.

I Relied Upon You To Break The Silence

February saw an unprecedented four sets, including two in one night (the only time I’ve done this with a tube ride in between). First a birthday party at the Elixir Bar, where mittelalter and symphonic metal were the order of the day, and then back for a late pair of sets at Neo-Noir. And it was here that I got the first clue that my credit might be running out. The first set (synthpop and EBM) suffered from a ground loop whenever I mixed something (the spilled drink in the DJ booth might be an explanation), the second, which was meant to be a full-on 90s-style industrial dance set, was cut short by the venue staff. No warning, no “10 minutes left”, they just stopped the music mid-song, as “there weren’t enough people in the venue”.

A private party booking in South London saw a near-continuous 6 hour set from me (2 short breaks for the celebratory moments), and then at the other end of the spectrum, a tightly-packed 40 minutes of eighties hits at Living On Video. Technically, it was one of the most satisfying sets I’d ever played – a lot of DJs in this genre don’t bother with or can’t do precise mixing – even though modern laptops make it much easier than it once was. The software might micro-manage the tempo, but you still need to know the songs well enough to know which ones go well together, cue them right and figure out the best crossfade points, and on this occasion I nailed it. Laptops and tablet didn’t destroy the art of Djing, it just raised the bar.

But things were starting to go sour. I’d long been talking to promoter Kirlian Blue about running a minimal synth/old-school EBM type event – it was a style of music I wish I could have played more of, but my current sets wouldn’t allow it. The working title of this event was ‘Blind Youth’ – both an old-school Human League classic and a swipe at a younger generation who seemingly didn’t know where electronic music came from prior to the EDM boom of the time. This eventually morphed in ‘Reproduction’, we bagged a floor of Elektrowerkz and the band Futureperfect were booked to play. It was an event I really though London needed – with the tastemakers still publicly masturbating over dubstep, it would be a sharp reminder of what electronic music could be if it had space to breathe.

Late March snow put paid to the band on the morning of the event, and also scared off plenty of potential punters (even if nothing much came of it in London). It would have made sense to have run what was left of the event as another floor of Slimelight, but complicated scene politics put paid to that. Then was the issue of DJs. No issue with any of the individuals, but there were simply too many of us! Eight or nine, the exact number escape me, but there just wasn’t enough set time to go round. By the time I played my set, there were five people left on the dancefloor. About fifteen minutes after I’d finished, they closed the event early because it was a ‘waste of electricity’. And that was the end of that.

And You Think About The Past Time, When You Were Still Loved

Neo-Noir was also on it’s way out. The poorly attended February event and the loss of enthusiasm from some of the organisers meant that the April event would be the last. As a club night, this one actually went quite well once we got a malfunctioning sound system (another one?) going. By the time of the final sets, we had decided “what music policy?” and were freewheeling across the genres, a last act of defiance and a final salute for an event that remains the nearest I ever had to a club residency.

And so began the DJ desert of summer 2013. With most of the promoters I’d worked with in recent times either moved on to other things or offering their sets to others, I suddenly found myself surplus to requirements in the London scene. Only a couple of my longest-established contacts were still able to offer me something. The Renaissance festival at grown into a 12-hour epic, now with over 20 bands and 6 DJs. As a live event, it was a mammoth achievement, never sitting still for long and barely scraping in headliner Die Kur before the time was up.

However, my focus that day was as ‘DJ co-ordinator’, making sure all the changes in the booth happened in a timely manner. My own set didn’t feature until the very end – once again, no-one else felt esoteric enough to DJ support Jordan Reyne’s slot! In the small amount of DJ time allotted to me (3 band supports and a ‘go home’ song) I did manage to get in bands as diverse AC/DC, Death In June and ABBA without any of them being “out of place”, but I wasn’t going to make any lasting impressions on anyone on this day.

The other slot was two months later back at the ABBS. I’d skipped the spring event in order to sell CDs rather than play them, but now I really needed any DJ action at all to keep the flame alive. My opening salvo was closer to ambient house and IDM than anything scene oriented, in my continuing attempt to find new ways of handling the Sunday Morning Set. The later set featured a track called “World Alert” by my own project Deja Vu II, something I’d tinkered with in the Djing lay-off. The track in question appeared a few more times and I even performed it live once (more on that in 2014) but it’s hardly a spoiler to say it never really went anywhere.

