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10 Years of DJ Terminates Here – The EOL-Era

My Djing didn’t begin under the Terminates Here name. I’d also managed a little bit under my former name ‘Jonny EOL’. All but one of these sets took place at Imperial College, where I studied (yes, really) for three years, though the Djing chances only came along towards the end of my time there.

It was only in my second year that we got our out rock’n’metal night ‘Whiplash’, and the Djing here was handled solely by our college radio DJ Steve (not a Steve any of you know now). No bad thing at the time – he really had a grip on the metal sound of the late 90s. Pity he didn’t care for Rammstein, but you can’t have everything.

But In His Voice I Heard Decay

But eventually a chance would come for the rest of us. Our Whiplash event chose to upgrade to a live band event called ‘sICk night in’, people were invited from other Uni Unions from around London, and there were DJ slots between each band to fill. My own patronage of events like Full Tilt and various shorter-lived nights had given me access to various industrial and darkwave themed tunes that no-one else had in the days when file-sharing was only just starting up. And hence a set was secured….but first a little practice.

We had secured the used of the Back Room in our college bar the night before the big event to get used to mixers, PA systems and CD-Js, and hence my first tentative sets were delivered – three tracks to get used to the buttons and faders. Then a couple of skater-types had their practice session, and decided “We don’t like what anyone else is playing, so we’ll shut ourselves in the booth and refuse to come out”.

Typical of the IC attitude as a whole, where the ‘I’m better than you’ mindset ruled with toxic prevalence. I hadn’t really gotten to grips with the kit by now, so eventually we coaxed them out and I played a couple more tunes, just so I could work out what a crossfader was for, and that was it. Off to Full Tilt. The place I discovered many of the things I was actually playing at the time.

On the night itself, I got my chance to DJ to a crowd for the first time. On a sprung wooden floor, with DJ kit set up on a trestle table (and no light source), the CD players were prone to skipping and one gave up entirely on my third song. So two attempts in and still no chance to work up some set time. But a first lesson in learning about navigating sub-standard equipment. Many more would follow.

I made it back to the Back Room a few months later – a digital hardcore/breakbeat DJ wanted an opening slot filling with a different (but distantly related) style and he brought me in. Oddly, this was my only experience of Djing off vinyl, ever – the format was seriously out-of-fashion at the time amongst all but scratch-style DJs, so I could pick it up cheaply on a student budget – there was no ‘state of the ark’ retro-chic motivation here. Still had a limited setlist and not much ‘feel’ for how tracks go together, but at least it was my first go at playing a set uninterrupted.

What Will Become? What Will We Be?

I left Imperial College a month later, but but I remained on-call for the next year or so as their industrial/darkwave DJ, having built my social life around the style since departure. I returned five times in total, slowly expanding my range. By my third attempt, I was including things like PAL and local bands Killing Miranda and MaxDmyz. Which turned out to be somewhat fortuitous, as MaxDmyz themselves were booked to play the next ‘live bands’ event, taking place a week from the end of the academic year and chance to let hair of various lengths down.

I was back as DJ, this time to play support slot to the headline band. Unfortunately, the event was running severely over time due to the fact we’d “borrowed” our live room from another student society and they were playing control freaks. Add this to strict curfew limits and we only to play a couple of songs each. Another sad but true lesson – Steer clear of running events where the venue staff show any kind of reluctance over having you there.

We both returned in November, the event was moved to the ground floor club room – an area over which the organisers had total control on the night. It took place during a difficult time in my life (out of work with few prospects despite my academic achievements) but it was a chance to catch up with old friends and even make some new ones. Including Pete Valente, MaxDmyz lead singer and only constant member. The first of many people I regard as allies to the Terminates Here cause, a full seven years before I began my mission in earnest.

After this, my social life moved more towards the London goth & related club scene. Most of the key DJ slots were filled by an established core of DJs, but I did manage to get my foot in the door of one of the many short-lived “Thursday nights at Gossips” events – Metal Box.

I Think We Made It Better

This was an era when our scene could still call upon students and other people not against clubbing on a work night, but by the time I made it, it was a dying trend. Within a few years, no-one was running scene-oriented club nights on anything other than a Friday or Saturday, and only Slimelight were able to do so on a weekly rather than monthly basis. I played a couple of 45 minute sets to a small assortment of scene faithful and random drunks, trying to work requests for ‘old-school Metallica’ and The Sex Pistols into what was supposed to be a goth/industrial set.

I might have actually got said bands into a set that otherwise comprises of Rammstein/Apop style material, but the writing was on the wall. The Metal Box night was gone within a few months, Gossips itself would be gone soon after, and I returned to focusing on my EOL-Audio website, reviews, band profiles and genre definitions all broadly related to “the scene”. I made tentative enquiries into Djing elsewhere, but most promoters pretended not to hear, or made loose agreements never followed up.

