Pledge now, it ends October 21s, Autographed cds, Posters. Vinyl.
Yes if you pledge early you get to hear an 8 minute clip of the new LP. If you pledge $10 you will get a loss less flac 24 bit file of the lp, only available on the pledge site. Also there are shirts, mugs, posters, and autographed vinyl and cds for grabs. So please pledge today. TIME IS RUNNING OUT ALL AUTOGRAPHED MERCHANDISE ORDERS WILL END OCT 21st.
From this point out, The “After the end of the world tour” Is over. Shows from this point forward are to support the new VAC LP Subconscious Landscapes. We will be playing 4 or 5 tracks from the new LP on tour. This tour is strange in that we will only play one or two shows a month and they will be fly in shows. Most of the shows will feature The Siren Project as the opening band. Good news is that this show is not like the show we put on on our last tour. This time we have Live electronic drums on stage. Female vocals so we can perform “slut” “Dilaudid” And 3 new songs off Subconscious Landscapes. The new Set has some really upbeat club hits as well. The hand. Apflux, Wumpscut covers that I am doing because rudy will never play live and i want the world to hear live Wumpscut but only 2 per show. We will only play Friday, Saturday, and holiday 3 day weekends. No week day gigs.
Later in 2015, spring, A remix CD with mixes from Wumpscut, Assemblage 23, Black Lung, Decoded Feedback, Vile Augury, Covenant, Dead When I found her, Dead Hand project, I hope Suicide Commando as well still working on that. Plus a few Unreleased tracks. A few Covers and remakes will be out.
Shows booked and Going to happen for sure:
Nov 2nd @ Dna Lounge San Francisco CA 2014 (Cd Release Party and Live show)
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December 5th @ The complex in Los Angels California 2014. Event page soon.
San Diego TBA
Now for 2015, What is in the works and might happen.
Jan: NYC and DE. HAPPENING FOR SURE!
Feb: DC and Richmond VA WORKING ON IT!
March: Orlando and Miami ALMOST WORKED OUT
April: Denver. Searching for Venue and Promoter.
July: Portland and Seattle HAMMERING IT OUT!
Sept: Chicago and Ohio ALMOST WORKED OUT
Nov: Austin TX and Phoenix STILL GETTING AROUND TO IT
Stay tuned for more details.
Aug 27 Wroclaw: First Time Ever
Aug 29 London: First Time Ever
Aug 30 Oberhousen:
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Velvet Acid Christ will be performing Slut, Diladid, Icon, Fun With Drugs, + many unreleased new songs and some rare tracks and a Wumpscut cover.
AUG 22nd 2014 @ Kir Hamburg Barnerstrasse 16, 22765 Hamburg, Germany
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.
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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!!
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..
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.
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
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!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
Ominous Rattle: I wrote these lyrics after watching fox news. Very influenced by old FLA and Aphex Twin.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PS: Go check out Tom Shear’s New Assemblage 23 Side Project:
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:
Please point me to an artist who can do stuff like this… Running out of time now..
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..
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
#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!
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:
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.
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.