We are switching servers. and need to set it up and the transfer is taking longer or something, i am not the system admin, but jef assures me it will come back up soon.
Fun With Knives. The fun of making this LP was no fucking fun. Band mate bolted half way through, worked with two new people who ended up getting a divorce before it was over. I still ended up doing 80% of everything. Oh this was the lp that led me to not work with people anymore. That being said. This was the last song written for the LP. It was a filler track. I wrote it in 6 hours, when I was in the zone. It was an accidental track. I was not even trying its like it just spit out of me. That is the strange thing about the success of this song, and a hard lesson I had to learn. When you try and try to make something great, the best things often happen when you don’t try and are not even expecting anything. Work ethic is what leads to this success. This song was a solo effort after everyone left the band. The last song, and I also finished the remix wars with Funker Vogt during this period alone as well.
Gear: Mackie 1404 main mix summed on mackie vlz pro into Adat and Echo Layla into cubase, then vocals tracked into cubase vst 5 and summed again with vox in cubase. Synths: Emu e6400 sampler loaded. Access Virus A, Nord Lead 1, Korg Trinity Plus with Prophecy, Roland Jp8080, Sony dvp 55 fx, Digitech rp1, dr 660, digitech rp21.
TOUR NEWS 2013
We have decided To cut back, we cannot afford to bring a drummer this time. Todd and I will be the only people on stage. I will play keys and do Vox in VAC, Todd will do Keys and Guitars. In Twilight Garden I will do Keys and Todd will do Keys, Guitars, and Vocals. We will buy some lights this time, and we will make sure we have better video I hope. We tried to add the band synapse to the bill, but I had already booked most of the tours and the local bands are already locked in, and some places have late start times so it was not worth it for them to spend all that money to play in front of a smaller crowd because most people do not show up until later. $ bands starting late, is not good. We will try very hard to put on a very good show. I have fixed the live set list. We are playing a little more from FWK and COTD now, and few classic tracks. Its like we are playing all the hits. I hope we play some of the remixes for the Twilight Garden show as well.
Tour News. Both East and South are locked in. Wont print dates until I lock in with contracts but this is the face and reality of the tour.
West Palm Beach FL
DEC 14th MEXICO CITY FLY IN GIG
In the Works:
Edmonton Alberta Canada one off, Jan 2014.
I got a call at 3am. My video gaming buddy in tears. His mother had passed. I did my best to console him. I am a very empathetic person and I feel it when other people are in pain. It transferred to me. That week I wrote this song. It took me 1 day to write all the parts and record them, about 1 week to track the vocals. Inspired by that night, and dedicated to his mother. This is the 2nd time I have written a track for this reason. Death… Song is very dear to me and to Krztov.. The video is amazing, and does the song justice. With a heavy heart I praise this work. This song is about dying before you can have the future that was promised. I fail part is like the ghost of the person who passes. Its very disturbing to me and still sometimes it makes me very uneasy.
Fate is a strange thing. I wanted to recapture my glory days, fun with knives and calling of the dead so bad. But I ran into a problem. Midi on PCs and MACS has jitters, meaning nothing sounds tight and awesome. Everything sounds sloppy and shitty. During this time of frantically trying to get old ataris to work, and akai asq stuff I decided to buy MACS only to find midi was crap there too. So instead. I just made loops and played guitars over them. At the time I was listening to a lot of old Death in June and Current 93. So I was like ok, lets do something new and different for VAC.
That was a bitch, my label at the time dependent told me it was crap, drums were to repetitive, that this would never sell or be popular. Still I ran out of time to change it. I like simple drums in death in june so i tried it too. Any how, The art of breaking apart did ok, but not as good as some other records. Still after the time passes I come back and listen to this and go WOW, that’s me. Its crazy.
Gear: Martin guitar into akg c 451b mic, into never clone, into distressors, into fireface 800 into macbook pro. Vocals sm57 into the same chain with the ksp8. Some Kontakt 2 piano through the ksp8, Fender Geddy Lee Jazz bass that I am selling into neve clone into distressor.
Listening to the new Covenant “Last Dance-Dupont mix) from the metrop prmo site. I must SAY, this year has been the best year in my life, from the music, to the shows. New puppy rocks, New Kmfdm pwns, New Juno Reactor is godly, New Covenant is AMAZING, Plus I played in front of 6k+ people in Germany, Rocked LA in front of a big crowd, treated with much respect by the people in austin, from the opening bands to the promoter, Eating Vegan Junk in Seattle, No sound check in San Fran but good show any how.. Now. I have booked the east, and the south. I am so happy honestly. It was a lot of work booking things, but man it was so worth it. So cool to see the fans. So cool to see the world again after being a hermit for so long. On top of that, I get to do sound for a Horror movie this year as well. So much cool shit, I have two great guys making music videos for me non stop now. Dustin Fergeson and Soundmirror66!!! So our Youtube Presence is massive. New Video for Wound from Soundmirror66 below. IT IS NOT WORK SAFE!!*NUDITY* GRAPHIC.
BTW the tours in 2013 is the Maldire Tour.I joked and called it after the end of the world, because I used to think that is when I would play another show because I used to hate touring thanks to bad promoters, all the snakes in my money, and managers taking every bit of worth from me. No longer. I do it my self, no more people in my pockets and the difference is incredible. Meeting cool promoters, dealing with the money and knowing what is actually going on,. how much stuff costs, and understanding the point of view of the promoter way more than I ever did. Krztov will be joining us as a keyboardist in Twilight Garden and VAC in the south only. We are still looking for a sound guy for the east coast and the south. If you know anyone, let me know.
I merged my two face book pages and hope to get the Likes up higher Click Here and LIKE!!!!!! You can contact me there, just private message there. On my previous myspace account years ago I had like 50 thousand friends. I deleted it, and i am stupid for doing so. Since then I have never been able to get FB as popular as I was on Myspace. It was so easy to sell gear on myspace when I had that many people paying attention. Oh well. This goes to the “People don’t know how famous I really am, LOL” Shirts I see from a quote of me. Yeah, I sold a lot of records in the day. I used to have a lot of hits on my web site, forum, and myspace. Still ok on FB. Its not like all these people are not fans anymore. My tour proved it, lots of the old people who do not club come out to see us. This is my strength. Still I know I am not the end all be all industrial band in the scene, I was arguing with a promoter about money and turn out when I said that. It had been 13 years since I toured, and these people were thinking I’m washed up and cannot draw. So I said what I said. Then I toured and proved what I thought. I’m still famous enough to draw enough people to have a successful tour to pay my live band, the bills, and make sure the promoters make some money too. I think I still have maybe 80 thousand fans in the world. Could be more. Still nothing compared to Skinny Puppy, and Kmfdm.
In portland, some fan off to the side of the stage drew this for us, It was one of the coolest things to me, to see Todd and I up there together. Todd and I have been getting along really great. I did some remixes for his new Twilight Garden Remix EP that is coming out on metropolis soon. I like playing keys in his band, and really playing, none of this miming shit so many ebm bands do. REALLY PLAYING. This is why we have long breaks in between songs, to switch sounds and fx for synths and guitars in between manually, we don’t have it all midi’d up. I hope you fans have enjoyed The Twilight Garden. Its a nice melancholy break from all the up beat evil dance music I bring. Its the Calm Before the storm. Still it is epic. I love how Todd writes strings and arp lines. In fact after these tours Todd is going to owe me, so he will be playing in VAC doing his epic strings and ARPS again, maybe we can do another Ghost in the Circuit, or Machine track..
Gary Love continues, old slaughter gave me ADATs, I was finally able to get the ADAT expansion for my lynxtwo l22 pci card. Dumping all the old songs in, missing a few, and that sucks, but most everything from all the BTE and half of COTD. I am reading them all in, give me more possibilities for playing old songs live. Good news for die hard old school vac fans that might want to hear Serial Killer 101, Sadder Still, Exquisite Stench, Murder The world ETC. I want to make a VAC greatest hits and Remaster old songs and stuff. This really helps. I bet it will be a digital only release. Or maybe on 12 inch vinyl. Who knows. Puppy Vinyl did phenomenal. Maybe VAC could sell 1000 LTD Vinyl. I hope to work with Mr slaughter again in the future as well.
People are asking, why no detroit, why no philly, why no boston, why no pittsburg? There are two good reasons. If i play in NYC and want a lot of money, the promoter needs people from out of state to drive in, because the scene is way smaller and to get big numbers you have to create a glut around the bigger market. This also helps me, #1 I am old, the way I sing in VAC and live is so hard on my voice, that I need to rest it, and not play shows every single night. I want days off for two reasons. Voice, and the fact that the last times I toured it was night after night in a tour bus, I never got to see the cities, hang out, eat, and have fun, it was life in the bus, life in the venues, and nothing else. With days off, sure it cost me a little money, but it keeps me sane. I can see the culture in the cities, and really experience things better like this. So I wont ever book shows night after night ever again. Here is my promise. If these tours are all successful, the USA tours. The next time I come out. I will skip san fran and play sacramento, skip la, and play some where in orange county, skip chicago and ohio, play detroit, philly, skip nyc and play boston, rodchester etc etc etc.. Sorry if you die hards have to drive. I will make it up to anyone who drives far to see us, show the merch guy that you drove far and we will hook you up with something. I promise to be extra nice to those who traverse to see us play live.
