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10 Years of DJ Terminates Here – 2014

The early days of 2014 saw a couple of the seeds I planted on New Years Eve began to bring forth promise. First was a birthday party, back at the Elixir Bar and with a simple classic rock remit. I also found myself back in the role of DJ co-ordinator and found myself with two half-hour sets at either end of the night. The first half-hour was played to a near empty room, and nine of those minutes were eaten up with the no-one-else-would-play-it request “Freebird”.

Thankfully, the joker dealt to me on NYE was an ace this time. Itching to get back on before everyone disappeared, one of the DJs failed to show (he did my a favour so will remain nameless). I got extended play and hence dropped in the cheesy anthem rock, with everyone singing over the PA once more. It was like Nightrain all over again. Apart from the Hawaiian shirt dress code. I’ve still got mine. Never found another use for it, really.

There was my third and final set at the Intrepid Fox with Die Kur, MaxDmyz and co, which went without a hitch this time, even if the writing was on the wall for the venue, what with Crossrail redevelopments and the like. The Fox briefly moved to the complex on the Archway Triangle, which itself became something of a scene focus point for a few years, but the pub itself didn’t last and hasn’t been heard from since – another scene name was lost in the name of “development”.

You Blame Yourself For Wanting More

The most interesting set in the early part of the year wasn’t in London at all, though. My conversations on NYE night had opened up one particularly interesting opportunity – the Asylum Club in Chelmsford were interested in putting me on one Friday night. It was only a short train ride from my East London residence, so a deal was quickly put in place and my first set outside the capital occurred in the city where I had my first full-time permanent job. On arrival, discovered my original office was in the process of being demolished, never liked the place anyway so I shed no tears.

A couple of bands (Faceless Dolls and Swivel Man) were booked. I’d originally agreed to play after they were done, but I quickly agreed to play short sets before and between them also – having come this far, I was going to play every minute I could. So I got in short sets hovering between grunge, shoegaze and experimental rock (best I could do with the clues soundcheck offered) and then two lengthy afterparty sets, one in the upstairs ‘live’ room and a second in the downstairs bar, not stopping to the early hours of the morning. My take from the night didn’t even cover my hotel costs (DJ Terminates Here has always worked at a net loss), but I didn’t care. I’d pushed the boat out and not sunk!

Another lengthy set followed at the March ABBS with Scott – this set out of all of them wasn’t particularly competitive and many of the guest DJs we’d put on were now focusing on other things (acting, tech writing, live bands, etc). But once again, I had the feeling that once it was over, I didn’t want to stop. But stop I had to. No bookings were forthcoming. But thinking back to last year, I realised destiny could still be in my own hands.

With The Wrong Tune Playing ‘till it Sounded Right

Initially I wanted to re-run my 1990s event, but not-enough-available-DJs prevented that taking place immediately. I did establish that the Elixir Bar would let me put on free entry nights on the occasions they weren’t booked for anything else. With only Scott showing any interest in working with me at the time, we dreamt up an open-genre event called ‘Vs’, which soon evolved into a kind of ‘the audience decides the music policy’ event. We held it on Good Friday, clear of obvious scene activity from others. Though obviously many people would be away, it was still the best option open to us.

I wouldn’t say the place was packed, but it was a moderately successful event. The open request concept eventually took off, even scoring a free beer for playing AC/DC, thanks to some old men who’d wandered in expecting nothing more than a quiet pint. It was also the point where I met a couple of DJs from ‘Oop North’. DJ Electric Dream is someone I’ve yet to play an event with, but I’m sure it’d work if it ever happened. DJ Nathan Nothing, however, would go on to play a role in the later chapters.

The next event I put on was back at Dirty Dicks – I’d originally planned to use a club in Shoreditch but the sulky management and high deposit demanded just presented me with a sign pointing back towards Bishopsgate. X-KiN were ready for another video launch, and a venue with both a PA and screens was required. On this occasion, I had the benefit of X-KiN’s front man Karl to design a flier, something he was much better talented at that me. However, as it was also his leaving the UK party, I also had to accept his choice of DJs.

