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.

Mixtape Connection 10th Anniversary Party

Mixtape Connection 10th Anniversary flyer

Hey Mixtapers,

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.

We also put out a CD of Christchurch music..

This is NOT the Christchurch sound – Vol. 1 by Starlifter Radio on Mixcloud

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:

Mixtape Connection 10th Anniversary!

Featuring:
Missy G [GirlSchool | RDU],
Indie Slut [Human Pleasure | RDU],
Dr Hitchcock [Mixtape 8014 | Starlifter Radio],
Pinacolada Sound System [On The Decks | RDU].

Saturday 4th July.
20:00 – 02:00.
Smash Palace, High Street, Christchurch.
Free entry.

For more info stayed tuned to Starlifter Radio or listen to the following shows on RDU 98.5 FM:
GirlSchool – Tuesday 18:00-19:30
Human Pleasure – Monday 18:00-20:00
On the Decks – Saturday 14:00-16:00

SEE YOU THERE!!!
Dr H xox.

P.S. If I can motivated I might even broadcast the gig live on Starlifter but we’ll see how we go ;p

Copy that Shit in Hell

Still from music video for Shit Robot - Take 'Em Up (feat. Nancy Whang)
Still from the music video for 'Shit Robot - Take 'Em Up (feat. Nancy Whang)'

Well, well, well, 2010 is all but over and we’ve just added out final bunch of tunes for the year. 2010 has been an amazing year muscially and it’s been a great time to be alive ( if you ignore all the earthquakes, mining disasters and rise in the price of everything in NZ :p )

So here’s a selection of the tracks that have just been added to the Starlifter Radio playlist.

Artist – Song
Cut Copy – Take Me Over [Australia]
Shit Robot – Take ‘Em Up (feat. Nancy Whang) Free MP3
DJ Hell – U Can Dance Feat. Bryan Ferry
Digitalism – Stratosphere (Original Mix) Buy MP3
Hexstatic – Hollywood Bar (DJ Lord Fader’s Lock In Mix) Free MP3
The Rapture – Kid 606 in Love With the Underground Buy from Insound
Regurgitator – Making No Sense [Australia] Free MP3
Die Die Die – Wasted Lands [New Zealand] Buy MP3Buy CDBuy Vinyl

Something not on the list is my latest DJ set which was recorded at MASSIVE Spring Equinox 2010. If you wanna listen to it right now click here.

That’s it for the Starlifter Rizzle for nizzle. Have fun with all the Christmas parties and take care of yourself and your friends.

Peace,
Dr H