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  • Writer's pictureMichael Bastianelli

Michael's Monsters - The Songs that Inspire 'them'

I love to explore music. Past and Present.

Music takes a big role when I draw illustrations or develop the 'monsters' for Michael's Monsters. I've been posting new illustrations once a week.. and normally on a Tuesday. Afterwards I will also post a Instagram story with the music that inspired me or I feel relates to the story.

A recent example: 'Union Test' which is about a disgruntled American history teacher fed up with social media and politics. He dresses up as a civil war union soldier and goes out on a night of slaughter. Testing his ex students.. one by one.. when they fail his test he murders them.

The song that inspired me is called 'Let's get started' by Noisuf-X. Which includes a voice over 'You may learn something'.

You can take a listen to the song on HERE.

"Mall Easter Bunny"

Inspirational Song: Phosgore - "Bloodbath"

Why? The song is upbeat and heart pumping.. That deep creepy laugh in the song.

I could imagine hearing that laugh when it is hunting down it's next victim.

"Iron Head"

Why? The aggressive beat.. filled with rage. The monster in this story was anti-social in his previous human life before being blown up in a flaming explosion. The song also says 'FIRE!' and 'I will F@#$ you up!'.

"The Thalia Twins"

Inspirational Song: Phosgore - "Glasgow Smiling"

Why? Well as you can tell I love listening to the artist 'Phosgore'.. Just by chance I stumbled onto the song 'Glasgow Smile' which if you look it up.. it's the act of cutting a grin from the corners of the mouth to the ear. I discovered the song after creating the concept/illustration.

"Southern Comfort"

Why? I enjoy Motionless in White's music.

Especially the lyrics and vocals of Chris "Motionless" Cerulli.

The lyrics:

It's my party and i'll die when I want to, die when I want to, die when I want to..

The monster you've made is wearing the crown

I'll be the king and you be clown

I'll take the blame (and) parade it around

You've made me the villain you can't live without

My personal interpretation of lyrics is filled with empowerment and communicating to the world or whomever that they created the monster/villain (which is oneself) and now they are taking control and will remind them of it. There was this release in me after creating this illustration and I wanted to release my inner demons/monsters and have now found my way to do it.


“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”

Stephen King

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