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The Altruistic Messiah
||Huntington Beach ~ Surf City !, CA
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About the ArtistBen Vandagiff a.k.a. The Altruistic Messiah™ ASCAP American electronic guitar-synthesist, singer, songwriter & producer.
Widely considered as an innovator for his eclectic, heterogeneous,genre-bending blend of diverse musical styles, forms & sonic structures.
Performed as a principle artist in various original bands headlining 300 + greater Los Angeles area nightclub shows, in & around the Sunset Strip, in Hollywood, CA including The Troubadour, Starwood, Madame Wong's, Madame Wong's West, Whiskey A-Go-Go, Club 88, Gazzarri's, et alI
I was born in an open guitar case ~ the guitar was pawned long ago ~ in a seedy section of Los Angeles that most of the local residents of this City of Angels has never even seen ~ only 10 miles from the center of Hollywood ~ outside on the street in the cold ~ surrounded by the litter of broken bottles that fueled the very fabric of the lives of my entire family and all our neighbors ~ in this neighborhood known as Skid Row. It had been said that my dad died on the day I was born too ~ It was the last anyone had ever heard of him. The music around there was the sound of lost men pissing on the wall beside you ~ the murmur of mentally ill jiberesh ~ the sound of someone vomiting 10 feet away ~ the song of the helpless & the hopeless begging & crying all around you ~ with an ambience of gunshots & sirens in the near distance ~ & the whimper of a broken mother just a little closer. Who would have thought things were ever going to get better ? No one that's who. Not one single person within four dirty depressed city blocks with a glimmer of hope. And for once all the poor down & out victims of society had the misfortune of being right for once ~ as our streak of bad luck continued unbroken. I died in that guitar case the very day I was born. I was the lucky one.
The Altruistic Messiah's latest release (November, 2008) w/ 16 original tracks &titled: "THE CEO OF ROCK & ROLL !" is one of the top selling collections on the Moiko Records label. In addition, I've also produced one of the most provocative, & highly anticipated independent albums of the year, a 15 Song Charity Rock Compilation CD - that is almost ready for release (tba 2009) -The project's working title is "ROCKING FOR HUMANITY""ROCKING FOR HUMANITY" will introduce a commonwealth of 15 very different, individual, unique, diversely talented artists & bands who've each donated one of their act's original songs or compositions ( with all the proceeds set to benefit 'Habitat For Humanity') to an international market.
My life is a movie I am starring in every single day of my truly amazing & wonderful life! I am the secret grandson of Marylin Monroe & John F. Kennedy. I was born singing and have played electronic guitar since I was 6 months old ! Wrote my 1st full length symphony in half an hour between passing the bar & getting my 2nd solo publication in a medical journal by the age of five years old. I will soon be performing live in the custom 2.7 billion dollar theatre I personally designed in Dubai exclusively. I am smarter than Albert Einstein, sing better than Frank Sinatra, am more popular than the Beatles & have made love with more women than Wilt Chamberlin. And I am better looking than Brad Pitt, work well with others and I am also very modest. This year I will win an Oscar, a Grammy, the Lottery twice & the Nobel Peace Prize. Oh yeah I can dance better than Perry Farrell, too