Earlier this morning Artrocker released the nominees for their second annual Artrocker Awards that will be taking place at Sebright Arms in London on December 7. We’re pleased to announce that Atari Teenage Riot made their way into two categories including International Band Of The Year and Electro Act Of The Year. You can place your vote and support Atari Teenage Riot here.
… To begin with, Alec Empire has a history with Sony — he’d sued them for copyright infringement after another song was included in a Sony ad without permission, and he settled, still feeling ripped off. Part of his dissatisfaction was hearing his music in a commercial at all.
Now Sony was back in Empire’s life — and asking this time. Empire knew at once what he wanted to do.
“I was actually on the phone and had to slow down my pulse and breathe… so the excitement wouldn’t be audible in my voice.”
Read the full interview on wired.com here.
Exercise your right and subscribe to our new podcast series by Alec Empire of Atari Teenage Riot on Dim Mak’s Official iTunes Podcast Series. This new podcast is a taste of what to except from upcoming Alec Empire DJ sets and solo performances. Alec Empire, activist and supporter of the Anonymous and Occupy Movement’s has continued to voice his opinion over the years with his music, and will continue the flow with his upcoming sets.
Last year I was contacted online by some Anonymous activists regarding the Atari Teenage Riot song “Black Flags”. We collaborated on a viral video project that became a document of activism around the globe from the past six months. People sent in material from student protests in Chile, the Occupy movement, Anonymous and activists in Japan demonstrating against Tepco, the corporation responsible for the nuclear disaster in Fukushima.
Amidst the latest slew of viral videos and internet memes, Atari Teenage Riot surfaced to O Music Awards under their “Best Protest Song” category for the 2012 awards show. As some cater to more laugh-appeal, we urge the fans to take the stance worth fighting for. Support the message, cause, and movement; Vote Atari Teenage Riot!
If you ever need a heightened sense of our dystopian present, attend an Atari Teenage Riot show. Certainly the long-running German trio — now consisting of Alec Empire, Nic Endo and Rowdy Superstar — has had progress in its sights for a long time. The group began in Berlin in 1992 as a proactive response against neo-Nazism in Germany and has been fighting the good fight through techno-juiced hardcore (and strobe lights!) off and on for two decades. (The band took a decade-long hiatus in 2001 after the death of founding member Carl Crack before returning last year.) But no length of fandom or YouTube-by-proxies is quite like being in Atari Teenage Riot‘s present presence: through hyperreal energy and palpable political resolve, the group acts as cheerleaders for resistance, and the constant indictments of skewed global politics are actually transformative. We’re living in a time of tumult, but ATR’s imagining a better future, if we want it. The crux of their music, battering, insistent, and of the rabble, is just a reminder that along the path there, chaos is tantamount. And fun.
Coachella 2012 will be another great year for Dim Mak, with 4 major artists in it’s presence. Atari Teenage Riot will take the stage, bringing “Is The Hyperreal” soundwaves through the desert skies. This upcoming performance has received major anticipation by the festival-goers and press alike. RollingStone.com reported on the future event as one of the “can’t miss acts” of the weekend…
Alec Empire of Atari Teenage Riot stepped off stage at the latest show in Belgium to find his Collapse Of History mix hit 150,000 views in one weekend! This monster mix has one of the strongest tracklistings around. Be sure to listen close to find what exclusives are in store…
As you may know, ATR will be heading to the desert as part of Coachella, set to perform Friday April 13th and 20th. Make sure you make it a point to see them live at Coachella! In the late 90s Atari Teenage Riot (ATR) emerged out of the electronica genre, to subvert all rules of rock and techno music. The seminal band was too radical in its views and statements and simply too loud and noisy to fit in neatly inside any genre. ATR’s records stand as a testament to the years 1992-2000, where anything seemed possible.
“We have just finished our video (online) for the track in Paris with a great cast of actors. The location of the shoot was a mental institution in the suburbs. It was wild!!!” ~ Alec Empire, Atari Teenage Riot
“Collapse of History” (Remixes, Pt. 1):
This is the first instalment of the two part Collapse of History EP, with the second to follow in April. Alec Empire: “Our new single is called Collapse of History! It is an anthem for our generation. Information overload in the digital age. The track has a big war chant, which went down extremely well with festival crowds since we started playing it live. Can’t wait to perform this at Coachella!!!
It’s another single that is sung by Nic Endo who takes ATR into a new direction. B52s, L7, riot grrrl, Blondie,
Deee-Lite were an inspiration. I had to do forty overdubs, because we thought it would be funny to have a
little army of Alec Empire clones singing along. The biggest inspiration for this song was probably the Atari
video game classic Pong. We did a remix contest, AND also got official remixes done by a number of amazing producers! The next two months of our campaign will focus on Collapse Of History! We are putting out this full on remix EP first, then will follow it up with the single later. It’s perfect for DJs to spin.”
Remixers include Christine (who have worked with Amon Tobin and Nag Nag Nag), StereoHeroes (M.I.A. and Pony Pony Run Run remixes), Sharkslayer (releases on the Kitsune and Yes, Yes labels), and Twist The Black
Box (noted for work with Diplo and Teeth).
Buy Now: ATR – Collapse of History Remixes
For more info on Atari Teenage Riot visit their artist page here.