Super long social media posts are to come, but just giving you a bit of music to hold you over. My new 12" on Materia is also now out digitally, so head to Bandcamp if you want to give me and the label a couple bucks, or Spotify if you're more the .00000007 cents kind of guy. No matter the way you consume your music, I hope you enjoy it! Kyle Geiger - Thirty Seven/Shift in Thought A1: Thirty Seven A2: Hooligan B1: Shift In Thought B2: Insert Meaningless Sci-Fi Movie Reference Here
I haven't released a record in 2 weeks, which is like, 17 internet years, so here's another one! 12" first, digital to follow! Hope you enjoy! Kyle Geiger - Thirty Seven/Shift in Thought EP - Materia A1: Thirty Seven A2: Hooligan B1: Shift In Thought B2: Insert Meaningless Sci-Fi Movie Reference Here
Saved by the Bell: The China years. As expected from last time, my time in Chengdu was an absolute highlight of this trip. The food, the people, that little shoebox warehouse positioned on the top floor of an office building...all really unique things in a world where surprises are harder and harder to come by. It’s such a treat to be able to experience all of these things, especially to get to play 8+ hours for all these super ravers. I just realized, that if all goes as planned, by the end of my next visit in TAG, I will have gotten to play an entire 24 hour days worth of music in that wonderful place. Can’t wait until next time, and special thanks to Jiongjiong, Ellen, and all those who rode things out until the end. See you next time!
Living the life. Not me, as I’m currently getting crushed in a Chinese Panda Zoo mosh pit. The cute ones behind me though? They eat 12 hours a day, half of the time while laying down, and then go to sleep the other 12. THAT...my friends, is the life. I guess it goes without saying, that I’m now in Chengdu, and took a break from eating hot pot to come see the most adorable animals in the world. It’s heartbreaking to learn about how much of their natural habitats have been destroyed, so this is truly a place of refuge for them by comparison. If you’re feeling generous, consider giving to the World Wildlife Fund, as they do and have done great work in protecting and improving the populations of many vulnerable species. Oh! I’m also playing a gig at my favorite venue in China tonight...the amazing TAG in Chengdu. I’m excited to push the second day of the Chinese New Year celebrations into the late hours of the morning 🙂. I also wanted to say a huge thanks to all the wonderful people in Seoul, especially Thomas, who made my few days there so wonderful. I love both of the spaces I got to play over the weekend, and can’t wait to do it again! I’ll post some photos of my adventures there soon! OK! That’s it I think (as the readers breathe a sigh of relief). Now I need to sleep, as Pandas and DJs on tour have very different hours of operation. Looking forward to seeing a lot of you tonight in TAG!!! 🐼 🐼🐼🐼
Arrived in Seoul on one hour of sleep + airplane sleep. But I have a bed, unblocked internet, a stomach full of kimchi, and coffee around every corner 😎. Tonight I’ll return to Beton Brut : Concrete Bar : Rebus to play until the people go home. Super excited for this! And thanks to all those who came out to Toilet Club in Qingdao last night. Like I mentioned before, it’s so nice when a club has all the technical and design aspects perfectly in place. This allows everyone involved to put so much more energy into building a special culture within the club, and I see tons of potential in this place. Keep going! I need to sleep now. Speaking of, I have attempted to watch the Matrix at least twice, and fallen asleep both times. So while I can’t pretend to be a fan of the movie, this funky side room reminded me of it. Enjoy another selfie.
Howdy Qingdao. I’ve enjoyed getting to know your small village of 9 million today, got to eat some amazing seafood in a living room of cute husband and wife in the fishing industry, and even learned a few new Chinese words that I’ve already forgotten. I’m looking looking forward to play Toilet Club tonight. I went over there for a quick preview, and it’s a beautiful club, with the booth, sound, and the dancefloor perfectly thought out. Excited to take it for a spin! Just a little tidbit, my new track 120 miles West is a reference to a 36 hour fishing excursion on the Gulf of Mexico. The boat was in slightly better repair than this one, but this one definitely smelled better. Feel free to check out the track available at all the record shops now. And one last thing, the mountains behind me contains a pair of peaks they refer to as Double Dragon...what a fantastic video game! See you tonight at Toilet Club!
Sighted at Berlin Airport. It’s always a good feeling to see stuff like this. I sat down with Faze Magazin not long ago to chat about what’s approaching 20 years of DJing. From my beginnings of train-wrecking a Basement Jaxx double (maybe triple?) vinyl album back and forth in my friends dorm roomin university, to some of my fondest memories as a DJ. We also touched on how things have evolved, and the benefits and the challenges these changes have brought about. Thanks to Caroline Waldhoff for the great interview, and to Lenaïg Chatel for the nice photo! Available in the January issue of Faze Magazin (for those who can understand German ;)).
Holdin’ it down in Dali. And by it, I mean a parking spot. It was another good visit in this place that I can best describe as the meeting place for all the hippies living in China. It’s super relaxed here, with fantastic weather year round and a welcoming atmosphere. If you’re ever planning a trip to China, this would be a city I’d definitely recommend! It’s a nice contrast to all the massive metropolitan areas in China, and I love how close knit the techno people are in the area. Thanks for always welcoming me in as your guest, and I’m already looking forward to the next time. Now it’s back to Kunming for some days of hanging out, sight seeing, and weight gaining! This weekend I’ll head to Qingdao on Friday at Toilet Club, and then it’s off to Seoul for my return to Beton Brut!
The full music video for Neverends is now up on YouTube! Starring Damian and Ozzy, directed by Elad Magdasi, and music by yours truly. It was a pleasure to be involved in this shooting process for my music. There is no better way to be reminded to not take yourself so seriously in techno than to shoot a music video with a young innocent kid, and a super cute cuddly dog. Dogs and kids often love your involvement in their lives, and couldn’t care less about what you do, or how relevant you are. When I was making this track, I really wanted to capture that playful innocence and love for adventure that we all had as kids, and I really think that Elad did a perfect job conveying this feeling in the video. Life is short. Stay curious. And try your best not to take yourself too seriously. ✌🏻
Good evening Dali. Just checking in to let you know that my hotrod has delivered me safely to your city and am very excited for tonight at Kashmir! Also, if you’re interested, my newest split EP, Neverends, has come out today on Front Left Records, so check it out! See some of you tonight! Time for a little sleep...I’m getting old(er).
Waiting to board (?) my flight here in Beijing, and was excited to see that Hardwax has put the previews of the record up! It’s out tomorrow, and has early support from Kyle Geiger and Daito! 🤠 Really excited about this project, and can’t wait to show the video for one of the tracks. I think you’ll like both the star and the co-star. See you in Yunnan.
Really excited to be splitting an EP with this dude. I met Lenny (aka Daito) some years ago while out and about in Berlin, and his enthusiasm, curiosity, and sincerity really inspired me. I think people forget how often older people can be inspired by the younger generation, and I met Lenny at a pretty pivotal turning point in how I view music now. People like Lenny, Elad, and Matze are a big reason I was able to put a lot of the nonsense to the side and enjoy techno once again as an enthusiast. Excited to be surrounded by people like this for this project, and the release is coming Jan 25!
Well, this was a crazy 24 hours. 5 AM: Finished the gig in Guangzhou, go straight to the airport to head to Beijing. I was awakened by the driver to let me know that I was at the airport. I got dropped off at the wrong terminal, and the airport was spread out to the point that in a panic, I had to take a taxi to the other terminal. The taxi driver was funny at least. Now I have one hour before my flight, and I have to check a bag. Luckily, there was a super friendly staff member who could see my looks of desperation and escorted me to the front of both the check-in and security lines. What an angel. 6:15 AM. Get to security, and this is when I learned that my stomach and taste buds have VERY different opinions about what food I should eat (this post isn’t an invitation for unsolicited dietary advice. Enjoy your juice detox.) Stay calm, Kyle. They ran my bag through the X-Ray 3!!! different times. They found a cigarette lighter in my case (I don’t smoke or even do fireworks?? How did this get here?). 6:45 AM. Get to my gate for my 7 AM flight, stomach is feeling absolutely disastrous at this point. Of course, it’s a flight that requires the dreaded bus ride to get to the jet. Looking at my ticket, I know I’m at a window seat. Everyone is shoving past my sick ass to get onto the plane. I get on the plane and tell them I’m going to need an aisle seat as I feel very sick. As the kind flight attendant tells me the flight is full, I just set my suitcase in the aisle, and sit in the first business class seat as I feel like I’m going to collapse. 30 seconds later, I learned for the first time in my life that those little bags for airsickness not only work, they also work for “ThePlaneIsInTheMiddleOfBoardingWithEveryoneWalkingByYouSickness.” I feel like everyone in the DJ world could occasionally use a dose of humility, but this felt a bit excessive. Iin a moment of compassion, they let me stay in the business class seat that I boldly laid claim to, but I would just recommend paying extra for the ticket instead of doing my upgrade approach. Getting to Beijing, I had so many compassionate souls take care of me, allow me to sleep all day/night, and to still get to the club to pull off the set for the night. Both Guangzhou and Beijing were great, and served as great reminders that techno is continually growing in this part of the world. Thanks for letting me be a part of it, and for putting up with the very human aspects of a traveling DJ. 🤠 All this was more than worth it, as it allowed me to discover that Garfield exists in real life.