At least Howard was back, and DJ Jester (ex-Inferno, ex-Neo Noir, now Slimelight) came along and did his thing without fuss. The fourth DJ, well, I won’t name him here as he’s got too many friends in high places, but I only remember him kicking up a lot of fuss about the substandard equipment (including my own DJ laptop) – I was close to kicking him out, but the repercussions of such an act could have been severe at a time where he was several step further up the scene establishment than I was. However, it reinforced my belief that my own events should focus on up-and-coming DJs, one used to working with less-than-the-best. Because people like me can’t afford the best. And don’t need it anyway.

This event was still the best attended of my ‘Irregular Events’ so far, but it felt a little hollow as it’s the one over which I had the least creative control, as if X-KiN had outsourced their party organisation to me rather than serve as something I’d dreamt up myself. Still, there was time to think of my next move. The June ABBS gave me a two low-pressure hours of Djing – though in attempt to distinguish this set from the others I was playing at the time, I ended up inserted things as obscure as Karjalan Sissit, Monte Cazazza and Amon Amarth into my playlist. But Summer 2014 was turning ugly.

And Then Dance and Drink and Screw, Because There’s Nothing Else To Do

It was a warm and muggy summer, with the atmosphere in the scene as thick as the air outside. I was never directly involved in the various occurrences, but that was in fact part the problem. There is a Diary of Dreams song with a lyrics that say “You cannot help where your help is not wanted”. And that’s pretty much were I stood at the time.

I thought I might try to drum up some international interest in my Djing at Wave-Gotik-Treffen, but in a city full of scene people from across Europe, it was impossible to find the promoters, shot-callers and other people of influence, especially when English was the second-at-best language to use (anyone thinking I should have become fluent in multiple European languages, easier said than done and scarcely the best use of time on a return-on-investment basis). It later became clear that all the people I needed to speaking to were in the sealed-off worlds of VIP lounges, places where my regular wristband didn’t grant admittance.

On my return, I faced a multitude of domestic breakages, eating up the money I didn’t have. And then the Reptile club, location of some of my most memorable sets, were booted out of their original venue. This story at least had a happy ending – they ended up in Nightclub Kolis in North London, a better location for most, a friendly and receptive management and a more suitable facility all round, the only downside being they couldn’t host NYE there any more. But for the summer at least, their future was uncertain.

In all the confusion, I managed to bag the Elixir Bar one more time to re-run my “(Un)Common People” night with budget only for a few monochrome fliers. Scott was back on board as DJ, and as Shadowchaser was unavailable, we brought in Ross Liddle as our third and we were on. It was another moderately successful night, unsure of the correct balance between ‘dance’, ‘rock’ and ‘pop’ but covering all bases in the end. And then for the next few months, the story ceases to be mine to tell.

Alt-Fest collapsed amidst acrimony, the initial sympathies for the organisers evaporating once the true scale of the fuck-up became clear. Some hastily thrown together substitute events, a few one-off DJ nights and then an Infest hit by three line-up changes. And I was just a punter. I’d tried to get my foot in the door at various points, but no, it wasn’t my moment to shine. At this point, I was travelling to work starting into my DJ notebook, thinking “What action could I take right now to improve my booking rate?”. I’d exhausted my own idea pool, pulled in all the favours I could, even resorted to Any Question Answered (AQA) at one point, and had drawn a blank.

And the solution? When you can’t think of anything, try everything.

I Have Roads to Walk, I Have Mountains to Climb

Firstly, I though the ‘open request list’ idea had legs, even if it needed two DJs who knew each others styles well enough to divide up the tunes into manageable chunks in similar styles. Secondly, I knew the ABBS was my one remaining sure-fire booking and that many people stuck around hours afterwards in nearby pubs, especially Aces and Eights on the other side of the crossroads. And I knew they had an upstairs DJ booth used on some nights. Could I put all these pieces together.

