It’s no secret that a handful of companies own most of the music industry, but there are some labels more than others which specifically seem to be promoting an interest in the dark side of the occult.
This is particularly the case with Interscope Records which for 25 years was headed up by Jimmy Iovine. Iovine has said that ‘All [he] ever wanted to do [his] whole life … was move the needle on popular culture’ and that with Interscope Records they ‘set out to find the most extreme urban and rock music [they] could find’ because they ‘just wanted to push culture’. Source
When we look at the artists who have been signed or linked to Interscope – including Jay Z, Young Money (Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne), Die Antwoord, Marilyn Manson, Madonna, The Black Eyed Peas, Lana Del Ray, Rihanna, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Taylor Momsen – we see a prolific use of occult symbols and can get an idea of the kind of culture they might be pushing.
In 2006 Iovine partnered with Dr Dre in the creation of the Beats by Dr Dre headphones.
Many people feel there are strong Satanic ties to the Beats brand. The technology for these headphones was created by a company called “Monster”, who’s logo can be rearranged as devil horns. Beats is an anagram for the word beast. The logo for these headphones is a b inside a circle that looks like a six, and in advertising material the logo is often shown in sets of three, creating a subliminal reference to the number of the beast.
Dr Dre appears to be familiar with occult symbolism. In his music video for East Coast, West Coast, Killas from his 1996 album Dr. Dre Presents: The Aftermath there are subliminal inclusions of all-seeing eye and pyramid symbols. In the same video a woman repeats “Welcome to the New World Order, you are now under martial law, all constitutional rights have been suspended”.
Lady Gaga’s video for Marry the Night also gives us an interesting perspective on Interscope. Beginning in an insane asylum with references to Gaga having undergoing some form of trauma which she wants to forget, the video clip ends with her singing she’s going to marry the night, followed by a shot of her hand with “Interscope Records” and a meeting time written on it. The final shot is of Lady Gaga dressed all in red – a consistent theme in many of her appearances – and surrounded by flames. By joining Interscope Records has she symbolically become pop music’s version of Crowley’s “scarlet woman”, promoting the values of the darkness in the world while surrounded by the fires and influence of hell?
There are many connections between the parent companies of Interscope, secret societies and some of the most powerful people in the world. Interestingly the further up the hierarchy of influence you go, the more the dark connections start to move behind the scenes, with the artists seemingly used to take attention away from sources of real power.
Interscope Records is a part of the Universal Music Group (UMG) who are in turn owned by Vivendi. The headquarters of UMG is in the Rockefeller Centre, a site known for its occult symbolism and the venue for Ke$ha’s performance of Die Young where she wore an upside-down crucifix concealed on her costume, while her backing dancers wore concealed upside-down pentagrams on their chests, and concealed upside-down pentagrams and all-seeing eyes in their pants. The Rockefellers are one of the most powerful families in the world and known to have funded research into propaganda. Are they using their knowledge now to help spread darkness?
In 2000 Vivendi merged with Seagrams. Vivendi was originally known as Compagnie Générale des Eaux (CGE), a company created in 1853 by decree of Napoleon Bonaparte who had links to freemasonry. Vivendi owns the company Blizzard which produces computer games including Star Craft, War Craft – which has been claimed to be as addictive as hard drugs – and Diablo, a word meaning Devil. Blizzard games contain many occult symbols similar to those found in Interscope video clips. In 2006 Vivendi sold an 80% share in their company to General Electrics, who set the precedent for patenting genetically modified organisms, and were involved in the production of nuclear weapons.
MTV, who’s channel and award ceremonies are full of occult symbolism, is owned by Viacom.
