All the people I’ve ever asked to do a feature I usually know nothing about so it’s good to know where to find you.
Who is Ghostown?
Ghostown is made up
Of Rael and D.J. Kirsa. They do go by various other monikers.
Their music style is smelting pot d hip-hop, mixed with old school breakbeats, they merge with trip hop and use bass. They prefer creating their own samples.
There is a hint of Balkan eastern folk hop music.
For this upcoming album a family acquaintance, PEDRO gero donated a few samples for Rael to mess about with to complement to the upcoming album.
They have 6 albums released Culture Vulture 2004 Reflectionz 2009
Spektah Gadjo 2013 Shanksville 2018
And their current album
Ghostown performed extensively yet sporadically mostly in France, playing at alternative festivals with the likes of
- Balkan Beat Box
- Chinese Man
- Brain Damage
- Beat Assailant
The first track that Ghostown released in May 2020is the scintillating ‘Butterfly. It’s s an upbeat melodywith positive lyrics that flow with the ups and downs of life & reality.
It is a theme around doing ones best in life no matter what.
On ghostown’s Youtube channel , there is a playlist to show the progress of the tracks that have been released and to help fans and keep up to date with the albums next move.
Here is a link to take you directly to that YouTube playlist – ‘FringeHead’
It was written in May because there are references to the curent period we’re living in. The video was created around social distancing. I called D.J. Kirsa and told him about an idea i had and he was up for it.
‘Butterfly’ is the first track ttaken off the new album . The release date will be around September/October.
The name of the album will most likely be ‘Fringehead’ which makes reference to a strange sarcastic fish.
It is actually going to be 20 songs but 5 will be interludes.
Going back to the Jonny Marre tapes & the Je ei ,marre saying,
I really like how the Butterfly video is produced. I’ve noticed that in most of the videos that I have seen of your work you don’t show yourselves in any of them..
I impressed with how well the video and track is made. It’s a long process of finding an audio sample to fit with an animation clip and get the timing precise. I would be really proud of myself if it was my work.
I don’t know whether you are consciously aware of how your first time self editing , possibly helped you come up with an idea where both you and Kirsa overcame a way to not fixate on your hermit trait.
You managed to overcome that obstacle and find a creative outlet with the cartoonish video and broke the boundaries to express yourself and challenge yourself.
Thank you so much for the chat. It was insightful and I I can’t wait to hear more tracks off the album.
No, its the first time ,really
*Apologies for the long preamble. I have so much respect for many people /bloggers – people who have never met me. Read my words. I read theirs and I grew as a person by becoming part of a community. I believed kt thrives on communication, collaborating, engaging with others. I stopped reading other peoples blogs for 3 years I have felt anything but human. *
These are simple words about a complex subject.
This is a long-overdue post that I’m not just copying and pasting it. I am embracing the power of human gesture and I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t pass this on to someone and all the coincidence will turn into moments of synchronicity.
Patty helped me (via email with messages and ideas to give me support ) and she genuinely wanted me to be as well as I could and can be.
I’ve just found a rough draft that explains what the token of humanity is, my intentions were good, for sure.
At that time I was in a shockingly wrong & degrading mental & emotional state. Clearly, on the wrong blog too. Haha!
Apologies for taking so long to pass on the token of humanity.
It’s taken me a very long time to know what my writing “niche ” is like I have to choose one thing. Who said I had to choose one thing I’m passionate about and can only write about and be successful by my standards in multiple creative outlets. For the record, I draw stick figures. I would rock an abstract painting into an explosion of rich reds, greens, ambers, browns -maybe purple. I had the idea that my chosen creative outlets need to ground me too. I can’t always be high or euphoric when I’m doing good. I need to honour my humanity and fight through every dark day.
I always say how blessed I am, and then do strange behaviours like trying to take my life, hurting myself and my family. A token of something if giving someone else hope in another moment, another day or even another person. I know this because I am this person receiving this gesture to carry on with what makes a smile.
I’m scared of failing and now I have people to keep me busy I’m beginning to think I am a novice human being.
I’m not going to give up living my life and being a good soul who enjoys mixing with people who also want to spread happiness and inspiration into other peoples lives if only for one poem, or one post or one painting or one DJ set, one album, and the list goes on.
My Life, my values, passions and even my choice of my studies are proof that I am a true heart wearing humanitarian and I write for and about humanity and the beauty and culture I see in humans. We’re not all monsters yet.
I admire Dreampack and writers and humanitarian organisations who remind me that we have the ability to do something. Sometimes we can get too wrapped up in our own life shit.
It strikes me as ridiculous that it’s taken so long to know where my energy and where the focus of my writing and the kind of people I want to get know. I mean I’m not bigging myself up but I have a piece of headed paper with my name and letters after saying I am a pOST (haha) graduate in the humanities & still looking at the work I have done and How I feel I thrive when I’m fulfilling my piece of paper to prove that I can’t hide from myself any longer, help others then pretend that I have it all figured out. I don’t.
I’m grateful to the people I’ve met here and on social media and in real life who have unknowingly given the courage to carry on with not doing 1 thing. I had a long chat with a very talented. spoken word performance artist on Zoom ( we chatted for 3 hours) and he explained that he is not a fan of silly labels.