Yes, I could. The Aces and Eights management agreed to trial the idea of occasional Sunday night DJs, with the proviso of nothing too noisy being played – something we defined as ‘no extreme metal, no harsh noise, no dubstep’ (we’ve broken one of these once, another a couple of times, and another one never – can you work out which?). We still had the issue of the ABBS itself before, which Scott and I decided to play on our own, meaning we had 3 hours of Djing under our belts before we’d even opened up the floor for requests.

We had some initial issues getting set up, a lesson we later learned involved getting a guest DJ to do the last hour of the ABBS whilst we got a head-start over the road. As it was, I got in a couple of warm-up tunes whilst I got used to the PA, before the requests landed. There then followed the process of taking the disparate collection of tracks asked for, working out which one I had, which one’s Scott was likely to have (between us we had most of them), working out which ones would mix well together and trying to make a DJ set from crowdsourced suggestions that was an improvement on a jukebox or iPod on random.

There was even the continuation of our habit of tag-teaming (alternating tracks each) the final phase of the night. We’d had some practice back in April, but now we’d made the format work on all levels. It’s almost as though I’d found the format to which my DJ skills were best suited. A lot of DJs I’ve spoken to simply shuddered at the idea of turning up with blank pieces of paper that could take you in any direction. But my background musical knowledge allowed me to solve that puzzle on-the-fly. To this day it’s my favourite Djing format to actually play.

Hand Me a Line – Really Hand Me a Line

This short burst of DJ activity continued for a few weeks. There was a downstairs Elektrowerkz slot supporting the Dutch industrial metal band Deadcell, though it was more apparent than ever that the Slimelight DJs really didn’t want me to play any overtime in ‘their’ bit of the night. There was also a totally unplanned set a few weeks later at the Black Heart in Camden. It was an open mic/jam session event, and I’d turned up with my laptop planning to give my Deja Vu 2 tracks an airing.

This indeed happened, with my anti-dubstep anthem “Invasive Species” getting the best response. But I also had a tablet by now and hence pulled double-duty but piecing together the various live contributions (experimental projects, performance poets, live covers) with various pieces of music played through CrossDJ (which I still believe is the best Android-based DJ software). I then played a half-hour afterparty and then packed up my things contented with progress in multiple areas. But once again, it was a false dawn.

Deja Vu 2 never progressed further – I hit a brick wall with creativity soon after. What I most wanted to do was get another Irregular Event going. The DJ Nathan Nothing had recently moved to London, and we’d spoken about getting an old-school EBM night started. I’d always had a thing for the style, more so since my return to Wave-Gotik-Treffen in 2013. I didn’t make it my first Irregular Event as I didn’t want to risk anything too specialist until I knew what I was doing – also with London in the throes of the dubstep fad at the time, it’s not a concept that would have been well-received in late 2013. But despite some increased interest in the concept, trying to find an available venue suddenly became impossible.

I thought I had it at one point, only to find I’d booked an event clashing with ‘Beat:Cancer’ at Elektrowerkz – no chance against that, but more upsetting was that I didn’t even know the event was taking place until someone pointed it out. Had I seriously fallen out of the loop to that extent? I got various leads on possible venues, but e-mails weren’t replied to, even with the offer of money. Because that’s what venue mangers like, right? I also tried to find myself a booking agent, again with the promise of a cut of my take, but the genres I played seemed to exist in a black hole as far as anyone on the dance scene was concerned. Nobody that could of helped did, and I had nothing I could offer to incentivise them with anyway. Unlike some, I’ve given up on the notion that the majority of human beings will do something for another without something in it for them.

Some Doors are Better Left Unopened

So I had to hold out until the next ABBS. Even here, my Djing seemed fated, the door to the room with the PA kit was locked with the keys nowhere to be found in the venue. In the end, the handyman had to unscrew the lock for us to gain access, and we were an hour into the event by then – notably when the management of the Dome changed, one of their first acts of note was installed combination locks instead. At least we were back at Aces afterwards, with a welcome set of requests for various German bands that I seldom get to play elsewhere.