Here is a table showing some of the past and present connections between Vivendi, UMG, Seagrams, General Electrics, Viacom and the secretive Bilderberg and Bohemian Grove groups. This demonstrates there is a link between some of the most powerful members of society and the promotion of darkness in the music industry.
|Person||Company Connection||Elite Group Connection|
|Edgar Bronfman Jr||Chief Executive Vivendi, CEO Seagrams||Freemason|
|Andrzej Olechowski||Vivendi supervisory board||Bilderberg|
|Viscount Etienne Davignon||Senior Executive Vivendi||Bilderberg Steering Committee *|
|Jean-Marie Messier||CEO Vivendi||Bilderberg|
|Marie-Josée Kravis||Vivendi Board Member||Bilderberg Steering Committee *|
|James DeSorrento||Viacom Senior Management||Bohemian Grove|
|Sumner Rothstein / Redstone||CEO Viacom||Bilderberg, family friend of Bohemian Grove attendees the Bush family|
|Ronald Grierson||Vice Chairman General Electric||Bilderberg|
* Bilderberg Steering Committee members wield more influence than attendees, and set the agenda attendees discuss at the secret gatherings. Former steering committee members included Henry Kissinger and David Rockefeller, with the latter currently the only person serving on Bilderberg’s “Member Advisory Group” according to the group’s official site. Source
While Bilderberg attendees tend to be predominantly of European descent (Vivendi is a French company) and Bohemian Grove attendees American, there is some crossover between the groups and many attendees also attend other shadowy elite gatherings such as the Trilateral Commission. This serves to connect them to powerful families such as the Rockefellers and Rothschilds (which some believe belong to so-called “Illuminati bloodlines”) and exposes them to the ideas of people attending both groups.
One connection of interest comes in the form of a human resources officer at Vivendi who is now the Mayor of Paris – Anne Hidalgo. People with connections to the Bilderberg Group and Bohemian Grove are often promoted in politics if they are willing to promote the interests of that group.
In 2005 Hidalgo publicly opposed the introduction in France of a proposed “global licence” that would legalise peer-to-peer (P2P) sharing of copyrighted works such as music in exchange for a small monthly subscription fee that would be paid to the artists and authors. While she opposed the proposal on the basis that it would threaten cultural diversity, some critics contended that she was really just helping to protect the commercial interests of Viviendi, her previous employer.
Also In 2005 Hidalgo became the president of a “committee of vigilance against cults” at the Council of Paris – part of France’s crackdown on “sectarian deviance” which has led to the oppression of freedom of thought, association and belief in alternative spiritual groups. She also promoted a controversial map of “cults” in Paris.
If Hidalgo was truly defending Vivendi’s interests, it is telling that she would aid a company who’s labels promote the dark side of spirituality while in the same year working to demonise alternative spiritual groups.
Elite Groups and Secret Societies
Conference attendance is not the only connection that the elite members of society have with secret societies and the occult:
- Many huge corporations and government agencies include similar esoteric symbolism in their logos as do the video clips discussed in this article.
- Jack Parsons who was acknowledged by Werner Von Braun to be the true father of the American space program was a devout Crowley follower who headed up a chapter of the OTO and would perform Crowley’s Hymn to Pan before rocket test launches.
- Despite Crowley’s less-than-savoury reputation, the British intelligence agency hired him as an agent.
- Members of the Bilderberg group have also been members of other secretive groups such as the Skull and Bones Society.
Industry figures have links to the Bohemian Grove / Club, a place where elite members of society gather each year to participate in a ritual called the Cremation of Care where an effigy of a child is sacrificed in a bonfire before a giant owl, which is thought to represent sacrificing their care for fellow human beings. Members of this ritual wear robes of red and black.
Skip to 7:20 to see footage of the Cremation of Care ceremony
While in Bohemian Grove rhetoric the owl is supposed to represent wisdom and the sacrifice is said to be an effigy, some experiences prove otherwise. In the video above – filmed by Alex Jones who snuck into the Bohemian Grove – does the voice of the owl sound like the voice of wisdom or what many would think of as the voice of a demon?