It’s Been A While Since You Pulled The Plug On Me – I Tried To Keep It Together

After this, things really went quiet. I had scrabbled around and sorted myself a couple of band support slots for October (co-incidentally either side of the next ABBS), but most of my messages to people in positions of influence went ignored. But I wasn’t willing wait that long to play again. . I’ve never worked out why patience is a virtue – what is so virtuous about sitting around waiting for other people to sort your life out for you? Get up and get on with it – now THAT’S a virtue.

So that’s what I did. I tried to make things happen. At the time I had stashed a few hundred quid due to my heavily-subsidised social life earlier in the year and throughout 2012, so I first looked into pay-to-play, common in the USA and some other countries. But I tested the water, realised quickly it was a bad move on several levels and abandoned the idea. Friends talk other friends out of bad things, but only true friends don’t think worse of them for having though of the idea first. I also looked down other avenues, finding myself a booking agent and even overseas slots, but drew a blank at every turn. So, if I couldn’t make my musical statement in the confines of someone else’s event, I would have to do it at one of my own. Only problem, I had no idea how.

It was a couple of nights after the July ABBS. I’d downed a few too many beers, and decided to hit Google looking for an answer. First thing I found was a site called “Digital DJ Tips”. The technical advice was useless to me – the genres I played weren’t even acknowledged to exist, but they had a very useful, if somewhat US-centric, series of articles on running your own DJ event. I’d already broken one rule – putting on an event for the purpose of giving myself somewhere to play. So I was going to have to follow all the others to compensate.

Firstly, I needed a selling point. There wasn’t space in the London scene for another regular club night, the failure of some of the events earlier in the year put paid to that idea. So instead I hit upon the idea of ‘Irregular Events’ (IRREV for short) – one-off events, each with a different theme. The theme wouldn’t be decided until I knew who was Djing. A quick poll on Facebook yielded five names – I’d had too much trouble with crowded DJ lineups recently, so two were declined – one for stylistic incompatibility with the others (yep, he wanted to do dubstep), the other because of a residency at an existing scene night. Both took it with good grace, which was one of the more welcome lessons learned – you don’t have to put on everyone who asks. Another DJ pulled out later, but agreed to help with the promotion.

This left me with DJ Captain Howard (from Non-Bio) and DJ traumahound (of A Model of Control, also Djed Infest a few times). The line-up felt right. The name BYTE BACK was dreamt up whilst walking to the station one day, with a remit to revive tunes that were popular in the alternative electronic scene until recently, but had since been pushed aside in favour of other things. I tried to design a flyer using a retro-video-game font, but soon realised I had zero graphic design ability (five years on and I’m no better, it just ain’t my thing). In a scene full of artistic people, we would look amateurish if we couldn’t get this right. After breaking down in front of my PC trying to get text to line up, I called upon Howard’s assistance, who’s actually quite good at such things, and we got something distinctive.

Around this time, I also had to find a venue. I didn’t have any leads, so I had to start from scratch. I found a service (now seemingly gone) that would email multiple London venues and interested parties would write back. The site was clunky as hell, but I sent off my application anyway, and got a stackload of emails over the next few days. Most declined as they weren’t licensed to hold publicly-promoted events (a technically that annoys me to this day), but I got half a dozen maybes, eventually whittled down to Dirty Dicks on Bishopsgate. The hire fee was over my estimated budget, but I was so desperate to make this happen that I paid up anyway.

The promotion got underway, but I simply didn’t sense any interest. Too many “I’d love to but it clashes with —-”. I knew I was up against Inferno at the Electric Ballroom, but it turns out two other vaguely-industrial events were going on that night, all with bigger name DJs that I had – it also meant that many of my potential avenues of help were already committed to help the competition. At my wits end, with the FB attending figure in single figures with a few days to do, I posted a cry for help on Facebook. I got nothing directly but encouraging words directly, but it’s only looking back years later that I realised that something must have happened in the background. Someone must have rallied some friends or done something similar, because plenty of people showed. I had no idea who most of them were, but it didn’t matter. To whoever did this, I’m eternally grateful.

Not knowing about this at the time, of course, I was stressed as hell the night before. I worked out two music policies on my laptop, depending on whether I was playing to scene people or drunken city workers (cheesy 90s dance was my backup plan – and I still ended up playing Born Slippy.NUXX!). I didn’t get to bed until 1:30am, and couldn’t sleep when I did. This meant I slept through my alarm the next day, was late for work and was lagging behind the whole day. At 5:30pm, I went into Wetherspoons and ordered a gourmet burger. For good luck, you see? I ate one on the day each of my last three relationships truly began. I ate one on the day of the interview for the job I have to this day (remember the 2009 chapter?). If I was a general, I’d eat one before going into battle. If I was a deity, I’d eat one before creating a universe. I needed every plus I could get.

Anyway, enough people showed for opening to ensure we weren’t playing to an empty room. I deliberately played the first and last sets to leave the middle free to play the host, avoiding the temptation to talk to friends only and actually welcome the new people to my event. Howard and Adam had this covered perfectly, including a comical moment where a drunken group nearly fell over trying to dance to FLA. Howard had also prepped some retro-video game graphics to play on the screens in the venue. We had our own event, our own brand.

The last hour, and I let rip with Cubanate’s “Oxyacetylene”, followed by Funker Vogt’s “Gunman”. Actually playing my DJ set was something of an afterthought but I wasn’t going to screw it up now I was on. Eventually I had to calm things down as people went off to catch last tubes and suchlike, but important thing was, we’d pulled it off. Adopting a “pay what you want” policy – I didn’t come close to clawing back the hire fee, but as a Terminates Here loss leader, it was the best I could have hoped for.

And in case you think I spent too long writing about one event, well, I hope I’ve made it clear what made this one special. To think, if one of my earlier messages out to a promoter got me something around this time, this event most likely would never have happened. But it turns out that whilst some more assistance from those who could have helped but ignored me would have indeed been useful, ultimately I didn’t need them then, and I don’t now. But if you’ve actually read this far, dear reader, it means you’re not one of them.

The Utopia You Were Promised Has Been Destroyed

Anyway, I’d kept myself on the radar long enough to make it through to a trio of sets in a single week. There was a Saturday night band support at Elektrowerkz, featuring Paresis, Machine Rox and (headlining) a brief return for Global Noise Attack. No Slimelight overtime was possible, even though I tried. The October ABBS was the next day. There was a ‘standard issue’ gothic rock set here, but I also decided to bring the classic rock along and played a set consisting of all the bands that were too folky, proggy or psych-e to feature in a club hours set.

And then a gig on the Leytonstone High Road. History of Guns were also making a one-off comeback and I’d arrange to support this one too as part of a drunken conversation with Anton from Bleak back in the summer. The show itself was something of a reunion of at least some of the Wasp Factory/Line Out collective who made their mark on the UK scene back in the 00s, and I ever squeezed some of the bands into my DJ set, though once again an intermittent power supply kept disrupting proceedings. According to a live music expert friend of mine, PA maintenance is the first corner to get cut when venue budgets are squeezed. And it as we emerged from years of recession, the long-term price of this decision was becoming clear.

My own financial hit came the next day. A backdated electricity bill put me nearly £500 down almost immediately (yes, I protested, no I failed). That was the money for the next Irregular Event gone. If I wanted to get one more into 2013, I’d need to find a venue that would let me use one of its floors for free or near enough. I eventually found Ryan’s Bar in Stoke Newington had a cancellation and could host my event in November. Which gave me 9 days notice. I needed two DJs I knew well and a concept – Scott was an obvious choice, Shadowchaser also came on board, and we devised a 90s tribute night called ‘(Un)Common People’, my thinking being that as 80s tributes nights had been around for ages, moving one decade on would give us something fresh.

There wasn’t time for much promotion – Scott found an event to flier and I pushed it online. And on the night itself? Once you discount DJs, partners and people-wandering-from-the-upstairs-bar, we had an attendance of one. 1 person. Nothing ventured, nothing gained I guess, but that’s exactly what I gained – Nothing! The real pity was that I actually did some of my best ever beatmixing that night, the 90s dance really adapting to my style (futurepop got most of it’s ideas from there after all). But in the desperation, I also forgot to eat dinner, drank too much, and ended the night in a puddle of my own vomit. There, I said it.

I Wake Up In The Dark, There’s No Tomorrow

The next ABBS was in December, sandwiched in between a Claus Larsen double header (Leæther Strip and Klutæ in Elektrowerkz) the night before and a train to Cardiff immediately after (two day meeting starting on Monday morning). Despite the time pressures, there was no way I was missing the last solid DJ booking left open to me, and Scott and I duly put in three hours worth of music each. Each of us thought the other was doing the trad-goth, no-one did it in the end and quite frankly, no-one missed it.

