** Contains explicit language**
The dark side of the music business comes under scrutiny again as British artist manager, producer, and all-round industry veteran Mike Angel guests. Mike shares some of his personal experiences with demonology and the dark occult, and touches on the part it has always played in the entertainment business.
He goes on to disagree with the findings of many current researchers, however, (myself included), including the idea that artists such as Jay-Z place occult symbols into videos and live shows under instruction from their Satanic paymasters, and the suggestion that many A-list artists have been subjected to mind control techniques. In Mike’s estimation, the corporate industry machine is motivated by pure greed, and much of what gets interpreted as occult symbolism is cynically placed there to generate controversy, attention, and ultimately profit. He also argues that much of the erratic and bizarre behaviour of A-list artists may not be the result of mind control abuse, but is simply the inevitable result of a lifetime lived in the public spotlight, and all the pressures and restrictions on personal freedom that come with it.
This is not to say that occult practices aren’t present in the industry however, he suggests – including blood sacrifices – and to write these off as pure ‘conspiracy theory’ is to be naive. We speculate on how many artists who discover the true nature of what they’ve got involved with when signing a pact with the industry, wish they could go back to a life of obscurity and freedom. They never can, because once you sign up, you sign up for life.
Mike addresses the incredible fascination that Alesteir Crowley and organisations such as the OTO have held for so many artists through the ages, including the late Peaches Geldof, and we finish by discussing the influence of another notorious occultist, Kenneth Anger, on the careers of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones.
Other specific artists discussed include Jay-Z, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Jimmy Page.