Aurelio Voltaire is often described as a modern day renaissance man. He is a singer/ performer, author, creator of comic books, films, animation, toys and home decor.
An internationally touring musician, he is at the forefront of the Gothic, Steampunk and Dark Cabaret genres headlining some of the biggest horror, sci-fi and comic book conventions as well as Gothic and Steampunk festivals for nearly two decades. His music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a sci-fi convention audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him for his songs “Brains!” and “Land of the Dead” from the Cartoon Network show “The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy” and for the viral fan animated videos for his songs “The Night”, “Land of the Dead” and “Zombie Prostitute” which have a combined 49 million views on Youtube.
Voltaire’s live shows, whether solo or with his skeletal orchestra, are full of stories and games. Many describe his shows as sitting around a fire while an old friend regales you with tales, presuming that old friend drinks a liter of rum a night, dates zombies and wrestles Krakens.
Voltaire has been recording and touring for over 20 years. He’s released 12 full length CDs.
Aurelio Voltaire began his career as a stop-motion animation director in the 80s, directing award-winning station identification spots for MTV, SyFy Channel, Nickelodeon and more as well as animating television commercials for Budweiser, Ikea, Kellogg’s, Wendy’s and many other international brands. As a short film director, Voltaire created a series of animated shorts that featured collaborations with Danny Elfman (Oingo Boingo), Deborah Harry (Blondie), Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), Richard Butler (The Psychedelic Furs) and Gary Numan. These short films won a collected 36 film festival awards.
As a comic book and graphic novel creator in the 90s and early 2000s, Aurelio Voltaire created three different series; Chi-Chian, Oh My Goth! and Deady, the third of which included collaborations with Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker and many other luminaries of the dark fiction world. They also spawned an award winning animated series on the SyFy channel’s website written and directed by Voltaire as well as over two dozen toy licensing deals.
Most recently, Aurelio Voltaire can be seen in his informative and hilarious Youtube series, Gothic Homemaking. In this show, that can best be described as Vincent Price taking over for Martha Stewart, he demonstrates how to turn your boring apartment into a Gothic lair with the help of a desiccated co-host, Orville Deadenbacher and a bunch of other recurring monster characters.
Gothic Homemaking can be seen at: www.youtube.com/thelairofvoltaire