It was on the way to Cardiff that I looked back over the list of ‘bands I wanted to play in a DJ set’ at some point. It had been falling in size since it started in 2011, but there were still over 100 left, and in all genres. My mission statement to cover all music that I thought was worth the airtime was still far from complete.

And this left me with one set left to play. Reptile on New Years Eve. I went there with no DJ booking lined up for 2014 at all. So whilst others were only thinking of celebration, I was trying to drum up some business. This action might have seemed out of place given the night, but it actually had some success in the end, even if no deals were done there and then. As for my Djing, I knew what my remit was, issued two sets of stuff-I-knew-would-work, one in each year, and was getting cued up for my third set when the power died. The event came to a premature end and I walked out into 2014 not knowing what would follow next.

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20 Years Of Live Music – Part 14 (2013)

The other notable event in 2012 was the start of a relationship that’s still going strong today. It’s not something I’m going to write about here or in any future piece, Mandy is very happy to remain the ‘private’ half of the couple, but I can’t write this piece without giving her some credit for my live music experiences, especially in 2013. The story of how we obtained Kraftwerk tickets, for instance – is hers to tell, not mine, and it’s also thanks to her that my return to Wave-Gotik-Treffen was secured, as was my farewell to outdoor festivals. Continue reading

Reptile New Year’s Eve 2013

For the second consecutive year, I finished my DJ year at Reptile. Whilst I was originally scheduled to do three sets, power supply issue caused the night to end an hour early and hence only two sets were completed (the final set was going to be a run of 80s synthpop classics, if you were wondering). The two sets I ended up playing went like this – as it was New Years Eve, nothing less that undisputed classics made it in.


Diary Of Dreams – The Plague
The Cruxshadows – Deception
Clan Of Xymox – There’s No Tomorrow
Wolfsheim – The Sparrows And The Nightingales
New Order – True Faith 94
Gary Numan – Are ‘Friends’ Electric? (Live Version)


Leftfield feat. Lydon – Open Up
Underworld – Cowgirl
Front 242 – Welcome To Paradise
Die Krupps vs Nitzer Ebb – The Machineries of Joy
Front Line Assembly – Mindphaser
DAF – Der Mussolini

Alternative Bring’n’Buy Sale – December 2013

The fourth Alternative Bring’n’Buy of 2013, my third one as DJ. This time, myself and Scott McMahon decided to tackle it as a 2-piece. He handled guitar music, I mainly handle stuff played on synths. Here’s my side of what was played.

12 noon – 1pm – Atmospheric and Darkwave

Strictly speaking, I started at 12:10pm, but details, details…..

Estampie – Aurora
Dead Can Dance – Enigma Of The Absolute
Sopor Aeturnus – The House Is Empty Now
Aurora Sutra – The Garden Of Temptation
Miranda Sex Garden – Gush Forth My Tears
Helium Vola – Nummus
Siderarctica – Circle Of The Angels
Mechanical Moth – Prophecy Of The Moth
Relatives Menschsein – Die Zeit
Das Ich – Das Dunkle Lnad
Trümmerwelten – Engelsleich
Eternal Aflict – Kinski Is Dead

2pm – 3pm – EBM and Elektro, Old and New

I might be happier in old-school territory now, but I still play industrial of all varieties.

Haujobb – Dead Market
Individual Totem – Lost Souls
X Marks The Pedwalk – Paranoid Illusions
Noise Unit – Agitate
The Invincible Spirit – Push!
Front 242 – Until Death Us Do Part
Pouppée Fabrikk – Keine Zukunft
Darkmen – Legs Like Gold
Klutæ – Desert Storm
God Module – Resurrection
Tactical Sekt – Xfixiation (Original version….for once!)
Infekktion – Electrocution
Funker Vogt – Black Market Dealers
Miss Construction – Eins Und Zwei
Rabia Sorda – What You Get Is What You See

4pm – 5pm – Futurepop and Synthpop

Including the first ever appearance of a certain ‘bleedin obvious’ Covenant song in a TH set.

