The Band Velvet Acid christ

VAC in Chicago. Plus news, Tour Dates

October 27th, 2016 by Hexfix93

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Wow..

Fucking WOW.

I love this city(Chicago). I love the fans. I love the scene. I really like the job Daniel Evens Did promoting and booking our show, you should use him, I loved the Cobra Lounge as well. How on earth could i have waited so long to return to such a welcoming city for my band? Also we worked with an amazing opening act The Gothcicles, Thank you so much for letting us use your projector man (you should check this band out).

Plus we had a very awesome guest vocalist Laura Bienz from Angel Spit. She did one of the most amazing vocal takes on “SLUT” We have ever had. I wish every show was like Chicago, but this is a very special scene. A very cool city. I will be back there in one year. I swear, i will play that City every year now.

Next up, Denver. Which is awesome, We will have Todd Loomis on guitars, Alex Seminara from Siren Project on keys, Krztov on Drum pads. We will have lights, and a new upbeat set list of dance tracks for most of the show, plus the hits. This is a new set list and not the same as last year.

We also are trying to book San Fransisco, Phoenix. WE are playng a show in Missery at the end of nov, and we have ATLANTA in dec, Minnesota in a few weeks, Then we got LA in late January. We will head out east in april may and june, Brooklyn, Delaware, Baltimore, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa. In feb and march, dresden, hamburg, klon, Copenhagen. So keep an eye out. We are working our asses off.

Update on the new VAC LP. I have about 10 songs that need work. I am confident that we will have our record done by and shipped by fall. You can pre order it, it is how we are funded now, we no longer have a label, I have nothing against metropolis. I just want to use more money promoting our band directly to our fans, and i just did not have the budget to do that when a label takes a big cut of our sales and then just posts about us for 2 weeks, i want to run ads for my new lp year round, and to do this i need a bigger cut of the sales. When you buy a CD, MP3, OR our bundle, it will allow us to buy new gear, and promote our band aggressively on social media and on the web like we never have before. I love metropolis, and they have served us well, i have not one bad thing to say about them, I simply just needed to make this move to help our band grow. Record stores are dead. Physical media is only worth something if it is signed by the artist now. The scene is more up front, direct and personal now. So i am turning to the fans now for help. Help us pay for advertising, and marketing for our shows, and our releases.


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And Our Box Set CD Autographed, Keychain, Patch, LP Shirt, Small LP Poster , Digital release code as well. You can help us by Clicking here and pre ordering the bundle or regular releases.

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Velvet Acid Christ: Crowd Funding begins, the bold new world.

October 23rd, 2016 by Hexfix93


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Yes. I am leaving all record labels behind. They served me well when retail stores ruled the planet, when people bought itunes, when people went to brick and mortar stores. Those days are long gone. Now when you are on a label and you release an lp, they will promote you for about 2 to 3 weeks, then you are forgotten. What really made me think about this was i remember back in the wax trax days when Nine Inch Nails put out pretty hate machine. That lp was promoted for 3 years heavily, and even with tv commercials. Wow those days are long gone sadly. There is so much more competition and labels cannot promote acts correctly when they have so many releases to support.

So what am I doing? I will go directly to the fans, and because now all the money from my cds, and digital releases go straight to me, i can afford to do Facebook and google ads online all year long for every record i produce. You will only be able to buy directly from me as it stands, i might do band camp for digital though. Still This is how it must be done, I already have an online store now and I am selling a lot of t shirts and cds as it is now. So i do not need to do much except ask for Pre orders. What this allows me to do is upgrade my studio while i work on my lp to improve the production. Lets me work and pay other talented people.

Will the new VAC be on spotify or apple streaming services? No. I am sorry but we musicians make nothing that way and we can no longer afford it, you might be paying 10 bucks a month but we literally get NOTHING from streaming, and this makes it so we cannot pay our bills. Not good for us musicians. Spotify used to be ok on top of CD sales and the old school system. That system has died. So spotify is no longer like nice icing on top, its killing us.

So what we are offering is 3 pre order packages:


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Digital Only, you will get codes on release day and directed on where to go download. Click Here


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Autographed CD for 15 USD plus Digital Download...


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And Our Box Set CD Autographed, Keychain, Patch, LP Shirt, Small LP Poster , Digital release code as well. Click Here

So far the lp is inspired by Pretty Toy, Blood, Lust, Discolored eyes. Also some we have to see we have to know trance sounding tracks, and a few dance club songs.

