Q&A: Grey Ghost
Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?
Punk and new wave with hip-hops ‘n what-nots. Well, that’s what I say.
What do you love about making music?
I love telling stories and creating worlds and colours with sound. I love to take people on a trip whether it’s live or through their headphones. I find that writing rap music takes me on tangents I never would have thought to explore.
Tell us about the last song you wrote.
The last song I wrote was just a big arse verse over a beat that I’m going to film and put up online. It’s about the feelings of darkness and trying to explain some of this shit I’ve been through as a younger cat. I like to write about those issues ‘cause it reminds me of where I’m at and where I’ve been and I believe it helps others who have been through that shit as well.
So, someone is walking past as you guys are playing, they then go get a beer and tell their friend about you... what do they say?
So I saw Grey Ghost last night, It’s kinda like Smashing Pumpkins if that bald guy had dreads and sung less about angelic internal struggles and rapped more about space and shit.
How do you stop your pre-gig jitters?
I don’t really get pre-gig jitters, I think I’ve just done too many shows to be bothered going through that every time. I’m confident about what I do so I’m usually pretty chill before a show. I have a whiskey and do vocal warm ups and like to stretch and jump around a bit. Nothing out of the ordinary. Oh but I always be-head a goat before a show.
What inspires or has influenced your music the most?
Mainly my incredibly talented friends and the amazing things they create. Sadness inspires me to write too, personal sadness and the sadness of the world. I love the idea that you can turn a messed up experience around and make art out of it. That makes sense to me.
When are you doing your thing next?
My next thing is a gig in a few hours out in Traralgon, then my residency at Workers Club every Wednesday in July, then a bunch of other shows and support tours then… the mofoukin' debut album..!
How do you balance making and playing music with your other commitments?
My whole life is about friends, family and creativity. So the first two things aren’t an issue with commitment ‘cause I always make time for the people I love. The other facet; creativity has many parts to it but they all feed off each other. Making music, creating graphic art and video clips and writing. It’s all the same shit really, just different mediums.
Anything else to add?
Yeah, get my free mixtape at greyghost.com.au.