solipsistic NATION No. 242: alka, merohedra, Alexei Borisov and 80(sun), Live

It’s such a beautiful day here in San Diego that I decided to get out of the studio and record today’s introduction with you from my roof deck. There’s a light breeze and from where I’m standing I can see the Pacific Ocean. I wish you were here to see it with me. After living in Boston, San Diego feels like a slice of paradise. Today’s show is going to be a bit different. Instead of featuring one or two live performances and an interview, I present... Read More

solipsistic NATION No. 238: Matta, Live

Looks like we picked up a lot of new listeners thanks to last week’s show featuring Karsh Kale, Tim Sköld, Ogre and Hoodoo Engine. If that’s you, welcome aboard! The first weekend of each and every month I feature a live performance with a quick interview with the artist. Recent shows have included concerts from Igorrr, :papercutz and Atari Teenage Riot. On today’s show we’re going to listen to a live set from James and Andy of Matta. I think you’re... Read More

solipsistic NATION No. 233: Igorrr, Live

I’m going to talk gear for a bit so please indulge me. I relaunched solipsistic NATION in 2006 because I had just purchased a Mac Mini and it came with GarageBand pre-installed. GarageBand changed everything because suddenly I could create shows easily and quickly. It’s safe to say that if I hadn’t picked up my Mac Mini that solipsistic NATION would never have happened. I loved my Mac Mini. It was a speedy little machine that got stuff done quietly. I often petted... Read More

solipsistic NATION No. 230: :papercutz, Live

Producing solipsistic NATION is a labor of love and it keeps me out of mischief but it does eat up a lot of time. Last week’s show featuring Meat Beat Manifesto‘s Jack Dangers, Bassweight dubstep documentary director Suridh Hassan, DJ Umb of Generation Bass and [tlr] of NVR-NDR took 21 hours to put together. When I was freelancing from home producing shows like that we’re easier to do. I could carve out a few hours day here and there to work on upcoming shows.... Read More

solipsistic NATION No. 222: Chevron, Live

A few years back I had Nicolas Chevreux of Ad Noiseam on the show to talk about his label. Ad Noiseam is one of those labels that puts out consistently great music so it was a real chore to try and shoe horn only an hour’s worth of music into the show. I think I did a fairly decent job although it pained me not to include the other great music from Ad Noiseam. One of the artists on Ad Noiseam that took me by surprise was Chevron. His track, “Burn Down The Jungle!,”... Read More

solipsistic NATION No. 215: Dub Gabriel, Live

solipsistic NATION broadcasts and podcasts on KYOURadio, Mevio and Alterati and once a month on solipsistic NATION I feature a recording of a live performance. Recent guests have included Enduser and DJ Spooky. Today our guest is Dub Gabriel and the show was recorded last February in Beijing. Gabriel’s music is inventive and fun and has just that right mix of aggro and sonic grit that I dig but how would that play in Beijing, I wondered. Very well, from what Gabriel tells... Read More

solipsistic NATION No. 210: Forensics, Live

Last month solipsistic NATION broke all previous records for downloaded shows! That’s due in large part to the guests I’ve had on the show during September such as Decibel Festival‘s founder Sean Horton, Mad EP, Ektoplazm and Enduser. If you’re new to solipsistic NATION let me welcome you aboard. On solipsistic NATION I feature the very best of all genres of electronic music. Dubstep, techno, drum and bass, whatever the genre is, as long as the music is... Read More

solipsistic NATION No. 206: Enduser, Live

The first Friday of each month I feature a live set from an electronic artist. Yes, I know this is a Monday and not a Friday. solipsistic NATION is a labor of love that keeps me sane but it’s not a paying gig, so real life often gets in the way. Putting food on my table, I’m sad to day, trumps putting music in your ears. So from time to time solipsistic NATION will go out a week late. And I could have easily pushed today’s show back a week, too, but since this... Read More

solipsistic NATION No. 202: Atom & His Package, Live

Back when I used to DJ at Free Radio San Diego (FRSD, incidentally, is where solipsistic NATION was born) I was introduced to the music of Atom & His Package. FRSD was staffed mostly by punks and there was some discussion as to whether Atom & His Package was punk rock or not. On the one hand, Atom’s music was mostly played on his sequencer (many will tell you that you don’t play punk rock on a sequencer), his lyrics were mostly pretty silly and sung in an almost... Read More

solipsistic NATION No. 194: Forensics, ill.gates & Terminal 11, Live

So here’s the deal. When I first started featuring live sets on solipsistic NATION it was a segment I thought I would do from time to time. It took a while but it soon became a regular segment on the show. I really like the live segments because on the face of it live electronic music seems like an oxymoron. Artists could easily just press play on their laptop and walk away and that would be the show. But obviously it’s more than that and each artist has a different... Read More