I still want to buy a hardware compressor that is analog. An ob6 analog synth, Roland vocoder, and be able to keep my nord a1r, and virus ti2, and roland integra 7. This will give me an amazing studio to finish the lp with. If i get enough pre orders, i will be able to use all this gear to finish the lp.

I also plan on doing drum work with Chris Kutz, I am working with my new band mate who i will announce soon. I hope to collaborate with Todd Loomis again as well.

Please Pre Order our lp, it will come out in late spring Early Summer 2017. When you do, Everything is going right to VAC, no middle men.

Here are our USA Live show dates. Also you can help us with this too.

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Velvet Acid Christ Tour Donation fund, Gets you on the guest list to our shows and an autographed VIP pass. Click Here

VAC is working very hard, we hope that we can go directly to you the fans. Thank you so much, by helping us, you make all this happen, you mean the world to us.

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VAC NEWS September 30th 2016: Its getting grim folks. + tour + online store

September 30th, 2016 by Hexfix93

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The Chicago Show is now 17 +.

Yes we are doing a few dates this year in some select cities in the USA. I just got home from a long European vacation. I love Europe. One thing I do not love is our lack of t shirt sales at our shows. So to make up for that I am pushing my shirts online hardcore. So please buy shirts directly from us. I cannot afford to print shirts in two countries right now, I am like 20k in debt from shows and studio gear producing the new record. This is also why I am starting a pledge music campaign. Our CD sales in shops around the world are Dismal, i keep thinking well its spotify, but no one is listening to us that much on streams either. It is strange how i play more and more shows, and people listen less and less, buy less and less. I am starting to think very bad things. Still I am working on at least one last LP. Weather I self release it or not depends on a few things. I know I am doing pledge again, But seriously, CD is a dead medium, so is mp3 and wav, so is streaming. So i really don’t know what to do.

I know that I will play shows for the next 2 years, then if this trend of poor sales, bad shirt sales continues, VAC will be questioning its very existence.

All I know now is that we have a new lp concept, new art that is good and black and white and hand drawn again, I am working with David Thrussell and a lot of new people on the new LP. So far the songs are very VAC, pretty toy like, and musical, creepy, industrial, and dance friendly. I will try and do a couple of club smasher tracks too.

Please, I beg you, buy our merchandise online, it is the only way we can fund our project at the moment, since the sales dried up, no more label support, advances are gone, no money left for production. Now we are turning to you the fans to help support us directly. With you, we can continue to print cool shirts, and music, and tour the world so you can see our shows. With out you, 0…


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http://velvetacidchrist.bigcartel.com/

Please share our online store with your friends, and if you like something, please buy it, support us so we can continue to exist.. Thank you.

Hexfix93

PS: Here are my ebay auctions for my nord lead a1r and roland integra 7. We just cannot afford the payments anymore.


Click Here for Nord Lead A1r


Click Here for Roland Integra 7

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Velvet Acid Christ Shop is back for a while!

September 21st, 2016 by Hexfix93

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http://velvetacidchrist.bigcartel.com/

Ok, the store is back up, right now i only have the two new items for sale, you can order now but they will not ship until october 7th. I will be adding more stuff, cds, vinyl, mugs, patches, posters, everything later on when i am back in the usa in early october.

I turn 45 soon. I found the love of my life. Sadly, the music career i started so long ago is not doing so well for us anymore. So much so that the studio is reverting to mostly software again, most hardware must be sold to get our tour debt paid off. Touring is not really making the project any money anymore. Shows and cds and online music sales are no longer profitable. Please help us. When you see a tour date, tell your friends, if you see our merchandise for sale online, please share it. With out your support, we cannot do this for very much longer. Please help us spread the word. We need your support. With your help VAC can continue making music and playing shows. With out your help, i think we are doomed.

Here are the upcoming shows.

Germany Bonn @ Das Sofa September 23rd this Friday click here

USA DATES.
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Velvet Acid Christ News July 8 2016

July 8th, 2016 by Hexfix93

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Ok let me say this. It was not nearly as easy as it used to be booking shows. I cannot book shows in Sweden, latvia, estonia, or Finland. They just wont do it. I guess the scene has died so bad in so many places. So the scene is shrinking, those left are buying less and less. I just don’t know what to think. I really am not big on festivals either.

