Recovered from last weekends Kansas City and Chicago whirlwind, saw tons of good friends, made a few new ones, made a road trip out to Virginia to see more family and new nieces, and might have eaten more fried food that I want to talk about. 😅 It was great being a part of, and getting to see proper grassroots efforts in the Midwest being well received. People risk a lot on these things here, and there’s no place for snobbery or stupid bickering about what techno is or isn’t. Scenes like this need every head through the door they can get, and promoters support other promoters efforts. This stuff makes me really happy to see, as in my mind it’s the only way 95% of the scenes outside of a few major European cities can survive. Keep going, keep working together, keep supporting one another! I had lots of fun in both KC and Chicago, and I those who came out to both did as well. Thanks to all the sacrifices people put forth to make stuff like this happen. Now tomorrow it’s off to the home of Bourbon to play a fun little spot in Louisville with Trevor Lamont all night long. He’ll start things up, and I’ll finish them off! I’ve got a lot to say about Trevor, but character limits are saying I need to make you wait to hear about him until my next book. By the way, this photo is actually from the afterparty I went to after the gig I played at Exit in Chicago. Pretty much everyone who put in work to make the party I played possible went straight over to support this night with Function. I thought this photo I snuck of the crew captured the spirit of the Chicago techno scene best, despite taking place after my work was done 🙂 See you tomorrow night in Louisville!
Celebrating the Ibiza photo-op season in style. You know how much trouble you’d get in if you played fetch with Toto in one of those infinity pools over there? For this reason I decided to play it safe and do it where Toto is treated as royalty. See you tonight in what’s known by many as the Ibiza of middle America, Kansas City. I’m on right after Pinion from 1-3 at the Union Library. See you!
On the road with this jackass. 😂 It was only an hour flight, but I almost peed myself from laughing a couple times. Anyways, we’re headed to Kansas City for some classic Midwest shenanigans tomorrow night at the Union Library. On a scale of 1 to DropBass Network, I’m expecting some pretty good stories from this trip. Looking forward!
This week I had a chance to play a couple midweek gigs across Indiana, first in Indianapolis and then in my second home of Fort Wayne. It’s always nice playing in front of people who were there at the start of your life as a DJ. But I think the most special surprise was when I looked over and saw this wild animal. Meet Mirnes. I met Mirnes when he was still a teenager while working with his high school in Fort Wayne as a volunteer soccer coach (Football for the rest of you) at the school, among other things. When you volunteer doing something, you do it to try to help out, but it’s easy to forget about how deeply the people you’re helping may impact your life. If I had to guess, Mirnes was one of about 10 kids on the roster who was a refugee. I come from arguably the most suburban places on the planet, so meeting kids from all over the globe, many who experienced challenges that most of us cannot even begin to fathom, was something I felt incredibly unqualified for. But, they welcomed me into their worlds, invited me into their houses, and let me hear their stories. Kids like Mirnes unknowingly shaped my life and educated me on worlds previously unknown. I knew almost nothing about Bosnia until I met Mirnes and his little posse. I don’t think I'd ever heard the word Ramadan until I worked with these kids, and I’d certainly never tasted the magnificent Ćevapi. I can clearly recall asking dumb questions as well like “why are you yelling at your mom?” and him responding “I’m not yelling, this is how Bosnians talk.” 😂 All that to say, it absolutely warmed my heart to see him out at my gig. I try to avoid politics on here, mostly because I find it to be a pretty awful place for discussion and discourse, but I hope those in my life maybe on the fence about refugee policy would consider stories like Mirnes’, and recognize that if it wasn’t for both Germany (his german is still pretty impressive!), and America welcoming him and many others like him in, that his life would likely look pretty different, and I’m certain mine would to. Thanks for welcoming me in, Mirnes, and it’s still on my bucket list to play in Bosnia so I can finally see your home. 🇧🇦
Arrived in Indy and excited for a little 5 hour back to back session with Noncompliant! Occasionally, when I type Noncompliant on my phone, it’ll autocorrect to “non-confrontational” 😂. Not really so accurate in our opinion, but we’re excited to get down tonight! See you at the Patron Saint in Indy!
