March 1, 2024

Happy Birthday Live Elvis…

20 years and still going strong… Thank you Simon, has been a blast. From my first experience as a punter 20 years ago this weekend, (a chance to see Nasenbluten live in London was just too good to miss out on), to my first live PA at the premises in Hackney, (did someone really put their head through a wall!!!) then onto the many parties at its current and now spiritual home at Electrowerkz on line-ups featuring some of the best artists from the Hardcore Techno scene, most of the time doing it live… It was always refreshing to see all the equipment laid out, flashing screens and that joyous amiga hum, the buzz of the partyheads was always palpable. And boy did they always get what they came for… Screaming basslines, distorted kicks at incredible speeds and an atmosphere of unity, we were all in it together… Dance till you drop… Breathe… Then go again…
Over the years I have had the chance to meet many like minded individuals at these events, both artists and partyheads alike. But just wanted to mention a couple, firstly Simon, without whom it just would never have happened, his dedication to the UK Hardcore scene has been huge, not only the running of these events but his continued commitment to Underground Music and the distribution of our sounds to all corners of the globe is beyond words… And his lovely wife Jo, sitting on the door till 1am, chatting to all who entered, making them feel welcome, it was always a joy to catch up. And lastly Charly… Need i say more…
Thank you all who have attended and allowed me to express myself through my music in the best atmosphere ever…
Wish I was there… Maybe the next one?
Have a good one…
Some pictures from the first one here… Blast from the Past…

Enjoy…

Review of Live Evil from Hardcopy Issue #1


On Thursday the 30th of January I travelled into the darkness and came out the other side unscathed. It was “Live Evil” at the Powerhaus, Finsbury Park… A night I had been looking forward to for going on a month, but finally it was here. I walked in, (and to my surprise was not too harassed by security.) everything was underway, to the right of me was the stage where a lone figure sat behind a row of screens, it was Colonel Stench. This was a warning of what was to come… He was playing live… Amiga mayhem was on the way… And so began the assault on our ear drums… Next up, from Australia, was Xylocaine with industrial breaks and stomping kicks to slowly pick away at my mind… This is what I had come to hear… All the sets seemed to mix into one as the next time I looked up it was Traffik’s turn. (If anyone remembers his DJ set from “Extreme Terror” last year, this was Hardcore at its best.) I was bowled over by the sheer energy of “Blood Bath”, definitely the shape of things to come… By now the place was getting busier, although for what was on offer, I thought more people would have come. This, however did not deter the Suicide Squad, who came out on all four cylinders. The walls shook, the breaks screamed out and their version of Chad Jackson’s “Hear the Drummer” put smiles on the faces of the technoheadz present… Then it was the turn of the Surgeon 16 crew, Amigas left for dust, it was the turn of PC power. Pressurehead and UK Skull Fuck, UK Extreme-Core to the hilt… The quality of the sound was breath taking as the tempos just kept on rising… Then, just when you thought it was safe, on came Nasenbluten, Bloody Fist’s finest. Being a Cuntface disciple this is what I had come to see and I was not to be let down… Storming through the classics and introducing new tracks, this was mind blowing. Whilst trying to avoid the photographer, Mark was adding his superlative scratching skills to the already impressive riffs and drums, this was techno heaven… Even Cuntface. 100% bliss… I walked away stunned, refreshed and wanting more… I look forward to the next one… Maybe I’ll see you there.
Miss it, Miss out!

Spliffy, 1997

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