I talked with Darius from The Ghost In The Machine. Here’s what he had to say.
1. First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
I am Darius Davila, vocalist of The Ghost In The Machine and we make Indie rock/post-punk music.
2. If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
Choose a color that best describes our music? Man that’s a great question and very tough. Hmm well I’d like to say we are like a sea foam green because I think that’s a cool and unique color but the reality is we are probably black. I realize that may be a generic answer but I think it really is the best color that describes us because it’s a classy, sleek color that fits with everything. It’s the only color that works well with every other color and I feel like that describes us because I think our music is very adaptable and fits well with every mood or feeling a human can feel. We have songs that are sad and gloomy that evoke those negative emotions and then we have songs that are happy and nostalgic and make you want to get up and dance, then there’s songs about romance and love and songs about loss and heartache. I don’t know, each song tells a different story and gives a different vibe. And that’s why I think black describes us best, because black is such a versatile color more than people give it credit for because it’s so often associated with Darkness and gloom but the reality is it’s way more complex than that.
3. What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
The biggest struggle I have when it comes to creating is probably choosing which songs I want to keep or release on an album or EP because you grow so attached to the music you write and create that it becomes almost like pulling teeth trying to decide which songs to cut or not release. Sometimes you can’t fit all of the music you write on an album so you have to either scrap songs or save them for later releases and it’s difficult because it’s almost like choosing which one of your kids is your favorite hahaha.
4. If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
Probably ACL, Coachella or Summerfest because those are some of the largest music festivals in the world and to be able to play to that many people is truly incredible.
5. What do you consider your biggest musical success?
I honestly don’t think we’ve had our biggest musical success yet. I know it’s coming, and I believe that whole heartily and we work towards success always as a band. We’ve played some really huge venues and have had crazy awesome and energetic shows but I feel like our biggest musical success is still over the horizon and that’s what fuels us and keeps us hungry.
6. What inspired you to start making music?
I guess a lot of different things inspired me to start making music, love, heartbreak, friends, family, other musicians and artists I admire and look up to, there’s just so many inspirations in my life. Music started for me as a way to express my hurt and anger and sadness but I fell in love with music at a very young age because it’s just so mysterious and beautiful. No one can ever truly 100% master the art of music or fully even understand it, and the great thing about music is there is no right or wrong way to go about creating it, despite what music theory fanatics may say haha.
7. If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
Oh man, that’s a tough one, there are so many amazing people I’d love to have sing to me. Probably have to go with Frank Sinatra or Jim Morrison.
8. Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
My parents for sure, I wouldn’t be who I am today without them.
9. What’s your favorite book?
The Count of Monte Cristo and The Devil’s Arithmetic.
10. What do you like to do other than music?
I like to read, write, watch good movies or shows (I’m a big movie/show buff), run, spend time with friends and family, shop, collect records, and eat good food.
11. Who is your favorite musical artist?
When it comes to this question I definitely can’t choose just one, I have a list and it’s usually always changing but here’s a top 10 list (In no particular order) that should stay pretty consistent. The Doors, Joy Division/New Order, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Sylvan Esso, Sleeping at Last, Pins, Pavement, Metric, and Underoath.
12. What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
One piece of advice I have for young musicians is to just learn to develop thick skin and to know what you want and go after it no matter what. No matter what criticisms you may get. If you really want to be a musician and make it a career, you have to be focused and self motivated and you definitely need to learn to not be super sensitive especially when it comes to people or others critiquing your music. You have to be humble enough to accept criticism about the music you create whether that’s from the rest of the band or from your fans or close friends you just have to be willing to hear their criticism and not get hurt but take it and use it to make the song better and enhance the song instead of being prideful and narrow minded about not wanting to change any of your music because In the long run that will only prevent the progression of you and your music. That’s tough for anyone to do but it’s important.
13. Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
My lucky number is the number 8.
You can check out Ghost In The Machine on Spotify and iTunes. Be sure to follow them on Instagram at @tgitmofficial.