He refuses to let himself, his doubts, his family society, his emotions ranging from heartbreak o anger to rage to love to insert emotion here. I’m glad I recovered 3 hours of a very informal and fun interview on zoom. I’m honoured to have had the chance for him to tell me his story, share his words and encourage me (without me telling him0 that I could be well and stay well and still get high on what I love to do. No one can take away what I was born to do. Unlesss they cit all my fingers and toes off but then I wouldn’t keep quiet. I would continue to express myself and validate myself as much as ai validate and believe e in people when they are going through shit. Express me so that I can be happy, feel human, feel piece and not apologise to people who don’t deserve my energy.
My energy is better-served typing and spreading the essence and the energy and power that the token of humanity means.
It isn’t a way to get more follower/fans/glory in my opinion. It’s way to reconnect with the right people and keep connecting with people who Bring out this side of me.
I will feel I have helped others in their dark moments when these same people I communicate with when their sky looks full of soggy, soggy wet, grey clouds drenched droplets of more doubt
I can say it to my people: it will pass because that is what they tell me. I might mot believe but eventually, I thank them or hug them.
Life can be a shit storm. I stopped reaching out to our community because I had lost hope in the one outlet that doesn’t destroy me. What my creative outlets are given more writing to do. \I’m terrified I have3 hours of material to write what I’ve called the wordsmith feature- Andrew.
I want my words and what I felt from our conversation and exchanging of ideas – I want to give his words, time and talent justice. I want his story to encourage people, inspire hope.
I have another feature I’ve been dipping in and out of and perhaps I have; be clear about what I want to get across the doc features on people who choose to keep focused on their with creative outlets. I want to promote the gift that creativity can do to still the mind and to heal if you are patient, kind to yourself and others and willing.
So I’m overwhelmed and terrified of I screw up 6 GMAGS feature because I respect the effort and passion he has for his creative outlets. I respect he has and is willing to talk about the uglier moments of life that have led to the awesome moments – that may not have happened if he didn’t. I’m working with 6 Mag to work out a feature.
If you want to hear some of there older material
My final token of humanity is one I’m terrified of. screwing up because the man is a genius, elusive. He first turned me down for a feature saying he does not speak good English to do feature interview. and I persisted and wrote in very bad french -not giving up the chance he may change his mind and I’m not going to give up because every song I’ve listened so far and the small communication we have had or stuff he shared with me led me to discover an artist that blew MY mind. I encourage everyone to On the music and listen to her sport, the fusion, the soul; her energy. She embodies the soul and humanity.
read about her story here.
The Token of Humanity, brought to you by Humanity Lives On and Dreampack, is aimed at creating awareness on the impact of what an act of humanity could carry not only towards the life of another but your own as well.
It is in dedication to bringing knowledge that by surfacing compassion, spreading kindness and caring for what surrounds one’s environment is what acts as breath for your soul to live on in this world.
Without souls, we are just a mind that gets busy over-thinking about a lot of ongoing relating to oneself, a body that on parallel terms goes by what our instincts asks us to and a heart that beats in silence.
Bring our Soul Back to Life
Every week, we will pass on this Token of Humanity to those, no matter their circumstances, contribute to reviving Humanity. With utmost appreciation the first three Beautiful Souls we selected:
Natasha -Daisy into willows
Brooke – The Utopia Universe
When I first heard this track (2018) on hype machine. My curiosity stirred from the intro of ‘PlayStation'( a sample is taken from one of the most iconic game systems start-up theme ever) I have listened to this track at least 80 times since finding it on hype machine..
*The inspiration for the track came following a break up with an ex-girlfriend and Dee went into his studio, let all the creativity and emotions pour out and the result was this.
I’ve been listening to a few of Dee’s tracks over the past year. I particularly relate to his introspective approach to his lyrics and subtle wry humour.
I decided to get in touch( and after many months of sorting out how we would go about doing it ). I’m so grateful for Dee’s patience in helping me gain the courage to do my first feature interview on my blog.
So who are you?
I’m Dee Wallz one of the best up and coming rappers lol
Yeah man, I love your optimistic attitude. You do have a great flow and rhythm, and a distinct voice that has developed over the last 2 years.
How old are you? ( little ice breaker haha)
I’m pretty old now lol I’m 22
Yeah, you are so old. You come across as rather driven and focused for someone in their 20’s. No offence Though one source I found claims that you were 25 in 2017! )
*To clarify Dee is 27 & still young.*
Where are you from originally?
I’m originally from Memphis, TN but I’m living in the great city of Houston Tx .
What put you on the music path?
I actually started writing with my cousin Jarvis in Mississippi, I did it for fun but I really became dedicated to it in my hometown of Memphis, at the age of 13. And I’ve been writing ever since.
That’s pretty cool. Memphis is a hub for musical talent. So many great artists like Wendy Rene, Aretha Franklin come from Memphis. Its a place with an intense political history. And it’s where civil rights activist Martin Luther King was assassinated. You have that MLK track. It is a place where many iconic artists such as Louie Armstrong have gone to perform and been well received and perhaps been inspired by politics. You rap with so much depth & soul. There is nothing ugly about your rapping style.
