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Thursday, December 27, 2018

New Location, Settling in, Next Phase


Hopefully everyone had a happy and safe Christmas.  Vlad took a little time off to load up and move to his new city, where he currently resides.  While settling in, he's managed to celebrate the holidays with friends and family.

As always, he never rests for long, and is actively working to push the next phase of his plans ahead.

Here's a candid picture of Vlad from just days ago:


| Settling In |

Vlad has taken a hiatus from Facebook, and has focused his energy establishing himself on other platforms, making friends he wouldn't otherwise without such a move.  Behind the scenes, he's been making a few tweaks to his studio for ease and fluidity of production.

With a plate full of responsibilities, he will be working on the next YouTube Video in the coming weeks where he will personally explain some of the changes, intentions, as well as show the new studio.

| Next Phase |

The training of new band mates has commenced, which will enable Vlad to book shows at local venues; eventually branching out to regional locations.  Each show date will be posted on this website in advance to give everyone a chance to stop by and enjoy the show.  There, you will be able to personally meet Vlad and show support by purchasing some Merch!

He looks forward to meeting as many fans and fellow musicians as possible!


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

New Twitter Cover Art!

https://twitter.com/VladdDraculesti


Despite how it looks, it fits perfectly on Twitter.

Brand Ideology, Bring Back the Store, Fan Support


| Brand Ideology |

This graphic is just one of many in our arsenal, but currently inspired by the need to adapt to Instagram.  Each platform has its nuances, etiquette, and idiosyncrasies that culminate a working marketing strategy. What works on one platform may not necessarily work on another; staying true to this ideology, we continuously find renewed inspiration with each new website we place ourselves on.

https://www.instagram.com/vladdedraculesti/


It's both exciting and refreshing!  The challenges associated with adapting to the parameters of each site keep us in a state of constant evolution, while conforming to the requirements of the sites and continuously expanding our reach.
 

Eventually, we would like to bring back the store, as the entire operation is funded strictly out-of-pocket.  Once we've sufficiently established Vlad on each of the latest platforms he's joined, we will begin building and marketing his online store, for, and to, each site with paid ad campaigns.  From there, you will be able to purchase Vlad's music and Merch.  Please bear with us.


Side Note: We had a store, until Wix no longer supported free commercial accounts, rendering the Paypal linkup useless.   A simple third-party shopping cart will be the next eCommerce solution. 

The website you're reading this from is our new website, and will provide links to the new store once created.  
(We redundantly linked it, as to dispel any confusion.)
We'll keep you updated.


| Fan Support |

We realize that not all Instagram users use Facebook, vice versa, and so forth; which is why Vlad is on no less than 17 websites.  Keeping up with so many is a full-time job in and of itself, especially with the aforementioned nuances of each.  That said, Vlad will be depending on Fan Support to keep the operation rolling.  He has a Patreon page, but won't peddle it around much until the brand is most solidified across his entire network--and until he begins booking shows(in the new city).

He doesn't expect to grow(push) his brand unless it meets the strict satisfaction of his standards, refusing to release inferior products, branding, and content; which is why, for the most part, Vlad seems rather quiet on Social Media across the board. For now, he's offering help to other artists where there is a need, while building himself, and his network.

In dealings such as these, it's nearly useless to pin down an anticipatory timeline when all will ultimately unfold.  However, it's safe to say 'soon' is a genuine possibility; in this case, 3 to 6 months, an expectation both hopeful and realistic.

Vlad is most desirous of touring regionally in 2020, therefore, many of his efforts will be made with that goal in mind. 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Shout Out to Vlad's Friends!

 https://www.instagram.com/mara.nightmare/  https://dapperfowlproductions.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Top-Frequency-186143138915674/

These are people that Vlad values, and hopes very much for their success.  So deeply does he believe in these individuals, he freely put his talents to work for them, creating these beautiful graphics.  The help they've bestowed in return has been invaluable, and the synergy of these relationships continues to grow, and expand out to others. 

Perhaps, you could be the next node in this beautiful myriad of connections! 

Email Subscription Working, Privacy, InstaGoth

| Email Subs | 

As we mentioned last night, we were testing the email subscription service to ensure the best possible experience for you, and it's working very well. 

Subscribing simply requires your email address and the click of the "Submit" button, and it's done! 

| Privacy |

We don't require your name, or personal information to keep you informed about what we're doing over here.  The only time we might ask for your personal information is if Vlad himself invites you into his Street Team, on the Vlad de Draculesti Facebook Page, in which case you'll be invited to a Secret Facebook Group for 'elite' fans to distribute stickers, or become Brand Ambassadors.

This communication method is preferred, as Vlad has verified his personal identity (on two occasions) with Facebook, and there will be a copied and timestamped conversation during correspondences on that platform, in order to protect both parties involved.

| InstaGoth |

Today we've been establishing Vlad on Instagram, with the help of our German friend Mara Nightmare, who has been gracious enough to show us the ropes of this unfamiliar platform.  We humbly ask that you visit us on Instagram and help build support by Following Vlad.


Thanks!!


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Beta Testing Email Subscription

It would appear we've uncovered a technical issue when testing the email sub widgets of the site.  Fortunately, we believe to have discovered a viable solution.  It will be integrated seamlessly.

We're utilizing Feedburner to handle the emails, and will know in about a day's time whether it's working.

Shifting Platforms, Strengthening THIS ONE, Brand Expanse

Hello beautiful people!

If we don't get a chance to say it any sooner, have a happy and safe holiday season!

As always, there are many changes on the horizon.  Due to recent developments, Vlad is expanding his reach further, across the following platforms:

[[coughes]] 


...and MySpace.

They will be added to the Nav Bar at the top of this site for your convenience. As with certain other links, you may experience some redundancy across this page to make finding what you're looking for a bit easier.  We won't bury you in a rabbit hole, at least, we'll try not to.

We've added more features to this site to make your experience a little more convenient; such as the ability to subscribe to this blog via email, so you don't have to keep checking up.  When there's an update, you'll receive an email.  When there's no updates, you receive no emails.  Simple!

Also, it has come to our attention that Vlad's audiences is reaching across the world to countries of other languages; therefore, we've added a Translation option above the Artist Bio, in the left-hand column of this site.  This is accurate as of today's day, but future readers may find that this feature has moved due to potential site evolution.  We'll do our best to leave it where it is, and to notify you if it's moved, so you're not hunting the page for it.

Additionally, should Vlad experience 'popular platform failure'(PPF), by any means whether voluntary or involuntary; we've installed a contact widget for Business and Fan Inquiries--currently located on the right-hand side of the page below the 'Seeking Talent' column.  This will help ensure your connection with Vlad, wherever it may be severed.  You can still reach out to Vlad on other platforms on this site, so long as the links are provided.  This site is intended to be your One-Stop-Shop for all things Vlad.



In the coming weeks, Vlad will be situated in his new city, and the studio should be setup for future YouTube videos and Podcasts.

Going into 2019 he plans to train a team of dedicated musicians to begin striking the local circuits, looking ahead to 2020 to take the live outfit on a regional tour encompassing the Midwestern United States.  There are talks about overnighting to California to play the Viper Room in Hollywood, but there are still many developments that should come to pass prior to that commitment.  We plan to remain actively engaged with that network in an effort to reach our Californian fans.

It's a tall order, but we work hard every day to grow closer to the goal of being closer to all of you!

Once again, have a happy and safe holiday season.  Please arrange for designated drivers to keep drunks off the roads, and slow down in the snow!  You share the road with loved ones.

Thanks everyone!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Artist Bio Written, FB Page Skyrocketing!

After days of meditating on and researching what makes a good Bio, Vlad finally crafted a final product, completing the much needed Artist Biography for Spotify.  It was shortened due to character limitations, but the full version is down the left side of your screen beside this post.  It succinctly and concisely states all pertinent information about Vlad, his history, and his intentions while detailing in words his unique musical sound.

A mystery fan apparently sent an Invitation to his FB Page en masse, and the Likes have been flooding in.  No one has announced themselves, but Vlad would love to thank whomever his benefactor is.

If you do send a mass invitation to all your friends to Vlad's Page, please be sure to message him so he can thank you properly!  He'd also like to place names on a slot in his Page's cover art, giving public recognition to any who so desire it, as a token of gratitude.  We understand your desire for privacy and will refrain from putting your name in the artwork at your request.

It's just a nice little gesture. So, thank you, whoever you are <3


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

New Artwork for Ascetic Exorcism - Spotify BIO

In the process of building up the Spotify account, we ran into an interesting challenge, having to create artwork that met their strict requirements.  After some head scratching, chin rubbing, and referring to fellow Spotify Artists, an epiphany occurred.

The artwork that was created as a result, inspired the song art for Ascetic Exorcism.

Here's the Spotify art:

 Which ended up fitting better without the borders:
 Which was used for the song art:



Sunday, November 11, 2018

1,000 LIKES on Facebook Page!

Today we hit 1,000 likes on Vlad's Facebook Page

 Thank you all so much for everyone who helped make that happen! You're awesome! Tonight we're going to focus on building up the Artist Account for Vlad's Spotify profile.

As busy as we've been, and plan to be, we took some time to create some cover art for an up-and-coming podcaster named Philip Grippi,
of Dapper Fowl Productions.

He's a bright young man with a calming sonorous voice who reviews movies, new and old. Here's a sneak-peek at what we've made for him!


















(PSSST! He's Vlad's little brother!)

Friday, November 9, 2018

Busy, busy, busy! Album Art, Promos, and new network links!

We've been hard at work creating new artwork, song descriptions, and as of late, an album description. Below are the images you can look forward to seeing when we begin boosting Facebook Posts, and initiating marketing campaigns across the other platforms. Since the studio is packed into boxes, ready for the move, we've been working with just the essentials. On the horizon, we'd like to create a cover video for Vlad's Facebook Page, in place of the current cover photo. Always trying to keep things interesting! Once we're situated in the new city, prepare for us to double our efforts to bring you greatness! You might say, this is the calm before the storm ;) Enjoy the new artwork!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Studio will be going 'Dark' during early Winter. New Music Player!

Vlad is in the process of relocating the YouTube and Music Recording Studio to another city. In the meantime, please enjoy the songs in the new music player! If you haven't subscribed to Vlad Station, please consider it; even innocuous actions have a tremendous impact: Please Subscribe Here!

Wix Site Fiasco!

The Vlad Store on Wix.com will be unavailable until further notice, due to changes made by Wix to covert all e-commerce sites to paid account via Wix; as opposed to allowing customers to use PayPal at checkout, as before. Updates will be posted when solutions are found.

New Album Artwork, Entering Marketing Phase

Vlad de Draculesti's: A Traveling Man Travels to... 'Sleepy Hollow' (Halloween Special)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

New YouTube Channel is here! Vlad Station!

Any purchase made through the following links helps support the channel. There are numerous ways you can show support through direct donations via Patreon, Webstore purchases, or any of the Amazon Affiliate links; or, alternatively, you can like, share and subscribe, tell your friends and any interested family.

Additionally, if possible, please show my Affiliate Partners support—helping them allows helps them further their own ventures, while still providing me with amazing products and services.

And if nothing else, and if I have nothing of interest to offer, please explore the charities that I support. I get no special kick-back or benefit from helping them raise money, it’s just the right thing to do. If you have a few dollars, but aren’t really interested in my products, maybe consider tossing those dollars into my charities. If not, I sincerely thank you for visiting!

Please help support this channel: www.patreon.com/vladdedraculesti

Networks: Webstore(*Find Featured Merch HERE*):

https://vladdedraculesti.wixsite.com/vlad/vladdedraculesti

Facebook: www.facebook.com/vladdedraculesti

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VladdDraculesti

Blogger: https://vladdedraculesti.blogspot.com/

Website: https://vladdedraculesti.wixsite.com/vlad

Podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/user/10593716





Affiliate Partners:

Lauren Q. Studio:

https://www.facebook.com/mslaurnq

Top Frequency:

Ebay- https://www.ebay.com/usr/topfrequency

Facebook- https://bit.ly/2PFFCTJ



Gothic and Vampiric:

https://www.facebook.com/Gothic.vampiric



Audio/Video Gear:

Blue Mic: $89

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Sennheiser Mic: $99.99

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Headphones: $79.99

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Shock Mount: $54

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Boom Mic Floor Stand: $19.99

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Scissor Arm Mic Stand: $9.99

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Pop Filter: $6.99

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Reason (Audio Recording Software): $99

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Audio 2-Channel USB Interface: $149.99

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Amp (Line 6 Spider IV): Shop Suppliers for best price!

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Guitar (Dean Dime Razorback, with Floyd Rose, case): Shop Suppliers for best price!

https://amzn.to/2Lp7fgI



Corel VideoStudio Pro (Video Recording Software): $50.02

https://amzn.to/2ob3GBx





*Please consider donating to one of the following charities:*

Support the RiteCare Childhood Language Program, to provide scholarships to individuals for college or vocational school, and to provide national disaster relief

https://www.scottishritestore.org/srfdonation.html



Help Military Families:

https://bit.ly/2LtStoT



Homes for Our Troops:

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/HomesforOurTroops





*Vlad’s Attire:*



Vest: $64.59

https://amzn.to/2Mzp3es



Armored Ring: $7.99

https://amzn.to/2BPcqqH



Pentagram Ring: $8.50

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Coffin Necklace: &7.00

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Thank you for looking, much love! :)

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Podcast is coming

With the water main burst in the city, things were set back, but we're regaining momentum and should be on track to record episode one of the podcast.  Each episode will only be about 15 minutes long, and depending on how well it goes, it could extend to a half hour/45minutes.

If you or someone you know would like to be on the podcast to promote your music, please contact Vlad via Facebook.  We'll work out the logistical details to get you on the show.

We've also ordered some additional studio equipment such as lighting, a green screen, and miscellaneous software pertinent to our operations.  Vlad's YouTube channel will have video recordings of the podcast episodes, as well as Vlad News shorts, music videos, lyric videos, and any other communication Vlad wishes to convey to all of you.

Thanks for sticking with us.  There's many small moving parts to this, and not many of us. 

Please stay tuned :) 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Official Vlad de Draculesti Website LAUNCHED


Buy bumper stickers, badges, prints, and other things!  Not to mention download songs!

Each song download is $1.00

There are three prints to choose from, all originally hand-drawn by Lauren Q. Studio:


Each purchase helps fund the operation, which will, in turn, bring us closer to going on tour!

If you want to contribute another way, consider donating to my Patreon--or, just LIKE and SHARE everything and anything you like from here, our Facebook Page, or our new website!


Today we were going to begin recording the podcast for Vlad The Rock Star Radio Show; however, there was a massive water main burst downtown early yesterday morning, causing Vlad's county to declare a State of Emergency.

Many of the residents, including Vlad, were without water for an undetermined amount of time.  Thankfully, the water is back on and the show's recording has been moved to next week.

Stay tuned for the podcast on Spreaker and iTunes--we'll also be video recording the show.  We'll keep you updated when the videos are available on YouTube.

We hope everyone had a GREAT 4th of July, as well ;)

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Vlad Merch Added to Website

Vlad de Draculesti-branded Merch production has been in high gear!  There's a variety of items to choose from to help support the music and its peripheral media platforms.

We have manufactured:
Two styles of 3.5" x 11" bumper stickers

Two styles of 2" x 3" stickers

Two-sided keychains

Two styles of Vlad Badges that GLOW IN THE DARK

Vlad Portrait prints offered in two sizes, originally drawn by Lauren Quinn

Vlad Figure-Portrait offered in two sizes(Larger featured), originally drawn by Lauren Quinn


COMING SOON...
Guitar Pick earrings and necklaces that GLOW IN THE DARK! 



There's much more to look forward to, so stay tuned!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Graphic Design, Sourcing, CPA Hunt

While it has only been a few days since the last posting, it's crucial that we stay on schedule; posting every Saturday, or at least, every other Saturday, to keep you informed!

The ball is still rolling!  The merchandise materials and studio equipment are on their way, in the meantime, Vlad has been working on sourcing for more materials to bring you great merch items; such as bumper stickers, stick-anywhere stickers, pin badges, lanyard badges, and possibly T-shirts.  We are still in the R&D stages, as much of the branded merch will be produced 'in-house', to keep costs down, and control the quality of the product.

All of the Vlad Merch will be sold in the "Vlad" collections part of the store, on the website(when finally launched), which will appear beside the "Sponsored Items" collection, where Vlad has teamed up with Adonis Bloom to bring you additional items to enhance your overall shopping experience.  Adonis Bloom is a supplier of pheromone based candles, oils, and lotions, among other items.  It's a great gift store for that Casanova looking to charm his lover, or the Lovely Lady who seeks to spice things up on occasion with a pheromone persuasion!

All the artwork for Vlad de Draculesti is done in-house, and has been the main focal point this week.  Once all the design templates are completed, they will be sent out to print, and returned for further processing.  We are also working diligently to locate the right Accountant for our team.  With so much work to do, a strong CPA is a must--so the hunt continues! 

All purchases made, regardless of which collection you shop from, will help with Vlad's cost to operate--after all, there are many things to consider:

  • Merchandise (enables further and better merchandise).
  • Affiliate Partners benefit from commission (Portraitist, Dread-falls maker, Crafter).
  • Ad Campaigns (extend reach further to a broader audience).
  • Tours (enable Vlad to come to a venue near you!).
  • Studio Equipment (enhanced Music Production, Podcast, and YouTube experience).
  • Press Kits for our A&R colleagues at their respective labels.

and much more!

If you're a dyed-in-the-wool fan, please feel free to explore the Patreon link either here, or on the side of this page and consider a donation!  Every little bit helps :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Logistical Issues, New Talent, and New Website

New radio talent has been recruited for the upcoming podcast; a young man named Aaron will be accompanying Vlad and giving commentary throughout the show.  Aaron was born with the gift of comedic timing, and will bring many laughs to the show!  In addition to his quick witted humor, he is also a member of the National Guard-- a real stand-up guy!

The podcast launch is experiencing more delays due to logistical issues with incoming equipment.  Vlad is working quickly to get the problems resolved--so sit tight!  The show will come, if a bit fashionably late 😜

Vlad Merch will begin production in a few weeks, when supplies arrive, possibly before the debut podcast.  So standby!

In the midst of that, we are working diligently to also launch a website for Vlad, where you'll be able to contact Vlad and his network, shop for Vlad Merchandise as well as Sponsored Merchandise, learn more about Vlad, and eventually see where he is booked to perform and tour dates!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Still undergoing back-end work 'Behind the Curtain' tasks!

Vlad and his team have been working diligently to get the machine firing on all pistons. 

Some task list duties include; sourcing for products and services to make and manufacture merch for the merch store, recruiting on-air talent for the Vlad The Rock Star Radio podcast, as well as researching the most fiscally appropriate equipment to run the YouTube channel, which will effectively mirror the podcast.

Affiliate programs are also in the works, both internally and externally.

The new YouTube studio setup is in the works, where you'll get to see exactly where Vlad makes all his music and podcasts.

A designated green screen studio will be another addition to the entertainment sanctum, in the near future.

If you're new to the blog, please explore Vlad de Draculesti's Facebook Page, and if you like it, please show your support by liking the Page itself, and if you really like it--tell your friends!

 


Saturday, May 19, 2018

New Podcast and YouTube channel in the works

There are many things in the works currently vamping up Vlad de Draculesti's fan interface, with a combination of a brand new podcast titled 'Vlad The Rock Star Radio Show' with a mirroring YouTube channel, where fans can also view the show as it was recorded.

The podcast will include musical guests, promoting them both locally and abroad, music industry people, Merch Makers(Affiliate Partners, as they're sometimes called), Street Team, and Fans-- as well as information pertaining to Vlad's latest work, endeavors, platform links, music news, and talent solicitation.

The YouTube channel will not only feature the podcast and its guests, but music videos, lyric videos, promotional videos, and more.

A Merch Store is in the works as well, and will be hosted through Facebook, on Vlad's band page.  Merch Makers are encouraged to make contact.  All merch produced with Vlad's brand on it will earn a 50% commission on each piece sold.

The store will consist of jewelry, portrait prints of Vlad, post cards, key chains, stickers, T-shirts, and CDs.  Anyone interested in contributing items to the store are encouraged to contact Vlad through his Facebook band page, all serious inquires will be given due consideration.