Dr Hitchcock – Dark Lorde 8888 feat. Ben Johnson

Sound artist Dr Hitchcock wearing a large fluffy orange coat with a rainbow LED necklace.

After 25 years of DJing Dr Hitchcock, aka Benet Hitchcock, has released his first original song “Dark Lorde 8888”.

A dark 303 acid bassline and spacious 808 drums drive the listener on, as melancholic keys from the Microfreak encourages them to look around. Before too long a distant voice shares what we’re really here to do. Dr Hitchcock describes his new track as a “Stumble-trip through the dark cyber valley on your way to the pixelated castle high up on the hill.”

Over the years Dr Hitchcock has run indie dance club nights, such as the Mixtape Connection, launched underground Internet radio station 8K.NZ, programmed the airwaves for independent FM station RDU 98.5 and released the Ōtautahi (Christchurch) mix CD “This is NOT the Christchurch Sound – Vol. 1”. 2022 sees his first solo effort hitting the ones and zeros.

The past seven years have been a little quiet on the music front due to his young family, but six months ago during preparation for the move from Ōtautahi to Narrm (Melbourne) he caught the synthesiser bug. “Dark Lorde 8888” is what he hopes will be the first of many songs to come.

This is not the first time Dr H and Ben have played together. In 2007 they collaborated on the Electro Pussy Posse (EPP) track “Minor Enlightenment” which closed the “This is NOT the Christchurch Sound – Vol. 1” compilation.

“Dark Lorde 8888 feat. Ben Johnson” by Dr Hitchcock is available on Bandcamp, Soundcloud and all the usual streaming platforms.

Artist: Dr Hitchcock
Song: Dark Lorde 8888 feat. Ben Johnson
Credits: Performed and programmed by Dr Hitchcock playing the Novation Circuit Tracks, Roland TB-03 and Arturia Microfreak. Epiphone Les Paul and Boss ME-80 played by Ben Johnson.

DJ Dr Hitchcock mixing live this Saturday at Cuppo

Promo image for DJ Dr Hitchcock mixing live this Saturday at Cuppo, Brunswick West. It features Dr Hitchcock drinking a cup of coffee in front of the coffee bar.

What are you up to this Saturday morning? Come hang with me, DJ Dr Hitchcock, and my friends at Cuppo on Melville Road in Brunswick West. I’m gonna be mixing a live blend of rock and electronic music. It’s not a big space but the vibe is nice, there’s a fireplace, they make great coffee and the best toasties in all of Brunswick West 😉

In this set you might hear tunes from the likes of Fruit Bats, Toro Y Moi, Cantrips, Mystic Braves, Oasis, The Exbats, Chastity Belt, Arcade Fire, Working Men’s Club, Bolis Pupil, Steve Darko, Terr, Daniel Watts, Queer On Acid, and maybe Kate Bush…

See you there!
Dr H.

Start-Up 2022

Artwork on this episode of the Starlifter.FM podcast titled "Start-Up 2022". It features album covers from some of the songs played during this electrnoic DJ set and has a dark theme with bright lines in the background.

2022 has been a huge year so far which makes it tricky to get around to creating a banging electronic DJ set. Me and my whānau moved from Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa to Brunswick West, Naarm | Melbourne; and obviously world events have been mad crazy. So in between moving countries, dodging covid, unpacking boxes, finding new schools, settling in 2 young kids into a new city and culture I’ve still found time to work on a electronic DJ set.

So here it is! This set has a real sense of rhythm and groove. The start relies on sophistication and attitude with beats and pieces bridging the middle. Harder beats come on after that with a real feel of that mid 2000’s electroclash vibe. Towards the end prog makes itself felt and the whole set is book-ended with some big 90s house. Listen in for the ear candy!

This set features:

  • Raf – Self Control
  • FPU – Ocean Drive (Tiga’s White Linen Vox)
  • Charlotte Adigéry & BOLIS PUPUL – Ceci n’est pas un cliché
  • Jain – Makeba
  • Riton – Rinse & Repeat featuring Kah-Lo
  • Tube & Berger – Bierchen
  • Bleu Clair, Osvaldorio – False God
  • Anti Up – Concentrate
  • WhoMadeWho – Out The Door (Superdiscount remix)
  • ZZT – The Worm (Erol Alkan Extended Rework)
  • Fedele – Riot Revolte (DJ Hell Remix)
  • Shedbug – Pickup Sticks
  • Roza Terenzi – Elevate
  • Flora FM – Insist On Your (Brain Mix)
  • Dosem – Instead
  • The Matrix Resurrections – Neo and Trinity Theme (Johnny Klimek & Tom Tykwer Exomorph Remix)
  • Tom Cosm – Suzy AUM
  • Inner City – Good Life
  • The Chemical Brothers – Got To Keep On

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Love to Cuppo

This is one of my first mixes since the big move to Naarm and is dedicated to Cuppo; a cute little cafe out the front of Brunswick West Workshop, a studio and co-working space.

This set features songs mostly of a psychedelic groove and includes the likes of Tame Impala, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Flyying Colours, Mod Con, Mermaidens, Jefferson Airplane, Bird Nest Roys, The Sundae Painters, Jeffrey Lewis & The Rain, The Seeds, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Jimi Hendrix, Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, and David Bowie.