In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with GHOST:HELLO. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today?
-All three of us suffer from various amounts of depression and 2017/2018 was a rough patch for me personally.
I had been out of music for 5 or so years and I knew Joe was home from Europe living at Aron’s so I just reached out. I had been listening to a ton of 80’s and wanted to do a redux of a bunch of songs. I hit joe up initially about doing a talking heads song. That led to talking about rekindling old ideas and stuff just happened.
I wanted to make music with my friend and that was more or less the vision. This is still the vision, I just want to do it while traveling.
What is this band really all about?
-I guess It’s about musical freedom. I don’t feel like we’re coming from a place of objective intention.
We’re just us and that translates. There’s an amazing personal chemistry here paired with abstract but complementing tastes and it just really works.
What do you want with your music?
-We want to enjoy creating. That’s the endgame. Whether we’re making records, or filming things, or doing claymation, all of these things are us and we just want to deliver this to people who are interested in it.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
If there is I haven’t noticed. We thrive on the fact that we don’t have to compete. There’s nobody in our town that sounds like us, everyone rips but they don’t sound like we do.
-There’s no hip standard we need to meet to get people through the door. We can be authentically ourselves and people dig it.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-I love that people do identity with it but It’s not at the forefront of my mind when writing. This last album was mostly written in the studio. We had friends drive in and we holed up for the weekend and spent a few 18 hour days just creating. There were skeletons of songs but it was created then and there. We weren’t in our heads worried if this would resonate with others. We just knew, people who dig it will dig it, people who don’t won’t. If you try to cater to this facet of an audience, it’s not long before you need to do it with that facet and in the end you’re too busy worrying about what they want that you forget about what you want.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-A lot of it comes down to being open with yourself and your music and being confident. If you trust that everyone has the best interest of the song in mind then you can’t go wrong. We send each other voice clips of mouth riffs. Perfect was a riff joe sang me over the phone while he was driving to work. When the juices flow, they flow. Go with it.
The biggest challenge is patience. Nobody talks about this. It’s all GOGOGOWEGOTTAGETITDOBEANDRELEASED. I’m guilty I’m a workaholic. But seriously. Take your time. And take criticism honestly. Sometimes your riffs are Boaring. Sometimes it’s just not right for the song. Be open to it.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue? I have not. Joe however recorded on tape in his previous band Simeon Soul Charger, over in Germany.
-There’s a song on Harmony Square that has a jillion vocal harmony overdubs, and the end result is gorgeous, but the editing work it took to get it is nuts.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-It’s weird at first to be sitting on what we think is just a brilliant thing and to just hoard it. I would say sure it matters, it’s something that strokes your ego and pushes you to create more. At the end of the day regardless of if it resonates with everyone or not, I just want to explore this part of life with my close friends.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-There’s a major balance between lyrics and instrumental songs on the album. The lyrics we do have are indeed illustrative. Spacescapes and dissent towards religious overlords, But our energy is most important.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band
-Art is huge with us. I have a lot of favorite artists that I want to hire for art. I’m constantly popping up with designs from this person or that person, or drawing our own for flyers. Good art is key.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s posters, shirts, whatever. In my opinion if you don’t take the time to brand your band and represent yourself in an artistically profession way, people will see right though.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-It’s been quite a while since we’ve been out regionally, 2013. Although we are hitting up a lot of those locations again this year with our upcoming schedule.
What do you see in the future?
-Food, good food in strange towns. The stuff you get at the hidden local hotspots. Home made pie.
Joe keeps talking about hitting up his old haunts in Italy and all I can think of is eating all this delicious stuff.