In a world desperate for maximalism, even wobbles can be converted into a commodity. Our senses are overwhelmed by shameless copycat techniques, hordes of bass zombies, and toxic body shots. Do we even have a future anymore?
Vltrahex is here to probe cynically for a shred of meaning in the ongoing nightmare that we all deny living in. It serves as a sinister mirror to stare into for disturbing insights, while it glares back at us with sheer horror.
Had a lot of fun dropping the witch house and performing last night at the new Wicked Wednesdays freak fetish dark dance night at Club RemiX in Asheville. Along with this filthy mix, I performed with my new bass mashup supergroup Scoundrel and ended the night with some straight up Johan Ess tracks and øscillatiøns øv døøm.
Definitely be sure to check out Wicked Wednesdays if you are in the area. Scoundrel is the house band for the night and we are always dropping our newest bass heavy bootygrime explorations. As well, there will be a different selector each week to keep your dark and dirty nice and phresh and philthy. Enjoy the grimey hex and don’t forget to hug the DJ! Your love is the best and Johan loves you right back.
Coming in just a few weeks is the highly anticipated Extreme Futurist Fest, with a bevy of some of the most intriguing minds alive today. I will be making my west coast debut at this event, so if you live on that side of the country be sure to go. This is a highly rare opportunity to see me live along with performances by Hanin Elias, NoIzee, NoLongerHuman, The Tleilaxu Music Machine, Julie D:Stroy, DJ Hipgnosis, Malfaktor, and more… so don’t miss out! To find out more about this EXTREMEly one-of-a-kind occasion, visit the Extreme Futurist Fest site and make sure to get tickets!
Now that it’s been nearly two years since the last one, it appears as though I still haven’t had my fill of the tormenting absurdity that comes with the promotion of a new album. I figure its about time to launch another collection of freakish sounds for the one or two people who may care. The last couple Johan Ess records were released during the month of September, in 2007 and 2009 respectively, and with this hot winning streak I’ve got going, I figure there’s no reason to slow down. As a result, vltrahex, my fifth solo record which is surely destined to reach uber-platinum status, will be released on the conveniently numerological date of 5/23/12. After all, these days its all about being chill with witches and houses and symbols and ▼ ▲ ▼ ▲ ▼ and all that mystical nonsense.
So what’s the new record about? With a title like vltrahex, its obvious that this term accurately describes my mood when it comes to putting out bizarre defiant harsh vocal electronica in the year preceding 2012, and also makes for a fitting battle cry in this era of the ferocious plutocratic vampire squid. I seem to have a thing for surreal un-pop songs, so there’s a healthy dose of that, along with my odd trademark cross-pollination of synthetic ghosts, unholy bass wobbles, pixelated kick drums and heaps of overblown confidence. That said, these sonic blast waves are more than capable of ejecting corporate pop stars from their private jets, making their deflated botox lips flap helplessly as they plummet to nothingness.
For the tracks that carry the greatest delusions of grandeur, I have also created remix kits:
With remixes already secured by artists like [tlr], palebit, and CHEEZFACE, this album is shaping up to be quite a powerhouse of underground mutant electronic weirdness. Send me your remix ASAP and it just might, nay, more likely will be on the new album!
In anticipation of the release date, I have made it possible to conveniently pre-order the album digitally, whereupon you will get three spectacular bLvrgTr0n tracks for download immediately, and later be notified via e-mail when the album is fully available to download on April 20th. The actual album artwork is still in the process of being designed, and you should expect something much better coming soon to replace it!
Also worth mentioning, you may want to take in an earful of this stuff…
Speaking of unyielding torrents of rage, I am in the final stages of mixing for Murder The World, the second album by my machine-metal band HoodooEngine, which will be released around the same time as bLvrgTr0n. In case you weren’t aware, I do all the words and vocals for this group, so it’s definitely relevant to check out if you want to follow my creative output besides what I do on my own. At least we were recently featured on the podcast/radio show Solipsistic Nation with the likes of ohGr and Tim Skold, so shouldn’t that be enough to get you all excited about buying some of this music like you are probably doing with all of your favorite clearchannel bands?
Yeah, yeah… I know how it is, you crazy bitches. Have a nice one.
OK, so here’s something new and interesting. A hybrid live/remix album from the NVR-NDR project by west coast cohort and magicore magistrate [tlr] (formerly of Romak and the Space Pirates) that will make your brain explode with much excitement! Loaded with imagery of ninja demon space-battle in pizza skirts and ultra-mecha optimum conciousness, this pre-release to the full album by the NVR-NDR project on the seminal RoboRobotica netlabel is presented in a stunning live format!
These guys are EXTREME! You’ve got to hear this. PRWAWRP!!!