Interview with Michael Vampire of VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE! September 14, 2011

September 19, 2011 by: admin

September 14, 2011

VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE

Michael Vampire (Vocals)

Hollywood, California

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www.hollywoodwaste.com

By: Shauna O’Donnell


Hi Michael, Thanks for chatting with me.

Oh, it’s my pleasure.

What are you up to today?

Basic stuff, we are getting ready for our upcoming tour with Wednesday 13. We are getting the stage show together and we are getting as tight as possible.

What kind of stage show are you putting together?

We just try to bring an intense stage show. We have a lot more stage props and we are incorporating different songs. We asked a lot of our fans what their favorite songs were and we are trying to incorporate that into the set.

So you are going to be going out on the ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes Tour’ with Wednesday 13 this fall. Who is the other band on the tour?

They are called Polkadot Cadaver.

Is Wednesday 13 a band you have always dreamed of touring with?

I’d say the actual person Wednesday 13 is the biggest inspiration to us. It’s not a dream of mine to tour with him, but it is an honor to tour with him. I’m happy to be on it.

What are you looking forward to the most about going out on this tour?

It will be nice having like minded bands on the tour. It’s always rough with our band because we kind of stick out in the scene a little bit with the make-up, the darker image and the whole gothic thing going on that we have. It’s kind of cool going out with like minded people that are thinking the same thing and Wednesday 13 is definitely on the same level as us.

Earlier this year you released your debut album Kiss The Sun Goodbye and it seems to be doing very well. You guys have a pretty big fan base.

Yeah, it’s expanding.

Would you say it is equal male and female?

Actually at this point I’d say it’s more girls. In the last three or four months the guys have started coming around. I think it is more that they are experiencing the music for the first time rather than taking the name for what it is.

What is the key to getting a fan base that size nowadays?

It’s actually very hard connecting with people. A lot has to do of course with the music, a lot has to do with what you stand for, how you perceive yourself, how you come off and how real you are, but a lot has to do with how you connect with your fans over the internet and on tour.  We are consistently connecting with our fans. We haven’t been doing a lot of touring in the last couple months. We have basically been connecting with our fans online. That’s how we’ve been selling the majority of our records. People have been really responsive. A lot of them say their favorite people don’t reply back to them and they lose respect for them for that. We do the best we can to answer everybody and keep everybody up to date with what we are doing. We are approaching the 100,000 mark on our Facebook.

Does this album have a concept behind it? The reason I ask is because there was a seven part video journal that I saw on the Facebook page.

It’s actually a concept album. I didn’t put it in the order. We had the idea earlier on to make it into a concept album, but it just didn’t seem right for the first release. We wanted everyone to perceive it the way they heard it. Each song has a story and a video story line. I would love to do a video for each one, but we can’t. In an essence it is a concept album.

Did you put those videos together or did someone else do it?

The videos with the blonde chick in it were done by Hollywood Waste. Kyle who works there conceptualized that and it came out pretty cool.

How long has Vampire’s Everywhere been together?

I’d say we have been together now for two years, but we released the record in May. If you want to look at it that way, we do, we have been a band since the release of the record. We had a lot of line-up changes. We are now getting a very hard, solid line-up where at least the majority of us love each other and I think it’s really conceptualizing into something that I’ve dreamed about being in.

Is this the first band you have been in?

No, I’ve been in about twelve to thirteen bands. I been doing it for about ten to eleven years and touring for about six.

What bands do you personally draw your inspiration from?

As of lately, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails and older 80’s rock bands like Guns N Roses. Also a lot of industrial bands like Sisters of Mercy. There is so much influence in our band. As far as our guitar players go, they are very black metal and metal oriented. It’s a great combination I think.

What about bands like 69 Eyes?

I love 69 Eyes. It’s funny because the singer just contacted me. He and I would love to put a tour together, but they are far away. They are very Lost Boy oriented and a big influence for me is the Lost Boys. They have a song called “Lost Boys.” They have really cool dark music and if I were to say vampire rock, I would say 69 Eyes would be the best.

I interviewed one of the members of the band back in 2009. I think I remember something about him saying he was a vampire if I remember correctly. I don’t want to say for sure because I can’t really remember specifically. It’s been a while, but when you say vampire rock , it reminds me of them.

That’s very cool, it’s a culture and I don’t know how involved in the culture he is. Maybe one day we will get to tour together and I can ask him.

You are involved in that culture.

Correct.

You see so many TV shows and movies that depict what a vampire is, what in your opinion makes someone a vampire?

