Interview with the Band Ghosts of Sunset

By Mick Michaels

The Cosmick View: Hello, and welcome to The Cosmick View/MBM Ten Pounder! Thanks for taking some time to chat with us! 

CV: Describe your definition of the band’s sound and style and how does that definition uniquely describe the music?
Ghosts of Sunset: Ghosts of Sunset is a rock n roll band with its roots in the 1980s “hair metal” sound of the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, California, but allows all our influences to come to the surface in our music. That means classic country, rock, punk, pop, new wave, and anywhere else a good song can be found.

CV: Today, everyone talks about artist and audience connection. Is such a level of connection actually achievable for an artist and if so, how have you made the connection to your fans?
Ghosts of Sunset: Of course it’s achievable. Whenever two human beings get together and bond over music, it’s happening. Truly that’s what Ghosts of Sunset are shooting for. We want to hang out with like-minded people and share songs we can all enjoy.

CV: Is fan interaction an important part of the band’s inner culture? Ghosts of Sunset: Deeply. We’re music fans connecting with music fans. In the case of Ghosts of Sunset, we’re MAKING the music, but it’s no different than sharing our favorite records with friends who come over to the house. It’s always about a mutual experience.

CV: Can a band truly interact with its fans and still maintain a level of personal privacy without crossing the line and giving up their “personal space” in your opinion?
Ghosts of Sunset: Certainly, the mythology that once surrounded music has faded due to the instant factor of social media and the unprecedented access to artists, but I think it’s healthy to hold some back just for yourself. Close friends and family are always closely guarded.

CV: Is music, and its value, viewed differently around the world in your opinion?  If so, what do you see as the biggest difference in such multiple views among various cultures?
Ghosts of Sunset: That’s a great question. On some level you look at other areas of the world where certain styles of music are succeeding, while here at home (America for us), bands can’t seem to get traction or mass appeal. I’m sure the influence of culture, history, socio-political climates, etc, all factor in. I believe you can find music you connect to, you just have to be willing to LOOK for it.

CV: Do you feel that a band that has an international appeal, will tend to connect more so to American audiences? Would they be more enticed or intrigued to see the band over indigenous acts because of the foreign flavor? Ghosts of Sunset: The unknown can work for or against an artist. Certainly we’ve seen international bands fail in America and vice versa. America has always been seen as a foothold for popular music. Of course the relationships are always incestuous and lines get blurred. America provided rhythm and blues to young English kids and they souped it up and sold it back to America with bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. We gave the world Muddy Waters, BB King, Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, but we’re forever in debt for Zeppelin, the Stones, the Who, the Yardbirds, etc… It’s always been one big, continuous circle.

CV: Has modern-day digital technology made everyone an artist on some level in your opinion? Have the actual lines of what really is an artist been blurred?
Ghosts of Sunset: Well, just because you can make up songs and record them on your laptop doesn’t necessarily make you a “recording artist”. I think art comes from human experience and depth. If you have something to share and you share it via a medium that speaks to your soul, then you’re an artist.

CV: How would you describe the difference between an artist who follows trends and one who sets them?
Ghosts of Sunset: The one who sets them isn’t aware they are doing it. They’re simply making art because they cannot survive if they don’t. There’s no time to chase trends if you’re focused on delivering something that speaks to you and comes from your soul.

CV: Has music overall been splintered into too many sub-genres in an effort to appease fan tastes in your opinion? And has such fan appeasements, in actuality, weakened music’s impact as a whole by dividing audiences? Ghosts of Sunset: “Modifiers” as I call them were created by business people trying to pinpoint and target market to specific demographics. It’s all just music.

CV: What can fans except to see coming next from you?
Ghosts of Sunset: We’ll continue promoting the “No Saints in the City” single followed by the single “If You’re Not Coming Back”. Then, in late fall, early winter the full-length album “No Saints in the City” will be released via Golden Robot Records. We’re reviewing logistics for some limited live engagements later 2021 as well.

CV: Thanks again for taking some time and talking. It is greatly appreciated. Thank YOU!

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My name is Mick Michaels...I'm an artist, music fan, songwriter, producer, show host, dreamer and guitarist for the traditional Heavy Metal band Corners of Sanctuary. Writing has always been a creative outlet for me; what I couldn't say in speech, I was able to do with the written word.  Writing has given me a voice and a way for me to create on a multitude of platforms including music and song, articles, independent screenplays, books and now, artist interviews. The Cosmick View is an opportunity to raise the bar and showcase artists in a positive and inspirational light. For me, it's another out-of-this-world adventure.

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