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?
DG: Die Ghost is made up of 4 dudes who love punk rock and horror movies, so we decided to combine the two!
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
DG: We formed in 2014 in Minneapolis, MN. A couple of us were Craigslist roommates that had common interests and after a drunken jam session it was decided that we needed to form Die Ghost.
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?
DG: We really like how the Misfits popularized horror themes and movies with Punk and so we are also following those steps but with a more modern punk sound like Bad Religion and Left over Crack to name a few. We love horror movies so we mostly write about that and creating our own horror stories.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
DG: to be able to create freely and to play rad gigs.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
DG: We’ve had the privilege of sharing the stage with Doyle (Misfits) and Nekromantix.
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?
DG: It for sure a challenge to be heard but Die Ghost is doing something that is truly different and to our knowledge the only band that has this sound in the Minneapolis area, so it helps. Our kickass bassist, Adam, took upon himself to learn how to record and has done a killer job recording our latest albums in his basement! We can’t really complain with home recording because it actually is very dope.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
DG: We have our list of local promoters that we can reach out to but we’re privileged enough to be asked to play most of our shows. We are taking the rest of the year off from shows to start cooking on our next album!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
DG: Its a double-edged sword, on one hand, you can get people to hear you and its easier to be discovered but on the other hand, bands don’t actually make money off of their music anymore and that makes it challenging to push on as most of the funds come out of pocket from the band members.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DG: There are many but if we had to quickly choose one, Bad Religion’s I Want to Conquer the World is one. It starts with a killer solo and has a huge memorable chorus. It’s impossible to not jam out to that song.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
DG: There are lots of Gatekeepers out there even in the underground scene. They need to get out of the way and support young bands. It seems that festivals are big on still headlining massive rock bands from 20+ years ago with a few lucking new bands opening. Those bands 20+ years ago were headlining festivals in the 90’s and still are today. It’d be cool to see a shift.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
DG: We just finished up an EP and are finalizing the artwork. Once that’s done we’ll be shopping for a good label that will put in as much hard work for us as we do for ourselves.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
DG: Just visit DieGhost.com and choose your platform! Give us a follow on our socials and watch for what we do next!
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