‘Dexter: New Blood’ Star Michael C. Hall Talks Differences Between Fronting a Band and Playing His Iconic Role

by Courtney Blackann

Playing music in front of a large crowd and interacting with fans is the stuff of Dexter Morgan’s nightmare. However, the experience is intensely gratifying for Michael C. Hall. The actor shows a completely different side of himself while touring with his band Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum. And Hall recently opened up about the differences between his onscreen character and his real life music career.

In an interview with Screenrant, Hall described his love of playing music in front of a live crowd.

“It’s great. It’s really gratifying. The band is something that we’ve been up to for a few years and [we] had been playing gigs in New York. We’re about to take a trip out to L.A. Kind of got shut down as far as performing live so since we did some shows in New York in late October and have subsequently gone on this tour here in the UK, it’s been so great to just be in front of a live audience,” Hall says.

Further, you can hear the group’s song “Ketamine” in an episode of “Dexter: New Blood.” And Hall is really happy with that. However, unlike Dexter, Hall says he loves being able to connect with people through music. He views his onscreen character as his polar opposite when it comes to performing.

“Dexter: New Blood” Star Describes Character Parallels to Band

” I think part of the thrill of performing with the band is unique in as much as I’m putting over material that we created together. Dexter is a very sort of isolating experience in a way – he’s trapped in his layers of secrets,” Hall says.

He goes on to add:

“His real confidant is the audience and they’re not really there. When you’re in a room full of people who are there with you experiencing something that requires a much more full-on, expansive, singing at the top of your lungs energy, it’s a very different experience. And I think maybe in the long run, better for you. More of an endorphin rush,” Hall says.

Further, Hall describes the single used for “Dexter: New Blood” as something that mirrors Dexter Morgan’s dark experiences. He says it’s definitely a “less sunny” tune. Which is quite frankly perfect for the vigilante killer.

“The song is about the experience I had, alongside what I knew was Morgan’s experience, which was a lot less sunny and happy and was more intense. It felt like a metaphor for our relationship – you want to kind of give in to your own trip, but you also want to be aware that another person alongside you might have a very different subjective experience.”

If you want to have a listen, you can stream Princess Goes to the Butterfly museum wherever you get your music and check out the band’s new album “Thanks For Coming.”