Memory Monday – Tie a knot in your hanky

In ALL THIS NOTHING that is the universe, all we are is dust in the wind, dude. But with the help of MICROGRAVITY this MOONDUST MUST condense to form beautiful shapes and tune to frequencies that change our moods and impact on our lives.

It’s a small world, so it is said. I’d say that is true, especially when it comes to the number of artists who have walked the lesser travelled path. This path led me to writing GARDEN OF FAINTING STARS for THE BOOK OF KNOTS, a collective of New York and San Francisco based musicians. They chose the name of my song for the title of their album, which featured special guests BLIXA BARGELD of THE BAD SEEDS and EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN, MIKE PATTON of FAITH NO MORE and MR BUNGLE, and MIKE WATT of MINUTEMEN.

While I was in San Francisco recording GARDEN OF FAINTING STARS, I met a very nice gentlemen named STEVEN RASPA (one of the masterminds of THE BURNING MAN FESTIVAL) who gave me a tour of their San Fran HQ.

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Awesome review en español!

Follow me in here to read the review on Musicks and the Low Cost City, written by Paloma Calpainova:



Memory Monday – I was Zappy

Hey there folks! Ever wondered how we got here? The winds of the universe had my future, they had my ready made soul, and birthed me in London. As a small child, I found myself in Pakistan, then back in London, until Minneapolis called us there.

Ever the optimist, the hedonist, the preparationalist for nothing at all, I ventured alone to New York City, met a chick who would later become my wife and join me on this journey to Berlin…

I’ve been a dancer, an actor, a singer, a multi-instrumentalist. No event stands alone; there is always a lot of overlap and indeed one event spawns another and not necessarily in chronological order.

This week, I’d like to show you a short documentary directed by PAMELA MADDALENO, about GENTLEMEN & ASSASSINS‘s recording of “Lowest Of the Low”.

Watch the video to discover the faux ethnic musical instruments such as the traditional Schlungawungabinga and the sheep herder’s Hair-Krishna brush. I may not fit the expectations of my ethnicity, but I’m happy and zappy. I’ve been playing with a stun gun. It’s called the stun gun of life. I was stunned… by the gun… of life.

Voyage Voyage – ça roule!

Salut mes Poules! Ce weekend je monte dans la camionnette avec Daniel Richter, batteur du groupe allemand ALICE DAISY et puis, à Bruxelles, nous passons prendre mon pote SAM KULIK, le tromboniste avec qui je partageais la scène au sein du groupe NERVOUS CABARET. Mais cette fois-ci, ce n’est pas seulement un “buddy roadtrip”. Nous traversons à peu près 900 km par voie terrestre surtout afin de vous rejoindre au festival TOUR DE CHAUFFE à LA FERME D’EN HAUT, VILLENEUVE D’ASCQ en France.

En premier partie de mon concert joue la magnifique MANIC MAYA, elle aussi un fan de mettre la basse en valeur dans la mélodie d’une chanson.

Venez nombreux, avec vos familles et familiers ce samedi le 8 novembre. Nous espérons vous voir parmi la foule! Cliquez sur l’image ci-dessous pour plus de renseignements sur les billets et comment se rendre sur place…

brawl in paradise

Memory Monday – The Mercy Seat

The Wheel of Life never comes back to the original point. We can return to the same place and do similar things, even watch the event on video, but each moment in time is singular, never to be repeated.

Join me once again fellow time travellers, back to 1997 when I appeared in Primetime Emmy Award Nominated US television series “Oz“, starring Ernie Hudson and Luke Perry and directed by masters of the thriller genre Mary Harron, Steve Buscemi, Brian Cox, and Kathy Bates to name a few.

I played the part of (the young) murderous architect Bob Rebadow, one of only five characters that would feature throughout the long running show, at the crucial point in his life when a swift, spontaneous, anger-filled action changed his life irrevocably.

Check me out in my fab wig in the murder scene and sans cheveux as you know and (hopefully) love me in the execution scene. For those who are squeamish, I recommend imagining the film crew just out of shot, or the actors sharing a laugh and a cuppa together back stage between takes!



Happy Halloween!

It’s that time of year again when people like to dress up in crazy costumes and eat too many sweets… Sounds like any day of the week down our way! At least when I’m on the road with circus-cabaret LIMBO.

…and the LIMBO performances will be pretty much every day of the week, from Wednesday 26th November until the New Year’s Eve Silvester Gala at the Tollwood Festival in Munich.

At the moment, I am in hyper rehearsal mode and will be lurking in the very scary basement studio with drummer Daniel Richter of German band Alice Daisy, ready for our performance at La Ferme d’en Haut (TOUR DE CHAUFFE FESTIVAL in Villeneuve-d’Ascq) so no time for Halloween parties for us! Come find me on Facebook and post your Halloween pictures to show me what I missed!

Here’s a photo of me taken by Michael Crouser many moons ago in Minneapolis, around 1991 I think, in my former manifestation as a dancer with Ballet Of the Dolls. The box I’m crouching on says, “More Fun Than Circus”. Now that’s a future echo if ever I saw one. Spooky!!!

Elyas Khan Ballet Of The Dolls Halloween (370x450) (329x400) (284x345)

Memory Monday – Dog Days Are Over

Money can’t buy you love, so sang The Beatles, but when the heir of an Indian shirt-manufacturing company offers $30,000 to ensure he gets a US residency permit, you can bet your bottom dollar that the Queen of Hearts won’t be the only card on the table.

This week, Memory Monday takes us back to 2005, when I starred in ANDY BISCONTINI‘s film, EVERY DOG’S DAY, featuring my band NERVOUS CABARET‘s song, GRAND PALACE OF LOVE on the soundtrack, which you can buy HERE.

So, come and take me kid, while I am hot! It’s educational bijoux, that’s right, just for me and for you…

Indieground Sound System : Elyas Khan – jusqu’ici tout va bien!

Dans cette chronique extraordinaire, INDIEGROUND SOUND SYSTEM nous transporte dans le temps et l’espace, aux origines de la carrière musicale d’ELYAS KHAN : de ses débuts en tant que chanteur du groupe New Yorkais NERVOUS CABARET et du groupe transatlantique GENTLEMEN & ASSASSINS jusqu’à ses projets solos actuels.

Aussi inclus dans cet épisode :

New Model Army : Poison Street
Medeski Martin and Wood : Bloody Oil
Persons Unknown : International Break
Violent Femmes : Never Tell
Public Enemy : Revolutionary Generation
The Cure : Let’s Go To Bed

Indieground Sound System #24 by Radio M on Mixcloud

Afternoon Green Tea Berlin Take Two…

In case you missed my Green Tea Berlin interview on Alex Radio and 88Vier this afternoon,
here it is again for your listening pleasure!


Elyas Khan radio interview on Green Tea Berlin

Hey y’all don’t forget to tune into Alex Radio or 88.4 FM today between 1pm and 2pm CET and listen to me, Elyas Khan, talking with Green Tea Berlin‘s Krista Reinstadler about my career so far, my recent shows at the Singapore Formula 1 and the upcoming performances with circus-cabaret show LIMBO at the TOLLWOOD FESTIVAL in Munich.