VAC Pledge Music Launch

May 28th, 2014 by Hexfix93


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http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/velvetacidchrist-subconscious-landscapes

You can buy Autographed CDs, T-shirts, Vinyl, Poster, stage props, shout out, voice message, Patch, Mug, Tour Hoodie with Calling of the dead art(limited, get it while you can, this is the last batch ever). This might be the first and last time you can get vinyl. So do not miss out on this..

Also, by pledging for anything you will get your choice of MP3 and FLAC 24 bit. This is the first time any where we will be selling loss less digital audio on the internet and the funds go right to the artists.

We will ship it any where in the world, price is only included for US. Outside US additional charges will apply. Please share this. I am not begging for money, I did this to get merch into your hands no matter where on the globe you reside.

Please help us, we will use the funding to make the merch, to fund our touring, and to pay everyone who did guest vocals on the LP.

Hexfix93

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SongKick Dates for Upcoming VAC shows!

May 8th, 2014 by Hexfix93

Tour dates

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Selling Gear To buy stuff for up coming tours.

April 24th, 2014 by Hexfix93

Virus TI Snow: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=291132377443

Komplete Audio 6 USB Audio Interface: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=291132380417

M-Audio AudioPhile 2496 PCI Audio Midi Inderface: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=291132383423

Mackie 1202 VLZ3 Analog Mixer: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=291132391129

Roland UA-1010 USB Audio 10x in and out, + Midi: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=291132386119

Gigabyte Motherboard with Intel q8400 Quad Core Processor and 4gb of ram: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=291132400412

Roland XV 5050 Rack Sound Module: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=291132432653

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Velvet Acid Christ: 2014 Live Shows!

April 12th, 2014 by Hexfix93

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Velvet Acid Christ is proud to announce that in Australia BLACKLUNG will be on the tour. Black Lung has a new album (The Great Golden Goal) coming out on Ant-Zen June 13th. Velvet Acid Christ has a new LP coming out October 28th. I cannot stress enough what an honor it is to be touring with David Thrussell of Snog and Blacklung. A dream come true. My vegan brother. I cannot thank Joseph Chillari my mafia contact in Australia enough, who also believes in us enough to bring us down under.

New Zealand is also on my bucket list. Now I get to go down and fuck some sheep too!!! Frank Pink and Andrew Lyon also believe in us. So glad that frank is play keys for me down under!

We are still hammering out all the details in the European mini tour. Everything looks very promising though and I am so happy to work with Sebastian @ Bunker in Dresden, the person who invested first and put faith in us. My buddie Wojciech Król in Poland Who I will be touring with who got us the GIG in Poland. Mirko Hentrich in Oberhausen who also believes in us and has really helped us. Kees de Brouwer In Holland is hammering out a show for us and doing a great job as well. Not to mention one of my biggest DIE HARD fans who wore the VAC shirt on the german who wants to be a millionaire. He is setting up our gig in Lüneburg, just outside of Hamburg in Northern Germany.

One good thing as well, I will be remixing a couple of older WUMPSCUT songs. And LIVE I WILL PLAY THEM. I hope to get this done before australia, but for sure before europe. Since Rudy will never tour, I want to try and play a few tracks for people because in my opinion he is the best ever and its sad he never once played a show.

I feel like this is another great Live show year for VAC, I will deliver the finished new VAC LP july 11. There will be a pledge music campaign, and you will be able to buy Shirts, Vinyl, posters, odd things, shout outs in the liner notes, phone calls, my kronos, my 6 string acoustic used on TAOBA, my Slim Phatty. Mugs, Patches. We are going all out, since we did not have shit for merch over the last 20 years, we are going ape shit this time, and the good thing is the ART for the new LP IS AMAZING!!!!

Buy the new Wumpscut LP, Its amazing!!

Hexfix93

PS: I bought the Roland Aira TR-8 and TB-3. Both are fucking amazing. Only downside I have found in the TR-8 is the lack of pattern memory is rather disturbing. And no way to backup or transfer your seqs to the cpu. STUPID ROLAND STUPID. TB-3 is so damn close and beyond what a real tb303 can do. Its not analog, but fuck these two plus my nord 4 are the best digital fucking noise makers I have ever heard. There is so much cool new gear out in the synth world and I am so happy to be fucking around with it..

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Wumpscut: Super Girl: Velvet Acid Christ NET ONLY RELEASE.

April 11th, 2014 by Hexfix93

Net Release only. Play it every where!!! Download it!

I did another remix and it is on the box set double cd. The other mix is weird and not as good in my opinion. This one is way more club friendly. Rudy picked the other one because it was strange. I used the old COTD drums on the other version, here I used cubase 5 drums, and newer drums. Production sounds much better here. Still both remixes are done in cubase 5, and cubase is meh. I just dont like it that much anymore. I prefer how renoise sounds. Still this version turned out good I think. I used my moog slim phatty to add a warm bass underneath but faint. I programmed lots of industrial glitchy shit, added sounds fx, and re programmed all the drums. Did a couple track edits. Mixed it much different than the original.