I am working out, getting in shape, I got 5 months to do something about that gut. LOL Going to get a better hair cut as well. Any how. The east and south is booked. Getting all the contracts set up, once i have them in stone, I will post the dates, venues and times. So its 9 shows out west, 6 shows down south. I still have to sell my Virus Ti2, And Mopho x4, 12 string accoustic, and fender geddy lee jazz bass, so if you are interested please please please comment or PM me on the facebook page.
East Leg: FOR SURE: October
Kansas (if we can find promoter)
Southern Leg: FOR SURE: November
West Palm Beach
Gotta find a show to replace jax.
Mexico City December 14th
Texas Here we come again…… Maybe…….. I hope……
The Southern Leg is changing. We have West Palm Beach locked down, We Have Jacksonville almost in the bag. We only need tampa but we cannot find anyone yet, still waiting for replies, Megan tox is helping yay. I think I have New Orleans Locked down. I sent a message to john at the elysium because I played Austin back in feb and we had an exclusive deal, but this southern leg will be 9 months later so I don’t think that is going to be a problem. We Could Play Houston and Dallas If John gives me a green light.
We are doing a LTD zipper hoodie thin, different than the one we did out west, different graphics too(cotd art tho). We will have the tour shirts and the maldire shirts. And a few baby ts. Posters and Stickers. I will bring about the same merch I brought out west and most of it sold out. Should be ok, cause we will play 5 shows out east, and i think 4 or 5 in the south.
Let me know what you want merch wise and i will listen.. Also.
Out of these songs: Sadder Still, Velvet Pill, There Is No God, Decypher, The Hand, Timeless Visions, Masked Illusions and Halicunagene. Which do you want to hear most live? The East and the Southern leg will have different songs live. We wont just copy what we did out west. We plan on doing more on stage as well. I hope we can make it even better.
Please Comment below!!, and let me know..
Bryan aka Hexfix93 aka Disease Factory
PS: I am not asking for donations, I am not doing kickstarter begging for money. I will keep ticket prices down, hopefully around 10 to 13 dollars. See Proof that I am aware of the economy being bad, and that I want a lot of you to come and not bankrupt you in the process.
We are plotting the next shows. We hope to play some great one offs this year as well. We are trying to figure out our support slots, for sure its VAC and Twilight G, we thought about adding a 3rd band but we are not sure. So far promoters want to book local bands to get better local promotions for the concerts. We still need to figure it out, but I am booking it, and i am drawing up contracts and booking the dates. East leg in late sept, south leg in november.
These are the people who we tour for. Our fans. Not our wallets, not our greed.
Is it all worth it. Fuck yes, I love my fans, and let me tell you, playing live has rejuvenated me. I love meeting my fans and telling them to their faces, thank you for supporting us. Telling them stories and playing the music they like to hear. I have felt nothing but great things from the people out west, and in Germany. It has been amazing, the fan responses, the merch sales were good, and the turn outs have been better than we expected, and great in the big markets. As long as I keep my head on straight all this is going to keep on, and i hope we can put on a great show for you fans. I’m nothing with out the fans. 0. So again thank every one of you fans who bought our music and come to our shows. We love you all.
In fall we are playing
In early winter we hope
December we are playing in Mexico City
In January hoping to book a show in Hawaii!
Wish us luck..
PS: I will say this as well, this might be the last time you will ever see me in the USA. So take advantage, because I may never tour again after Europe 2014.
Used: Spectrasonics Atmosphere layered with the kontakt 2 choir patch from a good sample lib, i programmed a soft pretty arp sound on the jupiter 8, and sequenced it in, Also made some sync lfo filter drop sound fx i play leads with on the juptier 8, Sh2 does the supper tight snappy bass, everything through reverbs on the ksp8. Drum fills as well, the main lead at the end is the access virus C, a hard sync fm sound that just sounds evil and hard. It is why I love the virus so much to this very day. The super huge filter sweep is a jupiter 8 in unison, and no software even comes close. All recorded into cubase sx 2 and summed in the box. Mastered by Brain Big Bass Gardner. Song was written in about 6 hours. GOD I MISS MY JUPITER 8, I could make it evil or pretty, so lush.