Deja Vu II – World Alert
A Spell Inside – I Will
Blind Passengers – Headlights
Mesh – Trust You (Single)
Covenant – Dead Songs (that’s what I call it)
NeuroticFish – Velocity
Pride + Fall – December
The Azoic – Conflict
Spray – He Came With The Sleigh
Erasure – Gaudete
SPOCK – White Christmas
Marc Almond – Tears Run Rings
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts
The Human League – Don’t You Want Me
Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind

5pm – Scott vs Jonny Tag Team

A tradition started in 2009 still continues…..

Cowboy Timmy – Mr Hankey The Christmas Poo
Schmoof – Sweet Child O’Mine
Satan – Christmas In Hell
Reverend Horton Heat – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
chef – Chocolate Salty Balls
Monty Python – Lumberjack Song
HP Lovecraft Society – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Fish

Unofficial Sets

Compiled here are a number of setlists from events that I provided music for but for whatever reason don’t qualify as ‘official’ Terminates Here sets, for one of the following reason:
  • The set was prerecorded
  • The event was a ‘practice’ or kit-testing session
  • The event was so poorly attended that it was a glorified practice session.
  • The set took place in a private building (private parties in regular pubs/clubs DO count)

London Gothic Meetup 200 – 24 October 2009

There was no DJ booth here, so I took requests online in advance of the event. The set was premixed into blocks of 3 or 4 songs, with gaps to allow for requests on the night. Robert once again handled the goth rock, post-punk, new wave area, thus letting me handle all the fringe styles. No-one yelled ‘Play Some Goth’ all night, so I think we got away with it.


Current 93 – All The Pretty Little Horses
Emilie Autumn – Largo
Vernian Process – Sarabande
Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio – She’s In Love With A Whip (My Venus In Furs)
Dead Can Dance – The Host Of Seraphim
Qntal – Am Morgen Fruo
The Creatures – Pluto Drive
Faith And The Muse – Whispered In Your Ear
Collide – Wings Of Steel
Diary Of Dreams – Kindrom
Clan Of Xymox – This World Project Pitchfork – I Live Your Dream


Within Temptatation – See Who I Am
Nightwish – Wish I Had An Angel
Epica – Sensorium
Rammstein – Pussy
NIN – The Day The World Went Away
KMFDM – A Drug Against War
Deviant UK – Access Denied
Front 242 – Headhunter (Live Code Version)
Front Line Assembly – Iceolate
Combichrist – Get Your Body Beat
Modulate – Skullfuck
Grendel – Zombienation (v2k5)
VNV Nation – The Great Divide
Covenant – Like Tears In Rain
The Cruxshadows – Tears
The Birthday Massacre – I Think We’re Alone Now

Mittelalter Nacht – 17 April 2010

This was the first known attempt at running a mittelalter night in London – and where better to hold it than Zeitgeist, a German Gastropub south of the river. Thanks must go to Ian for organising the whole event, and also the organisers for putting on a charity buffet, which was as tasty and filling as everything else I’ve ever eaten there!
There was no DJ booth, so sets were pre-recorded. Ian and Alan provided the bulk of the music, though I did provide one hour myself, which was played between 9pm and 10pm. To keep things varied, I managed to get some neo-folk, folk rock and ethereal tunes into my own set. Here it is:
Strawbs – The Hangman And The Papist (Acoustic Version)
Fire And Ice – The Wind That Shakes The Barley
Estampie – A Voi Gente Lamia – O Virgo Spelendens
Delerium feat Medieval Baebes – Extollere
Helium Vola – In Lichter Farbe Steht der Wald Die
Irrlichter – Totus Floreo
Unto Ashes – One World One Sky
Corvus Corax – Skudrinka
Cultus Ferox – Götterdämmerung
Omnia – Wytches Brew
In Extremo – Merseburger Zaubersprüche II
Saltatio Mortis – God Gave Rock’n’Roll
Nightwish – Moondance

Mittelalter Nacht II – 22 October 2010

For the second time in 2010, a Mittelalter Night was held at the Zeitgeist gastropub. A larger pool of DJs were called upon this time, covering everything from folk metal to mittelalter punk. My own set included a selection of more ‘electro-mittelalter’ tracks as well as some more conventional material. For technical reasons it was pre-recorded, but was played between 9pm and 10pm on the night itself.
The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud – Amara Tanta Tyri IV
Stoa – Autumn
Ataraxia – Elevazione
Qntal – Glacies
Helium Vola – Nummus
Lesiem – Fundamentum
Vangelis – Conquest Of Paradise
Potentia Animi – Viva La More
Heimataerde – Herr Mannelig
Eisenfunk – Skudrinka
Corvus Corax – Gaudalier (PC Project Remix)
Tanzwut – Exkremento
In Extremo – Villeman Og Magnhild
Faun – Rhiannon
Airim – Follow Me Up To Carlow