The original is more funky industrial mechanical, this one if more dance beat friendly. I wish he had picked this one over the other mix I did, he did not, I asked him if I could release this one free on my sites, he told me to GO FOR IT. So I did.

I must say the new wumpscut is amazing, and it is more like his old stuff that i love. So catchy and i will review it soon.

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Velvet Acid Christ Tour Dates 2014.

April 4th, 2014 by Hexfix93

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Vancouver BC Canada April 20th 2014 @ Red Room Ultra Bar
Event page : https://www.facebook.com/events/593358197406741/

Auckland New Zealand June 6th 2014 @ The Kings Arms
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/713736582004336/

Melbourne Australia June 8th @ Platform One With BLACKLUNG
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/620571498020387/

Sydney Australia June 13th @ Hermann’s Bar With BLACKLUNG
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1399639616976946/

Perth Australia June 14th @ The Bakery With BLACKLUNG
https://www.facebook.com/events/265566776949215/

PS: Also for fall and winter of 2014 and early 2015, we planned on playing Atlanta, Philly, Minnesota, Toronto, LA, San Fran, Seattle, Pheonix, Houston, Dallas. All shows will be FLY IN ONE OFFS. NO MORE TOURS. NO MORE VANS. All FLYING. ALL SHOWS ON FRIDAY OR SATURDAY TOO! NO WEEKDAYS!!!!!

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Remembering Maldire.

April 3rd, 2014 by Hexfix93

The lp that spawned a tour. And LP that went back to its aggro electronic roots to win back fans who fled after the Neo folk sounding Art of Breaking Apart LP. The Hexfix93 was Attacked by a dog making this LP. The First Solo VAC LP with just Disease Factory AKA Hexfix93 Doing absolutely everything. Most past VAC release saw Hexfix93 doing 80%.

Bend the sky: The A side of the whole LP. Not sure how much club play it got. This is the poppiest track on the lp. I was trying to make a horror movie anthem and it turned into this disco depeche mode violator inspired drum work that pushed the song towards the dance floor. The vocals and melody were very inspired by the tear garden and the pink dots. I did this song right after the Cover of EVEN NOW WE DID.

Maldire: The title track. A throw back to calling of the dead. This time inspired by the vengeance of the fallen souls who were burnt out by the old christian cult. Vocals were inspired by Wumpscut and turned up way louder than most VAC tracks in all of history. Dustin Ferguson stepped in and helped make commercials and videos for this project. Maldire being the first. In the dario argento B horror film style.

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Evoked: Yes there is a theme to this LP. Witchkraft and the occult. Evoked fused Hip Hop and horror movie sound track melodies and industrial vocals. Hey Dr Dre meet SATAN. YAY. This whole LP is a summons for justice. A curse against all abrahamic religions for all the people they have murdered in the name of their gods. This song in particular was aimed at the owner of the dog who attacked me when I was walking my dog on a leash in the park by my house. Their dog was unleashed and I had to pick up my dog and defend myself and my dog from this dog. It sucked.

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Mysteric: The unknown is the law. The law of all. The mystery of what comes next many lie about it, pretend they know it all, no one does. The great beyond, the great unknown is the law. The return of the Access Virus to the VAC sound as well. Love it.

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Ominous Rattle: I wrote these lyrics after watching fox news. Very influenced by old FLA and Aphex Twin.

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EVEN NOW: I did this for the Maldire single that never happened because we ran out of time. I wanted this to be on Maldire, but putting covers on LPS is never a good idea. So we released this on the dependence comp and that is a super rare collectors item now. Still this came from the MALDIRE SESSIONS.

Maldire in my opinion is a very good aggro industrial LP that fuses strange music types into the genre. I feel like we did not market it correctly. We put a lot of effort into this release to only have it be forgotten 2 weeks after. We made videos and tried to make it very relevant on youtube. Still hope we can squeeze more life out of this LP. It is one of my favorites in the VAC catalog. This LP goes back to what made VAC big in the club scene years ago. Maldire(french: To Curse). And yes it is a curse to the evil of the past.

PS: Maldire was supposed to be a double LP. First half would be Aggro and evil. 2nd cd would be Surreal, Atmospheric, trip hop, club hit, slower pretty dark and melodic stuff. This stuff will be released soon working title is Mauvais. Not sure what we will call it when we release it. Still working on the vocals. Mauvais will come out in October with a massive merch pledgemusic campaign for it very soon.

PLEASE !!!! BUY MALDIRE: CLICK LINKS BELOW:

Amazon MP3.. Amazon CD.
Itunes. Metropolis CD.
Metropolis Digital.

Please buy this. It really helps us make the live shows better, it helps pay the bills and for the gear and software used to make this LP. I really work hard on this stuff and spend lots and lots of hours on it. It is a full time job now with all the touring.