The Renaissance festival moved to Elektrowerkz in 2014 and took place six days later. Once again, six DJs and countless live acts were booked across the day-long duration. With an additional second stage improvised in the back bar, it also meant a whole lot more Djing to do than the previous year. Starting at noon, I was playing classical, film score and darkambient music to whoever happened to be in the room at the time. Some of the other DJs (Scott, Vade Retro and Jester) also took the chance to play extra sets – the CD DJs really missed out on this chance. Everyone got a go on the main floor, too – and I also took a chance for 45 minutes on the goth/80s floor of Slimelight later on, my energy finally failing at around 1:30am, thirteen hours after my first set of the day.

There was meant to be one final set at Reptile, supporting the Welsh band ‘Protafield’ (aka Jayce Lewis’ project), but a police cordon outside the venue on the night put paid to that. Perhaps not in the best state of mind, I went on AQA once more in desperation to try and find an alternate venue, a futile mission, with everyone else heading for home or Slimelight, I was left standing in Archway wondering why I thought, even briefly, that I could be the saviour of the second biggest non-event of the year (Alt-Fest was the biggest). All that I remember afterwards was downing a six-pack of Lech lager back home.

But in many respects, it may have been a blessing in disguise. I was not in a happy place emotionally for much of 2014, though this was largely due high-pressure period in the day job (a massive story in it’s own right), which left few escapes. I was sleeping poorly, drinking too much and generally just zoning through life. Had I played Reptile that night in December, I most likely would have gone through the motions, such was my state of mind.

A few days later and stress-related illness put me out of action for the rest of the year. And it seems a pity to end like that when in actual fact, 2014’s Djing adventure really saw me take fate into my own hands in terms of defining my destiny. But there’s a difference between “making your own luck” and “bashing fate’s head against a wall to force things to happen that otherwise wouldn’t”, and this year just felt out of balance in every sense.

Onto 2015….

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20 Years Of Live Music – Part 15 (2014)

There was a healthy run of interesting shows early in 2014. Laibach were back on tour, as were B-Movie, another chance to see Tenek and rare appearance of Rosa Crux, still one of the most unique stage shows you’ll ever see. But I’m determined that this piece is about documenting the influence of live music on the person, not a dry collection of live reviews. And in a year in which I was rarely in a truly happy place (reasons to be discussed elsewhere), I needed something more than isolated gigs to move me. Continue reading

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


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


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


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

DJ Terminates Here vs DJ The Scot – November 2014

It was a lot of fun last time, so DJ The Scott and myself decided to once again extend the social side of the Alt Bring’n’Buy by crossing the road, and continuing the DJing on an ‘Open Request List’ basis. We passed round sheets of paper, pencils and let the audience decide the direction the music took. Here’s (half) of what was played.

Set 1

To prove how unexpected things happen at such events, I open up with a 90s guitar rocker that would be unlikely to offend many eardrums, only for the early requests to immediately throw me back a decade to 80s new wave!

Manic Street Preachers – From Despair to Where
Depeche Mode – Shake The Disease
New Order – True Faith
Eurythmics – Missionary Man
Soft Cell – Sex Dwarf
The Damned – Eloise
Peter Murphy – Cuts You Up

Set 2

A surprising number of requests for German-language songs. This set was (mostly) for them.

Clan Of Xymox – This World
Goethes Erben – Leben Um Zu Leben
E Nomine – Mitternacht
Mantus – Keine Liebe
Rammstein – Dalai Lama
Fleischmann – Frei
Eisbrecher – This Is Deutsch ([:SITD:] Remix) – two band requests in one!
Oomph! – Der Neue Gott
The Creatures – Exterminating Angel

Set 3

Post-punk and classic rock, plenty of demand for both!

Siouxsie and the Banshees – Love In A Void
The Cure – Killing an Arab
Specimen – Hex
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
Xmal Deutschland – Begrab Meinen Herz
The Birthday Party – Release The Bats
Generation X – Wild Youth
Patti Smith – Because The Night
Iggy Pop – Lust For Life
Guns’n’Roses – Live and Let Die
Warrant – Cherry Pie
Whitesnake – Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper

Closing Tag-Team Set

A bewildering final run of requests led to our closing tag-team consisting (unusually) of some quite long songs. S: indicates Scott’s selections, TH: are mine!

