In Germany for wave gotik treffen spreading some VF love with stickers and partying it up. Then off to kinetik festival in Montreal soo not too many VF updates from me for a bit so I hope you guys are holding up ok. Miss my Internet peeps
I just came by to see what Jet was up to since I saw him on Sunday night and this is priceless Just to clear any misconceptions: "I'm sure over in germany Jet is enduring his fair share of those simply pointing their fingers and laughing their ass off." While not exactly Deathrock (which is a small fraction of the overall goth scene over here in Europe), folks like Adrian Hates (Diary Of Dreams) and Ronny Moorings (Clan Of Xymox) were happy to meet Jet when I introduced them - cause nobody who counts for anything in any "scene community" dislikes Vampirefreaks. That's mainly just forum and local scene bullshit from people who have nothing going for them. "This involves WGT, the largest goth fest in the world which doesn't book bullshit like Combichrist and faderhead. " WGT hates bullshit acts like myself so much that they gave me the prime spot (Saturday, 7:30pm) at the biggest venue at WGT in 2011. Oh, and it was so packed that they had to stop letting people in - cause you can't get more than 7000 people into the building:
But since that all shows how un-goth and hated I am, they booked me again to DJ this year and will book me again for a concert in 2014. As usual 99,9% of the people (like this Xerox troll) talk out of their ass about shit they know nothing about. Basically you can assume that anything you read on the web away from official band, club or festival sites is made up on the spot by someone who's got nothing to do.
and thats why you should never trust the internet, most of it is bullshit unless you see the proof for yourself in person. Side note: Hope you're having fun in germany Jet! ^-^. You should bring a unicorn xP
Triton Festival: NYC, September 5th-7th
Flyer Posted Plus Full Lineup Announced!
Last 5 bands announced:
The Birthday Massacre
[Toronto, Canada :: Metropolis Records]
Voted 'Favorite Band' by the members of VampireFreaks, The Birthday Massacre has had a huge following on the VampireFreaks site (and worldwide) for years now. The band was formed in 1999 and independently produced and recorded their first two albums, Nothing and Nowhere and Violet. Due to their independent success, in 2005 they were approached and signed by Metropolis Records and the band began its steady climb to reaching a much wider audience, and now has a total of 5 studio albums. In the last few years, the band has been performing internationally, traveling extensively across Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia, the U.K. and Europe.
London After Midnight was formed in the 1990s by Sean Brennan. Unlike most music projects, LAM has retained and nurtured the progressive political and socially aware element of the later punk scene that virtually vanished from the music scene in the early 90s. London After Midnight has headlined and co-headlined concerts and major festivals around the world to crowd of over 30,000 people with bands like The Cure, Green Day, HIM, and countless other major artists. Each of London After Midnight's releases have charted in the top 10 and top 20 of the European DAC and alternative charts. This will be LAM's first NYC performance in over 5 years.
Modulate have supported Alec Empire, VNV Nation and Combichrist on major international tours as well as numerous national and international festival appearances, headline tours and shows around the world. After scoring dancefloor success with his own material, Skullfuck, Detonation and Robots releases, Modulate has become one of the hottest remixers in the alternative electro scene. The bands most recent release, Robots, gave them their biggest hit yet, peaking at #3 in the German Alternative Chart, giving them their first magazine cover and receiving rave reviews across the media...stamping their way into many journalists and broadcasters Best Of 2012 charts.
Voltaire is often described as a modern day renaissance man. He is a singer/ performer, creator of comic books, animation and toys. As a musician, he is a songwriter whose music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a Con audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him for his song "Brains!" from the Cartoon Network show "The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy". Voltaire's live shows are highly theatrical -full of stories and games. The theatrical quality of his performances is not surprising; Voltaire has been directing commercials and animating short films for the last twenty years.
First taking the stage in 2011, Candy Brain has blended inspiration from synth pop, industrial rock, and various video game soundtracks to deliver a hard hitting, yet melodic experience with lyrical concepts of love, irony, and comic books. Having shared the stage with acts such as BILE, Orgy, Davey Suicide, and Vampire Everywhere, Candy Brain has developed a continuously growing cult following, and ravages the stage with presence and energy.
Just in time for their new album "Tears on Tape", these "love metal" rockstars from Finland have amassed a huge worldwide fanbase and have been producing records for over 20 years.
Jet catches up with Ville Vallo and talks about the sounds of the new album, his dad's sex shop, life as a sex symbol, the current state of the goth scene, his tower in finland, and his thoughts on kids and marriage. And since the girls kept asking - no he's not married! LOL
"Not yet, not that I know of. I’m the lone wolf in the band, so maybe one day. When you’re in a band it takes a lot of your energy. It takes a lot of your time. It’s good and bad. Its something that you have to dedicate yourself to, otherwise it won’t go anywhere. I am happy for the rest of the guys…My bass player being married happily for fucking 11 years. The drummer has got a kid. The keyboarder has a couple of kids. So does our guitar player. I’m happy and kinda jealous of them. That they can juggle between those two things, being a dad and being a rock and roller as well. I still haven’t learned how to. "
Few bands have been more influential in my life than Stabbing Westward. They were one of the few industrial bands in the 90s to get regular radio play and MTV airplay (back when MTV actually showed music videos). I listened to their first 3 albums over and over again to the point where I had memorized all the songs and knew all the lyrics.
