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A Dirty Dozen with SEBASTIAN LINNET of GHOST IRIS – February 2019

| 20 February 2019 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Ghost Iris premiered their new single and video “The Devil’s Plaything”. It’s the last single taken from the 3rd studio album “Apple Of Discord” which will be released on February 22nd, 2019 via Long Branch Records. The album will reflect the fundamental transformation the band has made since their founding only a few years ago. A transformation based on relentless motivation and optimism, personal and musical progress & growth and numerous touring experiences. The album will contain 10 songs of intensity, wrath and of course: the antidote.” We get drummer Sebastian to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Apple of Discord is definitely more angry and somber than our previous releases. You can hear the feelings running through the band throughout this record. But as you listen to record more and more you’ll be able to find the beauty in it as well. It is also more varied than our previous albums by not being as genre specific. It draws influences from many different genres.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Slipknot and Korn got me into music. But it wasn’t until i started listening to Meshuggah and Opeth around 2008 that I anted to take music seriously and become a musician.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Meshuggah’s album Obzen single handedly changed the way I listen to music forever. From thereon, the tightness of Meshuggah’s liveshow made me want to step up my own playing and become a better musician. To me, Obzen is the greatest album of all time – even after ten years I have yet to find an album that matches it. Everything from the music itself, the production, the artwork.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

To me personally it would be Tomas Haake (Meshuggah), Joey Jordison (ex- Slipknot), Cameron Losch (Born Of Osiris), Dan Carle (After The Burial) Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Soen). As a band though we have what we call “the three M’s” as our influences – Meshuggah, Misery Signals and Michael Jackson.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Quincy Jones. His work with Michael Jackson is priceless, and there’s nothing like it. It is so unique. This is pop music done right.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Heavy, melodic, aggressive, catchy.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

The unforgettable experiences that we share in the band and with our fans. Wouldn’t trade that for anything in the world.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Daniel (guitar) is the food mama and takes care of all your needs whether it’s a meal or snacks. Nicklas (guitar) is the beer connoisseur. Jesper (vocals) and Seb (drums) handle the music and the good times! We are all jokesters and we have lots of internal jokes together that outsiders could never understand. We have our own little language.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

Meeting Cameron Losch (Born of Osiris) back in 2012 made me pretty star struck. Their album The Discovery meant a lot to me when it came out in that point in my life. I even have the cover of the album tattooed on my calf.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

We don’t make a living from our music yet, so being a musician is my dream job. Although I also work in a day-care for children, and I love that job very much and I honestly don’t know what else I’d do for a living if music doesn’t work out.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Generally there’s a lot about our previous album Blind World that we wanted to do differently. Stuff like production, imagery, videos etc. The album release really came creeping up on us and we weren’t ready for it at all, so a lot of stuff regarding that album was made really quick without much thought behind it. We are trying to redeem this with Apple of Discord. Everything with this album is thought out and planned, and has been for many months.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Meshuggah’s Obzen. It is simply my favourite album of all time, and I’d like to have witnessed how this masterpiece was created.




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