is an avid listener and DJ of electronic, punk, industrial, and noise
music (Deconstructed, QXT’s Diva Weekend, Abstraction, etc.) it was only
a matter of time before Rachel gave birth to her own musical
Experiment Haywire would express themes of political dissent,
female empowerment, war, (internal and external) torture, insanity,
contradictory aesthetics, the devaluing of the human condition, and a
post-apocalyptic future in this game called life.
Influenced by artists ranging from Einstürzende Neubauten, The Plasmatics, Atari Teenage Riot, and S.I.N.A., Rachel decided to form an all female performance art troupe in New York City called Nuclear Riot Party. She began playing at well known venues such as the Knitting Factory and the Continental and quickly gained a devoted cult following among the local (de)population.
Fed up with the herd mentality of the Nuclear Riot Party, Rachel soon decided to get back to Experiment Haywire. While Haywire was originally an avant-garde noise project based on desolate field recordings at weird hours of the morning it soon turned into a rhythmic industrial invasion that incorporated these elements into the harsh and abrasive sound of an electronic punk assault.
The first Experiment Haywire single, Army or Two, was released on a 3 CD compilation entitled Women Take Back the Noise. (also featuring Cosi Fanni Tutti, VyL8, and Dark Muse). In 2006 she performed at Digital Hardcore Fest in Toronto with Phallus Uber Alles. Simultaneously, World War 23, her first collection of songs was distributed in limited release and received favorable reviews.
Soon Rachel was playing for wider audiences in bigger cities (aside from New York) such as San Francisco, Washington DC, Miami, Denver, Seattle, and Portland along acts such as Android Lust, Informatik, Cesium 137, God Module, Alter Der Ruine, Babyland, Pill Brigade, and Z’EV. She even got herself on the same bill as Boyd Rice for political infiltration.
In early 2007 Experiment Haywire began working with engineer Xris Flam of Mindswerve Studios, NYC. Having worked with a variety of artists such as KMFDM, Mindless Self Indulgence, DJ Spooky, Merzbow, and Public Enemy he helped mix her infamous anti-nazi EP known as Cooler Than Genocide and her full length album Annihilation Chic.
In late 2007 Rachel founded machineKUNT Records, a new label for independent females creating dark electronic, noise, and industrial music. The first machineKUNT compilation was called Extreme Women in the Dark Future and featured artists ranging from Regenerator to Neikka RPM to Chiasm to Julie Destory.
Rachel is also a published author who is featured in the Disinformation anthology Generation Hex. Her first full length book is called Acidexia which is an authentic, highly personal coming of age autobiography and a cultural artifact documenting the fringes of culture at the dawn of the Information Age.
Watch Rachel “Haywire” Mendelson’s comedy debut, It Gets Better — Rachel Haywire, Rachel Haywire’s PSA for Love is the Cure, and The Haywire show: episode 1. Read Is Transhuman Militance a Threat to H+?, Why I Left Transhuman Separatism, and Digital Anthropology: is Web 2.0 an Idiocracy? Visit her Facebook page. View her Google+ profile and her LinkedIn profile. Follow her Twitter feed.