The Sisterhood – Giving Ground
Partly Faithful – Stop
Das Ich – Keimzeit
How To Destroy Angels – The Space In Between
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
Radiohead – Paranoid Android
Metallica – One
Johnny Cash – When The Man Comes Around
Wendy Carlos – Beethoviana (from ‘A Clockwork Orange’)

Alternative Bring’n’Buy Sale – November 2014

Back to where it all began, six years ago to the day, and still my only regular DJ set. Today myself and regular co-DJ ‘The Scot’ were joined by Simon Landmine (or was is ‘Claymore’?) for this particular daytime DJ set. Due to difficulties finding a key, we were late starting, explaining the curtailed early sets.

We later made up for the late start across the road at Aces and Eights, of course…..

12pm-12:40pm – Minimal Synth and Darkwave

Cevin Key – Aphasia
Chris & Cosey – Just Like You
Linear Movement – Due To You
Oppenheimer Analysis – Don’t Be See With Me
Sixth June – Everytime
Torul – Glow
Spacebuoy – Intoxicated
Regenerator – Shores of Forever (EU Version)
Agonised by Love – Silent War
Xymox – Blind Hearts
Love Is Colder Than Death – In Silence and Tears

2pm-3pm – Electro-Industrial and Futurepop

Skinny Puppy – Smothered Hope
Dive – Sidewalk Sinner
No Sleep By The Machine – Mammonth
Bio-Tek – Communion
Dead When I Found Her – Rain Machine
The .invalid – Breaksequence
Accessory – Deadline
Destroid – Judgement Throne
Epsilon Minus – Future Pop Musik
Cryo – The Portal
VNV Nation – The Great Divide
Frozen Plasma – Irony
Ficitonal – Blue Lights
Fiction 8 – Hegemony

5pm-5:20pm – 3 Way Tag Team

I’ll let regulars work out whose are whose – I’m guilty-as-charged for the London punk (no surprise) and US funk-metal (slightly more of a surprise?).

Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Give It Away
Q Lazarus – Goodbye Horses
Wax Audio – Thunder Busters
The Clash – Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
Babymetal – Gimme Choko
The Ruts – Babylons Burning

Goth Jam & Open Mic

A new concept for live performance in London – get a venue, PA and a few instruments, and let anyone have a go at whatever form of performance seems to fit the mood of the moment. A mixture of original music, covers and performance poetry were the hallmarks of this event. My own musical project Deja Vu 2 had it’s ‘zeroth’ even performance (as in it was a 3-song PA with no other live members), though I also did an improvisational jam of a fourth lyric (music as yet unwritten) and did vocals on a cover of some-old-goth-tune. Oh, and I also did some DJing.

Usually when I do between-bands work, I have some idea of what style to aim for. On this occasion, this was only occasionally possible. Also, I needed a very long song to cover either side of my own performance! One thing I did manage to do was get in a trio of vocoder-heavy tunes at the end of the night, have got one of the things to work myself when playing live! Anyway, for the sake of keeping a record, here’s setlist and running order from the night.

Absurd Minds – Essence
Psyche – Unveiling The Secret

<Live Jam – Temple of Love>

Suspiria – Now, We See The Swine
Seven Trees – Going Down
ClockDVA – The Act

<Improvisational Set – Non-Bio>

Jean Michel Jarre – Ethnicolor 1 (first half)

 song PA – Deja Vu 2>

Jean Michel Jarre – Ethnicolor 1 (second half)
Scapa Flow – Crucial Impact

<Acoustic Covers – Rachel Bullimore>

Death In June – Hullo Angel

<Live Jam – Boadecia Unique>

The KVB – Captives
Thomas Dolby – Leipzig
The Cars – Just What I Needed

<A Capella – Boadecia Unique>
<Live Jam – Timewarp>

Poison – Every Rose Has It’s Thorn

<Acoustic Cover – Graham Richards ‘Hurt’>

Current 93 – Oh Coal Black Smith

<Live Jam – Deja Vu 2 ‘Meat Is Dinner’>

Spetsnaz – Apathy

<Coleridge Recital>

Strawbs – The Hangman And The Papist
Styx – Mr.Roboto
Telex – Moskow Disko
Kraftwerk – Computer World
OMD – Maid of Orleans
VNV Nation – Nova