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Synth update. march 2014

March 28th, 2014 by Hexfix93

Yes there are a lot of new synths out there. From the boomstar series, to the new roland Aria series to the korg Volca, and arturia microbrute.

Ok I know they all seem to be wanting to bring about a Analog old school revolution. I my opinion, they are failing, all of them. And where to start. Roland.

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Roland Aria. Wow I was expecting so much, with Korg doing the analog thing, you would think that Roland would of counter punched. Nope instead they keep doing what they have been doing. They repaint what they have already done. VA Tb 303, they did that already. The System 1 is like the gia but stripped down with less memory. Limited memory is a bad thing, nord 4 and virus have lots of memory for lots of sounds, this is a good thing. We live in 2014 and ram and rom is super cheap. WTF are they thinking? I was excited about the Aria but really let down now after seeing it in action. The only one I am even remotely interested in is the VT-3 vocal processor. If the tr-8 can load samples in, or if they expand it some how i might be interested, but i have killer 808 and 909 samples so no thanks. If they system one can nail the tone of the sh2 that they plan on releasing WOW then i might have to get it.

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Korg, While I do like the ms20 mini, and volca stuff, it lacks the analog magic that vintage gear has. It sounds good, and better than software, but still lacks the warmth and fatness and vibrance of the old gear. After owning the volca bass, i like it, but I don’t love it. Filter is kinda meh, osc is kinda meh. The ms20 is pretty good, but honestly, I am more into presets these days, i like tweaking presets. I like scanning memory in my synths when playing back a riff to find the right sound.

Arturia Microbrute, for the money this is the best way to get that amazing filter. Worth every penny. Sure its scaled down but the patch mod matrix is killer.

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The Nord Lead 4 is pretty cool, and after spending a lot of time with it now I can say I love it for everything. I like it more than the virus. I love the keyboard and pitch bend. The nord 4 is like a nord 2x with more bass, better filters.. I think its a must have for nord lovers.. The roland filters in this are amazing. The moog filter in this sounds better than the one in the Virus as well.

The new moog Sub 37 is what I really want more than anything. That filter is so good, the sub phatty is so amazing. Its a fat bright moog and the opposite of the voyager. It can sound more like the original model D. Also the sub 37 is like dual note cool. This will have more memory too and that is what I really want.

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As far as gear I need for my upcoming tours, we must travel light so Right now I am shooting out Roland XV5050, Access Virus Snow, and a Waldorf Blofeld. Trying to re create basses, leads, strings, sound fx. So far I am leaning toward the Snow and Xv 5050, I managed to get really nice pad and strings out of the snow and was still able to get good leads and bass. xv 5050 will be for choir patches and acoustic guitar sounds. These are super portable and great for our FLY IN gigs. Since I am no longer touring by car, van, or bus.

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Flashback #7: Hypostasis.

March 15th, 2014 by Hexfix93

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Yes Hypostasis. A guy who helped out VAC when it fell apart and needed cash to stay afloat during the Fate, Pest, Neural, COTD and FWK days. My best friend for years and years. He was also a member of Toxic coma and wrote many great songs in the project over the years. This was the guy that I did a lot of mind exploration with many things. I remember reading Karl Marx with him coming down. I remember tripping my ass off watching Atari ST demos with him. I remember walking around my town with him while tripping. Concerts. Watching many hard core Asian Kung-fu movies. Becoming vegan with him. We Played Doom and Quake on mind altering substances.


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Above the Alabama Dirt Whistle Video, he painstakingly took images of us and used KAI’s Power goo to morph our faces into super silly obnoxious forms that are frightening and hilarious to look at. Dan Did a lot for Toxic Coma. He is sorely missed. I hope to work with him some day again in the future some how.

This man also toured Germany with me long ago. Played @ Zillo and Doomsday in VAC. My favorite song he ever did was Satan Raving. I really liked Womanizer as well. Hypostasis started out with me in the Atari Hacking crew The Travesty of Idiots. He did artwork for us. It was his Mega 2 Atari ST that we wrote many of the between the eyes VAC era material with. He was one of the core members of Toxic Coma and its just not the same without him. He also stuck with me during many trying times and really helped me out in so many ways. I still feel like I owe him to this day. He is also the guy who got me into a lot of cool GOA trance back in the day. We both got really hard core about that.

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A very talented person. A very great friend. He is missed in the VAC and Toxic Coma Camps. I would resurrect Toxic Coma if Hypostasis some how came back into the fold.

^^^ Check out Satan Raving, Hypostasis wrote the whole thing for the devil.

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VAC NEWS MARCH 2nd 2014

March 2nd, 2014 by Hexfix93

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2013 was amazing. We played in front of over 13000 + people on all the legs of the tour. I feel like this was only the beginning and not the end like I thought maybe it would be. Maldire pushed me back into the underground and hard core circles who loved calling of the dead. I got a lot of cool videos made by Dustin Ferguson, and soundmirror66. All the promoters I dealt with were great. I did a lot of remixes, Wumpscut, Twilight Garden, Asylum Black, and now Tom Shear’s a23 side project Surveillance. I got to be a massive gear whore too.

