Hey Kiddo!

Oh man, so much to talk about!

The TWRP show on the 19th went FANTASTICALLY. I really hope those of you that couldn’t make it got a chance to see the livestream. If not, thanks to your brother James at Echosynthetic, you can see it right here. I can’t tell you how cool it was to know that the whole family had a chance to see the show at the same time! I gotta tell you, that was easily to best crowd I have ever played in front of in my entire life (and I’ve played in front of plenty in my 478 years!) Everyone was so eager to clap along and have a good time. If there weren’t so tightly packed, I’m sure I would have seen plenty of dancing too.

Oh, how the family continues to grow! I got to see some familiar faces, and got to meet a TON of new people. (Sidenote: For all you that are new, I’ve got some stuff for you at the end of the email, so be sure to check that out) There were people that had come from as far as Miami to see TWRP, and rightfully so. If you have a chance to see TWRP, I’d highly recommend it. Those guys are top showmen.

With the TWRP show done, I decided it’s time to buckle down and start wrapping up the next EP. Last night I promised to turn off the internet for 24 hours and spend ALL day today working on nothing but music. I mostly kept that promise. Mostly.

I took this very seriously. SO much so I started the day out meditating, cause I’ve heard that’s a cool thing to do. It was definitely nice for clearing my head and focusing on the task at hand. Then I sat down and I listened to everything I had so far, and I took some detailed notes on what I wanted to change. (You can read all about this process here) Then I started knocking things out! I’ve already got 5 tracks that are like, all but done. I even accidently wrote an entirely new song today, pretty much start to finish, done. It won’t work for the next EP, so I may just release it as a single here soon.

After the 12 hour mark, I was feeling pretty spent, and after making enormous progress, I decided I’d done enough. 12 hours of music is a lot. Ok, maybe there was a 90 minute nap in the middle there, but 10 and a half hours of music is a lot. too. I guess I also spent some time eating. And I know I pooped at least once. Well, I’m sure there was at least 8 hours of very productive work done today. I’ll pinky swear on that one.

The new EP is going to be really good. I’m feeling really happy with what I have so far. This may be the best Thuirsday at 7 yet. I’ve also got some really fun ideas for promoting it, and a KILLER piece of merch that I think you guys are going to love.

Speaking of, how much do you want to know about the new EP? Should I surprise you with everything, or do you wanna know all that goes into it? I generally get a really good response when I talk about how the sausage is made. What do you think? Hit reply and let me know!

So I’ve not decided on a release date yet, but I think it’s definitely going to be out before summer ends. Maybe. We’ll see. I want to have EVERYTHING in house before I start selling things. The keychain debacle has left me scared for life. Somewhere in US customs exists 20 Vampire Step-Dad keychains. Who knows if I’ll ever see them. Sigh.

Anyway, I just wanted to give you a heads up on what’s going on, and thank you once again for your tremendous support. I have officially sold out of ALL Vampire Step-Dad merchandise because you guys are SO AWESOME. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you help me to keep doing what I love to do. I will never be able to thank you enough for that.

Just a quick reminder, July 28th is my birthday, and on my birthday, I like to do a sale. Now, since I sold out of all my merch, it looks like it’ll only be digital music and t-shirts, but we’ll see maybe I can get some CDs here before then. So keep your eyes peeled for that one!

For all you new kiddos out there, there’s a few things I wanted to catch you up on.

You are now part of the family. I don’t have fans, we’re all family. This is not just an band mailing list where I tell you when I’m playing shows and when you can buy more stuff from me. Yes, I will say that stuff too, but this is something much more special. A few of you have already responded to an email or two with a “do you actually get these?” skepticism. The answer is YES. As a matter of fact, I ENCOURAGE you to respond to this very email, or any other one, and let me know what you think.

Some of your brothers and sisters have made VSD-inspired art, and I like to show it off on The Fridge http://vampirestepdad.com/the-fridge/ Have something you’d like to add? Send it my way and I’ll put it up! I’ve got plenty of magnets!

So welcome. We’re all super glad you’re here. I can’t wait to show you the new things I’ve been working on.

Until then, Keep Being Awesome,

Vlad, your Vampire Step-Dad