GUGONIX - Formed 2000 with the purchase of CODEMASTERS "MUSIC 200" and the time alone to make some tunes and fully learn the software, along with an urge to create a completely different take on the electronic / DJ scene, and a desire to form a record label to promote odd, dark and unaccepted Dunedin noise/electronic experimentalists, hence the birth of Gugonix.
After several months, enough tracks were written to warrant the uploading of some of the tracks to an MP3.com site. Next came an opportunity to contribute some local Dunedin noise/ambient to a compilation being released by CLUB BIZARRE, an Auckland based label responsible for the amusingly titled "Solid Goth Hits: Volume 1", the long running NZ GOTHIC BALL and INTRAVENE magazine.
The compilation was to be a follow up to "Solid Goth Hits", but due to the styles of music that were being submitted it quickly became "A Dark-End Collection" instead.
[Dark] Edge of Reality Recordings quickly formed to compile a sampler of 5 tracks featuring the GUGONIX track "Drowned" (a strange and spooky waterscape) and tracks by fellow electronic mayhem makers OBLIVION, OMF,VANDAL X and A TASTE OF THE SOFT MACHINE to contribute to the project. To our collective excitement, 3 out of the 5 submitted tracks were chosen for the now titled CLUB BIZARRE compilation : "BLACKMARKET: an NZ Dark-End music Collection"
...the excitement and pride eventuated in the first [Dark]Edge Of Reality sampler featuring all of the 5 tracks from the original submissions and an additional track by each of the projects and two tracks by fellow noise nutter Matt Middleton recording under his moniker CRUDE after he heard what we had submitted.
This release became the acclaimed "COLD WINDS AND INFLUENZA" compilation which is about to be re-packaged and re-released to a bigger audience. Next came the limited first CDR release of "N.666.ET" on [Dark] Edge of Reality, the new formed sub label of the infamous DIY Punk/Noise label EDGE OF REALITY RECORDINGS. 20 of these CDRs were released and all of them were either sold or given away as promos. The record was during the New Zealand Music Symposium in 2000 when 8 copies were snapped up over the week from RECORD RECORDS.
Until this point Gugonix was the solo project of DJ Nightmare 666 alone, but soon the time came for a live performance and the ARC cafe in Dunedin was chosen as the place to unleash Gugonix as a live entity and to promote the sampler and Gugonix CDs
Another layer of dynamic was needed and guitars were chosen . Guitarists Vandal X and Iris P.Love walked up to the plate to add a layer of sonic mayhem to the largely Techno/Industrial backing tracks, freeform vocals were also applied for the first time, thanks to the alcohol, and live synths made for a sound that had the old ARC Cafe shaking its windows. and although it was only a Tuesday night, the assembled crowd of 40 or so punters hit the floor dancing.
Soon the time came for The Nightmare to leave Dunedin and head for the Goth friendly capital city.
Nightmare already had friends and deviants known to him in Wellington and one of these deviants was a fellow ex pat Dunedinite who had left a year earlier, STEVIE SYPHER, who had sung for such outfits as AXIOM and BILIGERANCE and was itching to get involved in a band to sort out the locals and (get into gigs for free) so he joined straight away and brought another ex-Dunedinite in on guitar, MR.FISH, who was soon followed by Iris P.Love who had now also decided Dunedin was out, filling out the line up to a 4 piece with an ever revolving group of guest nutters.
Appearances at the first annual DARKNESS GATHERING: Gothic and Dark Culture festival, and other events soon bought attention to the band as being uncompromising, and extreme, and the appearance at the second Annual Darkness Gathering was more like a Nazi youth rally skinhead stomp! Vicious noise and hard hitting beats with demented 'vokills' and between song crowd abuse mixed with disharmonic guitars and fucked synth blasts. People were invading the stage wanting a chance to vent their aggression as well..
We didn't kick 'em off.
Word of the aggression spread to the Metal scene and gigs followed with Black Metal band ZIRCONIUM and where a Slayer cover was included just to shut the "play some fucking Slayer!!" cunts up.
Our Version of ANGEL OF DEATH went down like a bible reading to the assembled hard asses and munters and we were glad it was our last track.
Written by Nightmare 666