Interview with Lo-Ghost by Liam Horn

Jozi-Deep caught up with Lo-Ghost coming up to there Performance of Lo-Ghost this year at Smoking Dragon, We spoke a bit about what drew them to the industry, why they love what they do and everything the hope to accomplish.

  1. What drew you to the music industry?

The long hours, financial instability and risky career prospect

2 How did you meet?

We met in 2011, when we were both working as performing waiters to support our music habits.

3 What does your band-name mean?

Very little. It’s an empty vessel for us to full with all the meaning that we’d like.

4 Who are you inspired by, who are your biggest influences ?

LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Perfume Genius, Bon Iver, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Tyler, Baths, Boots, Sharon Von Etten

5 Please explain your creative process

We are very lucky to have such a high-functioning collaborative creative process. Both of us produce separately to sketch out our pre-production work and then come together to consolidate and topline together. This album cycle saw us using some new tools to contextualise our work (and to ensure everything sits in the same thematic world), such as narrative outlines and images to guide the sonic aesthetic.

6 What’s an average day like for your band?

Bootlegger coffee. Some music to open the ears. Gear unpack and setup. Bootlegger coffee. Plan to take over the world and maybe another Bootlegger coffee. Actually start to get some work done. Realize we’re way behind our schedule. Crisis. Work all night.

7 Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?

We’re pretty open, clear-cut and honest in our music and themes, but we have been working on an EP of subliminal verses (you won’t have a choice but to love it).

8 Do you collaborate with others? What is that process?

On ‘Cult Pop’ we brought in some brilliant musicians (and friends) to work on the vocal side of the recording process: Ntokozo Mzimela, Jamie Heneke and Amy Hoffenberg. It was such a pleasure to learn from such incredible vocalists and arrangers and to create a space that’s open for collaboration like that.

9 Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans

We love chatting to anyone who enjoys our music. We always hang out after the show and have met some of the greatest people in our lives through that. Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of people reaching out from across the world via Instagram, which feels wild, and beautiful. Connection is a large part of why we do this, so we’re really happy to hear from new fans/friends.

10 What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? Why?

We love creating and we love performing. They’re both incredibly cathartic processes for us and we owe a lot of who we both are to those crafts. Least favourite = gear + stairs.

11 Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?

Anxiety, certainly. Performance anxiety, not so much. 

12 Tell me about your favorite performance venues

The Raptor Room (CT)

Mercury Live (CT)

The Chairman (DBN)

Snatch32 (JHB)

13 What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Try to build systems and skill-sets that enable you to keep as much of the work ‘in-house’ as possible. When we started Lo-ghost we could barely mix a bowl of Pronutro, but we knew that we didn’t have the finances to pull in producers and engineers to record and mix every time we wanted to release something, so we set out to upskill ourselves. That’s been the culture ever since. Go for broke and learn to find success and happiness in the journey, rather than the outcome. Because the more happiness and satisfaction you can find in the day-to-day  process of trying to get where you want to go, the more likely you’ll be able to sustain the project across time until you reach the outcome you want,

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