2014 looks to continue where 2013 left off. We are playing in Europe in late summer. We are playing in New Zealand and Australia in the summer. We are playing soon in Vancouver. After Vancouver I will take a break from shows and finish the new VAC LP that is a tad more mainstream sounding. Psychedelic goth Trip Hop. Its not like Maldire. It is more like if you take the songs SLUT and Dilaudid, Ghost in the circuit and made a whole LP like that. We worked with Sabine Snaps so far, and now we will try and work with Mari Kattman on a track or two. I hope to have this lp out this fall.

We will be playing new material from it this summer and beyond. We are also hoping to play Philly, LA, Atlanta, Minnesota, Toronto by the end of this year But these will be fall and winter shows. I must focus on finishing the new VAC.

The new live gear setup is nice, Virus Snow, Roland SPD-SX, and roland xv5050, plus a laptop with RME babyface converters. We will have some live drumming. Trying out the boss ME 50 as well. This is our super portable rig for fly in dates, we will have to rent controller keyboards. We also bought great DIs too. The Virus Snow, wow I actually was able to program some great VAC sounding pads and strings out of it. Still I think the nord 4 does it better :( Yes the nord 4 has grown on me so hard core. We cannot bring that one on tour tho, its too big.

We are also working on a massive merch campaign for the new LP. We are going to market the new VAC harder than we did Maldire.

Hexfix93

PS: Go check out Tom Shear’s New Assemblage 23 Side Project:
http://surveillance23.bandcamp.com/album/oceania

It kicks ass.. VAC Remixed the song HUSK should come out in the coming months.

PSSSSSS: I am looking for new Art for the new VAC and i want it to look like this:


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Please point me to an artist who can do stuff like this… Running out of time now..

Disease Factory….

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Velvet Acid Christ In Vancouver BC April 20th 2014.

February 18th, 2014 by Hexfix93

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Be there. We are doing in fly in dates to cities where we could not make it on our 2013 tour.

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VAC @ Moog Factory Ashville.

February 1st, 2014 by Hexfix93

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So we stopped at the moog Factory on the southern leg of the tour. WOW what a bunch of classy people. What an amazing company. It was kind of funny, we got there late and missed the official public tours they give. Krztov did not think I could get us in. So I went to the clerk and asked for Amos, someone who I have had a lot of contact with in email over the years. From me bitching about moog pedal tracking stability, to the too dark sound of the moog voyager. I hate to take any credit but I think me bitching on gear sluts about the too dark sound of the minimoog voyager helped lead to one of the best new synths ever. The Moog Sub Phatty and now the Moog sub 37.

I Currently own a Moog Slim Phatty. I was on the list to buy a Sub Phatty but my tour expenses kicked my ass. It was a blessing because now there is the Sub 37 and yes I plan on getting this at launch. In fact I want to be one of the people who do public demos for the unit. What kept me away mostly from the Sub Phatty was the lack of preset memory. Sub 37 has 256 patches. So stoked..

Now back to the moog Factory story. Yes, They called amos up, and low and behold like a genie he appeared and gave us his time for a while and answered questions and showed us stuff. Then he handed us over to the relations guy Jason Daniello. He gave us a great tour of the place and took us to the product demo room where they film all the demos they put on youtube. We got to play with the Sub Phatty and a cool delay pedal. We got some merch, shirts and I signed an artist agreement. So I am going to honor that when I buy the Sub 37 on the artist program to demo and promote the hell out of it.

This is one of the coolest american companies in the world. They assemble stuff by hand and use wood. Their synths are amazing, the moogs have a special place in my heart and the Sub 37 will probably be the best mono synth ever made.. I am so excited..

We also got some moog water, and it was really good :)
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Now all three of us, Todd, Krztov and myself have Moogs. I think they simply make the best fat bass synths on the planet. Nothing else even compares.. All HAIL MOOG! Click here to purchase Moog gear. Or call Guitar Center in Arvada Colorado and ask for Chris Kutz! @ 720-540-3033

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Things VAC Learned in 2013.

January 25th, 2014 by Hexfix93

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#1: The Wii U is cool, despite the nay sayers. Pikman, Super Mario 3d world.

#2: There is only one VAC side project, Toxic Coma and its Dead. There are no others.

#3: Touring is fun, Great, Wonderful .

#4: Todd Loomis Is very talented and works very hard.

#5: Bad dildo, Jeremiah Saint!

#6: The xbox 1 is garbage and under powered.

#7: The ps4 while amazing suffers from FPS over kill.

#8: Skinny Puppy Still Kicks Ass!

#9: Sony makes the best Electronics!

#10: The Kronos is amazing for Touring, But Cannot get it on an air plane for one offs.

#11: The Virus Snow and Blofeld Both Kick major ass!

#12: Laptops make horrible VST live instruments. Too buggy.

