Ghastly Murder – Interview

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

PD: What type of artist are you?

GM: Ghastly Murder is a solo project from Gary  Emmins/Mr.E of the band The filthy Spectacula. The music of Ghastly Murder is darker, heavier and more gothic than what I produce with the filthy Spectacula

I am a singer songwriter and guitarist and as an artist I like my projects to be a total experience of sound and vision


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

GM: I am well known within the steampunk universe as the singer of the song ‘The last steampunk waltz’ with ghostfire.

I left ghostire to form The Filthy Spectacula which is more hard hitting musically and is known as a fantastic live experience

I have always had this darker side musically that I have wanted to produce and a solo project such as Ghastly Murder is a perfect vehicle for that.


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

GM: I have an eclectic musical taste and I am always open to new sounds and ideas that I filter into what I produce. I like films, books   that cover the darker and seedier side of human existence and I collect ideas that I think would make interesting subject matters for my songs.

I like my music dramatic and powerful but laced with hooks and melody


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

GM: I would love for my music to be seen and heard worldwide To be musically respected, to go beyond my wildest dreams in terms of ambitions for the Ghastly Murder- is the world ready?


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

GM: I (Gary Emmins) is currently the soul song writer . I have no issue with writing with anyone else on the same wave length as me but for practical purposes for my current EP I have been the songwriter and director of what Ghastly Murder is musically.

My songs to tend to have subject matters that are dealing with the darker side of the tracks. Writing ‘happy’ songs never sits well with me


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

GM: The ‘band’ exists on line currently

but I want to take the idea from the studio into a live environment. I have a vision in how it would look and how it would be presented as I like an audience to fully experience the world of Ghastly Murder— I just need to find the RIGHT musicians


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

GM: It is what it is and it is now the culture. It is convenient for anyone around the planet to download your songs and take it and play it anywhere. Downloading has taken the mystery out of letting record companies be the gate keepers of music and has opened up the market. I will admit I enjoy owning an object such as an album or CD , I love the artwork and all the packaging but not a huge fan of the clutter and of course these things can get damaged – unlike a download


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

GM: So many…. Why? Artistic achievement . Imagine creating a sound that touches millions people’s hearts and souls.  But financially wouldn’t it be great to have written stuff like Happy Birthday or White Christmas etc….. by now I would have my coffin shaped swimming pool  whilst living the life style, meanwhile I dream away


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

GM: Complacency in others. Musically I am not a fan of cliché and  playing safe- I will always walk the path less trodden


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

GM: Yet to be achieved –the future is not yet written


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

GM: I am in the process of releasing tracks from my E.P. ‘The Rise and Demise Of Gory Emminence’ which is a 6 track ep. I would like to expand this into an albums worth of songs in the near future – the material is written and ready to go. I am also working on a couple of videos for a few of the songs (as I am a visual artist)


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

GM: The first track from the E.P. is a song called ‘TWITCH’ which is a song about awakening the old gods…this will be closely followed by 5 other songs  such as – Chloroform, Talking to the Dead, You’re Ghosts. Hell is other  People and Love Me

All can be found here

Or all other digital outlets – Amazon/I tunes/youtube  etc.etc.