It’s 808 Day so why not put out another 808 and 303 laced dance tune! This is my latest track “Disco Brutus (F.L.O.)“. I’ve been sitting on it for a while and felt that now was a great time to share it you all. For more of the media release-y stuff keep on readin’ 🙃
Dive into the year 2323 with the enthralling new synthwave track, “Disco Brutus (F.L.O.)“. This cybernetic symphony is the latest track from the future’s favourite humanoid Panda, Dr Hitchcock. Imprisoned in a hexagonal TARDIS-like enclosure, he fills the void with his sassy synthesizer sounds. Thrilling listeners across dimensions, his latest creation fervently echoes the rhythmic pulse of a future lost yet fondly remembered!?
For fans of:
Harold Faltermeyer – Axel F (Beverly Hills Cop theme)
Roland TB-303 and TR-808
Synthwave, Italo Disco, House
Dr Hitchcock – bio
From the vibrant streets of Narrm | Brunswick West, Melbourne, emerges the musical tech lord, Dr Hitchcock. Originally from the lush landscapes of Taranaki, Aotearoa | New Zealand, Dr Hitchcock has evolved from his mid-90s Rave and Grunge roots to become a captivating DJ and a burgeoning music producer.
With decades of DJ experience, he crafts a mesmerizing blend of Indie, Psych Rock, ElectroClash, Techno, and House. Recently supporting James Curd (Greenskeepers), Tom Cosm (Aotearoa), and Markj | Mr Soundfood (Taranaki, NZ), Dr Hitchcock’s live and DJ sets paint dancefloors with a vivid sonic palette that’s impossible to resist.
Not content with just DJing, Dr Hitchcock has taken the plunge into music production and performing live over the past 18 months, unveiling his own original tracks. These releases showcase his innate ability to transcend genres, infusing each creation with a dash of his eclectic influences.
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.
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…
Well apparently it’s been a decade since I threw my first gig and club night. The Mixtape Connection was a monthly club night riding high on the indie dance rock vibe that was being driven by the likes of DFA Records and LCD Soundsystem. There were plenty of bands playing around Christchurch at the time but not many rock’n’roll DJs. Richard MacFarlane, Missy G, Bill (Indie Slut) and myself decided to change that and throw our own party at Capitol Bar. It ran every month for a year and a half and it was fun while it lasted. Since then we’re thrown on average a party a year. Missy G plays around Christchurch ALL THE TIME and Bill ran another club night called the Nu Trend with Daniel Millar (Tobiaz) and Annie Kean. The Mixtape Connection was a real launchpad for me and the rest of the crew, it helped us hone our DJing skills and get our names out there. Since then I’ve lived in Melbourne twice and played parties on both sides of the Tasman and at some big festivals.
I’d like to thank all the party peeps and everyone else who got involved with the parties over the years. For those still in town hopefully we’ll see you at Smashies! Also, many thanks to Brian Feary from Melted Ice Cream for the work on the gig flyer.
So come on down to Smash Palace on High Street to see the return of Christchurch’s most notorious scene elders for one night only of Rock, Brit-Pop, 80s, Electro-Clash, and whatever Missy G is gonna play, probably John B ;D
Here are the deets for your next dose of nostelgia: