Ben Vandagiff a.k.a. The Altruistic Messiah™
An American electronic guitar-synthesist, singer, songwriter, electronic musician & producer.
Widely considered as an innovator for his eclectic, heterogeneous, genre-bending blend of diverse musical styles, form & sonic structure, is regarded for the intellectual depth of his material. Notorious for his off the wall - over the top showmanship & his outlandish public persona.
*Dennis Wilson Protege
*Lived & worked with Christie McVie, & personally recorded a few of her original demos that ended up as songs on the 'Tusk' Album.
*Performed as a principle artist in original bands headlining 300 + greater Los Angeles area nightclub shows, in & around the Sunset Strip, in Hollywood, CA including The Troubadour, The Starwood, Madame Wong's, Madame Wong's West, Whiskey A-Go-Go, Club 88, Gazzarri's, et al
*Prime Time National TV Exposure (CBS, NBC, ABC) as
Exclusive Featured Entertainment
1980 California Democrat Headquarters - Presidential Election Night
Universal Sheraton Grand Ballroom, Studio City
*Owner/Operator The 'Surf City' Ashram/Asylum a multi-track recording studio based in Logic & media production facility ~ personal sanctuary
*Early `80's House Sound man at The Troubadour in Hollywood CA
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 his former label.
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 !