Todd was having a rough night on the keyboard in the vac studio, we did not get anything done on this day while working on lust for blood. I told todd, I want something like the solo edward kaspel stuff, and I think I even played him some stuff. He went home that night, and sent me a midi file after he did this 1 and half minute string arrangement. I got it the next morning, and produced the song and wrote the bass, drums, and arps all in a few hours. In my personal opinion it is the best song on lust for blood. I tried to sing to it, and i still have vocals for it, but i just felt the song was so pretty and i left it alone. I think i sang over it once live. Not sure if I will ever again…
These videos are phenomenal. And of all the songs to choose, this song brings tears to my eyes still, dedicated to one of my X’s mothers who was murdered, it broke my heart and this song is my reflection of the sorrow i felt. When my X emailed me about it, it was like a ghost came in through the circuits. I tried to make the song sound like the angels were carrying souls above, but the storms drove it all to hell, the storms of grief of losing someone.
BTW: Check out the edt blog, there is a new video of the week comp on there.. Kool new videos and old.
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Used: Martin acoustic into distressors, into fireface800 into macbookpro into logic, jp 8080 strings, doepfer modular for bass synth lead through the kurzweil ksp8. Vocals sm57, through neve clone and ksp8 verbs.
I was very alone at this point in my life, all friends left, moved. No love for a few years. Dire, all relationships disintegrating before my eyes, the forum dying, the net killing music and my income, the sense of loneliness i felt, i captured it in this song. When your left with nothing and no one, your faith dies in all things. I came up with it on my acoustic guitar, sang and wrote it all in one take, I went back and added drums and synths and strings.. Inspired by Death In June.
BTW: Check out the edt blog, there is a new video of the week comp on there.. Kool new videos and old.
A week has past since WGT. I am writing lots of new stuff for EDT blog, and I am booking the remaining shows for 2013. East coast is shaping up. Canada is getting 3 shows. YAY. Chicago, Columbus or Cleveland, Tornoto, Ottowa, Montreal, NYC, Baltimore or DC or Richmond VA, Indiana (maybe), St Louis, Nebraska(maybe). I hate to do this, but I will skip Philly this time and make you drive to DC or NYC. Pittsberg is a place I thought about as well.
*Hey, I need to get in touch with promoters in Florida, Miami, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville. And in Atlanta, wont deal with das bunker or djaesthetics. So not him. So if you know any other promoters in Atlanta let me know. We might do a southern mini tour if we can get decent offers to cover the costs. We might just fly into south Florida, and fly out of Atlanta. rent a car and stuff and drive up.* This tour will happen after the east coast tour.
Also If i can find the contact I was talking to about playing in Mexico City, That will happen in December.
This does not mean that I will not play shows there. If I get good offers that will pay for air fare, I will gladly fly in on any weekend and play, as long as we can get a volunteer merch person for each show. If someone in Atlanta, or Florida can pony up our air fare and a few extra bucks, and provide 61 note midi keyboard controllers and cabling and DIs, we will have no problem playing fly in gigs to any where. Edmonton, Florida, Winnipeg, Atlanta, New Orleans, Mexico City, Bogota Columbia, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong. The only reason Austin got us to drive down there was that their offer was really great. In hind sight I kind of wish we did a weekend fly in gig on that, that drive is brutal. So if you are a fan in any of the above places i listed, find your local promoter and tell them that we will do fly ins, we’re just not driving.. NO WAY, and they have to cover our air fare and hotel, and gear. BTW: I am plotting a European tour for 2014, hope to play mera luna fest, and play major cities in Europe, maybe even Russia, who know.
I purchased a King Korg for the tour. I hated it at first cause the presets kinda suck, but this thing can do a lot of stuff. I am behind on VAC gear reviews. I have to review the Virus TI2, Slim Phatty, Mopho x4, and Kronos. I will start on those today. I am also still selling a lot of gear:
For Sale: in the USA only, PM this account if interested, will include autographed cds and things if you buy.
Korg Trinity Plus $400 Used on mauvais, prophecy board is awesome. With some hexfix93 VAC presets. hard case.
Arturia Minibrute $350 Used on Mauvais.
Roland Sh09 with Midi to CV kenton pro solo 2 and cables $700, I have used the SH09, not this one, but one from the past on twisted thought generator.
12 string acoustic breedlove ac250 sm-12 $500 Used on The Art of Breaking Apart on all 12 string parts.
Fender Geddy lee Jazz Bass LTD with hard case, $700 Used on lust for blood, The Art of Breaking apart, and Maldire.
