The creators of Black Mass Appeal – your favorite podcast by Satanists, for Satanists – are bringing you the second annual FaustFest virtual Satanic music festival!
While there are many parts of the pandemic we’d like to forget, a highlight for us and the Satanic community was last year’s FaustFest, a virtual Satanic music festival that brought together performers from all over the world onto one “stage.” Now we’re bringing it back for 2022, with new music, fresh acts, and another chance to experience the incredible talent of the Satanic community.
Music performers of all genres are encouraged to apply! From metal to country to hip-hop and beyond, we want to show off the wide range of talent within our community.
The self-submitted videos of the chosen performers will be edited together into one virtual concert to be shown on YouTube and Black Mass Appeal’s social media platforms starting MARCH 1, with a live watch party that evening. An audio-only version of the show will go out on our regular podcast feed that same day.
You need not sell your soul to apply – just fill out this form by MONDAY, JANUARY 24; selected performers will be notified by JANUARY 28.
For more information on video submission requirements, keep scrolling…
- Submission form must be filled out by MONDAY, JANUARY 24
- Approved bands will be notified by FRIDAY, JANUARY 28
- Videos must be turned in by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18
- Show premiere is TUESDAY, MARCH 1
- Most video formats acceptable; .mp4 or .mov preferred. If you have a different video format, drop us a line just so we know what to expect.
- Videos can be as long as two songs or 8 minutes long, whichever is SHORTER. So, if your two songs come to 6 minutes, that’s it – do not try to squeeze a third into those last two minutes!
- Shoot your video in landscape mode. 1280 x 720 resolution or better preferred; resolutions up to 4K accepted (the files can start to get really big!).
- If you’re shooting on a cell phone, turn off any “autofocus” features.
- Leave several seconds of padding at the start and end of your clip. Turn your camera on and wait 3-5 seconds before speaking or performing, and wait 3-5 seconds when you are done before turning your camera off. Do not turn the camera on and immediately begin.
- Check your sound levels, making sure you’re not too soft and not too loud. You may want to record test footage so you can see how you sound on the video.
- If you can, capture audio directly (as opposed to using the camera’s built-in mic) for best sound quality.
- Black Mass Appeal is looking to feature bands with members who are Satanists or whose music or aesthetic are primarily Satanic. BMA will refuse any racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, hateful, unreasonably violent or gory content. (Fake blood is great, butchering an animal is not.) A content warning may be added to the show. Inclusion in the episode is at the sole discretion of the BMA producers.
- Add transitions to the beginning or end of your clip (no fade ins / outs).
- Add titles or graphics to your video – we will add graphics like your name and links for you. If you really, really want to use a graphic, send it as a separate image file (.PNG or .PSD preferred, no background / with transparency) with instructions on how / when to use it. Keeping in mind the time it takes to edit the show, we will decline to use graphics with complicated instructions.
- Yes: “Here’s the album art for my new album, please put it at the end of my clip for 5 seconds.”
- No: “Please animate me so I look like Spider-Man but with my logo on my chest and then have me leap out of a helicopter with a big explosion behind me. You can CGI that, right?”
- Use ornate frames. Especially with band members in different locations, split-screens are welcome! But overly elaborate frames around your video eat up precious space and detract from the “live” look of the show.
Once your video file is ready to share, please title it “FaustFest – [artist name]” and upload to Google Drive. Email firstname.lastname@example.org a link to your video. Make sure your link settings are set so that anyone with a link can edit. If you do not have a Google account, DropBox is okay.
How the “virtual music festival” will work:
- We will take your video along with our other performance videos and edit them into one long video, with one performance after another. The hosts of Black Mass Appeal (Daniel, Tabitha, and Simone) will introduce your video, MTV VJ-style.
- The full “festival” video will be posted to YouTube on TUESDAY, MARCH 1, then distributed to our website and social media. (And we hope you share, too!)
- The audio from your video will be taken and edited into an episode of our audio podcast, Black Mass Appeal. For the sake of time, we will select one song from your set to play on the podcast. The hosts will introduce your song, radio DJ-style. The podcast episode will also have our regular show elements, with our introduction and news segments at the start of the show.
- If you want / are able, you can submit studio audio of your song to use on the audio podcast instead of the video audio. (This would also be due on FEBRUARY 18.)
- The audio podcast will be published on TUESDAY, MARCH 1, and will be automatically distributed to podcast apps such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and Overcast, and promoted on our website and social media. (And we hope you share that one, too!)
In the lead-up to the festival, we will promote the show on our social media pages. Please follow us and share!
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Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/blackmassappeal/
TikTok – @DailyBaphirmations