* December 12, 2013 *
New Celldweller Video - Unshakeable
Brand New Celldweller Video for 'Unshakeable', featuring some sick animations! Check it out:
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* December 11, 2013 *
The Scene is Undead (Blah Blah Blah)
Yesterday Das Bunker announced that January 31st was the last event for their legendary Los Angeles club night. Having played there a handful of times this is pretty devastating news for both the Los Angeles industrial/ebm fans and, to an extent, the lucky touring bands that would schedule their California dates around the Friday event to hopefully get booked. There was no indication (yet) why the night was ending. In short, it was a bit of a sucker punch to not just the California scene, but to the U.S. scene as a whole.
Bunker Atlanta is also closing their doors this month (and I think it’s just a coincidence, as they used the name but it wasn’t run by the same crew as I understand it), making it two big city industrial club nights going down the tubes. Thusly, this has set off the inevitable online cries of “THE SCENE IS DYING/DEAD/COMATOSE/ON LIFE SUPPORT WITH OPTION OF EUTHANASIA”, and “THINK ABOUT THE MUSICAL CHILDREN”.
Okay, let’s set the record straight: Even though I haven’t checked the numbers on all of them, in general the industrial/ebm club nights nationwide have sucked for quite some time. There’s just not that much new blood coming into the scene. While Das Bunker’s closing is a big hit to the Los Angeles crowd, it may not have been due to attendance. It might have been, but I honestly have no idea at this point so I’m not going to speculate. Maybe it was a problem with the club itself. Who knows? Moreover, club nights closing doesn’t necessarily mean people aren’t passionate about the music itself. People not buying CDs doesn’t mean people don’t value music. It means in terms of the club nights (and I’m not speaking about Das Bunker at all here, this is just in general) maybe they don’t want to pay a cover and a ridiculous amount for a watered down vodka tonic. Maybe they don’t want to hear the same interchangeable four on the floor 125-135 BPM dance tracks that are the easiest for DJs to auto-mix with their laptops. Maybe there aren’t creative themes for nights or effective advertising from the club.
Hell, maybe we need to rethink why people come out in the first place, and how much more it takes to motivate them these days.
Thanks to the internet and social media people feel more connected to their friends than ever in some regards, and meeting people (who hopefully are the same people in their profiles and not some 50 year old creeper posing as some hottie goth chick) takes a lot less effort. Plus it’s easier to talk to people if you’re socially awkward because you aren’t face to face. Much like a the lack of scarcity of information (read as “you don’t have to scrounge to find the music you like anymore”), there’s now a certain lack of scarcity in terms of hanging out. While talking online or playing video games through your XBOX with your pals on the other side of town isn’t the same as spending time in person, it is an alternative, and a cheaper one. And while dancing around your bedroom after a few beers isn’t the same as doing it in a club, I think there needs to be an overhaul of sorts as to the whole club experience for the fans of industrial/ebm. This doesn’t necessarily mean that promoters need to invest $50,000 in a major lighting rig, but it does mean that having the same night, with the same people, with DJs playing the same songs week after week gets…boring.
Add to that our club nights being smaller, so any dumb drunken drama (DDD) that occurs is magnified and causes people to not want to come out because Larry Batdanc3r decided to hit on Nachtqueen420’s best friend and now everything’s tense amongst the 25 people that regularly come out to the night.
As a club promoter you want to keep people’s interest. It’s not about “supporting the scene” and never should be. If your night is inferior it won’t be supported, plain and simple, and saying “it’s the only club night in the area” is not a reason to automatically support it. If your DJs can’t keep the mix interesting people shouldn’t feel forced to show up. If the bartenders are dicks people won’t want to buy drinks (or tip). Alternately, if you’re a person who always complains about the night and think some things should change step up and offer to help, and/or start a night with the music YOU want to hear and do the events YOU think are fun (this is how I got into DJing). After you’ve got that set up work your ever-lovin’ butt off to get people to come out to the night. If it’s a night worth going to people will spread the word. People WANT to have a place to party. They want a place they can feel safe to express themselves, have a some fun and a few drinks, and get their stompy groove on. As a side note, it’s a very good idea to also have a place where the women who attend feel safe. This means bounce any gropey douchebags that think just because a woman is showing a little skin that it’s their right to play grab-ass. It’s not. Repeat: It’s not.
Don’t focus on the night just being for your niche crowd either, meaning don’t be dicks to people who don’t show up decked out in Lip Service. Some people love the music but aren’t into the fashion, and that’s AMAZING. A club night isn’t only about fashion, it’s about passion for the music and people who love it of all shapes, sizes, colors, sexual orientations, and bad haircuts getting together and celebrating it. It’s about FUN, not about exclusivity. If someone in a football jersey walks in the door and wants to stay and dance they’re just as welcome as you and your friends who spent three hours getting ready. It’s not about beggars being choosers. It’s about community. This doesn’t mean you have to hug everyone that comes in, but don’t give them the freakin’ stinkeye because they aren’t up to your small minded standards of whatever-the-hell BS your self-esteem needs to feel like you’re important. Accept them like you want to be accepted.
So stop pontificating about the scene being dead or blah blah blah—it’s just as good or bad as it has been, but honestly it couldn't get much worse than it's been the last half decade. With that said, the artists aren’t going anywhere and (hopefully) neither is your passion for the artists you love listening to. The trick is knowing how to put on a party, and Das Bunker knew how to do this in spades. Nothing good lasts forever though, so for those of you running nights or wanting to start one get off your butts and start putting on a party to remember. If you get the word out properly the people will come, and if you do it extremely well they’ll bring new people into the fold, too. Just don’t get lazy or entitled if it does go off well, because that’s when things slip. And that’s when people stop coming.
Start rethinking how to run your nights. Rise from the clubby ashes and start over. Rebuild them bigger and better, and throw the party you want to attend.
* December 03, 2013 *
Interview with Emilie Autumn and Birthday Massacre
I interviewed Birthday Massacre and Emilie Autumn during their recent show here in NYC. It's pretty entertaining, featuring Emilie Autumn and Chibi, and a special surprise love affair between Rainbow and Voltaire:
The Birthday Massacre:
* December 03, 2013 *
GOTH CLUBS AFTER 30 – SIGN OF A LOSER?
Check out this awesome advice column from "Modern Women Digest"
Jane, I’m a woman in her mid-30s who still attends weekly goth nights at some of the bars in my area. Recently I’ve started to notice a much younger crowd at the clubs I frequent. More and more I find that I have absolutely nothing in common with this new generation of kids. I have a house, a career, responsibilities. I’m not the same person I was way back when. I don’t even dress in all the black clothes and fishnet anymore.
These observations have left me with a bitter taste in my mouth and I’ve begun to wonder: Am I too old to be going out to clubs? I mean, is that chapter of my life over now that I’m well into my 30s? Is there a point where you can become “too old” for the goth club?
The short answer to your conundrum is a resounding: No, it’s absolutely NOT okay for a woman in her 30s to attend such an event. No respectable woman would be caught dead hanging out at a goth club with the emotionally damaged, black-clad poster-children for Prozac.
The gothic lifestyle is a perfectly acceptable phase for teens and despondent 20-somethings to experience. Getting drunk in some filthy bar while pretending you’re a faery princess named “Ishir Nightshade” when you’re knocking on 40′s door is something altogether different and disturbing.
Most adults outgrow their insecurities and psychological afflictions after entering their twenty’s. Those that continue to dwell within depression’s drowsy comfort begin expressing themselves in abstract and nonconstructive ways. Their mind becomes cloudy and they begin to mistake personal shortcomings as grand characteristics and experience scattered, delusional thinking. Thus, the adult gothic is born.
You’ve done everything in your life correctly up to this point, S.M.T. Everything except for not attending goth nights in your 30s… Thankfully, your natural instincts have finally decided to kick in and you’re seeing for yourself just how pathetic and demeaning the whole ordeal really is.
There comes a time in every women’s life when childish things must be put away. No one wants to see your flabby, out of shape, middle-aged body stuffed into a vinyl mini-dress while you stumble around in platform heels. How unbecoming. How embarrassing!
My advice is to stop cutting yourself and start cutting out those unsavory gothic characters from your social circle . You’re going to have to tackle this problem as though you were an alcoholic or habitual drug user. Sever ties with anyone who still participate in the “goth scene”. Clear out your facebook friends list, photos, likes, etc. Take down your kitsch decorations and those awful band posters. You will also want to get rid of all the clothing you’ve purchased over the years too. You won’t be needing that crap anymore.
After you have done all this, if you feel like you are about to relapse into the “gothic lifestyle”, just image what your parents would say. Would they approve? Absolutely not! They would disown you on the spot and rightfully so! Nobody wants a middle aged daughter who refuses to stop being gothic
You have a life now. A real life. Cherish and nurture that instead of chasing dreams of Nightmare Before Christmas paraphernalia and indistinguishable gender identity roles. Once you’ve cleared out every last aspect of your life as a gothic, I promise all of these feelings of insecurity will fade. Hope that helps, S.M.T, and have a great day.
Original article here
, by Jane M. Agni
* December 02, 2013 *
VF Store - Cyber Monday Sale!
VF Store :: Cyber Monday Sale!
You guys loved our Black Friday Sale, so we've got everything on sale for 25% OFF again!
Today is your chance for some awesome deals!
VampireFreaks Store: Cyber Monday Sale
* December 02, 2013 *
Newest VF Models!
New VF Models!
Artemis absolutely loves all things industrial!
She is currently going to school for her Esthetics licesnse, despite originally going to school for Fine Art.
She also does some music programming and makes her own tracks on the side.
ArtemisDemise on VF
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Niky from Italy and our first Italian model.
She loves horror movies, pizza and clowns.
Her favorite animal is a rabbit.
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Nik is our news VF Male model!
House of 1000 Corpses is his favorite movie of all time.
He loves to customize and make his own clothing.
Hes an avid gamer and loves a good RPG or JRPG
Saint_Nik on VF
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The White Medusa is quite the creative one.
She creates her own wigs and loves to design her own fashion.
She likes loyality in a friend and cant stand people who lie, cheat or cant keep a secret.
TheWhiteMedusa on VF
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The VF Models Calendar is currently on sale!
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* December 01, 2013 *
Ratings Reset - now you can rate your friends all over again!
'Lyke OMG, have a 10!'
'Greetings oh dark one, I bless you with a 10 rating for extra gloom and sadness'
Also today is the last day of the VampireFreaks Store Black Friday Sale - 25% OFF!
* November 29, 2013 *
VampireFreaks Store Black Friday Sale!
It's that time of year again!
25% OFF EVERYTHING (excluding shoes)
Time to stock up on your winter wear, christmas presents, and awesome hard-to-find clothes.
We've got a ton of new stuff in too, so check it out!!
VampireFreaks Store: Save 25% OFF
* November 28, 2013 *
Happy Thanksgiving From VampireFreaks!
Let us know how your holiday is going!
I had an awesome time last night at the Birthday Massacre
/ Emilie Autumn
show! Both bands are so awesome and nice people. Extra special love to the Birthday Massacre, we've been featuring them here on VF for years and we're happy to have them as part of the VF family!
And, just cuz I think these are cute, here's some pics of my son josh hanging out with the birthday massacre and voltaire last night, at his first concert experience ever!
* November 27, 2013 *
Skye Of The Damned: Episode 2 Premiere
VF Presents: Skye Of The Damned Episode 2! After episode 1 you guys kept asking for more, so here's the next episode!
Skye of the Damned (Urban Fantasy Web Series), Created by Tamsin L. Silver
Produced by Vampire Freaks in association with Small Town Pictures
Writer and Director: Tamsin L. Silver
Director of Photography and Editor: Nyle Cavazos Garcia
Episode 2: Welcome to my City
Music, murder, and mayhem...Skye MacKenna (played by Lauren Steinmeyer) finds herself in over her head at the goth/industrial club when she discovers the NYC scene and city are way more vamped out than she was told.
Music by Assemblage 23, System Syn, Panic Lift
Original Score by Christopher North
SODT Main Theme Single & Original Web-Series Score EP, available soon on iTunes
Special thanks to R Bar for club location.