#13: Moog the company is Amazing and they simply make the best BASS synths EVER even now.

#14: I love poodles and poodle cross breeds.

#15: Boxer dogs love to rack your balls.

#16: I love Ruddy Ratzinger, Johan Von roy, And Tom Shear more than ever!

#17: Last of us was the best game of 2013!

#18: Korg is the only Japanese Synth company making relevant Gear! MS20, Volca ROCKs!

#19: Do not play Battlefield 4 with friends.

#20: On the road you cannot beat Odwalla.

#21: Coconut water is amazing for Hang overs!

#22: Merch Guy named Dave Is hilariously creepy and cool.

#23: Gary Slaughter is still doing great music.

#24: Most promoters kick ass!

#25: The LA scene was by far the best, and prettiest.

#26: Krztov Is one of the most amazing friends ever. I can count on him for almost anything.

#27: Chris Kutz makes the best custom cables and has great ideas!

#28: Nord Lead 4 is the BEST VA on the market.

#29: I am buying the Moog Sub 37.

#30: The Scene is dying a slow awful death, and the whole music industry as well. But there is hope and people out there who are still fighting..

#31: Fukushima will end us all, sooner than later. Nothing matters.

#32: I love New Orleans and friends who live down there!

#33: Wave Gotik Treffin is my favorite festival of all time. Leipzig Rocks!

#34: Hotels.com is a nightmare..

#35 Ottawa has the Craziest Crowds!

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New LP and New Shows on the horizon for VAC. GEAR FS!

January 21st, 2014 by Hexfix93

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The new Velvet Acid Christ Live line up is Chris Kutz and Bryan Erickson. Just VAC, I will not play in any other bands now. JUST VAC an I promise to try and put on longer shows because I will only be in JUST VAC unlike last time where I was on stage for 2.5 hours, 1 hour in the opening band and 1.5 in VAC. Now I hope to do VAC for 2 hr shows. Yes It looks like for now we will do our shows as a duo. We can pull it off. This time we will bring electronic drum pads, I will be playing stuff when I am not singing. Chris will play drums on and off, and sometimes keys and guitars. Light show is minimal now because we are only doing FLY in Gigs. We will be giging with a Laptop and or Tablet and good converters, Waldorf Blofeld, and either a Virus Snow or Micro Q. 2 keyboard stations. WE are going to maybe make banners and some stage props. not sure what We can bring. Maybe backing video depending on the venue..

Chris Kutz: Mega stud:

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The Shows that are lining up now are, Vancouver BC CANADA, Edmonton Alberta CANADA, Daytona FL, and LA California again. These are being hammered out now. The Reason I want to go back to Florida is because I felt we got cut off short in Tampa and I want to put on a longer show.

Still working on Europe for late summer. Got my eyes open for South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia. I hope to pull this off this year and next year.

Mauvais is still in production, I got lots of guest Vocals on this and I am going to even ask Rudy if he would do some guest vocals on it. So 2 female vocalists. one or 2 male guest vocalists, and me. I am still trying to figure out what art work fits best with this LP as well.

Okay now, I am selling all the lights from the East and South shows.

Search for these lights on youtube and you will see how cool they are:
2x Chauvet Swarm LED FX Lights $125 Each
2x Chauvet Cubix 2.0 LED DMX Effect Light $135 Each
Chauvet Scorpion GBC 2.0 Laser $250
Chauvet Scorpion FXGB $239
American Dj Mega Flash Dmx Controllable Strobe Light $99
3x Thinpar GC LED Par Lights DMX $65 each.

Korg Kronos with extra sample libs $1899
Korg Trinity Plus with Prophecy synth $399
Roland UA-1010 Octa-Capture USB 2.0 Audio Interface $399
Traktor AUDIO 2 dj INTERFACE dac $49
Emaigic AMT8 USB Midi 8×8 $114.99
M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI audio card $59

Must buy new gear for Fly In Gigs, Must pay back Merchandise loans. So please buy something to help us get all this going… Its better than begging on kickstart or something.. I will autograph anything I sell.

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How Velvet Acid Christ Books shows.

January 16th, 2014 by Hexfix93

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How I book a show for Velvet Acid Christ. I learn about a scene in the place I am inquiring about. I contact a promoter in the territory I am interested in. I will give them a ball park of what I want and what I expect. Then I ask the promoter what they think the draw is and what is a good ticket price and what the venue rental and other costs are. Then I figure out what can be made and I usually always go for Guarantees, Because I hate gambling on door deals. I must be able to pay my expenses. I am not rich and I cannot bankroll tours and shows off of credit cards and loans. Because I have to take out loans to make my merchandise that I bring with and sell.