What a fantastic reason to miss my favorite techno weekend in Detroit. Congrats to my older brother and his wife Heather! We were far enough apart in age that we always kind of had separate lives, but so many of my first musical experiences that led to a lot of curiosity came from him and helped form a bond between us. I remember hearing The Chronic for the first time on his cassette in our living room (when mom was out running errands of course), hearing Burning Inside from Ministry while riding in his car and having this momentarily distract me from how terrifying of a driver he was, and I was always getting a healthy dose of proper metal from him. He‘s also strangely an absolute sports and car fanatic, which maybe subconsciously taught me at an early age to never put people in a box because of what they’re into. I always joke that if he had a roller derby name, it’d be Kurt Brobain due to his seemingly paradoxical interests, and I think it’s great. Apart from when he threw me up against the garage door for greasing his bedroom doorknob with Vaseline, me taking his Trans Am out on a joyride without his permission and unaware that he religiously counted the odometer, and him being always late and THE SLOWEST EATER OF ALL TIME...I’d easily consider our relationship over the years to be a net positive. Much love and respect to you and Heather. Love you guys. To the rest of you, enjoy Detroit for me, and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do 🤠.
Headed to Indiana after a really nice couple days in Detroit. It’s been 3 years since I’ve been in this city (my mom’s first rave 😂), and it’s exciting to see how far the city has come even in that time. I’m sure there will be growing pains along the way, but the city has so much potential to become something really special for culture and arts in the Midwest. I hope that it continues to push forward, while prioritizing those who stuck it out through the good and bad. The gig was admittedly pretty slow with regards to attendance, but it was still great to play for the people who came out. I know I talk about it a lot, but we’ve created this illusion of perfection from social media. I want new and upcoming artists to also realize that not every gig you play is gonna be a packed house, but that there’s value in giving your best effort to even the smallest of crowds, and if you can keep a sparse dance floor engaged, then the packed ones will be easy. I’ve mentioned this story years back, but one of the most inspiring sets I ever saw when I was getting started was Chris Liebing in Chicago. He had just played a sold out I Love Techno the week prior, which at the time was one of the holy grails of our genre. He probably played in front of 5000 people that night, and then arrived in Chicago to play for about 20 of us. He could have blown the gig off, or pouted about it...but nope, he had that same shit eating grin the entire time he pummeled our tiny Thursday night crowd in the same way that he would have for 5000 people. Always give your best and be grateful that you even have chances to be in a DJ booth. Thanks to Dani for being such a wonderful host! Speaking of inspiring sets, how about a list of some of the most inspiring ones I got to experience in Detroit? Forgive me if the years are off. Richie Hawtin - JAK (City Club) 2001 Jay Denham - Underground stage (DEMF) 2001 Ben Sims - some afterhour that used carpet as the exterior wall for the 3rd floor of a warehouse 😱 2004 Marco Carola - DEMF 2002 Ryan Elliot - Underground Stage - 2003 Joris Voorn - Underground Stage - 2003 Rolando - Main stage - 2003? Heartthrob - Masonic Temple - 2006 Thanks Detroit :)
Arrived in Detroit and took some time to connect with some of the locals. Shocking how some of them will just walk up to you as a complete stranger and ask you to scratch their butt. Quite a forward but friendly bunch of folks in the techno city. 🐶 Now I’m all rested and excited to play tonight at The Highdive! I’ll start at midnight and play until they kick us out!
Thanks to everyone who came out to Berghain for what was hopefully another fantastic ride for all of you. I have to say, I struggled a bit at times earlier on to find my way on this one, but each and every time, you all in the crowd take control and give so much to help steer the ship. I’ve said it before, but the best parties are the ones where the DJ is a facilitator to the atmosphere, while helping sometimes to push and expand the boundaries in one way or another. I also believe it’s important for a DJ to think beyond the scope of their set time by also looking at where their set sits in relation to the cycle of the party. Thanks for allowing me the trust to sometimes go in different directions as I see fit to set the stage for the second half of the 36 hour voyage, and being patient even in times when I guess the wrong way. It’s environments like this one where I always feel comfortable and encouraged to try new things and see what doors open from it. Your love and support on the dance floor is a huge inspiration to me. Let’s keep it going together! I try my best to stay off all the message boards and forums, because I used to always find that even in the midst of a handful of compliments, I’d walk away remembering the one that wasn’t so flattering (I guess I’m a softy :)). But, I saw a couple inquiries about the last track I played...it was a track by Jimpster called Rollergirl. This track always stays in my arsenal for moments like these 🙂. Thanks for always giving me more and more great memories for my mental archives via nights like this. Much love. Now, I have to do probably my 7th least favorite thing on the planet, which is packing (coded language for forgetting at least 3 things). But, this means that I’ve got a trip coming up which involves a lot of family and friends, and a fair amount of DJing. First stop: Detroit this Friday at The High Dive!
