Ghosts of Sunset – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
GOS: Ghosts of Sunset is a rock and roll band. If you long for a time when music rocked AND rolled, we’re the band for you.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
GOS: Todd Long and myself have been writing, recording, and performing live together for over 30 years. In that time, we’ve played everything from 1950s country and rock, to modern punk-pop, alternative, alt-country, and everything else. We’re what you’d call “lifers”. Rock n roll is who we are, not just something we do.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
GOS: Non-musical influences of course are family and friends. Todd and I both had supportive (if at times confused) parents who could tell music was in our DNA. Musically we run the gamut. We never discriminate. A good song is a good song. A hook is a hook. That can be Elvis, Chuck Berry, Faster Pussycat, Warrant, to Taylor Swift, Butch Walker, or Pink. The second you shut yourself off from a good song, you’ve already lost half the battle.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
GOS: To be happy, healthy, fully formed men who can balance family and friends while creating a career in the music industry. The days of being a beautiful disaster or leaving a good-looking corpse are long gone. Ghosts of Sunset are only concerned with quality songs and performances. We’ve been in the game for over 30 years. When you’ve survived this long you’re able to start functioning at a level where you make art and openly speak your heart. It’s very freeing.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
GOS: Myself and Todd Long share credit in the writing process and no matter what the topic may look like from the outside, when you boil the songs down they’re about the human experience. That can be a personal experience, observed experience, or a completely fictional experience.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
GOS: Social media changed that game. We come from an era of xeroxed flyers and face to face promotion. We try and bring that work ethic and DIY ethos to the current musical climate.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
GOS: It’s changed the way people make and receive music. There are some high positives such as instant gratification and such a huge scope of available sounds. The downside is it’s lessened the feeling of “ownership” to fans. That new record means a little more if you waited in the rain at midnight outside of your favorite record store with 50 other people who are as excited as you are about it. The physical copy used to carry more weight. Running home to open the sleeve, read the liner notes and look at the pictures is gone. I sort of feel badly for a generation of listeners who missed that feeling but I’m also envious of a generation of listeners who can hop online and explore across artists and genre’s, freely discovering completely new sounds.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
GOS: Too many to list. It could be a weighty as “Blowin’ in the Wind” or as simple as “We’re Not Gonna Take It”. I think any song that transcends across different segments of society and becomes an anthem is pretty special. These are place markers in the human experience and truly a gift.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
GOS: Musicians who talk about stuff like place markers in the human experience.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
GOS: I must say, when we signed with Golden Robot Records and found a home for our band where we were valued and respected was pretty special. When I met Todd Long for the first time and he said he’d “jam in the basement” with me was magical. Todd is special and a true musician. For him to open up to me and then become friends and musical partners guided the course of my entire musical career.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
GOS: The full-length follow up to our EP “Headed West”. Every band says it, but the new stuff is really exciting.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
GOS: Right now the first single “Miles In-Between” is available via Golden Robot Records at all digital platforms. Talk has already begun concerning physical releases and limited run vinyl but that’s definitely down the road a bit.
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