Ghastly Talks Inspiration & More In Exclusive Interview, Hosts Reddit AMA
Fresh off the release of his latest track 'Dogs In The House', bass house heavyweight Ghastly sat down with us to chat inspiration, advice and more. Read on to learn more about EDM's favorite ghost and head to r/electronicmusic to catch his official Reddit AMA at 3pm EST. Get your questions in now!
EDM.com: What's your musical background like? How'd you end up producing electronic music?
"My background ranges from death metal to ambient to emo kid with an acoustic guitar - but metal music is what allowed me to transition into dance music so easily. I taught myself how to play guitar, piano, and how to sing, as well as how to produce electronic music. I kinda Macgyver-ed all of my talents because I didn't have the wealth to have anyone teach me.
EDM: Describe your sound in 3 words.
"I'd. Rather. Not."
EDM: At what point will you consider that you've 'made it' as an artist?
"I think a lot of people consider where I am right now as having 'made it' but in my opinion, you never really make it. It's all about consistantly raising the bar because music is infinite, the highest height will always be just another record for someone else to break. I intend to always aim for that. Plus I really want to collab with Miley Cyrus."
EDM: Musically, who are your biggest inspirations and why?
"Aphex Twin is definitely my biggest inspiration because he never stuck to one genre, his sounds are always so different. From angelic to demonic, he encompasses all human emotions instead of feeding the public a singular stream of a formula that works everytime."
EDM: What do you think the future of dance music will sound like?
"The future is here, we are simply going through cycles and converging genres as they are created with zero boundaries. This is such an amazing time for music because the bar no longer exists, anyone can do anything with any sound or genre."
EDM: You recently released 'Dogs In The House', a collab with rising star Goldplate, how did the two of you start working together? What was the collaboration workflow like?
"I met Goldplate at Icon Collective as a visitor and one day I hit him up asking if he wanted to collab. It just so happened we both were working on our own separate tracks so we met up and mashed them together and it was serendipitous how properly the puzzle pieces fit."
EDM: As many producers can attest to, it's not uncommon to find yourself stuck in a creative rut. Where do you usually find inspiration?
"I find inspiration in life, in the people I surround myself with, and my experiences. Sure some inspiration comes from listening to other artists but the beauty of music is being able to capture an emotion you feel on a personal level into a few minutes of sound the people can relate to. I try my best to avoid getting inspiration from other people's music, simply out of preference."
EDM: What is the best piece of career advice that you've ever received?
"Don't try to be better than anyone else, just be better than your current self and you will always progress."
EDM: And the worst piece of advice?