Ksp8 xpansions $350 analog outs.
Plugiator: $200.Very High Quality dsp synth emulations. Low aliasing.
Roland R-8m drum rackbrain $90
DSI Mopho x4 $1000
Access Virus Ti2 $1700 Hate to sell it, but i need tour lights, and some unexpected costs from WGT happened, luggage costs at the air port for over weight and extra bag, hotel charge for 2 days, and my back line charges. That and I need to put a new engine in my car and that is going to run me about 3500, but i have to do it. I need your help so please buy this stuff so I can pay of my debts and fix my car. I love my red celica. I hate new cars and all the electronics on them. I don’t want any new cars… Help my poor sick modest not rock star car :(
I also need to buy a adat input to my DAC, I have the lynxtwo l22. I want to get new DAC, but i love lynx to much, and i cannot use the appollo because the latency is always at 512 buffer settings, and that sucks if you use software synths and I do. I have the old material masters thanks to gary. So we can play some of the old stuff.
On this east coast tour. We might play Timeless Visions, Masked Illusions, Lets Kill all these Mother fuckers, Falling snow, Hallucinagen, and Dead Flesh maybe. Just depends on what I feel like and what the fans want the most. So buy my used gear and tell me what old songs you want to hear!!
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We had the 2nd largest crowd at Agra! VNV beat us! Fine. Still no shows for 13 years and I come to see thousands and thousands of people. I am breathless. My heart beats hard for Germany and Europe now. The USA tour was good too. But Europe I think “GETS” “VAC” and has from the beginning. I think we could of been the Headliner of one of the nights. Still no one knew, it was a surprise and even the venue promoters noticed that the reaction was GREAT!!! This was the most fun I have had of any of the shows I have done up to this date. Great band mates. Great Crowd. I got paid well for the first time ever in “Europe” No thanks to a certain someone I will not name. So this was like on another planet for me. Yes its sad that my hair is all but gone, and I was a little fat this year due to having no car and being stuck at home and not hitting the gym like I used to. I still did ok. I can do better than that I think though and I apologize.
I got in to Leipzig on Thursday and walked around the city for two days. Big mistake. I should of taken a cab or the mass transportation system more. My legs got really sore because I was too out of shape for all the walking. When I got on stage at WGT my legs were cramping up on stage. Not only that all the stores were closed so we could not buy enough water and I was dehydrated as well. On the stage they only brought out two tiny water bottles (I had to go back stage to get more). I usually leave during the instrumental songs any how because I don’t have anything to play. I’m not going to jazzersize on stage either for a whole song. Plus we had some tech problems and were missing some cables that cost you fans 15 minutes worth of music :( so sorry we had to cut 3 tracks. They wanted to let us go over, and in hind sight I should of taken it, but at the time I did not want to piss off Suicide Commando and Leather Strip or Iamx. I got to met all the bands on the bill and it was so good to see Johan Von Roy again, I toured with him ages ago, the first VAC tour was with suicide commando and it was an honor to share the bill with him again. Clause Larsen was a class act as well, very friendly and man did he kick ass on stage. Then there was Iamx, I was not really into them so much, after watching the show they have won me over as a FAN for sure. I would love to do a remix for them or any of the bands on this bill in the future.
The Twilight Garden show was good too, we got a decent turn out and man i love playing keys in this melancholy band. Lots of cheering. I really like the response Twilight Garden has been getting on these live shows, west coast and now in Europe. I think Todd’s band is going to grow and be successful! I would love it because I like playing in it with Todd and the Drummer Chris Kutz who was also in my band this time. Kicked ass! In fact after all these shows I want to work with both of these guys on all kinds of stuff as much as I can. Chris Kutz also makes custom mogaimi high end cables and is the best around. Please order any cables that you would buy any where else through him.
We met and I signed autographs for the guy who wore a VAC shirt on German National TV. I give this guy MAD props for the promotion! Thank you so much!!!! He told us the story about the show and it was very interesting. So cool. I could of begged him for money though seeing how poor I have been the past few years. (kidding) Now doing shows like this I hope i can get my finances in order again. I just need to play more shows and keep putting out good music.
Leipzig was amazing. Driving into the city I was afraid because I saw all of the graffiti everywhere and I did not remember this from long ago. Still by the hotel we stayed out (penta) There were all these buildings run down with broken glass and graffiti as well. Then we walked into the city and saw the building above. I think this is the university and man the architecture impresses me so much. I even loved the train station as well. The people in Leipzig are great, not as cold and serious as western Germany. Cab drivers were great. Everyone at the hotel was great. People in the streets were cool as well. I loved seeing all the strange Gothic people, and love how this scene looks! So much fun, its a shame nothing like this exists in the states. If you have never gone to Leipzig, you are missing out, I might even try to pay to come even if I am not on the Bill I liked it that much.
We got some great India food. It was the only vegan food I could find in Germany besides one other asian place. Indian is my favorite so I did not care. Lots of alu mattar and chanamasala Super hot too!! Loved it. GERMANY HAS A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM THOUGH:
NO KALE!!!!!! YIKES!!! I NEED THIS SO BAD FOR DETOX ON TOURS! DAMN YOU EUROPE!!!
GIVE ME KALE OR DIE! MOTHER FUCKERS!!!! KALE KALE KALE KALE. I LIVED ON IT ON THE WEST COAST HARD CORE!!! MORE KALE!!!!
Any how, I am home now, so far not sick and happy about that. I took olive leaf extract the entire time in Germany. I think this helps for the plane ride as well to prevent getting ILL. I loved Europe so much this time that I plan to play another big fest next year if I can. Maybe mera Luna and also tour All of Europe. Dates in every big territory. Still Now I am planning the october east coast tour that will finish all tour support for the LP “MALDIRE”. Hope to have mauvais in early 2014. Then a European tour.
I also plan on reviewing some of the shows I saw at WGT over on the EDT blog. Look for that stuff soon.
This guy is so good, this is so graphic, so warning…. not safe for work.
Velvet Acid Christ: Live May 18th @ Agra Halle WGT 7:20 PM
And on that night:
In this order these bands play:
Velvet Acid Christ
So happy to be in that line up!!!! Love all the above acts!!! I cannot wait. 13 years Since I played in Germany and Europe. Hope to see you there..
I will be trying to watch all these bands at the event: A split Second, Decoded feedback, Halo effect, Hypnoskull, In Strict Confidence, IAMX, KMFDM, Leather Strip, Sex Gang Children, Suicide
Commando, The Birthday Massacre, VNV.
What a good year for shows…
I will be playing in the band The Twilight Garden as the main keyboardist, and yes I am really playing! No faking!!!!!
May 20th @ Altes Landratsamt WGT 6:30 PM
And on that night:
In this order these bands play:
THE TWILIGHT GARDEN(With hexfix93 on keys)
THE BLUE ANGEL LOUNGE
ESCAPE WITH ROMEO
I LIKE TRAINS
Lots of news. So my voice was still messed up until about a week ago, so yes I think I can pull off live vocals at WGT, too bad I could not finish Mauvais. Will do that when we get back, But the Good news is this, I have started writing the LP after Mauvais as well, its about 1/4 done, music only that is. It is more upbeat and psycho evil. Mauvais is more epic atmospheric down beat.
We are rehearsing again for the shows and even though I could not do vocals, I busted my ass on remixes since the west coast tour. I have remixed a track for Asylum Black, and did two remixes for The Twilight Garden, one radio pop edit, the other like club trip hop glitch. I think we will be playing the club trip hop mix as the last song on the VAC set(Todd sings on that). To help promote the Twilight Garden Show on Monday at WGT. I think these are the best remixes I have done besides the original “HAND” mixes Gary and I did back in the day.
Also, Gary Slaughter has finally given me some of the master ADAT tapes from the really old VAC stuff, Church of Acid era. I will be able to play more songs Live from this Era, and I was thinking about putting out a Velvet Acid Christ Best of with Remastered and Remixed Tracks. Now I can include the entire era of VAC’s back Catalog. The good news is that Gary has shown interest in working with me again, wants to try doing a song and see what happens. This could be very interesting. I have heard his new clips and am impressed. Click Here To listen to Gary’s Music. So who knows what will happen. All I know is that I want to make a ton of music now. I am a music vampire. I need music blood. I must make it all the time, any way, any where with other people who are active and got their shit together :)
I hope also to work with Todd on The next Twilight Garden Record in some small role. Playing in his band live has really made me appreciate is quirky arps and strange string arrangements, they are challenging to play and remind me of the pink dots, my favorite band in the universe. I know some VAC fans may not be fond of Todd’s style, I don’t care because the love of my life is melodic toy box melancholy music, i do very little of that in vac usually because I am so pissed off all the time. LOL .. Still, Todd has been a valuable friend on these tours, i could not of done it with out him. I also want to work with Chris Kutz if he has any time to spare in the future, and maybe work with Siren Project as well. I want to bust ass on music and do as much of it as I can. I want to stay way more busy now. Produce way more now. I am riding the dying wave of the music industry to the hilt.