“In John DeCamp’s book, The Franklin Cover-Up, includes Paul Bonacci’s testimony about a snuff film of a child being murdered on July 26, 1984 in California in “an area that had big trees.” At a meeting in Santa Rosa, DeCamp told a group that he had edited out Bonacci’s references to an enormous, moss-covered owl and men in hooded red robes because he not know then about the owl at the Grove and thought it “too far fetched for people to believe.” In the fall of 1992, Paul Bonacci was shown a black and white photo of the moss-covered owl at the Grove and quickly identified it as the site of the July 1984 snuff film described in DeCamp’s book”. Source
Over time the owl in Bohemian Grove has become synonymous with the demons Moloch and Baal, figures who have been worshipped in Babylonian times with human sacrifice by the Canaanites, the Phoenicians and the Carthaginians. However these deities are actually represented in ancient cultures as bulls – one possible interpretation of the devil horns hand sign so popular with celebrities – and the similarity between them and the owl at the Grove is in the sacrifice of children to appease them. An alternate interpretation is that the owl represents Lilith, a figure found in Hebrew mythology and thought to be derived from earlier depictions of demons in religious texts from Akkad, Assyria and Babylon. Lilith is personified as a giant owl or screech owl, has been seen as a succubus, and her story has informed many occult and horror related materials.
The owl is a fitting symbol for the global elite and shadow government who increasingly have the whole world under surveillance as it has the ability to turn it’s head 360° seeing in any direction and is able to see through the dark. An owl can be seen on promotional material of the Bavarian Illuminati.
Here’s where it gets a stranger. Given that the Bohemian Grove is a collection of the world’s richest and most powerful people, collectively worth billions of dollars, do you think they’d need to hold fundraisers in order to help the surrounding community? It seems the Grove has a tradition of getting (sending?) Grammy award winning artists to perform at their annual fundraisers:
“The Bohemians sent their finest performers, from brand names of the past, such as Bing Crosby, Ray Bolger, Art Linkletter, Merv Griffin, and Phil Harris to perform in the Monte Rio show in the company of U.S. Presidents, Senators, captains of industry and others.
This week, the Bohemian Club will hold its 100th Monte Rio Variety Show at 7 p.m. July 28 at the Monte Rio Amphitheater, offering an evening of music, comedy and theater to celebrate the anniversary of its friendship with the Monte Rio and raise funds for local charities.
The show features Grammy Award winning musicians, rock bands, jazz, and special acts.” [emphasis added] Source
We can even see artists appearing to pay homage to the Bohemian Grove owl and the figure of Moloch in their work.
The rapper Drake of Young Money appears to have a fascination with owls. He has as his logo an owl that looks remarkably similar to the Bohemian Grove logo, he’s got owl jewellery and his logo is on much of the clothing in his video clips.
One of Lady Gaga’s costumes in the video clip for her song Paparazzi (directed by Jonas Akerlund and styled by Bea Akerlund) is inspired by the film Metropolis by Fritz Lang which depicts a ruling elite controlling the masses through desire. The object of this desire is a woman turned into a robot who was brought to life under an inverted pentagram. In this film, the huge industrial machine that the masses are chained to is called Moloch, and the protagonist sees people being sacrificed to it by masked priests.
Lady Gaga’s name itself is even inspired by the film Metropolis. She took her name from the song Radio Gaga by Queen who’s music video includes clips from Metropolis and ends with “Thanks to Metropolis”.
There are other movies that point to occult connections in elite circles. Stanley Kubrick’s last film Eyes Wide Shut depicts a dark ritual performed by figures robed in red and black with much of the same symbolism as discussed here. An organist plays an orthodox liturgy backwards. There are allusions to human sacrifice.
The film has been equated to stories of the Hellfire Club, where elite members of society would gather to anonymously indulge in debaucherous acts. Legend has it that Satanic rituals were performed at the beginning of these meetings, and they used the motto “Do what thou wilt” prior to to its use by Crowley.