Good evening, Guangzhou. Traveling across 13 time zones over the last 8 days seems to have been remedied by a nice “I think I’m going to die but really just need 12 hours of sleep” session, and now I’m ready to techno again! I got to wander around the city, people watch, spend an embarrassing amount of hours trying to change the small amount of currency I had in my pocket, and obviously eat some amazing food. It’s always a bit of giddy feeling when I get to experience a new place so far away, so I’ll just say I’m very excited for tonight at Hangover Club (I hope this name doesn’t act as a self-fulfilling prophecy), as I hear the new editions to the Funktion One sound system there are rockin’! Xièxiè and Beybye 😁
End of year post, 9 days late: It’s been another fun year! Each time I get to step on a jet and go DJ while experiencing different places and cultures, I’m grateful that this is (part of) my reality. Nothing in life is guaranteed, especially in something as fleeting as a career in techno music. I want to always push forward, but I also want to not be so obsessed with growing that I lose sight of the art or can’t take time to be thankful for what I already have. I’m thankful for another unpromised year in this world and in this little DJ deal. Thanks to all of you who have always cheered me on along the way. Honestly, despite me writing books on social media, I struggle with it. I struggle with how it makes us measure our daily lives up against other people’s highlight reels. I struggle with reconciling the tension between calling myself an artist while also realizing that the best way to share my passion is often via pumping into one huge advertising billboard that has deeply and negatively impacted culture, people’s mental health, and the world’s overall view of what day-to-day life looks like. Deleting these things won’t fix the problem, and it’s also been great means to connect with some of you in a more personal way. So my hope is that these little ramblings help make us more connected and hopeful instead of isolated and inadequate. Each artist has to find their own path, but I want to invite people into (parts) of my life in a more honest way than what social media often pushes us towards. So the big 2019 plans? Keep going as we did in 2018, with some ups and downs, like normal people. I’ll make some good music and some bad music, but try to only let you hear the good ones. I’ll keep DJing and always try to invite the crowds to join in on the journey. Lastly, I’ll do my best to always put people ahead of my career. I hope that we always remember that while none of us are the center of the universe, we‘re also unique and adequate, regardless of what you do or how good of photos you take. Speaking of photos, here’s one from my recent adventures with my dear friend drumcell at the mighty Joshua Tree Forest. Thanks again for everything. Let’s do it all over again!
Unbelievable. The atmosphere, the people, the sound, the production level, and yes, even the sushi (being freshly made at a warehouse party)...phenomenal. And honestly, this was one of the most diverse parties I’ve ever played. Being able to watch people in eccentric rave gear next to punk rock kids, standing behind dudes in baggy dickies and Dodger jerseys, all enjoying the new year together...This is the stuff that energizes me as much as anything. Thanks so much for this. I can’t wait to be back in LA, and who knows, maybe I’ll see some of you out this weekend while I’m still in town. 😏 Much love and happy new year.
