A couple of weeks ago I have reviewed Ghost season’s new music. In the meantime I had also had the opportunity to have a chat with the guys. This is what the band had to say on a couple of questions I’ve thrown at them.
1) Introduce yourself shortly:
GHOST SEASON is Dorian Gates on bass, Kostas Athanasiou on vocals, Marko Garcia on guitars and Mike Skoutelis on drums. We were formed in Greece during July 2013 and since then we changed a couple of line-ups till we found the one that is best for the band.
2) Which genre do you play?
I’d say Alternative Metal but the truth is that we all fall into the Hard Rock/Heavy Metal genre. I try to write good songs, so the genre is not important.
3) Have you done many gigs already?
Yeah we were gigging regularly in Greece, which was great! It’s pretty much club gigs. We’ve done some tours in Europe too. But now with the whole Covid thing it’s out of the question as everyone else. Shame really.
4) Do you make your own music, or do you play covers?
We make our own music, our own songs and everything. We have a couple of covers too of course, you know a bit changed to fit our kind of style.
5) When playing covers, do you give them a little twist of your own and how do you do that part of the job?
Yeah we do that. For me it’s actually easy to tell you the truth, I just have to find a song that I really like or a song that’s been playing on the radio and BAM, I have it in my mind with our kind of guitars and breaks and everything. I mean in our last EP “From The Otherside” the song Incomplete from Backstreet Boys I always wanted to cover it. It happened to be in an acoustic edition but it’s still a great cover I think.
6) What has influenced you to start playing the instrument you’re playing?
Oh, you know, I was a kind of loner. To me, music was a way to communicate. I grew up listening to heavy metal stuff like Iron Maiden, Saxon, Angelwitch and a lot of prog rock and hard rock kind of bands like Nektar, Wishbone Ash, UFO, Jethro Tull and the list goes on. I think my biggest influence as a bass player is Steve Harris of Iron Maiden when I first listened to them when I was 14. Man I used to have posters everywhere in my room and VHS with bootlegs and all that stuff! But I think everybody in the band is pretty different.
7) Who are the artists that you admire most and did they have any influence on your choices, in both your personal life and the musicians world?
In my personal life I don’t think that anyone had an influence on. You need to keep a distance between yourself and your idols. In my musicians world I always admired bands that their music made me feel. Bands like KISS, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake and many newer others. I would surely wet my pants and not know what to say.
8) How have you met each other?
I met the guys through common friends actually, all of them. It took me a while but thank god it ended up really good. Good guys and good musicians.
9) Where do you get the inspiration for writing your songs?
My lyrics have to do mostly with the matters of the heart. So, whatever is happening in my personal life or something hits a nerve I try to write it on paper. Actually the worst personal life I have, the more inspiration I have for beautiful songs. I’m not a politician to write about politics and wars and whatever, it’s not my job, it’s a job for politicians and journalists. I write for what is upsets your inside. Your heart. The most important thing. People might think of it as a miserable thing but it’s a very cathartic thing for me.
10) Are you going to festivals or concerts just for fun and enjoying to see other bands play?
Yeah, actually can’t wait for the whole thing to start again. I like that every time you go, you meet someone that you haven’t seen maybe for years and years. An old friend or something. Having a good time, maybe see some new good bands and get pissed!
11) What if someone invites you to play a gig in another country? Would you consider playing in another country?
Yeah totally, if we don’t sacrifice ourselves financially.
12) What is your opinion about today’s music?
To tell you the truth I can’t stand it. It’s filled with hate. I’d rather listen to something of the past or some Elvis that will touch my heart. I might be a bit old-fashioned about music sometimes but…
13) What do you think of the older music, bands, musicians, that our parents or even our grandparents grew up with?
Nuh, my parents and grandparents grew up with mostly Greek ethnic music which I hate. I have an admiration for older Rock music, bands like Deep Purple, Golden Earring, Zeppelin, UFO. These guys are the reason we’re here today. They were the pioneers. It might be an older kind of music for many, but it’s still good music.
14) What’s your opinion about other music genres, other then the ones you are playing or lis-tening to?
Lately I’m listening a lot of country music. Don’t know why, I just like what I hear. And I’m not talking about hardcore hillbilly kind of stuff, I’m talking about stuff that get your heart, artists like Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins and Keith Urban.
15) What useful information would you give other starting bands about the life of a musician?
There’s a lot of them, but I’ll choose one. Be the best you can be in what you do and don’t let other people bring you down. Your goals, your effort. And have patience, patience is the key.
16) To wrap it all up: What are your goals and what would you really wanna achieve as a musician?
We’re currently recording our next album and we’ll have it ready hopefully in 2021. Achieve? I think it’s more difficult to achieve things now than it was years earlier as weird as it sounds. We just want to make good albums, live shows and touring. I think the life of a musician would be complete if he could make a living out of these!
I wish you all the best. Dorian Gates of Ghost Season