Gothic Sunday Chillout and Kit-Testing Session – March 6 2011

A Sunday afternoon with London Gothic is always well spent, especially when no less than 5 DJs gather to test out a selection of virtual DJ kit. The nature of this event means that the sets were all necessarily short. Here’s what I played:

Set 1

Code 64 – Leaving Earth
Beborn Beton – Another World
De/Vision – The End

Set 2

Melotron – Machmal (Edit)
Presets – Girl and the Sea
The Knife – Pass This On
Golden Boy and Miss Kittin – Rippin Kittin

Set 3

Umbra Et Imago feat Tanzwut – Feuer Und Licht
Schandmaul – Vor Der Schlacht
After Forever – Energize Me
Tiamat – The Ar
Theatre Of Tragedy – Machine
The Galan Pixs – Crackerjack – Return Of The Faith Healer

Downstairs Set – 15 February 2013

Whilst I was DJing Upstairs at said party, a pre-recorded set I made earlier in the day was playing downstairs. Due to it’s length, I never recorded the exact tracklist, nor it’s order, but here’s the highlights at least.
Atrium Carceri – Knowledge Of The Few
Coph Nia – Sympathy For The Devil
Steve Roach – Infinte Shore
Current 93 – Imperium I
Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio – She’s In Love With A Whip (Venus In Furs)
NON – Total War (Osaka version)
Laibach – Grosste Kraft & Mama Leone (plus their version of Rammstein’s Ohne Dich)
Blood Axis – Reign I Forever
The Prodigy – 3 Kilos
Jean Michel Jarre – Ethnicolour and Oxygene III
How To Destroy Angels – A Drowning
Swans – The Sound
Underworld – Stagger
Helium Vola – Omnis Mudia Creatura
Stalingrad – The Road On Which You’ll Die
Wendy Carlos – Title Music From A Clockwork Orange
Diary Of Dreams – Stimulation & Traumtanzer
A Split Second – Flesh (33rpm version)
DAF – Der Rauber and Der Prinz
Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral (The Bottom) & Something I Can Never Have
Marilyn Manson – Cryptochid
Fear Factory – Timelessness
Ministry – The Fall
Gary Numan – Deadliner
Vic Anselmo – Das Dunkle Land
Kirlian Camera – Ascension
Delerium – Incantation and Heavens Earth
Der Dritte Raum – Swing Bop (thus filling the request for electro swing!)
Velvet Acid Christ – We Have To See We Have To Know
:Wumspcut: – Thorns (Distant Vocals)
Covenant – Slowmotion
VNV Nation – Carbon
Mortis – Everyone Leaves
Girls Under Glass – Frozen
Project Pitchfork – Souls
Apoptygma Berzerk – 25 Cromwell Street

Terminates Here Irregular Event #02 – (Un)Common People – 2 November 2013

An event run at VERY short notice in November 2013 – for financial reasons, it was a case of then or not at all. With only one attendee who wasn’t a DJ or arrived with a DJ, the whole event became more of a beatmatchers ‘live in the studio’ test session.
Massive Attack – Teardrop
Air – Sexy Boy
Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds
Prodigy – Poison
Leftfield – Release The Pressure
Faithless – Salva Mea (Floating Mix/Tuff Mix combo)
4 Strings – Daytime William Orbit – Adagio For Strings (Ferry Corsten Remix)…mixed into
Tiesto – Adagio For Strings (excerpt)
Bomb The Bass – Megablast
Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin’ Beats
Underworld – Born Slippy.NUXX
Robert Miles – Children (Dream Version)
Blur – Girls and Boys
Lightning Seeds + Baddiel/Skinner – Three Lions
Pulp – Common People
Presidents of the United States of America – Peaches

Office Closure Party – 18 January 2018

I’ve even DJed as part of my day job.  This was a party to mark the closure of our old office.  I only did the opening phase, a more “contemporary” DJ did the late shift.  But here’s my bit for the record:

