3rd May 2014
Donato Dozzy & Chris Madak at Halle 2
Presented by Donaufestival and Editions Mego
5th June 2014
Chris Madak at St John at Hackney Church
Presented by St John Sessions and All Saints Records
Further to the spirit of looking backward in order to look forward, belated thanks are due to Juno Plus, Fact, The Wire, Resident Advisor, and Little White Earbuds for featuring Donato Dozzy Plays Bee Mask on their respective year-end lists.
Those of you who enjoyed Dozzy Plays will want to keep an ear to the ground for a big announcement that should be forthcoming very shortly…
Enormous thanks also to The Bunker for killer sound, killer sets, killer crowd, killer vibe, killer hospitality, and an all around amazing party! I can’t think of a better way to have gotten 2014 underway!
I’m also very pleased to announce that I’ll be keeping up this streak of actually doing things in the States for the time being; following January’s performances at Corsica Studios in London and Berghain in Berlin for CTM, I’ll be doing the following US dates, hopefully with one or two more to be announced soon:
1st February at the Graham Foundation Madlener House, Chicago, IL. Presented by Lampo.
6th February with Fabric at Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY.
Autre Ne Veut Anxiety (Software/Mexican Summer)
Oneohtrix Point Never R Plus Seven (Warp)
Charles Cohen Music for Dance and Theater (Morphine)
Matt Carlson Certainty (Draft)
Tiger Hatchery Sun Worship (ESPDisk) (Full disclosure: have not even heard this yet, but the very fact of its existence is easily one of the best things to have happened in 2013.)
Rashad Becker Traditional Music of Notional Species (PAN)
My Bloody Valentine MBV (MBV)
Bernard Parmegiani De Natura Sonorum (ReGRM/eMego)
Patrick Cowley School Daze (Dark Entries/Honey Soundsystem)
Went slow, accidentally at first, then deliberately. Didn’t hear much dance music unless I was out dancing (out to Derek Plaslaiko for category-killing it on that tip at Inciting back in spring). Stayed in and jammed Strauss lieder, fusion-era Joni Mitchell, and Baden Powell.
Lots of Xenakis.
Huge stretches of time in the studio, feeling good but hilariously/worryingly unable to summon a sense of urgency.
Set up the best listening room I’ve had in years and started making plans to sit down and do a seriously heady rec every night as a thing in itself. Looked forward to it all day.
Really tightened up my coffee brewing game.
Heard some mixes early in the year (see especially Roma and Babylon Market above) that reaffirmed for me that I am not nor should I be a DJ and that Dozzy is the angel on my shoulder.
Started fixing up my guitars, but you didn’t hear me say that because I still need to eat and pay bills in 2014.
Semi-accidentally started a label.
Went to Cleveland for a heavily recharging working vacation chez Spools. Private clang sesh in Bbob’s living room was the gig of the year, maybe the best private gig since Wyatt’s laundry room era. (Pt. Tarun Bhattacharaya at Raga Samay got in early and stayed untouchable as best non-private gig of 2013.)
Found $20 on the ground in real life, but can’t remember what I spent it on.
Had a Satyricon-looking dream in which I had an oracle on my rider. (“Hey Ollie, let’s make that happen in 2014!”)
Found Scratch Tickets:
Worst of 2013:
Dance music made by people who aren’t good at making dance music.
Slightly slow on the uptake due to a week recording in Cleveland and the associated mind burn, but the PGS01 12” is now available from Juno Records. Digital release is forthcoming and will be announced here soon.
It also bears mentioning that I’ll be performing at The Bunker Limited at Trans Pecos in Brooklyn this coming New Years’ Eve.
I’m pleased to announce the following two performances for early 2014:
27th January at Corsica Studios, London. Presented by BleeD Music. Information and tickets here.
28th January at Berghain, Berlin. Presented by CTM and Editions Mego. Information and tickets here.
Like it says, I talked at insufferable length about some good records with Scott Wilson for Juno Plus; check it out above!
So I’ve done a remix of Laraaji’s “A Cave in England” for All Saints Records; you can check an excerpt of it here, thanks to The Wire.
In other news, there will be some new performances announced here very shortly, and the PGS01 12” (remixes of Bee Mask by Surgeon and Abdulla Rashim) will be available from Juno beginning this coming Monday, December 2.
PGS01: 12” / digital available early December 2013.
So, since the last post, I’ve been to Europe and back, had a killer hang in Montreal at Suoni per el Popolo, moved house to spectacularly disorienting effect, and buried myself in the studio for a couple months… As usual, there’s probably a lot of news that I’m forgetting to mention, but for now, two things.
First, I’m happy to announce that I’ll be performing in support of Oneohtrix Point Never at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY on September 17. This is both the release event for OPN’s forthcoming R Plus Seven LP on Warp Records and part of the Wordless Music series, presented in cooperation with Le Poisson Rouge. Further details and tickets are available here.
Second, I’m equally thrilled to say that the Donato Dozzy Plays Bee Mask 2x12”, in which Donato repeatedly flips “Vaporware” as only he can, is now available from Spectrum Spools. Thanks to the Quietus, Resident Advisor, and electronique.it, among many others for the kind words thus far!
May 28: Misery Beat at Whelans, Dublin, Ireland. With Eyvind Kang, Jessika Kenney.
May 29: Triskal Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland.
May 31: Arnolfini, Bristol, UK. With Mika Vainio, Sensate Focus.
June 1: BleeD at Cafe Oto, London, UK.
June 3: Dæpth at O, Milan, Italy.
June 5: Cave12, Geneva, Switzerland.
June 7: Optimo at Sub Club, Glasgow, UK.
June 19: Casa del Popolo, Montreal, QC. With Mist.
…while I was thanking people for things that happened recently, I almost forgot to mention that Luke Younger (aka Helm) featured “Rain in Coffee” in his edition of the Blowing Up the Workshop mix series. By the way, for anyone who hasn’t checked it yet, Helm’s Impossible Symmetry is brilliant stuff.
So, yeah, it’s been a bit quiet on this front, but there’s lots in the works as usual, about which more later. Things that have happened while I’ve been away include an interview for the Quietus, another interview for Resident Advisor, some year end picks and related nods for Pears and Vaporware (thanks to Jason Anderson/DRAFT Records, Geeta Dayal for Frieze, Rory Gibb for the Quietus, Rabih Beaini for Ruptured, Boomkat, Further Records for Boomkat, Lawrence English for Collapse Board, Philip Sherburne for Spin, Brandon Bussolini for Dusted and LWE, and Sam Davies and Adam Harper for the Wire, among others), and me hitting hibernation mode cleaning my attic very slowly and making lissajous figures all day. For what it’s worth, I didn’t make a list because I could hardly figure out where to start; I simply can’t remember another year in which I heard as many brilliant new records as I did in 2012. Thanks everyone who made them, and thanks especially to John Elliott, Peter Rehberg, and Lawrence English for helping me make my own!
But anyway, I digress; the first major announcement of 2013 is that I’m now working with Ollie Seaman at Elastic Artists for bookings in the UK, Europe, Australia, and Asia. For those of you keeping score at home, that means that it’ll be much easier to get me to come to wherever you are this year; hope to see you there!