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Born A Ghost – Interview


Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

BaG: I think we are still trying to come to terms with the fact that we are indeed a band. For the last few years we all focused as solo elements and combined all of our ideas to form the first E.P., SGNLs. It wasn’t really until last year that we decided “Yup, we’re a band now, let’s do band things!”

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

BaG: We are all from Tacoma, Washington or surrounding areas. We all have a back ground in music since early childhood.

 

PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

BaG: Taylor has Bipolar with Psychotic Features so a good deal of our music is centered around that. There are highs and lows, (mostly lows) that mimic the mood swings he goes through. Other then that, we are influenced by mostly Death and Doom metal bands and Sci-Fi and Fantasy movies and video games. 

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

BaG: We would love to complete our lineup by adding a dedicated drummer and fill a few other spots so that we can tour.

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

BaG: I think releasing our first full length “The Beginning To An Ending.” We never expected to take this project that far and even now we are amazed at how far we have come.

 

PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

BaG: It’s definitely a learning curve that’s for sure. We are doing everything on our own, sort of grass roots, so it’s way harder than if we had label support. But, we wouldn’t have it any other way because we control everything.

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

BaG: Currently, we are hyper focused on writing new material. We would love to tour and play live, but we are lacking a few things that make that a possibility for us. Our biggest challenge has been finding a group of members that maintain the dynamic that we all currently have.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

BaG: I think the way of the album is dead so it’s pointless now. I have seen repeated over and over again that there’s no money to be made with streaming and releasing music so I am indifferent to sites like Spotify. I think they are predatory on artists and should be regulated to some degree, but I also think that they are the core element to getting your music out there now. Not just Spotify but all services. Personally, I would rather give my music away to someone who is really going to cherish it than to sell it for whatever I think it may be worth, but at the end of the day we all have to eat and support this venture.

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

BaG – Taylor: I wish I would have written Tomorrow Never Knows by the Beatles. The song is recorded normally then played backwards and the group sings over it. It’s truly an eclectic and weird song but sounds great to my ears.

BaG – Craig: Pneuma by Tool. I love the drum composition in the song and I think it’s brilliant. The fusion of electronic and acoustic drums and all of the ambience of the song just does it for me.

BaG – Sergio: For me, it’s Chimes at Midnight by Mastodon. The first time I heard it, it reminded me of a weird dream that I had. What got me was how it started off and then it changes up again. It was more like an experience the first time I heard it. It’s almost like a story with no ending that leaves you wanting more.

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

BaG: All three of us have varying experiences working in the music industry nationally and locally in the Seattle/Tacoma area but I think at the core, we want to see artists getting paid for their work. We have seen a lot of venues try to screw artists over by asking for a cut in merch sales and stuff like that and we think that predatory behavior needs to end. For some artists, this IS their sole source of income.

 

PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

BaG: We are working on finding a few new members to fill out the live set and we are working on putting together a live set with visual aspects to go with the music. Also, we have a good friend and former band mate coming up from California to write a new concept album, so that is exciting. It’s going to be a collaboration project that has all of the Born a Ghost milestones, but we envision that it will sound totally different than what we normally write.

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

BaG: You can find us on our website (www.bornaghost.com) and our Bandcamp (born-a-ghost.bandcamp.com) to buy albums and merch. We are also on Facebook (www.facebook.com/bornghost) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/bornaghostofficial)

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