I believe that I have MY OWN GHOST in my apartment. Sometimes I wake up feeling like there is somebody watching me. Thankfully this band aren’t that scary. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-Like most of the musicians, we want people to get hooked by our music. It’s important to us to transmit the emotions we have felt while writing a certain song to the public. We try to stay open minded in our songwriting, but also to stay true to our sound, which can be a challenge sometimes.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It took some time to find the right name, we sat together in our rehearsal room and discussed different ideas. We were looking for something catchy and simple that matched our music. At some point Joe, our bassplayer, came up with the name “My Own Ghost”. It was the perfect name, simple, catchy, a little mysterious and it leaves room for interpretation. That’s exactely what our music’s about, heavy guitar riffs, catchy melodies with a twist, and lyrics that leave room for interpretation.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-As we all have quite different musical backgrounds, and don’t necessarily listen to the same bands, it’s not that easy to answer this question.
Our biggest influences are probably The Cure, Muse, HIM, Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon, Asking Alexandria, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, The Who, Mötley Crüe,….
We are actually inspired by bands that created their very own sound and legacy.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-Joe, David and Fred had the idea for a new project. Michael and Julie then completed this new band during the first year. Before we decided on a name, we had already written some songs, so the choice of the name was based on the sound of the band. As for the sound and songwriting, as we have quite a few songwriters in the band and we all have a different musical backgrounds, this leads to a great diversity in our songs. As you may notice, our debut album ‘Love Kills’ and our second record, ‘Life On Standby’, still have the same spirit, it’s just that our sound and style have become more defined, as and we have evolved as a band and also musically.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-Releasing single tracks has the advantage that the public can choose the song it wants to buy, without “having” to buy the whole album.
As a band this gives you the opportunity to reach more people with your music. People that aren’t really into your kind of music, might buy a single song without buying the whole album, while pure music fans will still want to buy the whole album.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Artwork and layout are a very important part in releasing a new record. We try to develop a concept for every record we release and we work out the artwork, bandpictures, videoclips and layout according to this concept.
The artwork, as well as the concept, should be something that represents our music, the spirit of the album and the band. It should really get stuck in people’s heads.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, … have made it easier for bands to reach people worldwide, and it can be a helpful tool for promotion, if used correctly. We use social media a lot, nevertheless, we still do promotion the “traditional” way.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-As we spend a lot of time together, My Own Ghost has grown to be a family, away from everyday life. We respect and love each other and share this great passion and love for music. We all have the same goals and ideas, and are ready to combine our efforts to take My Own Ghost to another level. Being able to get on stage together, and to present our music to different audiences, or to hear your own song on the radio, is something we would not want to miss.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We just love to tour, we try to take every opportunity we get to tour. For us, touring is the greatest way to spread the word of the band, because the quality of a band can best be seen during a live performance. Social media can never give you this direct interaction with the public that you experience while touring and performing live.
What will the future bring?
-2017 is an exciting year for us as we’re on the road a lot and we’ll be releasing our second album which has been produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa and mastered by Svante Forsbäck.
In March we’ll be supporting Tarja Turunen (Ex Nightwish-singer) on 8 shows during her Shadow Shows 2017.
On April 7th we will release our second album, ‘Life On Standby’ via Secret Entertainment and we hope that it’s received as positively or even better than our first one. After that we will be off to the east of Europe, in Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia to promote the new record.
On April 23rd we’ll participate at the first round of the FemMe Battles in Eindhoven and on April 28th we’ll have a big release party in Luxembourg.
As for the rest of the year, we hope that we can bring our music to as many countries, festivals and venues as possible and that a whole bunch of people get hooked to our music.