Deadcell, Machine Rox + Cortex Defect

A three-band lineup at Elektrowerkz, with the Netherlands-based industrial metal band Deadcell headlining. I was filling in the gaps between the bands, and this is how it went.

Trial – Blut Aus Eisen
Cut.rate.box – Brittle
Ghost & Writer – Man On A Wire
Mind.in.a.box – 8 Bits

<Cortex Defect>

Krystal System – I Love My Chains
Cyanotic – Sensory Deprivation
Decree – Fateless

<Machine Rox>

Blue Eyed Christ – Drown
Penal Colony – Product
Static-X – Love Dump
Sepultura – Refuse Resist
Killing Joke – Asteroid
MaxDmyz – Smells Like Victory
Fear Factory – Cars
Rammstein – Sehnsucht
Nine Inch Nails – March Of The Pigs


DJ Terminates Here vs DJ The Scot – September 2014

It’s customary after the Alt Bring’n’Buy to cross the road to Aces and Eights for a post-event pizza and pint. This time we took it further, and continued the DJing here, too.

This event worked on an ‘open request list’ principle – the audience decided the music policy, so all but the very first and last tracks played tonight were requests.

Set 1 – 6pm-6:45pm

Borghesia – We Don’t Believe You
Tear Garden – Sheila Liked The Rodeo
Hawkwind – Silver Machine
Pink Floyd – See Emily Play
Nightwish – High Hopes (3 requests for the ‘Floyd, 2 for Nightwish, what else could I do?)
The Eternal Afflict – Kinski Is Dead
Sisters Of Mercy – Black Planet
The Velvet Underground – Venus In Purs
Inkubus Sukkubus – Pagan Born
Omnia – Wytches Brew

Set 2 – 7:30pm-8:15pm

Switchblade Symphony – Bad Trash
Diary Of Dreams – The Wedding
Velvet Acid Christ – Evoked
Deviant UK – Timekiller
Spetsnaz – Apathy
Nitzer Ebb – Let Your Body Learn
OhGr – Shhh
Aesthetic Perfection – Spit It Out
Eisenfunk – Pong
OMD – Enola Gay
Depeche Mode – Stripped

Set 3 – 9pm-9:15pm

Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
AC/DC – Back In Black
REO Speedwagon – Back On The Road Again (hell, yeah!)
Cinderella – Don’t Know What You’ve Got Til It’s Gone

Tag-Team Wind Down – 9:15pm-10pm

One final Jonny vs Scott to see the day out.

Iggy Pop – No Fun
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
Suicide – Rocket USA
B-Movie – Remembrance Day
Ultravox – Quiet Man
Moby – New Dawn Fades
NIN – Dead Souls
Killing Joke – Requiem
PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love
Johnny Cash – Hurt

Alternative Bring’n’Buy Sale – September 2014

After two months off DJing, I returned back to the Alternative Bring’n’Buy sale, once again joined by Scott McMahon (now working under the name ‘DJ The Scott’), for our longest day of DJing yet. Today’s set included a number of bands that had made a mark on the UK live scene during August, plus at least one that should have but didn’t (come back Pitchies, all is forgiven!).

Set 1 – 10:20am-11:45am

Neo-folk for set up, some downtempo electronics to cure any hangovers, and then onto the minimal melodic synth thing that I’ve discovered works particularly well at this time of morning.