Stanley Kubrick was fond of saying:
“Be suspicious of people who have, or crave, power … never, ever go near power. Don’t become friends with anyone who has real power. It’s dangerous.” Source
He died suddenly before Eyes Wide Shut was released. Kubrick filmed the ritual scenes in a mansion which was initially designed and constructed for Baron Mayer de Rothschild. Was he indicating that in some way the film’s depictions were connected to real life elites?
In 1972 Dame Rothschild held a fancy dress ball with striking similarities to the film Eyes Wide Shut. The invitation to the ball was written in reverse and the participants all wore masks. Photographs from the ball depict symbolism both in the masks and decorations which appears to be related to the fracturing of the personality or split personalities – a theme we see frequently depicted in popular culture today.
With all these connections it’s not a stretch of the imagination to conclude that elite members of society are pretty interested in the occult, and may use it to control the masses, who laugh it off as a big joke, having been trained to ostracise anyone who theorises about it through the way the media ridicules attempts to expose these issues.
Hidden forces of darkness
Is it possible that there are supernatural forces of darkness behind the symbolism that has so thoroughly infiltrated the music industry?
Numerous artists have said that they “sold their soul to the devil” in order to achieve success in the industry. While for some this may be a figure of speech referring to giving up their values and morals in place of those promoted by the industry, for others the claims appear to be more literal.
Other artists have spoken of channelling their music, consciously or unconsciously acting as a vehicle which other unknown forces enter and directly work through. Some consider this to be a form of black magic.
“The black magician, becoming a conscious channel for these forces, launches a stream of hell-demons into the world. In so doing, he sells his own soul (for these forces must pass through his own astral body) in exchange for the powers that these demons will give him over his fellow men. The powers of these elemental creatures are practically unlimited, and there are many depraved souls who are glad to barter their immortal spirits for the power which these demons give them over the material world.”
– Manly P Hall, Magic: A Treatise on Esoteric Ethics
Some artists have described their experience of songwriting as a form of mediumship. John Lennon from The Beatles said it was “like being possessed: like a psychic or medium”. Other artists have gone further and said they openly sought to do witchcraft, or complained about spirits that possessed them and would not leave.
Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys claimed to be “doing witchcraft, trying to make witchcraft music” and was tormented by voices inside his head. Larry Waronker – an associate at his record label – claims to have encountered at least five different entities that would manifest through Wilson.
Jim Morrison stated in poetry that he met the “spirit of music” who had the “appearance of the devil” and who he equated with Satan. He believed that spirits used him for his music and his producer Paul Rothschild stated in the book “Break on through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison” that the most pivotal point in his life was when the spirit entered him. It was also said that Morrison would drink to “quiet the ceaseless clamor of the demons, ghosts and spirits. He drank because there were demons and voices and spirits shouting inside of his head and he found that one of the ways to quell them was with alcohol”.
Ozzy Osbourne and Terry “Geezer” Butler of the band Black Sabbath have both been influenced by Aleister Crowley and the dark side of the occult, which led to a physical experience of an ominous supernatural force.
“I read a magazine [on black magic] and thought, ‘Oh yea, I never thought of it like that’-Satan’s point of view. I just started reading more and more…I’d been having loads of these experiences since I was a child and finally I was reading stuff that was explaining them. It led me into reading about the whole thing-black magic, white magic, and every sort of magic. I found out Satanism was around before any of it and was putting upside-down crosses on my wall and pictures of Satan all over. I painted my apartment black was getting really involved in it and all of these horrible things started happening to me. You come to a point where you cross over and totally follow it and totally forget about Jesus and God.”
– Terry “Geezer” Butler, Seconds magazine, 1996, Issue 39, p. 64
“Geezer’s encounters with the supernatural continued. During recording of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath in Bel Air, the bassist felt an ominous presence fill his bedroom. He looked up to see several specters glaring at him from above with overpowering effect. Awash with fear, he immediately awakened Bill, Tony, and Ozzy to tell them what has happened. Geezer soon discovered that all of his fellow bandmates had experienced similar events. . . To Sabbath it was obvious that a dark, ominous cloud was looming over them.”
