Interview with the Band Ghosts of Sunset
Cosmick View: Hello, and welcome to The
Cosmick View/MBM Ten Pounder! Thanks for taking some time to chat with
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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!
Check out Ghosts
of Sunset at:
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/ghosts-of-sunset/1522698741
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