What a beautiful day it is in (this specific part of) California! I decided to go for a jog today for the first time in about a month so I could be one of those self-righteous people who say they were working out before the new year. 😂 I’m stoked to be in a T-Shirt and shorts in December, and I’m even more excited to play ring in the new year at the Compound party in Los Angeles! I love it here, but feel compelled to not forget about my European supporters by leaving them with this important, Ozzy approved public service announcement: Fireworks are dangerous. More importantly, they’re annoying as shit and terrify cute dogs. Spread the word! Happy new year, everyone. And don’t worry, I’ll wait to hit you with a sappy end of year post when you’re all in the depths of your New Years comedown. Ha! Be safe out there, and see you tonight in Los Angeles!
There was some really nice energy last night in Frankfurt! The extra sound in the room really made the walls feel like they were flexing. Thanks to everyone for joining in and being a part of the party. I continuously feel like the crowd here keeps maturing, and this is so enjoyable to watch and I hope you all realize how much this feeds into the way I can play as a DJ. Keep it up! Now I’m waiting to board my flight to Los Angeles, where I will attempt to not gain 10 pounds from stuffing my face with Mexican food, and will also be playing New Year’s Eve with some good people on both sides of the booth. See you on the other side!
Arrived in Frankfurt and am ready for tonight! Sadly mom had to head home, but was glad I got to fly on the first leg of her flight home with her. I’m super grateful to have been able to show her Berlin, Berghain, Rome, pasta, schnitzel, good wine, cheap Glühwein, smoothies, ravers, Ozzy, great food, interesting customer service, and so many other things. All because of techno, which is because of her giving me a life that allowed for me to always stay curious and pursue interests as they came along. I don’t foresee her going to any clubs on her own anytime soon, but I have a hunch she’ll be back on this side of the world sooner rather than later. Looking forward to @str8ffm tonight in Frankfurt, with Len Faki, Etapp Kyle, Mike Huckaby, Roman Lindau, a couple Peters, a few midwest folks, and several more! See you on the dancefloor. 🙏🏻
Fashion police need public holidays too! I hope all of you have a very merry Christmas or whatever holiday you might observe. I know these days can be hard times for a lot of people, and I hope that things go as smoothly as possible for you who may struggle for a number of very valid reasons. I’ve had some great holiday seasons, and some very dark ones. The only encouragement I can maybe offer to those struggling is that I have had great holidays since some of the bad ones. Everything in life runs in cycles, and the hardest of times can and will pass. Regardless of the place you’re in, may these days offer hope above all else. If you’re in a good place, maybe reach out to someone you know who might not be as fortunate and remind them you care. Merry Christmas. 🎄 🎅🏻 Photo by Ashley. Onesie by Ashley. Cuteness by Ozzy.
It’s the place that has higher platforms for the ravers than the DJs, and a great metaphor for one of the many reasons why this place is the home of the best parties in the world. Time absolutely disappears in this building, and as the hours roll along, it really feels like I’m getting to know each of you on the dance floor. I’ve heard DJing be compared to a sermon, but for me it’s a two way communication much more than a lecture. I want to thank each and every one of you for joining in this wonderful 10 hour conversation. It was a phenomenal ride, and my only regret was that I wasn’t able to share it with my pal Noncompliant. Lisa, I was given strict orders by a lot of people on the dance floor to get over here as soon as possible, and I promised them you would! Now, I had a lot of people asking about my mom. Yes, she did come into the club with me, but sadly my set started slightly past her bedtime. But I’ll share a few inquires she had for me. When we got to the club around 1 in the afternoon on Sunday, she asked “what are the people lining up for? What time does the show start?” and then later in the evening when I told her how long I’d probably play so she’d have an idea of when I’d get home, she said “Do they let you take a break every 30 minutes or so? Or do you have to always be at your “keyboard”?”😂 Such a cute mom she is. Thanks to all of those who have supported me along the way to afford me the opportunity to live in Europe, and in turn have allowed me to show my mom a different part of the world for her first time. I say it all the time, but I never ever take this for granted. Now, I wouldn’t be doing any of you or myself any favors by posting a photo with my face on it after finishing this session, but I know how excited people get when there’s no queue here, so . And finally happy 14th birthday to Berghain, the funkiest teenager on the block. What an honor it was to be a part of the celebration. Much love.
Told her I knew a place down the street that had good smoothies. Did not lie. Kids: feeding their parents half-truths since the beginning of time. I can only hope I’m as good of a sport as this woman when I’m her age! Really looking forward to staying out past curfew with a lot of you this evening. See you tonight!