The Look – The Music – The Ways – Being Open: There is a certain aesthetic surrounding and towards Vampyres, the Vampyre Community and the cultural side of it. An ethereal atmosphere is mostly created around it, at parties, clubs, gatherings and so forth. It even has a euphoric feeling to it, for some even erotic – but does all this mean that there’s a certain way to do things or one specific lifestyle one must follow when being a Vampyre? The answer is a simple no.
First off, as we all know, one can’t just become a Vampyre or choose to be one. You are born one, and then awakened – whether awakened early in one’s life, or later. One point being, if you did not choose it, it does not mean that you can’t choose what you do with it and how you live it out in your daily life. Look at our community’s first true celebrity, Don Henrie. He is a good example of someone who likes the whole aesthetic and mystical part of it, keeping in mind his eccentric personality, looking at the way he dresses and expresses himself.
There’s nothing wrong with that, but let’s be honest, that’s not for everybody. That’s not even mentioning how open he is about his nature. Coming out the coffin, as some call it, is not always easy and not everyone’s cup of tea (for many reasons). If you are going to be open about it you have to see how open you can/want to be about it in your life. Then the rest follows. Always remember, it’s about being true to who and what you really are.
We are drawn to the darker side of life, intrigued by the night, the moon, and graveyards. We tend to wear darker clothes and listen to darker music. That doesn’t necessarily mean Goth, although it has a big influence. There are lots of clothing styles and music genres created for us by others in the community, for many years now and it just keeps growing. Although I like the stereotypical gothic vampyre look, long leather coats with top hats and canes, I have seen Vampyres wearing colourful shorts and shirts wearing flip-flops. It’s all about feeling comfortable in what you wear and actually liking it.
In newly awakened Vampyres there sometimes come personal change along with it as they start to understand who and what they really are. In this case a good point to start at is to research and/or try many different types or clothing/music styles and club scenes. You will feel which ones attract you more. This might also help along certain parts of the awakening process as to who and what you as an individual really are. This makes sense as some see the awakening phase as being “reborn” into a new life. Chances can even be good that your style might not even change at all. Who knows? Some even choose to look like freaks (like Lady Vampire in the photo below left) and others adopt the elegant look. It’s your choice.
There are many vampyre/ethral bands providing the global Vampyre community with the most amazing music. Some have a more electro feel, while others feature stronger guitar riffs and display a classical influence. There are even Vampyre rappers nowadays. What I’m implying is that there is music made for by the Vampyre, for the Vampyre in any genre. Bands like Blutengel and Theatres des Vampires have set high standards in the community for the genre and will stay no.1 for many.
Seeing this type of band perform live is usually quite an experience as they add a lot of acts and décor to enhance the performance. And each of these bands have their own vampyric feel and style to it, each adding their own overriding theme to it.
Here is a list of a few vampyre bands that’s worth checking out:
Dead Souls Rising
PsyBrid (South African – on facebook)
– FatherIzak, House of Havoc