There are a lot of different realizations to accepting that into your life. For me, I was embraced by the fact that on my mother’s side of the family there is a little psychic thing going on. I was always wondering where this energy came from. The realization came to me six months into me starting the band. Someone else who is a living vampire introduced me to the whole culture of it, explained it to me and then I went and did my research. It turns out that living vampire means the transfer of energy. You need energy to sustain life whether it’s blood or your feeding off someone’s life force. I had a realization that is what I am. I kind of got into it that way. You need energy to sustain life and the sun does weaken you. There is a whole real life aspect to it rather than the mythological stuff that you see in movies. That is what it means to me. As far as other people, I don’t know. They are weekend warriors with their black clothes, prosthetic fangs, they go out there and they are a vampire for the weekend. I don’t know what they are up to, but for me it is something different.

I know you have referenced it to being “the underground.” So do you go out in the sun?

I definitely do, but I don’t like it. If you ever meet me in person, I don’t like being in direct sunlight. It does weaken me and it kind of makes me more ancy and frustrated to the point where I need to get out of it. I’m running to get out of it and I only feel better when I’m out of it. Sunlight is not my favorite thing, but I can be in it definitely.

What about the whole drinking blood thing? Is that something that you do?

It is something that I don’t do often. I have dabbled in it. Blood play is something that is kind of nerve-wracking, but the energy transfer from blood play is just extreme. From the adrenaline to the actual drinking of the blood is very extreme and it is very intense when it is inside of you. I do dabble in it, but I don’t do it often. I’d rather just get it energy to energy, but sometimes it is necessary for me.

When you go to the Hollywood Waste website, it looks like you are the only band on it, but you are not the only band on Hollywood Waste right?

They are an ever expanding label. It just basically stems from the Century Media family and at the time we had signed to Century Media we were getting a lot of intense hate from the metal heads to the point where anytime anything was posted from Century Media about Vampires we were getting nailed. Kyle came up with an amazing concept of starting Hollywood Waste which is not only a label, but it’s a company that builds events and is very scene oriented. We just decided to move over to that branch and start releasing news about what we were doing without being completely stigmatized. For me, to be honest with you, I would have rather been stigmatized. I like when people show hate like that. I thrive off of ignorant people, but for the sake of the band, it was better to be on that. They do have other bands, they are expanding. I think the prototype Hollywood Waste website will be coming up in the next three or four weeks.

I saw that you have MAC cosmetics on your website. Do they sponsor you?

They are currently sponsoring us and we will see where that is going to be going in the next couple weeks. They work with a lot of big name artists like Madonna and stuff like that, so I’m not sure how they feel about having a vampire oriented band. I’m going to find out, but hopefully they continue.

Do they give you a discount?

We get free stuff actually, a bunch of stuff for tour, so it was actually very cool.

You have a ton of tattoos. Are you still planning on getting any more?

Yes, I feel incomplete. I do have a lot, but I have a lot more to go.

Do some of your fans have Vampires Everywhere tattoos?

Yes, it’s funny you bring that up because this has been the month where it has been really extreme. A lot of people have been starting to get either the lyrics, the album artwork or our actual name of them. I had signed someone’s wrist and they actually got that tattooed. It is very intense this early on for us being that we just released one record four months ago. A lot of people are adamant about what we believe in and they believe in us, so it’s really cool.

Next month is October and it happens to be my favorite month because I love Halloween. What do you typically do on Halloween?

We have a couple surprises for Halloween. I can’t release that, but we will be on tour with Wednesday 13 in Virginia. We are playing a Halloween show with them, which is absolutely amazing. If I was going to go on tour with a band other than Manson, Wednesday 13 would be the coolest band to have a Halloween show with. We have some surprises coming up!

Have you ever thought about playing a vampire on TV or in a movie?

Oh yes, actually in college I was acting a lot. I have an extensive history in acting as far as that goes. I’ve had acting training, but I didn’t continue it because of the music and the touring. I would love to though, a lot of our fans would love to see me on True Blood and stuff like that. That would be a dream for me to do something like that. I’ve expressed my interest in it. It’s hard, a lot of my friends in Hollywood are pursuing a career in acting as a full time career and I can see what they are going through. If it is possible for me to make a guest appearance on anything like that, it would be amazing.

You’re a good looking guy. I think you’d be perfect on one of those shows.

Thank you!

Thank you so much for the interview. It was nice talking with you and I really appreciate it.

I appreciate you having an interview with me. Anytime!

Would you like to add or say anything?

Currently we are trying to get on the Underworld 4 soundtrack. If you like our band, go vote for us. It’s a voting thing.  Our album Kiss The Sun Goodbye is available in stores. It would be awesome if you picked it up. I would appreciate it!

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