Wendy Carlos – Title Music From A Clockwork Orange
Angelo Badalamenti – Laura Palmer’s Theme
Vangelis – Love Theme From Bladerunner
Ennio Morricone – Gabriel’s Oboe
Brian Eno – An Ending (Ascent)
Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygene I
Massive Attack – Teardrop
Moby – Porcelain
The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds
Delerium – Incantation
Guru Josch – Infinity
KLF – 3am Eternal
Shamen – Phorever People
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes
Bananarama – Venus
Human League – Don’t You Want Me
Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down
Stranglers – Peaches
The Cranberries – Zombie
Blur – Girls + Boys
Pulp – Common People


History Of Guns + The Infinite Three + Amon Zero

Set 3 in my triple-header – The first History of Guns gig for 5 years, the first activity from Amon Zero in a while, but my first ever in East London. Tonight’s set included a interesting collection of genres (reflective of the band line up), with more than a few salutes to the Wasp Factory and Line Out rosters, plus a couple of East London legends in the post-gig assortment.

Freudstein – Live This Lie
Kat5can – Bonesaw
AmGod – On The Hunt (Short Mix)
Run Level Zero – Black Cinder
Goteki – Ninjagrrl
Aphex Twin – Girl/Boy Song
Axiome – Traque

<Amon Zero>

Chrome – Firebomb
Pere Ubu – Street Waves
Killing Joke – Follow The Leaders
Public Image Ltd – Public Image
1919 – Cry Wolf
Magazine – Shot By Both Sides
Joy Division – Transmission

<The Infinite Three>

Broken Links – Within Isolation
Earth Loop Recall – Optimism Creeping In
The Chaos Engine – Employee Of The Year
Deathboy – Cheap Shot
Pitchshifter – Genius
NIN – You Know What You Are?

<History Of Guns>

The Clash – I Fought The Law
Ian Dury – Spasticus Autisticus (Live)
Dead Kennedys – California Uber Alles
Big Black – The Model
Anthrax – Got The Time
Slayer – Angel Of Death
Iron Maiden – Run To The Hills
AC/DC – Highway To Hell
Argent – God Gave Rock and Roll To You

Alternative Bring’n’Buy Sale – October 2013

Part 2 of my triple-header, and back to where it all began at the Tufnell Park Dome. Joining me today was Alt B&B regular Scott, and also Captain Howard, who handled most of the styles I normally play, that gave me an opportunity to play, well, something else.

Set 1 – Folk-Prog-Psych-Glam Rock

With industrial and electronic covered and goth due later, this set reflects various other tunes that I thought I made a change from what I normally do.

Strawbs – The Hangman And The Papist
Steeleye Span – Blackleg Miner
Blackmores Night – Wind In The Willows
Fairport Convention – Breakfast In Mayfair
Can – She Brings The Rain
Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band – Sugar and Spikes
Hawkwind – Silver Machine
Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)
Jethro Tull – Aqualung
Deep Purple – Knocking At Your Back Door
Camel – Cloak and Dagger Man
Foreigner – Double Vision
Roxy Music – Re-Make Re-Model
Sweet – Ballroom Blitz

Set 2 – Old Goth With A Bit Of New Stuff

A kind of once-a-year thing for me. But I’m happy to play it more often if anyone’s interested…..

Fortification 55 – And Tomorrow Atlantis
Hungry Lucy – Could It Be
Collide – Wings Of Steel
Razor Skyline – Queen Of Heaven
The Glove – Like An Animal
Atomic Neon – Cold Room
Manuskript – Flies In The Marzipan
Love Like Blood – Shed Your Skin
Killing Joke – Empire Song
Rubicon – Watch Without Pain
Bauhaus – Lagartija Nick
Sisters Of Mercy – Detonation Boulevard
Mono Inc – Burn Me
The Birthday Massacre – Happy Birthday
Helalyn Flowers – Guided By Voices

Jonny Vs Scott Tag Team Silliness

Something of a tradition – throw away all integrity and make clear up a lot less tedious. (Though to be fair, I’d play some of these in regular sets).

Madonna – Material Girl
Primal Scream – Rocks
Bon Jovi – You Give Love A Bad Name
Dee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance
Shamen – L.S.I.
KLF – 3am Eternal
Monty Python – Bruce’s Philosophers Song + Knights Of The Round Table

Global Noise Attack + Machine Rox + Paresis + MixE1

Part one of my triple-header saw me go back to the upper reaches of Elektrowerkz to fill the musical gaps between the four bands on the billing tonight.

Kloq – Push It
Battery – Aftermath
Psy’Aviah – Into The Game


Je$us Loves Amerika – FYA
Psychopomps – Superpsycho
Weena Morloch – Kaputt!
Dawn Of Ashes – A Breathing Holocaust
KMFDM – A Drug Against War


Glis – No Pulse
Inertia – Angel (In The Psychiatrists Chair)
Deja Vu II – World Alert

<Machine Rox>

History Of Guns – Empty Eyes
Pigface – Divebomber
Killing Joke – Pandemonium (Cybersank Edit)
Nine Inch Nails – Heresy
Ministry – Stigmata
Skinny Puppy – Tin Omen

<Global Noise Attack>

Byte Back – Terminates Here Irregular Event #01

BYTE BACK, the first Terminates Here-branded event, took place last night. Joining me tonight were DJs traumahound and Captain Howard (click on the links to see their sets). My own sets were at either end of the event, and were as follows:

Set 1 – 8pm-9pm

Suicide – Rocket USA
Attrition – Underpass (Click, Click Drone) (John Foxx cover)
Kraftwerk – Tour De France (1983 version)
Opera Multi Steel – Ils S’eloigent
Kinetik – Go Elements Go
QEK Junior – Atomkonsens
Xeno & Oaklander – Blue Flower
Klinik – Moving Hands
Pankow – Gimme More Much More
Liaisons Dangereuses – Los Ninos Del Parque
Ionic Vision – Ave Maria (Original)
Click Click – Sweet Stuff
Proceed – Identität
Das Präparat – Emily
The Cassandra Complex – What Can I Do For You
Revenge – Pineapple Face

Set 2 – Midnight-1am

Cubanate – Oxyacetylene
Funker Vogt – Gunman (Classic)
Covenant – Stalker (Club Version)
VNV Nation – Darkangel
Icon Of Coil – Access and Amplify
Fischerspooner – Emerge
Front 242 – Headhunter (Live Code Version)
Prodigy – Everybody In The Place (Fairground)
Orbital – Doctor?
Juno Reactor – Masters of the Universe
Seize – Unbreakable
Underworld – Born Slippy.NUXX
Depeche Mode – A Question Of Time
OMD – Maid Of Orleans

Alternative Bring’n’Buy Sale – July 2013

My first set in a couple of months, and my first full-length set since the end of Neo-Noir. Today I was joined by DJs Scott and Sinbad, thus re-uniting half the line-up from Reptile NYE 2012. With the two of them handling “everything with guitars in”, I played synthy stuff pretty much all day.

10:30am-12 noon – Synthetic Startup

Kept it mellow for the opening hour, given the likely heat.

Sabres Of Paradise – Clock Factory
Boards Of Canada – Turquiose Hexagon Sun
Autechre – Bike
Underworld – Dirty Epic
Yage – 831am
Finitribe – Forevergreen
Male Or Female – Louder Than Silence
Lassigue Bendthaus – Fiber
Cleen – Sunburst
Elektric Music – Esperanto
Rorschach Garden – Robot Song
Depeche Mode – Nodisco
OMD – Dresden
Hard Corps – Clean Tables
Northern Kind – On+On
Marsheaux – Breakthrough

2am-3am – More Bleep

So yes, in this set somewhere is a track of my own creation….

Halo In Reverse – King O
NIN – Survivalism
Meat Beat Manifesto – Prime Audio Soup
Deja Vu II – World Alert
Front 242 – Quite Unusual
Brigade Werther – Killbeat
Skinny Puppy – Smothered Hope
Tyske Ludder – Monotonie
Aiboforcen – E.W.I.F.
VNV Nation – Chrome
Icon Of Coil – Dead Enough For Life
Project Pitchfork – Timekiller
Suicidal Romance – Like An Angel
Blutengel – Stay (Shakespeares Sister Cover)

5am-5:30pm – Jonny vs Scott Tag Team

The traditional venue clearer.

Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back In Town
The Pogues – Fiesta
WASP – I Wanna Be Somebody
John Travolta and Oliva-Newton John – Summer Nights
Monty Python – Every Sperm Is Sacred
Johnny Cash – Ring Of Fire
Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock