We are really excited to be launching member interviews again, and for our first one I was lucky enough to be able to have a conversation with our very own Jet! Webmaster and creator of VF I couldn't think of a better site member to start these with. It is also his birthday today, so it was pretty perfect timing! We talking about how VF started, the future of the goth scene, and Rick and Morty! Below is our conversation, with my questions in purple and Jet's responses in bold.
Hey Jet, thank you so much for joining me today for your VF Member Interview!
No problem, I'm happy to spill my guts for VF!
That's what I like to hear! VF seems to mean a lot to you, as it does for a lot of its members. Did you realize it was going to be such a success when you started it?
Ah no, I didn’t really have a master plan or anything, just worked on it for fun because I was into VF. I was learning how to do website programming [at the time] and it was a fun project for me to do in my free time; a way for me to learn how to program websites. I've always been pretty heavily into the goth scene so it just felt natural to do what I was familiar with. And people seemed to like vampirefreaks so I kept working on it!
Has it changed a lot over the years, and is it weird to see the site grow from an idea to a powerhouse on the goth scene?
Yeah it has changed a lot over the years. I mean, I don’t know how I feel about the word 'powerhouse' it is a nice community and gives people an escape or alternative where they can talk to fellow freaks. But yeah, VF has been around for so long its pretty crazy. Technically the site was launched in late 1999/early 2000 but it officially became a social network in 2004. Since then it has been through a lot. All the goths, emos, scene kids, rivetheads, etc… I feel like since VF started the goth/industrial scene has also changed and is not quite as flourishing as it used to be. This also kinda reflects on VF, but hey! In terms of internet years, VF has been around for a lifetime!
It really has! And you're right, the scene has changed so much. Do you think there is a reason it seems to have almost quietened down from where it was at it's height in the mid to late 2000's?
Ah that’s just the way of the universe, people go through phases, scenes go in cycles. What is popular now won't be popular in 10 years. Right now its all about szechuan sauce, then things come back into popularity after a while, although somewhat mutated. There is still always the core die-hards though, and VF is for them.
Jetticus, I have to ask: what the hell is ‘szechuan sauce’?
Haha sorry, I've been watching Rick and Morty with my son lately. That show is da bomb!
But yeah, szechuan sauce is a Rick and Morty reference.
Nothing to apologise for! So, what is Rick and Morty about, and any other TV shows you'd suggest for members to watch?
Rick is like this genius scientist that's a total asshole, but you realize in some scenes that he's actually really depressed and suicidal. He has this really grim outlook on life and it makes me relate to his character. This one scene he was drunk and tried to kill himself, and I was like ‘oh my god I love this show because he feels like a real character’. Other shows? Hmm, I really don't watch much TV at all, but I was recently watching 'Black Mirror', its like Twilight Zone in the future which is pretty cool.
I love Black Mirror! Did you know some of the things they have featured has come true in UK politics?
Ah cool! Did your prime minister fuck a pig on TV?
David Cameron apparently had oral 'relations' with a dead one while at university! Mad, huh?
Whattttttt! Damn, I’m going to look that up
UK politics, it's not all tea and BREXIT! So we know you like Rick and Morty, and we’ve covered your history with VF, but what is one thing about you that'll surprise members to know?
I'm actually 400 yrs old, I read it on the internet! Okay seriously? Umm I don’t know, I'm not that surprising. I get mistaken for a girl in public sometimes, but surprise I’m a boy! I listen to a lot of non goth/industrial music. I don't drink alcohol but I do partake in herbals. I have an extensive lego collection. Lets see, what else… I do website programming professionally, I don’t just do VF. And outside of club events I'm actually pretty antisocial and spend most of my time at home in front of my computer. Someone save me from this lonely existence without szechuan sauce!
I think you have a whole website of people who'd be happy to save you!
Haha thanks But yeah, I’ve been wanting to travel around more, maybe I'll meet some more VF members and create some new adventures.
That sounds awesome! Where in the world would you want to go?
Ah everywhere really! I've always had a fascination with Japan so that's at the top of my list but its soo farrrrr! It sounds like it would be so different from the United States, so part of me is a little scared. I'd also like to hang out on the West Coast some more, maybe spend some time in LA. I was in Peru a couple weeks ago, and I would like to spend some extended time there. Really learn how to speak Spanish! Maybe go back to London or Germany. I would just like to experience different places! Go somewhere for like a month and figure out how to live life there.
That is awesome! A lot of people would like to experience that. You’d be able to meet more members too.
Yeah, but there's no VF members in Japan! Sometimes I just want something new, you know? Need a change from the same old. For example, we're starting this new 'emo / pop-punk' party in New York, because I just wanted to try something different from our usual events. The response on it has been really huge so far which is funny.
Pop punk is the best! Fly me out for it?
Ah you're in the UK, huh! How is that? To me everywhere in the UK outside of London is just this unknown farmland Yeah, if you ever come to the US you should party with us we rage pretty hard.
As long as there is punk rock, I'm there! I live in Cornwall, which is basically the toe of the UK. It is beautiful, has it's own language, and is mostly farmland! And beaches!
I was right about the farmland!! To be fair, I’m pretty sure most of the middle of the US is all farmland.
So, are you ready for your final three quick-fire questions? Two serious, one fun – which we’ll be asking all members who partake in Member interviews.
OK sure, give it to me!
The one VF member you'd love to meet but haven't yet, and what you'd do if you had a day with them?
Oh my god OK I'm going to not make this sexual and say that I would like to meet any of the VF admins/staff that I have not met yet. They put in a lot of work into VF and I genuinely appreciate that, I would like to actually meet them as a person and would just like to say thank you for the help, because I wouldn't be able to do it on my own. And what would we do? Build legos and eat tacos of course!
What is the one cult you'd recommend for members to join, and why should they join?
The 'vampirefreaks' cult of course! Yes there is a 'vampirefreaks' cult on 'vampirefreaks'! It is pretty fun! But hmm, now you got me thinking that I’ve got to join some new cults!
Okay, final question. I call you Jetticus and have since I first joined the site. But do you have any other nicknames, and how did you get them?
I sometimes go by 'bad ass motherfucker' Or I like to say that 'trouble' is my middle name because I can be pretty immature. 'Jetarooni'? 'Jetinator'? Ah yeah, I don’t really have other nicknames! Sounds like I need to get some!
We'll leave that up to the members! Thank you so much for taking the time to do the interview today, this has been the perfect way to relaunch member interviews. Any last words?
Remember kids, don't forget what 'Wubba-lubba-dub-dub' means!
A big thank you to Jet for taking the time to be interviewed. And thank you for reading, we hope you enjoyed the interview. Let me know who you think should be interviewed next by commenting below!