GAB Performing at AFTERMATH Festival

As most of you know, Kinetik Festival – one of the bigger Industrial/Electronic/EBM festivals – was canceled. Not only for this year, but apparently forever and ever.
Kinetik was to be the stage, literally, for Glass Apple Bonzai’s debut live performance and with the collapse of the festival it seemed that perhaps some rescheduling was in order, and of course huge amounts of disappointment.

Enter the fine minds of Troy Hilton (Darker Side of Light Promotions), Alex Kennedy (I Die:You Die), and Scott Fox (iVardensphere) put their noses to the grind stoned and made a new fire from the ashes of Kinetik.
This fire is called “AFTERMATH :: Industrial/EBM/Synthpop May 22-25th, 2014 ::“, and as you can see it takes place the same weekend that Kinetik was scheduled.


That’s right, we’ve been reinstated and will be performing our debut gig at Aftermath.
Here’s a banner. Because…banners.
AFTERMATH: Industrial/EBM/Synthpop Festival

I know it says “Industrial” on the banner/cover/image/whatever but it’s not just industrial music. Trust me.

I’m really jazzed to be a part of this festival and can’t wait to perform the Bonzai material live. Especially to a bunch of people…instead of the usual room full of 15 people at a dank bar with the crappiest sound system ever. (OK, I kinda like those shows too)

Anyhow, in the meantime I’m busy preparing all of the perk packages for the Indiegogo campaign, and rehearing for the live set.
Hope to see some of you at AFTERMATH!


– Daniel X. Belasco

Lesson One: A New (and quite old) Song!


“Lesson One” is an old song that predates even the first Glass Apple Bonzai songs and ideas.
I wrote it at least 10 years ago using hardware only. My S3000xl sampler with some Roland TR707 drum machine samples, a Roland JX8P synth, a Tascam 4-track cassette multitracker, and driving it all was a computer my friend The Stevebot built for me called The FrankenMac.
Over the years it made its way, in various incarnations from computer-to-computer, backup disk-to-backup disk, and so on.

After redoing it in FL Studio (and subsequently revising it even more times) it just sat there being unused for ages.
Until now.

I decided that this is the kind of thing I need to include on the Glass Apple Bonzai special edition cassette that is included in some of the perks on the Indiegogo campaign:

Glass Apple Bonzai Indiegogo Campaign

So here I am, sharing it with you.
As it turns out, during the process of completing and preparing the material for the cassette I’ve essentially finished a whole album’s worth of material.
I think after all is said and done I might revise the songs a bit more and eventually release them properly.
Though, because of the nature of how I work on things I’m sure some large changes with be made…thus making the cassette versions rare and unique.
One thing I’ve always loved is when there’s multiple versions of songs by bands that are staggered between various releases.
Some people might say that was a ploy to sell more units, but I like to think that it makes certain versions special and worth having.

There’s 12 days left on the campaign and there’s still plenty to pay for!
Thanks for all the help so far, and enjoy the song!


– Daniel X. Belasco

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