I tried selling my nord a1r with no luck in 3 weeks. I guess i have to keep it. I am very happy with the Roland Integra 7. It will become my live show brain in the near future. It does strings, bass, drums, leads really well and choir pads. The RME fireface ufx sounds pretty good, not as good as an analog mixer, but i get to multi track everything and use equilibrium and my waves plugins on it so i can beef it up after if i have too.

My online store is doing ok. Not great. I will be taking it down at the end of July, it will go back up in October. So if you want to buy something. Buy it now. I will only make new merch once the old stock piles have sold. I just don’t have space for it all. So please buy a shirt. You can go to the merch store by clicking Here.

The new VAC lp, still only 3 songs done, i have had to clean out my house and its taking forever. I will start writing now, and with my new band member who i will reveal when the lp is complete. I also think there will be a lot more guitars on the new lp, in the pissed off kind of way.

I am also selling a lot of Comics, and Manga and DVDs. Sadly. I don’t have room, and i am seriously broke and need about 20k in dental work done. Just had to pull one of my molars uhg, soon i wont be able to chew and eat everything blended through a straw. God damn phytic acid. Sucks.

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I have been hiking in boulder recently, man is that fun. I have not done it since my early 30s, i missed it so much.

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My last trip to Europe was amazing. I was with the best person ever the whole time. yeah, i found my soul mate in Germany. So that makes everything way more amazing in my life now. I went to some really cool places too like the bone church in Prague. WGT was our best and i think last performance at that festival. I just like being closer to the crowd and having a sound check. My favorite show in MAY 2016 was Prague. The crowd was so bad ass, the club was loud and sounded great. High energy. I only hope Vienna is like this as well. I am going back to Germany for 2 months to stay with my GF and play shows.

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I am also back to the raw vegan thing about 80% now. Trying to get back to 100 % and there is this really cool restaurant in Boulder Colorado now that i found. Its great i can go eat, then go hike. Its on 15th and Arapahoe in boulder co. Amazing raw vegan food. and its priced well.

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Ok last but not least. Our Upcoming shows..

Europe Fall Dates 2016:

Aug 20th Vienna @ Replugged 2016

Aug 26-28 Infest Festival , Click here.

Sept 3rd XELABRATION FESTIVAL in Oslo Norway with Decoded Feedback, Icon of Coil, Click Here.

Sept 9th Ausburg Germany @ Rockfabrik

We still might add russia, or berlin.

Now in the usa:

oct 14 Saint Louis @ The Crack Fox.

oct 15 Chicago @ Cobra Lounge.

We have dates for miami. i will post them once we ink the contracts.

I am working on Nov, Denver, Tuscon, LA, Kansas City. Will post those dates soon.

We are working on Mexico City, Brazil in December.

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Velvet Acid Christ News June 23rd 2016

June 23rd, 2016 by Hexfix93

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Meanwhile, in VAC land, Fireface ufx costed a fortune, well worth it, now i use cubase 2.8 midi to all my hardware into the fireface and midi into fireface controlling vsts while running cubase 8.5 as the multi track recorder + live vst instruments too. Best of all worlds now. So now I have Integra 7, virus Ti2, Tetra, and akai s5000 This will be perfect. Need to get the ti2 rack kit, and buy a ob6 when i can afford it. In the mean while bills mounting from all my flight costs to Europe. So on the selling block Nord a1r, Boss SE 50, Tmobile Apple Iphone 5s 64gb, Allen and Heath zed 14 mixer, Lynxtwo l22 pci sound card with adat expansion, RNC Real Nice Compressor. I think the studio is done now. and i am working on music now. I love the fireface ufx. sounds great.

I will be writing some new gear reviews soon. Integra 7 is actually amazing in 96khz mode, blows away the jdxi. Fire face sounds amazing, and i love mixing through it. I am in love and i mean unlike i have ever been before. I found my partner in crime. I found my better half. It is so amazing so far. It has totally turned me around. I also am working with someone who classically trained in piano again. So the new VAC promises to be complex again.

Gear I am lusting for DSI OB6, Roland Moduar and that is about it.

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What have I been doing, Training my voice to sing like Geddy LEE for the fuck of it. High notes wow. I wont ever use it in VAC. Well, maybe. LOL. The new VAC, I want it to be industrial, but i want to play accoustic guitar again too, and bass guitar. I also want to do some anthem club music like combi christ lol. I want to remix 3 teeth, and youth code and Covenant.

