I have had to make some changes to the VAC live show. Financial decisions and personnel moves. Krztov saved my ass in 2015, when my lived band, my x gf and i split, and a drummer i was working with could not meet deadlines. I had booked a bunch of shows up to a year in advance and was trying to get a band together for 2015. It failed, and as a result Krztov stepped in and allowed us to do the two dudes and laptops VAC show. We would often combine with other bands when we could, Ego likeness and Mindless Faith would come in and play drums and guitars and guest vocals to help fill up the stage. Some shows though like terminus we could not put a band together. I toured with Todd of twilight garden, and had 2 dudes and korg kronos show with lights. Still not that exciting because no band on stage. The point is, VAC always needed a band. A hyper band that can bring the energy and showmanship.
VAC has been a revolving door of members over the years. I have always been at the center doing 80% of it all. I am too anti social to go out in the scene and find people to work with, i used to try this to no avail. It has always been a struggle to get a live band and do any kind of tour. There is not a lot of money in it for underground artists. So finding dedicated people who can work for cheap is really difficult. Especially ones you have chemistry with. Money is always hard.
I have great chemistry with Mindcage Rick (being drunk with him on a cruise for 7 days LOL), and also Jason Durant. So we decided to team up and play in each other’s bands to be able to keep expenses at bay. I love mindless faith, and They love VAC. Our remix history was very successful. I think we put on a great show together. This will be the core, we might have other bands on the bill at times. For Austin and Seattle/Portland we have The Siren Project.
Here is the great news. You will see cool lights that are sync’d to the show. Backing Video. Live Guitars, Live drum pad, Live Keys, a much Higher Energy show. Mindless Faith Rocks, and we are Very progressive industrial. Its a great combo.
For the rest of 2016 Mindless Faith and VAC will be trying to book shows on weekends in Chicago, LA, San Diego, Vegas, Atlanta, Minnesota, Columbus, Ann Arbor, Delaware, Lancaster Ny, NY, Boston, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Oakland, Sacramento, Miami, , New Orleans. I don’t know if we will book all these places, but this is my goal.
I Hope to work with Krztov in the future, but for now I must go out with Mindless Faith. Thank you Chris for all the hard work this last year.
Ok gear talk.
After buying every drum pad on the market and testing it. The Yahmaha dtx multi 12 wins by a landslide, drum pads or ok not great like spd30 but better than the spd sx, built in sounds are light years ahead of the roland gear, plus its a sampler. The roland spd sx expensive with tiny drum pads and not a lot of sounds built in, spd30 not a lot of drum sounds no samples, and a bunch of stupid sounds i would never use. So the yahmaha wins out big.
We are phasing out our laptops on stage. The synth stations will be a Roland Sh32 for pads, strings, bass leads, arps. And a Access Virus C for pads, strings bass, arps. I picked the C over the TI i got it for 650, and the sh32 for like 320. These both do the job we need. Rick has his 7 string and his pod fx pedal, and We will have the Yahmaha drum pad on stage. So a big improvement i think, and we can still manage this with out a tour van. I will ship my lights ahead of time as well. I had to sell the prophet 6 and all my other gear to afford the new setup. The Virus C out bass’d the prophet 6 and i was like, WTF. Prophet 6 is amazing but not 2800 amazing. I also figured out how to eliminate some of the aliasing on the virus, i notice it puts some of it in the low feqs, so i use the eq to filter it out internally and now i can play higher notes with out it sounding strange. Very happy now.
PS: Thank you Zach Bauer @ GC arvada for hooking me up and letting me try out all the gear..
But here are our next Live Show Events: