Vlad de Draculesti, who hails from New York, is an amalgam of darker styles, ranging from Hard Rock, Darkwave, Alternative, and Gothic Metal. His music is a gateway that bridges the Gothic underground with the nuances of modern Rock, so seamlessly, that many have difficulty categorizing it. His songs ‘When Stories End’ and ‘Ascetic Exorcism’ blend industrial beats and acoustic drums, as the vocalization of chanting groans and low-pitched tones embody both musical worlds. Most notably his multi-layered guitar work— a technique also complimented within his vocal tracks— reflects strongly in ‘The Powers That Be’ and ‘Most of the Time’; further lending credence to his bridge-over-boundaries sound. Although ‘The Powers That Be’ is a lengthy seven and a half minute song, it is both progressive and well paced; being the most musically complex in composition, instrumental layering, and harmonization. Additionally, it is one of the few songs with a guitar solo, which opens up with a stream of lightning-fast arpeggios.
Vlad established himself on multiple social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Reverb Nation, SoundCloud, Tumblr, Patreon, and Spotify; where his self-produced promotional graphics and music can be found. Further, among his platform reach are Speaker, Stitcher, and iTunes; where his Podcast ‘Vlad The Rock Star Radio Show’ can be heard. While recording his debut YouTube video, he self-produced the music video for his latest song ‘The Vault’.
In his early years as a musician, he drifted from band to band, until he made the cut as lead guitarist in a band that would eventually go on to actively perform for an entire year. He performed in bars and at parties across Long Island before ever turning 18. It wasn’t until nearly a decade later that he began recording independently, teaching himself everything he needed to know; whether it was learning Artists and Repertoire Standards, mixing and mastering a song, or graphic design to promote his music. He credits the tutorial community on YouTube in his first YouTube video for expanding his knowledge.
He is currently working on producing a live show for the local circuit, which he will eventually broaden regionally. During which time, he will be engaged in major record label pursuits.