Ha ha! I was driving around doing driving around stuff one day and, as usual, I came to compare the various boroughs of New York with the areas of Chicago. While doing so I mulled over what part of New York Chicago’s south side would fit into and decided that instead of think this through seriously any longer I’d just turn it into a joke.
Welcome… to… er… the “official” website of Chicago-based DJ, producer, remix artist and event promoter Joseph C.R. Vourteque!
Vourteque has been hailed for his iconoclastic take on many forms of music from house, electro and drum n bass to gothic country, gypsy fusion and alternative vaudeville. He was also told by a person in Wisconsin that he made a joke of DJs. Evidently they did not appreciate a three hour 90′s euro-dance set.
Today Vourteque is best known for his work in the electro-swing, circuspunk and steampunk movements. He’s consistently at the forefront of both music and events. To find out more visit the section above that is inexplicably named after him.
Also feel free to peruse the LISTEN section where you can listen to his original works, remixes and DJs sets. If you like his work enough to download it go to the EXPERIENCE section and, well, download it. Or if you like, download other things he has that are all about him. If you still like what he does after that do check out the up-coming events because events are fantastic and you don’t go to enough of those. Shame on you.
You can also find Vourteque’s opinions, ideas and maybe some legitimate news in the MUSINGS & NEWS section. Then feel free to admire him in the SEE section where he’s graciously supplied you with pictures and videos featuring none other than himself. After all that riveting content you can go further by CONTACTING him to tell how much you adore/loathe/are-indifferent to him. Lastly, tell the people and associations that Vourteque seems to think he’s affiliated with that everything is going to be “okay” by visiting the EXPLORE! section and following the links far far away from this page.
But most of all, thank you for visiting, and come back… REALLY soon.
It’s in your best interest… he thinks he knows where you live.
After a short stop in Chicago, my lovely traveling companion Erica Unwoman and I headed off to the east coast. Our first stop was Detroit where we had a fantastic gluten free meal at Inn Season Cafe before heading over to Royal Kuba to play for the fantastic, and well organized, Doc Colony!
Afterwards we headed over to stay with Casey at Theater Bizarre, what a fantastic spot! From there we headed out to Pittsburgh where my good friend Robert Warren was putting together a show with the amazing Trundle Manor! It was pretty chilly but we managed to stay warm with a giant wood burning, fire spewing furnace in the garage (where the show was held.) Should you ever go to Pittsburgh DEFINITELY stop by Trundle Manor.
The next day we headed out to Philly to play for Gil Cnann of Dorian’s Parlor. We played alongside Psyche Corporation and had a lot of fun. The next day we headed out for NYC with Psyche Corp. for our last show of the tour. The Goblin Market and Anachronism really did a great job and it was a ton of fun. I’m actually awful (if you haven’t noticed) at taking pictures so I apologize for the distinct lack of them. I also DJed a GREAT electro-swing set but best of all, I got to end my set with a little old school goth/industrial. They held the event at a club that used to be The Bank way back in the day and well, that was kind of awesome to be able to do that.
Afterwards we got some late night diner at Yaffa Cafe with my friend Calico Jack. The next day Erica and I visited with Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl and Projekt Records fame at their actual offices in Fort Green, Brooklyn. He was a super awesome guy and even has an old analog synthesizer signed by Robert Moog.
After that we went to Manhattan and walked around one of my favorite parts, Tudor City and Turtle Bay. We got a bite and then attended Sleep No More. It was one of the greatest pieces of entertainment, theater and general production I’ve ever witnessed. Afterwards we got some drinks at Gallows Green and even had a “potion” made for us!
The next morning I got up early, said my goodbyes to Erica (who stayed an extra day before flying back to SF) and drove back to Chicago. It was a great little tour and we had a ton of fun. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen.
Also gas was only 3.09 a gallon outside of Toledo.
Well I just got back from my tour of various parts of the US and it was awesome. Especially awesome sharing it with the wonderful Erica Unwoman. I’m going to give a quick shout out to each of the stops for a few posts and have some pictures, why? Because everyone loves pictures!
New Orleans is mind-blowingly beautiful and spending time with the Airship Isabella was really exceptional, as was drinking with the voodoo Loa looking over your shoulder .
Next is Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philly and NYC!
So I went to traffic court yesterday. I’ve never been, I like to think I’m a pretty good driver and thus I don’t ever get more than parking tickets. This happened to be a red light camera ticket that I felt was not entirely in the correct and so I decided to contest it. It goes a little deeper than that too, seeing as I’ve never been to traffic court I kind of wanted to go and see what it was all about. As it turns out, it’s chock full of douchebaggery.
I’ve been a producer for a long time but I’ve yet to actually try to release anything.
Well on September 18th that all changes. Through my good friend, Mr. Automatic’s record label, Dead 2 Me Records, I’m releasing my first E.P. It’s called The Swing Mechanical and it features six tracks that mix and match the sounds of yesterday with beats and production of today.