I will not book a show where the Promoter or I thinks we will lose money. I will not ask for more than they can deliver based on what they think. The only mistake I made booking the tours in 2013 is not making a merch deal for WGT in Germany and not having merch, and printing to much merch for the EAST and SOUTH legs of the US tours. I made the same merch for the east and south based on my sales out west which were stellar. Then got home with an extra 350 shirts :( I am in debt because of this. As far as the deals on the shows with promoters, everything covered the tour costs. I only messed up on my merch calculations. My bad. this being said. No shows really lost money from what I understand. Despite what you have heard, I do not ask for more than can be delivered.

So that being said. I have learned a lot about touring in the USA, and have completed 1 solid year of touring that I booked, planned, plotted, routed. I did ok and things worked out for the most part. The only hard part is finding bands to tour with that can take of time and cover their portion of the costs. This is hard to find. Going on tour and paying for everything is very expensive, it makes sense to go out with other bands who can cover/split costs and have draw. Booking tours is hard work, and I know why booking agents make the money they do. But in a scene so small and money so scarce now, all middle men must be cut out to make profits and not be in the red. This is the lesson taught to me from Tom Shear of A23. In fact he taught me a lot of what I know now, and gave me a list of contacts. He is one of the major reasons I went on tour and I tip my hat to him.

Will I tour in the future? Only very small tours. No more than a week. I prefer to fly in and play on a weekend were we can get a much better draw and more people driving from out of state to see the show. I will never book a show were I think either I or the promoter will lose money. I try to be fair. I try to work with people. I am realistic as well.

Once I play a show I try to talk to the fans and sign autographs and take photos with them. I show them mega thanks for spending their hard earned money on us. With out the fans I am 0. They really are the most important thing, and I will not stick my nose up at them like some do. I am a dork, and I do not think I am the greatest human on the earth. I am quite humble mostly. I am also very insecure and self conscious. I learned to deal with it by poking fun of myself like many of you witnessed on this 2013 tour. Any how, thank you for reading, and please comment below.

Hexfix93

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New Vac Q and A

January 15th, 2014 by Hexfix93

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http://backseatmafia.com/2014/01/14/q-a-with-velvet-acid-christ/

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VAC’s take on software vst synths.

December 28th, 2013 by Hexfix93

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For as much as I really really want to, I just cannot fall in love with any of them. I tried. I like some of them, but love none of them. Some of them are worth the price, most of them are not.

Native Instruments:

Where to start, oh how i hate battery and how it cut of my initial transients on my samples that I paid big bucks on. This was battery 2 and 3, have not tried 4. I do like kontakt only because of how seamless it loads my akai sample lib that i had from the old days. But that is it. Massive sounds like a plastic toy. Pro 53 is meh, FM8 and 7 were decent, Absynth is meh because it aliases so bad, reaktor is good prb it takes to many licks to get to the center of the tootsie pop. Razor is kinda cool. Their sample Libs are pretty good tho, i mean like the pianos, i like the bosendorfer NI thingy. But over all is komplete worth getting? Maschine? I find the sounds uninspiring. Machine is a daw made by company who makes blah. Why use that when i can use groove agent one in cubase or renoise?

Arturia:

Samey same. All the plugins have this samey same sound no matter what. The osc never seems to have character, and the filters barely have any usually. It sounds so sterile. Sure with some compressors I can make them more lively, still it seems like a lot of work to get them to sound good. Arturia has their bundle on sale, but i still don’t think its worth buying. I just think the envs and the high end sounds strange, the mini moog is fat but it has this wrong shape to the sound, the envs are just whack.

FXpansion:

Decent but still kind of sterile. Guru and geist are kind of cool but kind of a pain in the ass and not easy to figure out. They are having a sale now and I would say now is the time to buy their stuff, its priced right, with out the sale it is not.

Adam Szabo:

jp6k is 25 euros and worth every bit of it. This is a must buy.

Spectrasonics: The best, and I mean the best plugins to have, they sample really good analog and digital synths. Omisphere and trillion are brilliant and I cannot recommend these enough. worth every penny.

U-he: Over Priced. Again I try to fall in love with all the hype, then i get the stuff and try it, Ace, I can never get it to sound good in a mix. Diva is an elephant and the envs and osc sounds strange and mushy. Filters are ok, but the envs and osc are blah. Zebra bores me. The only thing they made that I liked is free and it is called Tyrell Nexus 6, to me it sounds like the mks 80. This thing is a beast, sharp sounding and cutting, and the osc and filters sounds good, i like the envs as well. So save your money, just get Tyrell Nexus 6.

CamelAudio:

Alchemy. I wanted to love you, then I got a korg micro-X and Kronos and just could not love you..

Lennar Digital:

Sylenth 1, in my opinion the best VA VST on the market. Killer built in fx, very nice sounding osc, and a great filter. Killer on leads, arps and plucked sounds. Great pads as well. Very cool arps. Like it so much it is very Roland sounding. Musical and vibrant and cuts through the mix very well. Kind of sucks at fat bass though. Worth Every Penny.

Christopher Gill:

Superwave Trance Pro, I love it, its not the best sounding, but love it for arps. Jp8000 emu, but it cannot do pads and strings as well as the real jp8000. Still so cheap and worthy every penny.