– Black Sabbath : The Ozzy Osbourne Years, p. 19
“I really wish I knew why I’ve done some of the things I’ve done over the years. Sometimes I think that I’m possessed by some outside spirit. A few years ago, I was convinced of that – I thought I truly was possessed by the devil. I remember sitting through the Exorcist a dozen times, saying to myself, ‘Yeah, I can relate to that.’”
– Ozzy Osbourne, Hit Parader, Nov., 1984, p. 49
These are just a few examples of artists who appear to have been influenced in their work by the dark side of the supernatural. Have these earlier musicians paved the way for current artists – who frequently talk about demon possession or beings coming into or being created inside of them and causing them to act in ways they wouldn’t normally – to tread a similar path?
“…the only way that something like that [a sinister entity] can actually get into your body is if you welcome it in. For example if you do channeling, you don’t know whether the entity which is coming in is good or not. If you invite something in, you do it of your own accord. Otherwise it can’t come in.”
– Belsebuub Source
What is incredibly sad for such artists is that channelling dark influences to gain fame, wealth, and power seems to come at a price. After some time many begin to talk about the “dark heart of fame” as Lady Gaga puts it, expressing regret about any decision (conscious or not) to indulge the dark side but feeling unable to escape. Examples like Ke$ha’s unreleased song Dancing With the Devil and Eminem’s My Darling, where he tries to get rid of his internal demon but fails, seem to convey the hopelessness and regret felt by artists who may have become part of a wider sinister agenda most likely without knowing what they were getting themselves into.
If dark supernatural powers are taking an interest in artists in order to spread their message, it makes sense that those at the highest levels of society may also be under their influence, particularly if they are engaging in rituals which may give them a direct line of communication. Could the result of this influence be the co-ordinated effort we are seeing throughout society to suppress and ostracise alternative spirituality, while glorifying symbols, rituals and messages of darkness? If there was no greater force or co-ordination behind the use of these symbols, or the symbols in themselves did not have any inherent power, then why are they used so extensively?
It seems saturating society with dark symbols is an attempt to indoctrinate and train the masses to worship dark forces through worshipping their favourite artists. In this way, the dark side tricks unsuspecting people into “paying homage” to darkness while showing off its power.
How can we fight the encroaching darkness?
“If you make yourselves sheep, the wolves will eat you.”
– Benjamin Franklin
When it comes to the music industry there is much more at play than artists simply picking up on the cool symbols of today and using them as marketing tools to further promote their brands. What we are witnessing is a systematic and total infiltration of our culture and society by dark forces, part of an attack on spiritual values that bridges many sectors of society. The promotion of darkness in the music industry creates a vicious cycle where darkness is glorified and fed straight into the homes and lives of millions of people, and we as a society are conditioned to enjoy darkness with many clamouring for more of the same.
The immensity of the situation is so overwhelming that people do not believe that it could ever be co-ordinated at a global scale. Anyone who dares to challenge the status quo and suggest that there is more to popular culture than meets the eye is derogatorily labelled a “conspiracy theorist” and ridiculed by people who may laugh at the idea of the existence of real dark forces. Sadly whether or not we care to try and find out if these forces are real we may all still come under their influence.
While it may seem impossible to create a critical mass that would allow the values of society and the music industry to shift away from this dark influence, a collection of individuals united in purpose is a powerful thing. We can spread awareness about this issue, and can choose not to spend our money or time on the dark side of the music industry. Any efforts in this direction will help to push back the darkness little by little and alert others to what’s really going on in the world. We can be there for those starting to question what’s really going on behind the scenes and can be a force for good rather than an unknowing cog in the machine of evil.
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Last updated 22 Feb 2015