Belgian vibes at the Materia night in Kompass Klub. If someone knows who took this photo, let me know so I can give them credit. It’s not every day that I’m photographed doing something other than staring at a knob on the mixer, gazing at the CDJ screen, or something really exciting like that. Proportionally speaking, it’s probably accurate that this is the case, as I believe DJing is about reading the crowds for 10-15 seconds at a time, and then getting to work to create an atmosphere based on what you see. I’m a believer in a DJ interfacing with the crowd, but that’s only part of what we do. Instagram sometimes creates a skewed representation of what makes a great DJ set, because of course we’re not posting the photo of us nervously figuring out what track we’re gonna play next (after accidentally killing the energy because of your previous track and having 90 seconds to get yourself out of the mess you created 😅). A DJ’s work can’t be told in 30 second clips, and if we start to think it can, DJs will focus more and more on those 30 second moments...be more and more concerned about finding someone to document those 30 second moments...and producers will focus only on creating tracks for those 30 second moments. The photo, the video, will never convey the story, only the carefully engineered highlights. Always keep this in mind when deciding what consciously and subconsciously influences your musical tastes. My only regret is that the photo doesn’t show how massive the monitors were 🙂. Thanks again for a great time last week! Edit: the photographer has been found, and turns out it was Nachtschaduw! I actually got to meet this guy after I finished playing. A super funny, kind, and incredibly eccentric dude. Turns out, he was an exchange student in my home state of Indiana for a year during his high school tenure. I kind of got the feeling that he is the exchange student we all would have wanted in class if he was remotely as hilarious then as he was the night I met him. See you soon buddy 🙂.
Found an unopened envelope in my studio during my spring cleaning session. I never forgot about the award in my head, but nice to be reunited with the physical reminder. Every set in Berghain has it’s own special moments, but there’s always some where the dots connect in a memorable way. When these dots extend over a 10+ hour period, it’s all the more cemented in my memory. Thanks for this little memento! I’ll be returning to Berghain May 4th, so hope you save a little bit of gas for the weekend after Mayday 😉. Now that I think of it, I do believe I need to track down another one of these, or maybe I’ll just borrow Vincent’s 😁. See you on the dance floor (or ice cream bar).
Lots of side-tangents here, so hang tight: My first gig in Belgium was a positive one! Kompass is a fantastic club, and holy shit the Booth monitors were honestly probably the best I’ve ever played on! My vision was being blurred while searching for the next track to play on the CDJ because of the bass. 😱 Clubs and promoters: it might be tempting to cut costs on the DJ booth, but please don’t. You want the DJ focused on the crowd, not trying to hear the monitors. Big respect for Kompass for keeping this in mind. I have to say, Ghent is such a beautiful city. The day after the gig i had some good friends show me around their stomping grounds, and we got to go into one of the famous churches in the city. My friend asked if it was interesting to me, saying that the historic churches are so common to them that it’s kind of just pushed into the background and not appreciated. A few days later Notre Dame Cathedral was destroyed by a fire. Crazy how these things that feel so eternal can be wiped out so quickly by some small misstep. It’s good to be reminded to appreciate things like this. Belgium in general is a fascinating place to me. Where I grew up in America, I was about an 18 hour drive to get to a place where French was the official language, and about a 19 hour drive to get to where Spanish was the official language. So it was amazing to be at a club in such a small country, and meeting people from opposite ends of the country, where different languages are spoken within such a compact area. Fun fact: The US has never declared an official language. Big thanks to Marco and Karin for all the support, and to Kompass for being great hosts. Great to have you back! Hope to be back in Belgium soon! 🇧🇪
Stopped by Studio Brussel to do a short interview before tonight’s show at Kompass in Ghent. It turns out, my Flemish needs work before going on the air again. Speaking of, it was so damn cool to be in this place. I remember every year, the week after I Love Techno constantly searching Soulseek for the Good Samaritans who would upload all the sets broadcasted from Switch at Studio Brussel. Studio Brussel was the first time I ever heard Flemish, and the broadcaster somehow made a language I couldn’t remotely understand exciting by the way he would say things like “ze yellow room” and “rrrrrichie hawtin” and of course...”SWITCH.” These were really some of the few sets that I always knew I’d be able to get ahold of, and I loved searching for tracks that really caught me from these mixes. I remember ordering some tracks from a DJ Rush set, and thinking “this isn’t the record he played” and then realizing it was just that the mix was so fast and so distorted through the Pioneer DJM-600 that it was often pretty indistinguishable from the original. 😂 Thanks to people like the Studio Brussel team and Marco Bailey for laying a foundation in Belgium that would immediately reach and inspire a lot of young DJs even from oceans away. Really looking forward to playing tonight with Marco, The Advent, and Colin Benders tonight. Hope to see you! ✌🏻 P.S. I’m learning Belgian traffic gives me plenty of time for long posts.
