MUSIC FEATURE: Behind The Noise – GHØSTKID
GHØSTKID, the new moniker of Sebastian “Sushi” Biesler (formerly of Eskimo Callboy), emerged earlier this year and have made an impressive mark with their dark and catchy self-titled debut album. We caught up with Sushi to find out more about the band’s recent single YØU & I, including the writing process, accompanying music video and stories from behind the scenes.
Can you give us your quick elevator pitch on this track? Why does this one standout for you as a band?
YØU & I is probably the most personal track on my album cause it is kinda based on a true story. It’s about guiding a close person through a coma. A few years ago my dad had a really bad heart attack and I found myself sitting next to his bed in hospital every day. Even if the person can’t interact with you, can’t hear what you say or talk to you, you still try to do everything to give support. It really felt like we were going through this together. Sometimes small things could have a big impact like you let him feel that he’s not alone. That’s the meaning behind YØU & I.
How did you tackle the writing process for the song? Was there anything unique about this track compared to your usual/previous approach?
The whole album process was really subtle…sometimes I wrote some music and lyrics but wasn’t able to understand in the first place what I wanted to tell myself. The whole album was more like a big relief for my feelings and thoughts. YØU & I was one of the tracks that I originally wrote for another band that split up. I loved this track so much that I took it with me and it was the first track that I started working on for GHØSTKID… and the track that I understood right before I had to record it. That was the day where everything finally made sense and where I finished the lyrics. Sounds kinda spiritual but sometimes it feels like you have to finish a puzzle to see the whole picture.
Can you tell us how the song’s theme came about?
I already had a few fragments written down and it was kinda dealing with the topic of the song but the core was missing. I don’t had a connection to it. It’s really hard to dive deeper and see all the different facets if you don’t know what the song is about. In the recording process everything is basically scheduled and I had to record it the other day. I was kinda frustrated cause I really love that song and probably, that made me think about it from a different perspective. I instantly found the missing connection to myself and finished the whole lyrics within an hour. So probably the theme was there all the time but I wasn’t able to see it.
Tell us about the video, do the themes of the single transfer to the video?
Exactly. Even if I changed the protagonists in the video it is dealing with the same feeling and situation. It’s about two persons that have a really close relationship. So both protagonists walk through this crazy surreal coma world to find the way out of it. The person in the wheelchair is the one that is actually in coma and in some kind of paralysis…not able to do anything besides folding those origami cranes which is a symbol of hope. ‘Cause sometimes hope is everything that’s left…
Do you have any behind the scenes stories from the video shoot?
I have and there is a ‘making of’ in the making :) hah!
Anything else you’d like to add for our readers?
I think if you see the video or listen to the song for the first time, there are a lot of different possibilities how you could interpret it. Now you know the meaning behind it and maybe you could give it a second watch or listen :)
Besides that I would love to thank all of you for the great support, and that you give me the chance to do what I love. Thank you <3
GHØSTKID‘s self-titled debut album is out now via Century Media Records, available to stream or purchase HERE.
See GHØSTKID live at one of the following dates:
Sat 19th – MÜNCHEN, DE – Zenith (Emil Bulls Birthday Bash)
Wed 17th – KIEV, UA – Bingo
Fri 19th – MOSCOW, RU – Arbat Hall
Sat 20th – ST. PETERSBURG, RU – Mod Club
Tue 30th – HANNOVER, DE – Musikzentrum
Thu 1st – HAMBURG, DE – Logo
Sat 3rd – PRAGUE, CZ – Rock Cafe
Sun 4th – BERLIN, DE – Hole 44
Tue 6th – STUTTGART, DE – Im Wizemann
Wed 7th – LEIPZIG, DE – Täubchenthal
Thu 8th – WIESBADEN, DE – Schlachthof
Fri 9th – NÜRNBERG, DE – Hirsch
Sat 10th – SAARBRÜCKEN, DE – Kleiner Club Garage
Sun 11th – MÜNSTER, DE – Sputnikhalle
Thu 6th – AARAU, CH – Kiff
Fri 7th – WIEN, AT – Flex Cafe
Sun 9th – KÖLN, DE – Gebäude 9