We had the good fortune of connecting with The Sound of Ghosts and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi The Sound of Ghosts, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
Any time you’re pursuing a creative endeavor, there are a million times when it feels easier to give up than to continue pressing on. As a band, The Sound of Ghosts, has of course experienced rejection, we’ve lost and gained band members, and faced many challenges, but there has always been a sense of wanting to continue creating; that the joy of creating new music outweighs the pain of our setbacks. As long as your desire to create remains strong, there is no reason to give up. You should always ask yourself, “if I give up now, will I look back and wish that I had done more or will I be satisfied with the effort I put into my dreams?” If the answer is that you would wish you had done more, then don’t give up. There is nothing to lose in following your heart and everything to lose in giving up before you’re ready.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We are most interested in and excited about creating a sound that is unique to us. We call The Sound of Ghosts an Americana Rock group, but we have songs that are inspired by straight ahead rock, blues, folk, swing and try to challenge ourselves not to write music that sounds like someone else, but instead sounds like us. Because of our versatility, we’ve opened for acts like everything from Oingo Boingo to Ozomatli, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. That being said, one of our biggest challenges is industry folks understanding where we fit in. We would love to reach more people who appreciate our music and that can be difficult because we don’t fall into one specific genre.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Our favorite spots are: Shopping: -The Record Parlor -Mono Records -Unique Vintage -Audrey K Boutique Venues: -The Echo -The Troubadour -The El Rey Restaurants: -Mohawk Bend -Gokoku Vegetarian Ramen -Burgerlords -H.O.P.E Other: -The Huntington Library -LACMA -Shows at The Ahmanson
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would love to send a shoutout to the people that have kept us inspired and supported us as a band over the years. Harry Shotzbarger for coming to every show you could make it to including our first show on the road, Keith and Georgie McCart for opening your hearts and home to us whenever we’re in your neck of the woods, Mike and Nikki from Tiny Porch Concerts for being such supporters of independent music, and of course our friends and family who have been to shows, pre-ordered records, printed posters, designed t-shirts, and supported us in so many ways. We couldn’t do it without you!
C. A. Frances Photography for both images