Why do you continue to do music?
To me it’s therapeutic for me whether talking about my life experiences and/or it allows to express my creativity with my wittiness and wordplay.
Who do you look up to in the industry?
I definitely look up to guys like Jay Z and Nas, I love their growth, being just great artist (s). And now seeing how successful they are in other business ventures inspires me.
What influences your music?
My musical influences are from all over the place. From J Cole, Nas, Lil Wayne, T.i, MF DOOM, Big KRIT Jay Electronica, Jay Z, Elzhi, Royce da 5’9 and Phonte are the few that come to mind. Basically all of the top tier lyricists.
Have you ever released an album/or intend to?
Not yet but very soon so stay tuned. Right now I’m just releasing singles.
watch this space!
I know you’ve done a few collaborations with other music artists. It’s a great way to get into the industry.
I’ve collaborated with one of the dopest females rappers out of Cali by the name of MaCita on a remix of my song “Sorry, I Don’t Know You” and I’ve collaborated with my boy out of Memphis Capo Montana and my guy from New Orleans, King Studio Best.
Who do you believe would buy/listen to your music?
I believe my music has widespread appeal. So I think I’ll connect with all races, ages, genders and everyone around the world of different cultures. I’ve actually had my music streamed in 16 countries. So I truly believe that.
That’s cool. I too truly believe that music transcends language. It is the one common unifier and music brings people together.
What newspapers, magazines, tv shows, trade papers, or blogs have you been featured in?
I have been featured in The Word is Bond, EAR MILK which is two of my favourite blogs and I hope to be featured in a lot more.
Why should people care about you and your music(it’s a cutthroat industry to get in to)?
I feel like I give my story and life experiences in music but also provide comic relief with my punchlines. Or sometimes I’ll have my moments of doing both.
Yeah, I do appreciate being humoured when I listen to hip hop. It’s a great skill to have especially when you are rapping about serious issues.
What genres of music do you like to perform in?
Primarily rap & hip-hop but I’m for sure down to collab with musicians of other genres.
I think it’s vital to our creative growth to push ourselves out of our comfort zones in music or whatever we do
One track that comes to mind that demonstrates your versatility as an artist is ‘Fuck Mozart ‘track. It demonstrates (to me) you aren’t afraid to experiment and push the boundaries of your usual style of music while still retaining the essence of who Dee Wallz -the artist is. Your strength is in your flawless vocals. You have a distinctive sound.
Do you write your own music?
Of course, I consider myself a lyricist so I feel like that’s a must.
What do you do in your free time?
I’m a be honest music is my life (lol ), if I’m not doing it .I’m thinking about doing it or how I further my status in music.
What are your other hobbies though?
I would say the gym and video games. Those two are great stress relievers, and it helps just give me a restart before I pick up the pen and pad again.
True, it’s important to have other interests. Its a tough industry to be in and looking after your physical and mental health is vital to staying focused. Yeah, I can see how committed you are and how hard you train using different voice technique reflected in the tracks I’ve listened to
What are you trying to do in the industry?
I’m trying to make the biggest impact I can while being me and making the music I genuinely want to make.
What do you want to be known for/known as?
One of the greatest
😀 baht of course. A G.O.A.T. Indeed.
Make the best of Life. Make it count.
What do you hope to get out of your involvement in the music industry?
To create a lasting legacy and hopefully influence the general(?)in a positive way
What is your favourite quote?
It takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. I feel like I’m currently at 9,999
*A quote from the author of ‘how to achieve mastery in whatever a person does in life, by Malcolm Gladwell. It is a classic perfectionist quote. in my humble opinion.
What quote/sentence would you say best describes you and your music?
Introspective, Catchy and Witty
What kind of music do you listen to?
I know everyone says this but- all kinds (lol )but primarily hip-hop if I’m being honest…
What are your 3 favourite songs ?
- Lil Wayne- I’m Me
Nas- It Aint Hard To Tell
How does music affect your mood?
It can literally change my mood in an instant. That’s why if I’m feeling down I like to listen to something from my childhood to lift my spirit.
Nothing wrong with indulging in a moment of nostalgia. Music has a way of putting me in a different mindstate.
What is your perspective on the current state of the industry?
I love it, we’re in a state of independence and self-empowerment. I also feel like there is a balance musically.
I agree that music artists have more opportunities to self promote on different music platforms and access to information on the internet has made it easier for some ways to get your music out to the public.
What do you think will help the industry survive/what do you think the industry needs in order to thrive?
I think just embrace artist genuinely wanting to be themselves and not change them and jus accentuate what talent they already have.
Yeah, I agree that we should work hard to stay true to ourselves as well as being inspired or influenced by different artists/sources.
What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m just dropping songs at a steady pace and perfecting my craft more and more as I go so stay tuned…….. (quoted in 2018)
This track is interesting too
What inspired it?
It wasn’t anything too deep. I just wanted something more upbeat and fun (lol). I like to try new things with my creativity.