An internationally renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible ~ Ben Vandagriff ~ a.k.a. ~ The Altruistic Messiah ~ a.k.a. ~ "THE CEO OF ROCK & ROLL !" ~ a.k.a. ~ quite a few other things as well ...
His Divine Grace ~ encompasses a variety of musical styles & he has contributed countless treasures to the world of music entertainment, from penning classic songs IN MULTIPLE GENRES to simply making a real lot of real loud noise.
Widely recognized as an engaging Singer / Songwriter / Composer / Producer / & A&R Talent Scout, a respected Electronic Musician ~ Guitar/Synthesist. Ben is an electrifying entertainer. An engaging eclectic chameleon & an enigma as a showman, who is known for performing live with everything from his own Rock Bands, Show Bands, Big Bands & Full Symphony Orchestras to panhandling on street corners w/ a broken acoustic guitar.
Please take your time to read my profile if you have questions. Most of your general Q & A about me can be found If you read through my interviews, blogs, and website. I AM ~ THE ALTRUISTIC MESSIAH ~ a.k.a. ~ BEN VANDAGRIFF SOLO RECORDING ARTIST & ROCK PRODUCER / A&R MOIKO RECORDS
My eclectic 2008 CD is titled "THE CEO OF ROCK & ROLL !" With the proceeds set to benefit Habitat For Humanity ~ Hopefully someday Moiko Records will be finishing up on the innumerable details it takes to realize the final production of a superior product ! It's been a real pleasure to work with Moiko herself, & an honor to present this truly amazing new Rock Compilation CD titled "ROCK N FOR HUMANITY" ~ Featuring 15 songs donated by the some of the most interesting & exciting new up & coming artists on the scene ~ * PEDESTRIAN X * ENCRYPTED VERBALIST * pmc * WORMAJOR * ST."STAR" * THE ONENEEDERS * BRAVO * KICKING AT THE TRUNK * WOODY BLACK * LOVE SEX & DEATH * DAVID WHEELER * JOHNATHAN DEVIL * THREE OR MORE * MARK ALAN DOOLEY * & myself ~ THE ALTRUISTIC MESSIAH ! That's 15 awesome new artists & bands each donating their time & an original track for this CD on Moiko Records ....
Today it is common knowledge that by working together for the greater good of everyone involved in a collective, we then can create the greatest individual strides, and that it is more than merely coincidental that the very nature of any mutually benefiting situation is the best way to achieve individual goals, as success breeds more success. The common sense of a commonwealth is self evident in every modern business model, from manufacturing to concern for the environment. I am ~ The Altruistic Messiah ~ Ben Vandagriff ~ And on this very day ~ I ~ His Divine Grace Himself ~ Now do proclaim ~ Together, we are sharing in a prototype of social engineering that is bringing different media's into a shared collective. One that is lending light to darkness ~ as my sisters & brothers, together we've created, as both a team & individuals ~ so many strides in mass communication that the exponential ramifications will echo throughout ~ not only our very lives but for all eternity ~ infinity ~ as victory is ours to share with every single living person ~
Not every Rock & Roller can combine various elements of reggae & country western hip licks on guitar with a combination of exotic World vocals , a dissonant choir , an overly bodacious Rock drummer , two bass guitarists , & even toss in a symphony orchestra in an extremely loose , kind of Jazz eats Grateful Dead style in an extended jam session ~ the party never stops when recording in my Ashram / Asylum ~ & whilest partying like a maniacal rock star with his final death wish ~(on a week long binge that has no ending in sight , & very well might continue well into the next couple of years) and look this good doing it ..... (Actually that song was yesterday) . . . . It's tough being me ~ but someone's gotta do it ..... Welcome to my world ! In the schizophonetic statistical analysis of artistic achievement ~ there is often more than one point of view available at any given time . . . & if we were to let history decide ~ we might not be around to let them know if they've got it all right or all wrong anyways . . . The way I hear it ~ it's different every single time ! So If I decide to butter someone up with flowery songs of praise ~ so be it ~ for I do tend to wear my emotions on my sleeve, so to speak. I would plug my body of work , as well as my my my newest tune at this time ~ yet I realize everyone reading this knows I am doing that anyway . . .
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The thing I find interesting about artistic æstheticism, other than the obviousness of beauty being in the hand of the beholder or the harsh reality of the fact that opinions being like assholes, is, how the masses continue to jump & line up like ducks in a row just to follow & swallow whatever the flavor of Jim Jone's mob psychology kool-aid du jour comes in fashion.
Not that there's anything wrong with coming in fashion. I've been (Ben) known to, shall we say over do it on a number of occasions !
As a matter of fact I think some of us might be perfecting our latest in spew technology penmanship even as we type.
Back when I was a casino supervisor in Las Vegas, my standard line was "The less you bet, the more you lose when you win." ~ It may sound like pretzel logic, but we make decisions that determine the outcome of every aspect of our future every day. Life is a gamble, my friends ! I believe the best way to for an indie artist to self-promote is through mutual admiration, respect, & the recognition ~ via the cross-promotion of our contemporaries. I may be nuts, but at least I'm generally pleased with the momentum that's building through cooperation !
I just wanted to take a moment to thank everybody for your continuing support, & for the positive energy that comes with all the love you share !
Today it is common knowledge that by working together for the greater good of everyone involved in a collective, we then can create the greatest individual strides, and that it is more than merely coincidental that the very nature of any mutually benefiting situation is the best way to achieve individual goals, as success breeds more success. The common sense of a commonwealth is self evident in every modern business model, from manufacturing to concern for the environment. Carpe Momento !!!!!!
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.
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 !