Hi, I’m back and I’ve got a camera with a self timer to prove it! It’s been a while. I won’t ramble too much (pffff), but basically I needed a break. It’s a good but noisy world out there. It kind of hit me when I saw this feature on instagram that allows you to see your daily usage. So I clicked on it, kind of in the same way you click to view Youtube comments. You know it’s not gonna be anything good, but you just gotta check it out. 54 minutes. One app. One day. That’s embarrassing, and a disservice to the music that I want to push forward. 54 minutes that could be spent meeting up with people face to face, creating new sounds, shopping for music, or God forbid…just being still. The verdict? I made some changes, which have been incredibly good. I’ve made more music than I have in a long time, and am overall substantially more focused. The tricky part is, once you take one step to the side of the social media feedback loop, I started to realize that I sometimes forget to post stuff, or you’re not even sure of what to post because you’re not being bombarded with insane amounts of photos and thoughts. I don’t plan to discontinue my ongoing novel series, just needed to step back and readjust my focus a bit. Missed you folks! Oh! This weekend, I’m super excited to be playing in Belgium for my first time ever this Friday. I will be playing alongside Marco Bailey, The Advent, and Colin Benders at Kompass Club. I hope that the club reopening makes everyone realize that club culture shouldn’t be taken for granted, and I hope that the reasons for it being closed makes everyone realize that life is a gift. Play safe, and hope to see you on the dance floor in Ghent on Friday!
I’ve been back from China for a few weeks now, and have been thinking about how to summarize the tour in less than the character limits of these things. I guess if I had to summarize it in one word, I’d go with “challenging." It was a really long time away from home in admittedly a very foreign place, with some early complications, but I left with a lot of great memories. I also think I learned a lot along the way. I have to say, all of the people hosting me were so gracious, often allowing me to process some of my stresses out loud, comfort me with their laughter, and often give nice insight. It was interesting to be living a life for a few weeks in a place far away, with nothing familiar, and mostly being connected to home via social media. Just as Tom Hanks used a volleyball to deal with loneliness, I found myself using my phone. Let me say, I’m starting to think a volleyball might be a better option. It was weird to be in a place where I was so dependent on the tolerance, grace, and understanding of others to help me navigate my strange questions about a culture I am just starting to get to know, and then contrasting that with an online world that is sometimes just lurking to find the next poorly worded statement or mistake to jump at. I’m so appreciative of all my Chinese friends along the way who welcomed my sometimes dumb questions instead of getting offended by them, or telling me to just look it up on Google. Thanks for making me feel comfortable to make mistakes in your presence. You all exhibited the tolerance and patience the world so desperately needs. It also helps that your culture seems to value laughing….A LOT. I like you folks. Here’s a great photo of the adorable young girl who signaled me to join her on the street to eat spicy noodles with her. Little did I know that it was a ploy to absolutely humiliate me with her eating noodles with chopsticks skills. We couldn’t speak each others language, but she was super excited to show me the video game she likes to play. I feel like this photo kind of embodies the warmth I received from so many people as a visitor in their home. Thanks to everyone who made a challenging trip such a great one. Much love.
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!!! 🐼 🐼🐼🐼