:Wumpscut: – Angel
Coph Nia – The New Oath
Blood Axis & Les Joyeaux De La Princesse – Foile Verte
Sieben – Love’s Promise
Dernière Volonté – Le Poison
Rome – To Die Among Strangers
Jordan Reyne – The Shadow Line
Portishead – Numb
Xingu Hill – Core Illness
Scorn – Weakener
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Pieces From The Whole
Echo West – In Pop We Trust
Iioioioii – Stardust
No Comment – Back In The 80s (Maxi Version)
Carpe Diem – Dream On
Eleven Pond – Watching Trees
Martial Canterel – You Today
Sturm Café – Koka Kola Freiheit
Welle:Erdball – Der Flipperkönig
Mr.Kitty – Insects
Auto-Auto – Toadboy
The Faint – Agenda Suicide

Set 2 – 1pm-2pm

Despite focusing on older EBM and dark electro in club sets these days, this event is about variety, so I dug out some of the lesser-played (by me) ‘oontz’ material, too.

Front 242 – Flag
Die Krupps – Robo Sapien
Eco – Hass Und Liebe
Project Pitchfork – Alpha Omega
Velvet Acid Christ – We Have To See We Have To Know
Juno Reactor – God Is God
Mentallo + The Fixer – Tachyon
Enter + Fall – Push Enter + Fall Down
X-Fusion – The Dungeon Of Reality
Tamtrum – Abort The Pope
XP8 – Das Licht
Seabound – Hooked
Covenant – The Men
Informatik – Something To Believe In

Set 3 – 3pm-4pm

Scott handled the post-punky side of goth, thus leaving me with various 90s and 00s rockier material, with a metallic twist at the end.

Suspiria – Allegedy, Dancefloor Tragedy
Squid – Endgame
Midnight Configuration – Sinister, Sinister
Bella Morte – Find Forever Gone
Breath Of Life – Bad Race
Still Patient? – Chameleon
Cancer Barrack – Cancer Barrack
The Beauty Of Gemina – Haddon Hall
Lacrimosa – Durch Nacht Und Flut (Club Version)
ASP – Ich Will Brennen
Staubkind – Dein Engel Schweight
In Extremo – Küss mich
Eluveitie – A Rose For Epona
Tyr – Hold The Heathen Hammer High
Die Kur – The Order Of Things To Be

5pm-5:30pm – Jonny vs Scott Tag Team

Actually, this ended up as more of a ‘England vs USA’ Tag Team (not being sufficient amounts of Scottish punk to hand for Scott to show his background)……

Cock Sparrer – Take ‘em All
Blondie – X-Offender
Cockney Rejects – Oi Oi Oi
Dead Kennedys – California Uber Alles
Ian Dury – Sex and Drugs and Rock’n’Roll
Lou Reed – Vicious

With that done, it was over the road to Aces and Eights to continue with our Open Request List event…..

(Un)Common People – Terminates Here IrrEv #02b

After last November’s abortive attempt at running this event, we finally saw through (Un)Common People as IrrEv #02b, Thanks to Scott McMahon and Ross Liddle for their sets, here’s what I played.

Set 1

Note that the two songs in this set with the same title share only that – they aren’t covers of each other!

Massive Attack – Teardrop
Air – Sexy Boy
The Orb – Toxygene
BT – Love, Peace and Grease
Sash! – It’s My Life
DJ Quicksilver – I Have A Dream
Republica – Out Of The Darkness
Happy Mondays – 24 Hour Party People
Carter USM – Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere
No Doubt – It’s My Life
Radiohead – Just

Set 2

Terrorvision – Perseverence
KLF – 3am Eternal
Utah Saints – Something Good
Faithless – Insomnia
Josh Wink – Higher State Of Conciousness
Underworld – Cowgirl
Leftfield – Phat Planet
Prodigy – Everybody In The Place (Fairground Mix)
Aphex Twin – Come To Jonny
Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin’ Beats
Bomb The Bass – Megablast
Blur – Song 2
Placebo – Pure Morning
Lightning Seeds – The Life Of Riley
Supergrass – Alright
Pulp – Common People