In many respect, I wasn’t ready. The scene was at its most political in the mid-00s, and I never had the skills nor contacts to manoeuvre my way through all that shit. Watching a member of venue staff playing a major scene club with a carrier bag full of CD-Rs, barely able to string together two tracks in the same style, was beyond the pale however. The individual was popular enough to avoid en masse criticism, which was a lesson that having friends in the right places was more important than any knowledge or ability, at least when getting started. As for EOL-Audio, it was going nowhere and I closed it early in 2007.

After a year-and-a-half essentially ‘out’ of the scene barring the occasional gig attendance, I began rebuilding my online profile in mid-2008 under the new title of ‘Terminates Here’. It was a term I’d originally developed an obsession with when I lived at the end of the Piccadilly line for a couple of years – that automated recording was the voice that welcomed me home each night. I used it as part of an April Fools joke, titled my new website under the name and originally was going to a form a band with said moniker. But when my first DJ chance in six years emerged, Terminates Here instead became my DJ name and now the main story begins – in 2008.

Intro / The EOL-Era / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018 / The Last Word / The Facts / The Credits

EOL-Era Setlists

Here is an archive of sets that I undertook in what I now call my ‘EOL Era’ in the early 00s. These sets are not representative of what I do today! I’ve got a much wider and more diverse collection now, but I don’t deny my history and thought it’d be interesting to dig these out the archive to see how I’ve progressed.
I haven’t included everything – a couple of the sICk Night In sets I did were only around 3 songs long and hence aren’t really worth saving – I played nothing in them that I haven’t played elsewhere anyway.

Metal Box – 18 October 2002

Have dug this setlist out of the archives, as it was my first attempt at doing a London nightclub, even if it was one of the many short-lived ‘Thursday night at Gossips’ affairs we had in the late 90s and early 00s. Little did I know at the time that it would be my last set for 6 years.


Mysterious Art – Das Omen
Mesh – Firefly
Diary Of Dreams – Chemicals
Rammstein – Mein Herz Brennt
Sulpher – One Of Us
Killing Miranda – Teenage Vampire
Suicide Commando – See You In Hell
Covenant – Figurehead (Plain)
Funker Vogt – Tragic Hero


Nine Inch Nails – Wish
Tool – Stinkfist
Metallica – For Whom The Bell Tolls (B)
Rammstein – Engel
White Zombie – More Human Than Human (R)
Apoptygma Berzerk – Love Never Dies (Live)
VNV Nation – Beloved
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts (Live)
Clan Of Xymox – A Day
Siouxsie And The Banshees – The Passenger
The Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant (B)

MaxDmyz Support Slot – 11 November 2001

This wasn’t a particulary adventurous set for me, but it did preface a gig that would prove to be one of the most crazy and outrageous experiences I’d ever have at Imperial College. A year and a half after graduation

Sulpher – One Of Us
Ministry – Just One Fix
Nine Inch Nails – Wish
Rammstein – Links 2 3 4
White Zombie – More Human Than Human

Whiplash – 2 June 2001

This was done when I was doing an admin job at UCL (hence I was technically a ‘guest DJ’ from another college). Given 45 minutes to cover ‘everything goth and industrial’ back when my CD collection was a shadow of what it is today…..

VNV Nation – Joy
Apoptygma Berzerk – Non-Stop Violence
Rammstein – Sonne
Fear Factory – What Will Become
Nine Inch Nails – Wish
Gary Numan – Pure
Diary Of Dreams – Chemicals
The Cure – A Forest
Killing Miranda – Teenage Vampire
Project Pitchfork – 2069AD
MaxDmyz – Muthablud
P.A.L. – Gelobnis
Gravity Kills – Guilty

Whiplash – 3 March 2001

A fairly typical setlist from the time….I didn’t have much stylistic range back then.

Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down
VNV Nation – Joy
Apoptygma Berzerk – Love Never Dies
The Cure – Close To Me
Mesh – Trust You
Nine Inch Nails – Sin
Rammstein – Engel
Fear Factory – Cars
Gravity Kills – Enough
Das Ich – Destillat (VNV Nation Remix)

sICk Night In – 9th October 2000

Early on in the night in a very bright room – at least I could see the equipment this time.

Rammstein – Engel
Apoptygma Berzerk – Love Never Dies
VNV Nation – Joy
Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy
The Prodigy – Breathe
Diary Of Dreams – Chemicals
Nine Inch Nails – Starfuckers Inc.

The Back Room – 1st June 2000

This was my first attempt at performing a set uninterrupted. This was just when I was discovering industrial music and hence it’s a bit ‘all over the place.

Aphex Twin – Girl/Boy Song
Rammstein – Wollt Ihr Das Bett In Flammen Sehen?
KMFDM – More And Faster
Front 242 – Headhunter
Apoptygma Berzerk – Non-Stop Violence
Nine Inch Nails – Happiness In Slavery (Fixed Remix)
Future Sound Of London – We Have Explosive
Fear Factory – Machines Of Hate (remix of ‘Self-Bias Resistor’)
Nitzer Ebb – Join In The Chant
Front Line Assembly – Mindphaser
Front 242 – Tragedy >For You<
Mysterious Art – Das Omen
Rammstein – Engel