JACKSONVILLE (ActionNewsJax.com) -- Streaming through the internet at lightning speed, a Jacksonville area man is part of one of the hottest underground bands around. “Blood on the Dance Floor” delivers an in-your-face manifesto on life. The band’s explicit songs tackle teenage sex, self-image and bullying.
Action News traveled to Orlando, where BOTDF gave us an all-access pass, and a no-holds-barred interview with the two stars of the show, Davie Vanity and Jayy Von Monroe.
Sitting down with the pair, you’re struck by their elaborate makeup, tattoos, spiked hair—and Vanity’s colorful contact lenses. But beneath the glam exterior, were two well-spoken, articulate, and polite young men.
Vanity, the bands founding member, draws his inspiration through experience. He admits he was bullied in school, saying “Me and Jayy had it rough growing up,” Vanity said, “When I started standing up for myself, I started living better and music was my freedom.”
One of the band’s most popular videos is for the song “Rise and Shine.” A boy is being picked on at school. The adults don’t appear to care about what’s happening. In a Columbine-style dream sequence; he imagines he’s gunned down the bullies.
Monroe, who admits he was kicked out of Middleburg High School for wearing makeup to class, says parents have this band all wrong, "What people call offensive, that's what's happening, that's what's real--and if you don't enlighten people they have no idea what's going on in their kids life."