Dancing With Ghosts Discusses Music and Social Media!

Melodic, electronic, rockers DANCING WITH GHOSTS have two album's under their belts, with so much more all new music in the works as it were. Some shows and touring is a bit difficult at this time, but there are always other alternative with social media that the band has turned too. The band discusses these methods and music all below.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Dancing with Ghosts started out when I (Josh), got tired of being in bands that would eventually fall apart and leave me back at square one. With a little bit of life coaching from a good friend I finally developed the confidence to start making my own music and fronting the band as well. Eventually around 2017 I met Stephanie Conner and her vocal talents were undeniable. I felt like she could really bring so much to the sound of Dancing with Ghosts that I reluctantly found myself putting trust in another individual yet again. Thankfully, however, Stephanie is that one rare soul who is truly on the same path as myself and we’ve never let each other down.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

The origin of the band’s name came from a story my friend told me of a man who was dying of cancer. As the disease progressed he found that most of his friends had abandoned him. Astonishingly the cancer went into remission. The friend was asked “are you going to reach out to any of your friends who stopped talking to you?” and the man responded “No, that would be like dancing with ghosts.”

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Dancing with Ghosts is based out of Jacksonville, Florida. The music scene here isn’t great. There tends to be a good bit of apathy towards music in general in this city which is very unfortunate. Jacksonville bands that I personally like would be DigDog, Skyview, Batavia, The Fallen Sons, and the Tom Bennett Band.

4. How would you describe your style?

This is always a hard question to answer since most of our songs are fairly unique from each other. The over-arching themes, however, tend to be: Rock/Electronic/Industrial with a lot of melodic sensibilities

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

So far we’ve released two full-length studio albums and numerous amounts of singles. What you can expect from our music is variety, melodic hooks, and groove.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Oh we have SOOO much new music in the works, the problem is actually bringing the song to completion, but with that being said we are currently working on a song with the working title “The Game”, which will most likely be changed by the time it comes out.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We have had the hardest time with booking tours or even playing out of town. You have to be tenacious when booking a tour on your own at our level. If you’re a fan of sending 17 e-mails to music venues in Des Moines never to hear back OR if you like hearing “this mailbox is full and cannot receive any more messages goodbye” ORRR if you’re a fan of messaging the music venue on social media only for them to direct you to their phone number or email… then booking tours is for you! (Unless you’re Metallica… then you can just be like ‘hey gang, wanna play a world tour? Ya? Done, CATCH METALLICA LIVE FOR THEIR 50 DATE WOLRD TOUR THIS SUMMER!). We’re doing the best we can to play out of town but yeah… COVID also royally screwed us on that front. We actually did have a tour booked that was supposed to start in May of 2020. We had spent months shoring up all the dates and then….COVID, yay! 

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

We’re currently trying to conquer TikTok. We were kind of early adopters of the app when it first came out a couple years ago, but after releasing a couple of videos that didn’t seem to do well we were like “screw this app, it’s just a fad anyway!”…ha…ha…ha… those are tears that are hitting my keyboard if you can’t tell. Yeah… hubris man… we misjudged the hell out of that app. Tiktok is like the new A&R guy in the crowd scoping out for local talent. It’s our goal to play out of town as well and even tour but one thing at a time right?

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can listen to Dancing with Ghosts on all major streaming platforms and YouTube. You can buy our stuff on Bandcamp… we have more shirt designs than most regional bands, so give us a looky-loo: https://dancingwithghosts2.bandcamp.com/merch

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

I would want them to be like “damn, this is really unique, how refreshing, I will now attend all of their shows, stream their songs constantly, buy all of their merch and get their logo tattooed on my person”.

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