Wish me luck!
Trying to make a spooky dance song, I came up with something kind of reminding me of a more musical Halloween theme song (the one from the 70s horror cult classic). The song is metaphoric of some of my drug trips and my god complexes. Like If I were god, i would blow you all away.
Gear: Renoise, Lynx l22 interface, Writing on my fender Jazz bass that I am selling, Programmed into renoise with other sounds. Sylenth 1, Gladiator, Tilogy, Waves Plugs, api stuff mostly. Korg MDE fx, Ohmboyz.
I am working on mauvais, I was hoping to have it complete but my voice has been out from a flu since i got home from the tour, for a month now. Todd got an ear infection that messed him up for a month, steve too. Chris was sick as well, tour illness sucks you get hit with like 10 diseases at once and it kicks your ass. So glad the west coast ended when it did because there is no way in hell we could of played sick like this. This pisses me off so fucking bad too because I wanted Mauvais out this year and now that is not going to happen. I fear even being able to sing at WGT at this rate, I hope I get better before then.
Speaking of Wave Gotik Treffen, Looks like we have that booked, it is a one off. I tried to put together a tour in Europe during this time, but man, no one would answer me back, and the people who did low balled me so bad that it was not worth it. Even people in the usa did not low ball me as bad as Europe did were the scene is supposedly bigger. If you know anyone to talk to in Europe please leave comments on this post. . You cannot use booking agencies or people like Stefan Herwig because you will not see a cent if you do it that way. You have to book all shows your self when you are independent like I am. We draw enough just to make money for us, no extra money to pay tour managers or booking agents, that is how small it is. Not only that i made next to nothing every time i played Europe before, not going to happen again. I am cutting out the middle men, because I have now booked a tour and let me tell you it is not that hard, and its fun, you get to meet cool promoters. Way better than hiring a booking agent. Europe has way more red tape though, lots of more paper work than the usa. I want to book a tour in Europe in 2014 for Mauvais, But this year we can only do WGT. It is the only thing that will pay.
I am in the process of booking the east coast. Looks like Chicago, Columbus, Toronto, Montreal, NYC, DC, Atlanta, St Louis. No Florida, far to drive and a dead scene. WE cannot afford to play night after night so we wont play a lot of cities in a row. My voice gets so fucked from singing VAC. I need rest days. When I go out again a year later, I will play Detroit instead of Chicago, Philly instead of DC, etc etc. The East coast shows will not be until October after the big festivals out east this summer. October because I will have live drums out east on half the set, and the drummer cannot get time off till then. I will be playing timeless visions out east, along with 1 song from Mauvais. Something the west coast did not get. We are changing up the set list a little, so if you think you saw it on youtube, guess again we will change the sets all the time. :)
I wrote a new song for Mauvais, with the new gear. The kronos, Virus TI2, and Mopho x4. WOW i love this setup. Mauvais used a lot more geat than Maldire. Maldire was mostly software with a few hardware tracks. Mauvais is more like 10% software, 90% hardware. Gear Used: Korg Micro x (textures galore), Korg Trinity plus with prophecy(leads and bass), Korg Kronos (drums and textures and pads), Virus A and TI2. I love hardware so much. It sounds so much more alive to me. Mauvais is atmospheric, huge, epic and dance friendly. I really wish I could get it out before the east coast tour, but i doubt it now. Probably early 2014. Sad.. I love it so much..
As you might of heard, my car took a shit. Needs a new engine I think. I am trying to sell some gear in the post below to help fund it. So far only sold the Virus A, and now the Ksp8 with adat. Now I just need to sell the rest… Please help if you can…
Car is fucked, head gasket blew, engine needs rebuild :(. Please help me, buy
my gear For Sale:
Korg trinity Plus good shape used on maldire,
Arturia Minibrute barely used mint,
Roland Sh09 great shape with Midi to CV kenton pro solo 2 and cables,
12 string acoustic breedlove ac250 sm-12 used taoba,
Fender Geddy lee Jazz Bass LTD with hard case used on taoba, lfb.
Plugiator used on maldire really cool too.
Dr660 with issue.
Emu e6400 Ultra Sampler.
*UPDATE*Roland R-8m drum rackbrain
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Love this new song, and go buy it when you can!!!! LOVE IT!!!
