Las Vegas Rockers, Dead Girls Academy, are setting a positive example as a group of impassioned musicians that are skyrocketing toward the big leagues in rapid speed. Joining a winning team, Victory Records, and taking massive steps forward toward further influencing the world by living their musical dream, Dead Girls Academy are making it known that they are a band to watch in 2018. I caught up with Lead Vocalist, Michael Orlando, to discuss the success of “I’ll Find A Way”, playing the final run of Warped Tour, his gratitude for his fans sticking by his side, tattoos and more.
You have one single out, “I’ll Find A Way”, and are already making a major splash. Tell us about the road ahead and anything that you can fill us in about new music.
It’s been a surreal experience! Watching “I’ll Find A Way” hit top 30 on Active Rock Radio took me by surprise! The team at Victory Records is amazing and understand the vision. The road ahead will only get stronger and bigger. The LP coming out is a monster of an album. I believe it has a fresh sound. We just finished wrapping up two music videos for the album and I think everyone will be stoked on the outcome. Needless to say, I’m excited.
You are heading out on the last round of Warped Tour. Tell us about some of the memories that you’ve had attending the festival in the past and how you feel about playing the last run.
I’m very thankful to have this opportunity to play the final Warped Tour. Kevin Lyman has always believed in my musical endeavors and I can’t thank him enough for adding us on 13 dates. I’ve had countless Warped memories good and bad! Let’s just stick with good though.
In 2012, Kevin gave my old band, Vampires Everywhere!, the opportunity to open the main stage in Las Vegas to 10,000 people. It was an amazing experience! I went to the barricade to connect with the audience but they ended up ripping my clothes to pieces! My return to the stage looked like a scene in the movie ‘Hulk’. But I wouldn’t change that for the world. Having that kind of electricity surrounding you is an amazing feeling! I’m excited to make new memories this summer.
Do you incorporate any wellness practices to make sure you maintain a level head throughout all that you experience?
Well, I’m absolutely insane with cleanliness. I have extreme OCD and do my best to keep healthy. I have way too many weird practices to name. But I can say that part in American Psycho when he’s putting on the face mask is damn close! Other than that, I take mountains of Vitamin C and try to eat healthy. I try to spread out the Whiskey and keep as hydrated as possible.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the tattoo artist that you worked with to bring them to life
I have so many personal pieces! One of my favorite pieces is vampire girl on my left arm. She was created by Zoey Taylor, my tattoo artist at The Warren Tattoo shop in West Hollywood, California. I’m just in love with how she came out. This piece represents my taste in art as a whole. You could almost call it classical Anime. I’m a giant anime fan but I prefer more realism on my skin. This is the perfect balance for me. Another piece that I love is my classical vampire girl head on my left hand. It’s such an important piece! Hand tattoos kinda represent who you are. You can’t hide them and it’s usually the first thing people see. I’m just thankful Zoey was able to see the vision and create something special for me that will last forever.
Tell us about your experience being a part of the Victory Records family and how it has contributed to your artistry so far.
Let’s start by saying that some of my all time favorite bands were on Victory. Needless to say, it’s been surreal getting to work with such an amazing team. Everyone is stoked about Dead Girls Academy and understand that second place is not a win. I love that. I’m a competitive soul and I want to take over the world. They see that vision and push me to be great. I think Dead Girls Academy fits well on the label and I’m excited for the future!
What are some of the greatest words of wisdom that you’ve received from a fellow musician that you carry along with you through your journey?
I’ll quote some for you…..
“Never trust anyone”
“Never put all your cards on the table” “
“Always go with your gut”
“What’s good to you won’t always be good to your fans”
“Talk to your fans online”
“Work on your craft”
All of these quotes help define me! The music industry is cut throat.
If you could get any tattoo by any tattoo artist in the world, budget-free, who would you choose and what would you get tattooed?
I’d still choose my artist Zoey Taylor. She knows me and my insanity! I would finally fill in my stomach and chest! I’ve been a pu**y getting it done & think it’s time.
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old that you were?
This is a great question! I’d be 21 for sure! The music industry keeps you young and I surround myself with creative people that keep me thinking! I’m always online watching new trends and I am obsessed with fashion, especially sneakers. Youth culture in LA right now is amazing.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
Thank you for sticking with me! I know it’s been a long wait for a full album, however I can guarantee it will be worth the wait! See you all on the road real soon.
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