GHOST BASTERDS is a German band that are new to me. So I wanted to find out a bit more about them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
GHOST BASTERDS: Actually our vision didn’t change ever since. For us it’s all about making music with our friends. Thus we can be sure to stay happy when the whole thing gets bigger.
We had a long journey from being a cover band to a band that writes its own songs and with time we discovered our own different characters and genre interests. We’re curious what’s still to come.

Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big?
GHOST BASTERDS: We think the location doesn’t mean anything today. We reached a time where it’s kind of easy to bring our material out into the peoples ears. We are a young generation and we simply use the power of the internet and streaming services. Spotify and YouTube for example are big stages for every artist out there who tries to reach interested people with his music. It just took a few days after our first digital release and we saw in the statistics that someone from the States is listening to our stuff. That was a very interesting experience we made, that someone so far away is sitting in his bedroom and listens to a young band from Germany.
However we are very active in our local scene. Our singer Erik is a music event organizer in genres of metal and beyond. His connections are essential for our local presence. So if someone is an action man of a local scene, it’s still a wonderful thing to start.

What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
GHOST BASTERDS: It’s just cool to play in a band. A very good feeling. But honestly we never toured the world. We would like to play outside of germany in others countries soon 😉

What kind of feedback have you had on your music and in general? How important is feedback?
GHOST BASTERDS: Feedback is generally important to us, as long as it is constructive. We get feedback from several directions, be it our live show or our music itself. If it pleases the audience then so are we.

How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
GHOST BASTERDS: If we write any song which we all like, there is a special feeling between us while rehearsing it. It’s a kind of magic playing it and you can definitely see it in our faces.

As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
GHOST BASTERDS: We have chosen digital over analogue in general. In the case of recording, we never recorded to tape, because it wouldn’t sound like Ghost Basterds. Our sound is just modern and out of the box. We are able to work faster on a DAW with Cubase and Reaper and realize our ideas a more efficient way.
In the case of listening. Vinyl should sound warmer, but honestly we didn’t listen thoroughly to music on vinyl, we call us the “Streaming Generation”.

What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
GHOST BASTERDS: We love to see the joy in the peoples faces while we perform on stage. They dance, start to mosh, create circle pits and sometimes even sing along to our songs. It’s one of the greatest feelings to experience as a musician.

How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
GHOST BASTERDS: Lyrics are very important. They are our musical face and mainly reflect our opinions. Our singer Erik is a very critical person. That is definitely mirrored in his lyrics.
In addition we write in English as well as in our mother tongue, German.
All of us are young, we master both languages almost natively and so we are able to express ourselves better in the one language or the other depending on the song.

I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel?
GHOST BASTERDS: We personally for example made the experience that during a search for songs rather the cover lingers in memory than the title itself. We see us as a part of the “Streaming Generation” and personally take care of covers in our playlists and rate them individually. So we want to offer this experience to our audience as well.

What does the future hold?
GHOST BASTERDS: Two additional singles are upcoming. A special cover song that especially scandinavians may know and our first ballad. Also the planning of our first album has started already. We are very curious where the journey will lead us and hope that we may reach many people with our music. And may our gigs get bigger and bigger.

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