Ohm Force:

Minimosta: Sounds like a boxy minimoog, has more character than the arturia stuff, but still seems flat against the creamware stuff or the real thing… Pass. Buy a slim phatty or a Sub Phatty.

SonicProjects:

Op-x pro II is the fucking bomb. THE BEST SOUNDING VST on the planet. Sounds so Vintage and does amazing strings, pads, leads and bass, and the filter sounds great. It clobbers Diva…. Its on sale now for 75 euros. GO BUY IT before dec 28th..

Synapse Audio:

Dune synth. This is OK. Not great, not bad. A lot of usable sounds. For the money it is pretty good, 99 usd. I recommend it. Still there is no VST bass monster besides trillian.

TAL:

This shit is the bomb, and its free, the Uno 60 is pretty damn good for a VST, it sits in the mix well, no its not super vintage, but kinda close. Tal Noisemaker is AMAZING. Free, go get them now. I also discovered the U-no_lx, its 60 bucks and they nail the juno 106 sound, cept the bass is not as fat, but the character and tone is on the money.

Tone2:

Gladiator. I must say that I do like their stuff. Gladiator is ok. not stellar, but not crap. Very good sound set, but the sound is kinda meh. I think its worth about 70 dollars they are very much over charging for all of their products. Esp when tyrell nexus 6 and Tal noise maker are free and kick the shit tone wise out of this stuff. Saurus sounds ok, and i really like Nemesis, They are all over priced. If they had a bundle with Saurus, Gladiator and Nemesis for 250, I would buy it. Lower your price and I will endorse you products, they sound better than arturia, and native instruments, but not as good as tyrell and TAL or OPX.

Xils Labs:

Syphinx: Where’s the beef? That seems to be the problem with all these high end VA things. But, the multimode filter on this thing does sound bad ass. Still wish it was $100 and no dongle, I hate those things so i say forget this and get the OPX, or use TAL noise maker or Tyrel Nexus 6.

Korg:

Legacy Analog and Digital. Analog lack presets, breaks up when you play it high, and lacks any low end punch. Digital, flat, and boring. The MDE-X Fx are grandiose though, simply amazing for ITB fx.

So bottom line. For me Spectrasonics Omnisphere and Trillian. Superwave, Jp6k, Tyrel Nexus 6, Tal Noisemaker, Uno 60, Sylenth1, Are the must use VSTs. I can make an LP with just these and a DAW, Cubase or Renoise. Still I need hardware. I need a real analog for bass, love my slim phatty for this. A power house VA like a virus TI, C, B, or a Nordlead 2, or 4, and a couple of Korg Workstations for ambiance general sounds.

Most VST plugins are a joke, they sound like thin plastic. They all have this samey samey sound. The ones that succeed are the ones with good built in fx, great sound programming and decent tone. Only a few cut it in my opinion. Hardware is still a must. There are some VSTs that are great though, and those are the ones that sample hardware :) And a couple of VAs that are cpu hogs that are free.

For Drums, its Renoise build my own kits inside it. Or Cubase Groove Agent 1, works better than battery and kontakt. Build my own kits in Groove Agent 1, and use pre made kits in halion 1 and groove agent.

FX: Love waves API bundle. Love Duende Bundle, Love Sony Oxford Limiter. Love Korg MDE-X, Love Lexicon PCM. All worth owning.

I wrote this up after many years of using them, and really getting to know them all.

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VAC news Dec 17 2013.

December 17th, 2013 by Hexfix93

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Something positive. I finally Figured out how to use groove agent one in Cubase 5. Drums are not so hard in cubase, just less headroom compared to renoise it seems. For remix work I have to use Cubase. I think With the processor upgrade I will use cubase a lot more. I also am waiting for my motu Micro Lite midi interface that is supposedly super tight midi over usb. We shall see. Going to use the Nord Lead 4 and Slim Phatty on my wumpscut remixes. I love the songs I am remixing for Wumpscut. I am tempted to do a 3rd. No Idea what he wants or thinks. I’m just a huge fan of his work still.

Still trying to book shows in Europe for summer 2014. Wish us luck.. We will be playing in mexico City April 4th, Friday, it will be a 3 day festival at Klub Terminal. I will post new details soon. I will also try and book some shows in Canada as well.

Playstation 4 is amazing. COD Ghosts, Battalfield 4, Killzone shadow fall, Fifa 14, and Assassin Creed Black Flag. I got spoiled. So far playing ghosts the most cause it just plays the best BF4 is a bug fest with no party system and I play with krztov and Lunggravy a lot so. Gotta have a party system EA WAKE UP.

Looks like I will be selling one of the Korg Kronoses to a cool fan. Going to try and sell my gear on Facebook from now on, and never deal with ebay again.. I have to figure out how to ship my gear on one off shows. For lights and the kronos.. Looks like we will be using laptops again on some of the gigs sadly but we have gotten them to sound better.

