Dance the Pain with Hailes Ghost
Many musicians draw inspiration from trauma, but Hailes Ghost makes the pain downright optimistic.
After moving to Denver from Tampa in 2014 with his former bandmates, now solo actor Hailes Ghost has chosen to take his music career in a new direction. He’s also chosen to remain anonymous – at least until he releases his latest album, which probably won’t happen for some time.
Hailes Ghost plans to reveal part of her identity with every album release, explaining that her anonymity helps ensure people focus more on her music than her looks. “I feel like when I’m wearing a mask, I don’t have to worry about it, and I can really be myself on stage,” he says. “But in time, I want to take it off, because I won’t. Need to wear a mask.
He realized he had a lot to do two summers ago when he started working on his debut album after various personal experiences and difficulties. All he needed was an old computer, electronic drums and piano, mini synthesizers, and a microphone. He recorded everything with the BandLab recording software, and had it mixed and mastered at the Black in Bluhm studio at 1501 Dahlia Street.
“My mind is just free all the time I’m at work, so I’m just going to find some beats in my head, and I’m going to go home and record it and freestyle, and something will come out that will work,” he said. he declared. Explain. Her day job with a local dog cleaning service allows her the flexibility and downtime to think through rhythms and fine tune her sound.
He initially recorded sixty songs for his debut album, but eventually narrowed it down to ten, and now his debut album, My personal therapy, is ready for a Halloween outing.
“Unfortunately there are no love songs on this album, but I wrote a lot of love songs,” he says. “A lot of things have happened in my life to make me do this. When all of these things happened, I was just writing nonstop.
He grew up playing sports in high school, but music quickly took over and he gave up on being an athlete. He preferred the freedom that music gave him to explore his creative abilities. “There are no rules in music,” he says, “so having that freedom and being able to write and create things that give people goosebumps is my favorite part.”
Drawing inspiration from childhood favorites like Nine Inch Nails, Daft Punk and LCD Soundsystem, Hailes Ghost pays homage to the electronic beats of the 80s, inspired by heavy metal and punk rock. As for the genre that Hailes Ghost represents, he says a friend describes it as a synth-wave emo with a metal edge. “I scream on like half of my songs,” he notes.
The album’s fourth track, “Abandoned,” features an appearance with her six-year-old son. “I recorded this song one of the worst days of my life,” he reveals. It’s heavy, as most of his songs are, but the catchy techno makes it easy to dance the pain.
He and his ex joked about their son Haile’s name, but the name is actually a tribute to the owner of Drink’s Liquor on West Colfax Avenue and Lowell Boulevard. “I once said to him, ‘I’m going to give your name to a band, because you’re the nicest man I’ve ever met,'” he said. “But he’s also partially named after the ghost that could have been but didn’t happen.”
With the album coming out soon and a first show for Hailes Ghost at HQ on Thursday October 28, he hopes to spread the word and collaborate with more local musicians. “It’s probably the best music scene I’ve been a part of, to be honest,” he says.
In addition to looking for band members to grow Hailes Ghost, he’s looking for a hip-hop collaborator for his next album, which he plans to release next Halloween.
“I want people to know that what I’m singing is very therapeutic for me. It’s very personal, “he says.” It would be nice if it helped others, but it’s very real. I’m not really doing this for the money or the fame. On the contrary, I want to inspire people. “
Tone Dynamix presents Julian St Nightmare with Los Narwhals, DJ Hailes Ghost and the Nova Kicks from 7 p.m. to midnight Thursday, October 28 at corporate headquarters, 60 South Broadway. Tickets are $ 15 to $ 60, and a vaccination card with matching ID or negative Covid-19 test within 48 hours is required. Get tickets here.
My personal therapy by Hailes Ghost will debut on all major streaming platforms on October 31.