In 2002 Stabbing Westward broke up and 'The Dreaming' was born, founded by Stabbing Westward frontman "Christopher Hall". The new music is a great follow-up to Stabbing Westward, with the same singer and vocal styles, and still having a fresh new sound. Out of the awesome lineup we have for Triton Festival this September, the band I am actually most looking forward to seeing is "The Dreaming". They will be performing a special set which includes Stabbing Westward songs.
In our interview with Christopher, he talks about why Stabbing Westward broke up, and what it's like to achieve 'mainstream' success in the music scene only to start all over again.
"Stabbing Westward broke up because the music industry became too hard for them. We had just lost our second record deal in 2 years and it became obvious that they were not going to be able to maintain the level of success that they had grown accustomed to. We recorded in high end expensive studios. We had guys to set up our gear every night and check us into hotels,we had luxury buses to ride and sleep in. we basically walked on stage and played and then drank and partied all night until someone tucked us in and then we did it all again the next day. Once the money dried up and they realized that they would have to travel in a van and set up their own gear and share hotel rooms they decided it wasn't worth it anymore. I disagreed. so the very next day Johnny and I started the Dreaming. "
I believe I read somewhere that he doesn't really listen to other music. There's too much music in his head or something so instead he mostly listens to NPR. I also think I read that he's pretty short.
been fixing some minor bugs, so you should see a few things fixed around here. =)
also fixing up the VF mobile site, I know there's a few pages which are still not totally mobile optimized so i've been working on it.
if there's any site bugs that have been bothering you let me know!
Having the same bug issue as enter_the_fang_zone I agree with you Lethe, but I've seen cases where a person has been power bombed up to 10x and nothing happened. They still had their account's. And when us premiums DO power bomb a free user, we have to give a reason for power bombing.
XP8 is currently fundraising for their next album "ADRENOCHROME".
Adrenochrome is based on a story written by Marko, one half of XP8, in the late 1990’s and recently revised. It takes place in the not so distant future in a third recession London.
Looks like they've already past their initial goal and they're going for the stretch goals of a vinyl release and a new video! Click here for XP8 fundraiser
So any VF members going to Wave Gotik Treffen?
It's only the largest gothic-industrial festival in the universe!
I'll be there as well as some other NYC peeps, let us know if you're coming and want to meetup and / or help us do some VF promotions! =)
Recovery and "The Scene": Getting Through The Weirdness
First, a big disclaimer. I don’t know everything about addiction. I don’t pretend to know what motivates each individual person to make bad calls and dive headfirst into the abyss. I just know what I went through and go through on a daily basis. I’m no expert, but I get asked about it a lot so I thought I’d share some of my experience doing this music stuff as a recovering alcoholic. ...click here to read more
Label Me/Don't Label Me
I’ll put this out there pretty simply: I don’t need a label to release my music. I don’t say that with any intended arrogance or as a middle finger to any label I am , or have been, on. I just don’t. Neither do you, really. Neither does anyone these days. ...click to read more
Momentum: 10 Tips on Social Networking Sites
Here are some tips on gaining (and maintaining) momentum on social networking sites.
1) Posting content is key. Posting links and video is better. ...click to read more
Labels and Artists: So Many Stalled Out Cars
This is going to sound like a really shitty thing to say, but I can't understand why a majority of artists are signed to labels these day.
I don't say this because there's not immense talent on labels. I don't say this because they don't deserve exposure and aren't well meaning. I say this because I don't see how the hell these artists could possibly recoup from a business standpoint. ...click to read more
Well it was nice to see that during my debauchery on vacation I did not complete fuck shit up!!! I've worked out 3 times this week so far and i did my weekly body test this morning. Results:
BMI - down 2 points so far
Weight Loss - total is down 7lbs
waist - Total is down 4.5 inches
those are the only things I am measuring right now but that is what matters to me the most.
I've been doing great at using the wii fit for yoga, light cardio and strength training. I added in an Aerobics DVD last week that kicks my ass and makes my face turn super pink but it uses the whole body and is awesome. Calorie counting is going well.
I have noticed that I am now hungry almost all day long. If i have a good breakfast and lunch with a snack then by the time dinner comes around I am still starving!!!! Does this means my metabolism has sped up? Anyone know?
either way I am pleased with the results. Hopefully I will be able to start working out regular visits the pool if my schedule permits it. If I can then I can also use some machines to step up my workout a bit.
Feeling good about what's happening. Thanks for the encouragement you guys give me every post!!
Mood: Stretchy Music: The Faint - Take me to the Hospital
I'm resigning sometime this month, exact date to be determined. I've put my blood, sweat and tears into VF as a Site and Board Admin since October of 2005 and as a Chat Admin/Director since September of 2006. After almost 8 years as staff, I think it's time. I've already discussed this with Jet and my current Chat Staff. So none of them will be surprised by this.
I <3 VF, but I just don't have the time or the energy to really put in 100% into being staff anymore. Life has become busier. The hubby is home nights now with his new job. My social life has become fuller. I'm putting in more hours at work. I'm also trying to cut stress factors in life and unloading the job of Chat Director will help that.
I will still log into VF, still post on the boards, still go into chat, but just as a long time user w/VIP premium. Lol
So, there ya go. Now no one will be surprised in chat if my name isn't red. No one will be surprised when I tell them 'Nope, can't help ya there.'. Advice and suggestions I will have but I won't be doing any Admin duties anymore once it's all done.
Clearance sale at the VF Store!
We've got some awesome discounts while we make room for new stuff! Check out the clearance sale here Also VF webcam chat in the VF chatroom today in a few hours!
6pm-8pm EST (3pm-5pm PST), featuring Dope Stars Inc and the VF Crew