Public relations Disaster. I am notorious for blowing it with my fans on the internet. Sadly. It is my nature. I am injf. I am pretty unique and not great at dealing with masses of people. I am a moody weird reactionary fuck some times. People see this in me on the internet. It is why I should never deal with people, I should be locked away in some back room. If i had the money to hire people to to all this web stuff and bullshit I would hire them, and I would never utter a word to the public. Sadly the damage is done. If only I could just keep my mouth shut LOL. Sucks to be this social an anti social at the same time.

PS: I will start selling shirts online, but only if orders go above 30 dollars. So hoodies, Stickers, Posters, Tour Shirts, Ltd Tour Shirts. PM on my facebook if you are interested in buying VAC merch..

Hexfix93

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Velvet Acid Christ Remixes Wumpscut. Two tracks.

December 13th, 2013 by Hexfix93

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Yes, and I might make it three and dare Rudy to remix three of my new tracks off of Mauvais. And I might dare metropolis to release it as a new remix conflict series… I’m not sure though. But for sure, I have remixed two tracks for Wumpscut. Came about in a funny way, I saw on Facebook that he had posted a tattoo on someone’s arm. I begged him to go on tour with vac in summer of 2014. VAC would be his live band, and I would put a manikin in center stage and he could sing back stage and never ever show his face to the crowd. He denied me :( Instead asked if I would be up for some remixes. I was like, “SURE”. But after working with the songs. I am in love. I have a dream. Wumpscut has long been one of the few peers I ever saw as my greater in this genre. A modern idol to me. If some how I could be in Wumpscut in some way some day, this would be more like a dream coming to light.

Of all the bands in the scene in the 90s and 2000s. Wumpscut has made the best industrial songs, strong enough to carry club nights, the DAC charts and spawn a scene for 15 + years. I only wish I was as good. Some of my fans claim that I am better. Even Rudy said to me once on the phone that Calling ov The Dead Was a Masterpiece. Yes we used to talk on the phone back in the day. The only other bands that I look up to in the scene are Covenant (eskil and band), Snog(david my vegan brother), Haujobb(only up to solutions), Kmfdm(all). I credit Wumpscut, Snog, Haujobb, Covenant, KMFDM and Myself(VAC), for making Industrial strong in the 90s and 2000s. Sure some have come after and before. But hands down, I pick our generation over all others. Maybe I am being arrogant. We did it with out the big budgets and always with 1 or two brain childs and no big labels holding our hands. It is a new age now, some of us are still kicking, but the scene is almost completely dead now :( The closing of Das Bunker in LA is proof of this. So I am not going to pat myself on the back …..

I will however ride out the dying wave of the scene by playing as many live shows as I can, and releasing two more LPs. Doing as many remixes as I can. This is the beginning of the end folx. Wish us all luck, and let me know what you think about these words in this post by leaving a comment, now anyone can.

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VAC News DEC 7th 2013.

December 9th, 2013 by Hexfix93

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What does the future hold for VAC. Well One offs I hope in 2014 I can play Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto, Mexico City, France, The UK, Holland, Germany. The likely hood of a European tour is looking grim. I might be able to play one or two festivals, Then stay and fly to the UK, Fly to France, Fly to Holland. Trying to figure it out, Talking to Thorsten Stroht, Johan Von roy, and Others over there to get a good picture of the scene.

Festivals scare me because I hate playing during the daytime. This is what puts me off big time, at aggra hall at WGT the place was packed when we played. Not throwing my ego around, but i think we could of easily co headlined on some of these events and not played so early. I would rather play in front of 150 people in a club than play during broad day light to 10000. Money is not as good, but we are a club band, not a out door stage act.

Oh and our lights, man we cannot bring them all if we are flying and this will hurt us unless the clubs we play have good stage lighting with talented light people. Other wise its awful. we played a few dive bars out west and learned really fast how bad horrid lighting can make a show. Never again so no matter where we play i demand a decent light show.

Mauvais: We have a deadline of late January, so I am going to bust my ass to try and get it done, so you will have it in the summer and we can sell it in Europe while we play shows. This is the most epic LP I have ever made. I feel like it has a broader appeal than Maldire which was aimed at my hard core industrial fans. This time we target radio and the club scene with slower super melodic industrial dance trip hop tracks.

The studio has been changed again. Added (coming in the mail) Nord Lead 4(for the pitch bend, and wheel morph and mutator sounds on leads) and the tb and moog filters and the easy interface. It does mean aggressive sounds. Korg Kronos is the center piece along side a Korg Micro X, and Slim Phatty. Still want to add a tempest dsi drum machine and a mopho x4. Then I will be done. Also looking to buy a fireface ucx for the laptop on fly in gigs if we use one, and i have a feeling we might have to. Because airlines wont let us ship big keyboards and trusting people with my gear ahead of time is too scary.

Dont think my ebay auctions will win me shit for money kinda sucks.

r8m hope 89

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shure psm 200 hope 549

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Minibrute 349

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Plugiator 220

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