This lp is nothing like Maldire. Think slow, hypnotic grooves. Trippy psychedelic trip hop woven with a dark over tone. Female vocals from Sabine Snaps formerly of Psykkle. The First song Complete is Barbed Wired Garden Featuring Sabine on vox. Let me run down the rest of the tracks and their working titles. Grey, is a fantastic work of art influenced by haujobb’s older music and clubbed to death by robert dougan vox will be by me. So trippy. Taste the Sin will have vocals by Sabine and myself, this song is like delerium, old delerium before all the sell out shit. Slow, psychedelic and trippy and mean as fuck. The Last Good bye, reminds me of life in mono by mono. Super epic musical toy box trip hop. Dire plus a Dire Remix (two songs I cut from Maldire because they were too musical) Think pink dots if they made something more up beat. Dreams Turn Black, a song that should of been on fun with knives, up beat techno super musical. Death Disco, more up beat, like a up beat version of taste the sin. Zalflex( another song cut from maldire for being to juno reactor like). Empusa (another song cut from maldire, there were to many slow songs on an lp I wanted to be more up beat and aggressive). I plan on writing one more. as well.
I will take mauvais into new vocal directions for myself, and the fact that I am working with Sabine now. I can only hope that she will go on tour with me next year and do vocals for the songs on this LP, and slut and dilaudid. I know that slut is the most popular VAC song ever made, just by the youtube views. So in a sense you could say that Mauvais is me realizing this and going back to that place and seeing if I can produce more stuff like Slut. Guess what….. I CAN, Did, and have. This is what Mauvais IS. A Continuation of Slut, Dilaudid, Ghost in the Circuit. I had to get it out of my system again. I wish I had worked with more female vocalists over the years because I can make really pretty songs that work so well with those tones. A lot of the instrumentals I have done over the years could of been made much better if Sabine would of sang to it..
Sabine is a character. I really loved the psykkle LP rock bottom paradise. And Man listen to this song:
This is why I wanted her to do vocals in velvet acid christ. I love her passion and her dark words. She is strange, does not sound typical. Very Unique and strange. I love her anime like voice. Lots of inflections and details in how she sings. I hope to get her to do one more track on mauvais. The new VAC does not sound like psykkle. It sounds like VAC. Any how. I will post some preview clips in the future when I make more progress on the other songs. If I could of kicked this flu faster I would of been half done by now but 3 weeks to get over all the west coast germs that fucked me in the ass. God fucking damn it!
I really think this could be the LP that gets us in movies. In gaming sound tracks. I feel like I really made something really neat that a lot of people might like. And no I did not sell out one bit. It is still dark. I just think this might have way more appeal. I am really excited. The tours were great, i have WGT in germany then east coast. I hope to get mauvais done before the east coast tour. Maybe get it out this fall, if not, then early next year. No matter how it happens I just hope that it gets more attention than my last 4 records. wish me luck.
In the Kmfdm video below I talk about how all my idols have let me down. Well, maybe I am being too harsh. But I did not like the last 3 lps. Great Right of the bong was MEH at best. I only liked 3 songs on the lp. Same with mythmaker and hand over. Only like 2 or 3 songs on each that were really good. As opposed to say vivisect 6, too dark park, rabies where i loved almost every single song. Ohgr singing with a pinched nose tone, almost like a child going “NA NAH NAA NAH NAAA”. Gone was the troll/ogre who growled, hissed, cried and moaned and screamed. The passion was not in the vocals anymore. This is what killed my love for puppy over the last few lps.
So I finally was able to listen to the first 4 tracks of “WEAPON” when I was in san fran on tour. I was blown away. It had the simplicity of remission, with the welt and new puppy sound. and guess what. OGRE SOUNDS LIKE OGRE AGAIN. Growly, pouty, angry, mean OGRE. No more pinched nose child like vocal taunting. It sounds like the old ogre. Also Heard a remake of Solvent, and I really liked it. WOW.
Weapon should win back all the fans, and I know there are a ton of them like me who has been on the fence sings the greater right of the wrong. I am buying this release DAY ONE! I can get it for free on promos, but I will not, I will pay puppy to show them, keep doing this! I like how much more passionate ogre’s vocals sound now. So keep your eyes open. May 28th, go buy this. or you can pre order it now by clicking here.
New Puppy Rocks! They are back!
I have the new kmfdm lp (got it from metrop web site promo), and man its worth the money! GET IT!! this video is great too! Support one of the best industrial rock bands left in our genre. Kmfdm is the only idol left from my youth that does not disappoint me. Puppy did, Nitzer ebb did, front 242 did, ministry did, KMFDM DOES NOT. NEVER HAS, NEVER WILL He is a genius and he continues to rule and rock the world in the industrial genre!!!!!!! GO MOTHER FUCKING KMFDM!!!