Look what you made me do!

Hey kiddo!

2018 is here, and man, what a year 2017 was. I can barely even recognize VSD from 2016. It’s like a lifetime ago. SO MUCH has happened this year, and the vast majority of it is because of YOU.

Let’s do a quick rundown, shall we?

January 2017
I announced Love Bites, my fourth release: https://twitter.com/VampireStepDad/status/815023241244852228

I launched my first T-Shirt:

 

February 2016
I find out that I will go from “never planning on playing live” to “opening for Carpenter Brut”

I release Love Bites, my very first physical release.

I sell Love Bites through my new website, which cuts out a middle man and allows me to use 15% more of your support to do the amazing things listed below.

March 2017
The Limited Edition release of Love Bites sells so well I have to do a second edition run. (Still contemplating a 3rd edition. Thoughts?)

FutureSounds Vol. 1 from TimeSlave Recordings is released, with one of my songs on it, raising over $800 for Down’s Syndrome Association UK

I play my very first show, opening for Carpenter Brut. You can read all about it here, and watch it all right here.

 

April 2017
After collecting art from so many of your brothers and sisters, I launched, “The Fridge” a place to share your wonderful art with the world. I couldn’t be more proud!

 

I played my second show, and it was a complete disaster.

June 2017
I opened for TWRP and started what I consider a new chapter in the VSD story. The family expanded greatly because of this show, and I had nailed down my live show setup. You can watch the whole thing right here.

July 2017
I did my first AMA for /r/Outrun.

Crossing off an entry on my bucket list, I was featured and interviewed on Beyond Synth. It was a huge trainwreck, but people seem to think it’s funny.

August 2017
I released a single “Steady Pace” on Nokogiri Nami’s compilation “The Night Call Vol. 1” which goes on to raise almost $900 for Yorkshire Cancer Research

September 2017
I put out a second shirt, this time in an attempt to burn out your retinas.

 

November 2017
I release my fifth EP, NIGHT:SHIFT. People like it.

I play the coolest show I’ve ever been part of, Echosynthetic Fest. Playing alongside synth artists from all over the world, and making new lifelong friends. I can also now claim that I draw audiences from out of state. 🙂

December 2017
I do my first Twitter Listening Party. It’s 24 minutes of frantic fun, and is considered a rousing success by the Queen of England. (That may or may not be true)

Holy crap, what a year! Can you believe it? I’m sorry if this looks like I’m just bragging. I can assure you that is NOT my intent. Cause really, it’s a terrible brag. Cause I didn’t do any of this on my own.

No, without YOU and your wonderful support, little of it would have been possible. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to consider the cost of a piece of equipment, software, or other expense, only to know that I can do it with confidence because I know you’re there, backing me in this modest adventure. I’ve never experienced anything like it in my life, and I got to tell you, I like it.

So really, as you read through this email, I hope YOU take pride in it, because you are a big part of what makes this machine run. THANK YOU.

So, how about 2018? What’s the outlook?

Well, I’ve got some plans for sure, and some of them may include playing shows in places other than the Atlanta area. That’d be pretty cool, huh? I sure think so. I’ve got some new merchandise in the works, which will be things I’ve always dreamed of making, only it’s happening much sooner than I expected! And of course, there’s more music! That train never stops, so no worries there.

But whatever plans I have for 2018, the thing I look forward to the most is you. Getting to interact with you via email, or Facebook, or Twitter, especially at shows. Whatever it is, it gives me life, and it’s exciting and new every day. I am deeply indebted to you for that.

So, kiddo, YOU keep being awesome.

Vlad, your Vampire Step-Dad

Come join the party!

Hey kiddo!

I want to try something new for NIGHT:SHIFT, and I think you’ll enjoy it!

This Thursday at 7pm (seriously, I’m going to beat this dead horse forever) I’ll be doing a NIGHT:SHIFT listening party on Twitter. And I want YOU there!

How does a Twitter listening party work? Well, I’ll tell you!

At 7pm (My time, you can figure out EXACTLY when it starts in your local time right here.) we’ll all hit play on Bandcamp, and listen together. As the songs play, I’ll be tweeting out stories about the making of, and inspiration behind NIGHT:SHIFT. And, of course, I’ll answer any questions or comments you might have along the way!

So, if you want to join in, just follow the #NightShiftTales and listen along with the whole family!

Don’t have a Twitter account? That’s OK, you can read along without one.

I think this will be a lot of fun, and a new way to tell the stories behind the album. So come join the rest of us and let’s party!

The NIGHT:SHIFT has begun

Hey kiddo!

The wait is over! You can get NIGHT:SHIFT right now on Cassette, CD, and Digital Download RIGHT HERE.

Check out NIGHT:SHIFT’s Thursday at 7 entry to get a sense of the story behind the music:

If you’re hesitant to buy anything physical because of shipping costs, just know that shipping is just $4 WORLD WIDE on my site.

I want to thank you very much for your support and encouragement through this process. It’s been a long journey, but packing up cassettes and seeing familiar names and unfamiliar addresses from all over the world is so hugely rewarding I can’t even begin to describe it.

If you’re enjoying the new stuff, please consider giving it a share on Twitter, or Facebook, or wherever else you spend your time online. It really helps. People trust their friends a lot more than they do random strangers with fangs.

Also, if you’re anywhere near Georgia, remember, Saturday night is the Echosynthetic Fest in Atlanta. There will be TEN synth artists bringing their A-Game, including myself, where I’ll be premiering two new songs off of NIGHT:SHIFT. Which ones will they be? You’ll have to be there to find out!

Alright, that’s it for now. There will be plenty of stories in the coming days, so stay tuned!

Keep being awesome!
Vlad, your Vampire Step-Dad

How the sausage is made

Hey kiddo!

We’re just 6 days from the release of NIGHT:SHIFT! This is probably my favorite part of releasing music. it’s a flurry of activity while I finalize things, upload files, and package up all the preorders.

Speaking of preorders, They are shipping out on Monday!

I spent THREE HOURS last night getting all these things packed up, labeled, and ready to go. It’s a lot of work, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I absolutely ADORE seeing familiar names, and unfamiliar cities around the world. It’s so edifying to package each one of these up myself. I’m sure it’s just another package for you, but I find it deeply personal. So much of our interactions these days is digital, but these things feel like a distant handshake. And trust me, if we met, I’d be giving you a VERY enthusiastic handshake. (Because you support me in my dreams and I love you for it, in case that point has been missed previously )

I spent this Saturday morning being super nerdy and organizing all the remaining merch, making it easier to fill orders as they come in. Check out this monument to nerdiness:

I look at my label maker the way a 13 year old boy looks at a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. I REGRET NOTHING!

Just so YOU know, if you want to maybe get your cassette or CD before November 9th, ORDER NOW, and any order placed by Sunday night will be shipped out Monday. Anything after will be shipped after release. (This is called “false scarcity” and it’s a shameless marketing tactic.)

This Monday, the 6th, I will be putting out the final NIGHT:SHIFT Promo video which, rumor has it, may or may not contain what is commonly the first track on a Vampire Step-Dad release. But that’s just a rumor. The source may not be reliable.

OK, I’m babbling, high off the adrenaline given to me by using my label maker. I shouldn’t subject you to any more of this. YOU enjoy your weekend.

Keep being awesome,
Vlad, your Vampire Step-Dad