Music I am listening to now. Death in June, Rush, Chvrches, Marnie. Movies? Force Awakens. Psych on netflix. Game of Thrones (team Stark thank you). I am hiking in boulder colorado, but i have to wear a hat now or i will get cancer on my bald head. I am looking for cool wigs for live shows. Must find new cool hair stylists in Denver.

I am booking shows so i can hang out with my Girlfriend who lives in Germany. The plan is this:

So October is st louis, chicago, minnasota, miami all in order. I am not sure how the rest of the year will go, i will in the next 9 months play these cities, pain, italy, paris, ireland, tuscon, la, mexico city, Kansas, Delaware, Nyc, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary/Edmonton and Vancouver. Then in june, nz wellington, auckland, sydney, melbourn.

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Velvet Acid Christ: To Do List summer 2016

May 28th, 2016 by Hexfix93

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#1: Study Neil Peart drum fills.
#2: Teach my gf how to play guitar.
#3: Make more instructional videos for my live synth players.
#4: Figure out 3rd band mate for august European festival shows.
#5: Book Minnesota, Chicago, Denver October, Book Mexico city in December.
#6: Program Virus ti2 sounds, Tetra Sounds, And Nord A1r sounds.
#7: Write new lp.
#8: Learn German and Spanish languages.
#9: Make costume for festival shows.
#10: Call and thank Todd Loomis for doing a great job mastering the Greatest Hits.
#11: Work out every day, eat as much raw vegan food as i can.
#12: Get in amazing shape.
#13: Hair club for men. LOL
#14: hook up and play RockSmith on ps4.
#15: Beat Uncharted 4 on ps4.

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What band would i want to tour with most and why? + Latency + tour news

April 11th, 2016 by Hexfix93

I have been asked this a few times.

If i could choose any band to tour with who would it be? 1st Choice Ohgr, yes the band Ohgr or Skinny Puppy? Why? Ogre is one of my favorite people to ever walk this earth, that’s why. Oh yeah, and i love his lyrics so much. From Puppy to Ohgr, I to this day am a huge fan.

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When a fan sent me this picture, and said, ogre said something about touring with VAC i shit my pants. no shit. The fact that ogre even acknowledged VAC blows my fucking mind.
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2nd choice is Wumpscut. The world needs wumpscut. To me, wumpscut has made tons and i mean tons of industrial club hits. So many. More than me, More than most of the dudes from the 80s, and certainly more than even the kings of future pop. Sadly, this will never ever happen, and beleive me, I have tried, begged, pleaded, offered to put it together, be his band, etc.. nope never nein.
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Latency? I fucking hate it. It kills my inspiration. In the box, in a DAW, by the time i get a good drum sound, i have processed the hell out of it and my cpu and latency buffers get raised, then writing music becomes absolutely no fun at all. I like to play the drums, the riffs. When the latency is high, its no fun at all. This is why i went back to an all hardware setup. Sure bye bye vst effects, but you know what, i hate them. After working with todd loomis at his studio using a vari mu, and an ssl g bus compressor. I HATE SOFTWARE, even the UAD stuff ALL of it. out of the box hardware into an analog mix sounds better than ITB, and better than itb compressors. Its so much fun to write music again with no latency. I think it makes it way easier and more inspiring. The virus, the new nords, yes they sound better than diva, hive, and all the vsts i own. especially on an analog mixer. I am a lot happier out of the box.
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BTW: We have shows coming up really soon you should know about:

European Mini Tour:
Wave Gotik Treffen 2016 Agra hall, Monday may 16th. Click here.
Chapeau Rouge Prague weds May 18th, Click here.
DAS BETT Frankfurt may 20th, Click here.
Downward Spiral Rotterdam May 21st, Click here.

USA Dates:

New Jersey June 4th @ QXT Click Here.

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Infest Festival Aug 26-28, Click here.

We booked a festival in Oslo Norway, we are working on Gothenburg Sweden in august/sept.

We are working on Chicago, Atlanta, Minnesota, Miami, in September/October/November.

We are working on Mexico City in December.

Working on 2017: Pushing Australia and NZ into 2017. Looks like Wellington, Auckland, Melbourne, Perth June 2017. January 2017 Los Angeles, Oakland, Vancouver. Feb 2017 Kansas / Saint Louise. July 2017 Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal. Late August 2017 Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Warsaw, Munich, Paris, Glasgow, London.

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