Interview: Ghostatic

We chat to modern industrial artist Ghostatic about new single, influences and swan-diving down elevator shafts.

Interview by Jane Howkins

How is 2020 treating you so far?
2020 is Ghostatic’s birth year. I skipped the crawl phase and sprinted out of the womb. But honestly, building a musical project from scratch is no walk in the park. Especially when you are doing it alone.

Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
Yes. My first single, Violence, is out now. I like to call it new industrial.

Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
Always! My next release, Catastrophic Love, [was out] 31 March alongside a new music video. Currently, I’m putting the finishing touches on it. I’d love to tell you the ending but I don’t want to spoil it. It’s up for a Grammy and Emmy, in my own head. Expect a new track about every 6 weeks and an EP end of year I’m working on with Evan Mckeever. The EP is more rock than electronic. Lots of music!

Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
I was shooting for the end of summer but with this cute little virus, who knows now.

Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
Imagine if NIN came out in 2020….

Just kidding. I know I’m reaching. But Trent is definitely an influence. Same with other legends from that era like Maynard James Keenan, and Jerry Cantrell. But I’m also influenced by many modern day electronic music artists/producers. Guys like Rob Swire, Kill the Noise, Nero, and The Midnight to name a few. Artists like these have exponentially changed the standard for commercial loudness, production detail, and sound design.

What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
I listen to a lot of Future Garage. Phaelah is amazing if you’re into ambient bass. I don’t listen to music that sounds similar to what I make. I’m sick of me.

Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
You should listen to Ghostatic because it’s better than swan-diving down an empty elevator shaft. You should see me live because I tested positive for COVID-19 and you should just get it out of the way, joking! Expect a lot of coughing and a fever, joking again! The live show is laced with energy and raw interpretations of these super productions which gives the music a completely different vibe.

Any last words for the fans?
Yes, I need more of you! Holler at me @Ghostatic. I send nudes!