Dancing With Ghosts – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

DWG: We are the types of artists that don’t like genre boundaries. Experimentation and coming up with new sounds are very important facets to our sound. Sometimes this can get us into a little bit of trouble when it comes to defining us as a specific genre.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

DWG: Dancing with Ghosts started out when I (Josh), got tired of being in bands that would eventually fall apart and leave me back at square one. With a little bit of life coaching from a good friend I finally developed the confidence to start making my own music and fronting the band as well. Eventually around 2017 I met Stephanie Conner and her vocal talents were undeniable. I felt like she could really bring so much to the sound of Dancing with Ghosts that I reluctantly found myself putting trust in another individual yet again. Thankfully, however, Stephanie is that one rare soul who is truly on the same path as myself and we’ve never let each other down.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

DWG: The “who are you musical influences” question is funny to me because we sound nothing like the artists that influence us but just to name a few it would be Genesis, Rammstein, The Smashing Pumpkins, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode and even Weird Al.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

DWG: Our dream is the dream of any artist. We want to make a difference through our art. We also set a modest goal of being able to book a venue anywhere in the United States and have at least 100 people show up. I think that’s attainable in my lifetime.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

DWG: I, Josh Cannon, write the music for all of our songs. When it comes to writing lyrics both myself and lead vocalist Stephanie Conner share that duty. Our songs sometimes stray into the story-telling category but mostly they are about the struggles of the mind, the kind of struggles you have to fight from within.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

DWG: We promote ourselves the way most band do (or SHOULD do). We post something to our various social media accounts every single day. We always want our mugs to be on your screen so maybe one day you’ll think to youself “alright…I guess I’ll give them a listen”.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

DWG: Are we talking legal or illegal? If you’re pirating music I hope you’re at least going to that artist’s live performance or buying a shirt from them. If you are legally obtaining that artist’s music I have no issue with that. Either way, if you are somehow supporting the artist financially for their hard work, then you are ok in my book. I will say, though, Napster was the beginning of the end for most mid and low-level artists’ abilities to have careers in the music industry without having to get a day job. A lack of physical CD sales notwithstanding I feel that music has become cheapened beyond repair. Due to streaming, the concept of listening to an entire album as an experience is dying out as well. I’m noticing more and more artists are being forced to drip out singles every few months because people don’t have the attention span to listen to full albums anymore. I could write a book about this topic (oh look, I already did).


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

DWG: I wish I had written “Blinding Lights” by the Weeknd because I love that retro-synth pop sound and it’s a genre I’m really good at writing. The fact that the song has over a billion streams on Spotify doesn’t hurt either.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

DWG: People who have too much energy in the morning. People who say “you should smile more”. People not wiping the seat after they take a piss (even if it’s only on the porcelain). Dirt, clutter, disarray… I think you’ve probably concluded at this point that I’m pretty O.C.D., and you’d be correct.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

DWG: Actually our last two shows were some of my proudest moments. We’ve gotten to the point where we can really pack out a room in our hometown, so to actually have people dancing, singing along and cheering loudly was a feeling of validation I had been waiting a long time for.


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

DWG: Currently we are working on a new song titled “The Game”, it’s just a working title and will probably be changed but the song itself has more a pop/punk vibe to it. We will probably switch into music video mode after that and make a video for the song.


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from? 

DWG: If you go to our website there are links to all the platforms that carry our music but in short, Spotify, Apple, Soundcloud and YouTube. If you would like to check out our merch you can go to

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