Artists Corner: A Q&A with Ed Ghost Tucker

Ed Ghost Tucker are an indie pop band from sunny San Diego. They’ve just released their debut album Channels, which is streaming now on their website. Sidestage caught up with the band to find out more about their live performances and their unique moniker.

What was your first musical instrument or first music-making experience?

We’ve all been making music together in some capacity since we were in second grade. Although I can’t say that each of us remembers our very first experience with a musical instrument, we’ve all been fairly consistent with the instruments that we play today.

How did Ed Ghost Tucker form?

After Ryan, Cameron, and I graduated from different colleges in 2012 and Michaela moved back from Europe, we just sort of coalesced again in a rather spontaneous way. None of us had any idea we would still be doing this two years later.

Describe your influences as a band, and your approach to live performance.

We’re all pretty open-minded about one another’s tastes and influences, and I think we thrive on exploring new sounds and perspectives. When it comes to live performance, we don’t really approach it like a rock and roll band, because we have to communicate musically with each other on stage so much. You never know though, we might go wild when you least expect it. For now, we just try our best to be ourselves and share our music as best as we can.

Do your band’s members focus on music full-time, or do you split time doing something else for a living?

We’re all pretty much doing music full-time with side jobs here and there that allow us to survive. Some of us may or may not live with our parents still, but I won’t say who!

Tell me about an awesome Ed Ghost Tucker concert. What was it like? The mood, setting, audience response, etc.

We just had a great CD release show this past weekend at Soda Bar in San Diego. Everyone was smiling, dancing, and cheering. Everything felt comfortable and relaxed — as if we were just jamming in our practice studio. You can’t ask for anything better. We even had to dig up an old cover for an encore.

What factors go into the band deciding to play a show?

There are tons of things to consider when deciding whether or not to play a show. We consider the night of the week, how close the date might be to other shows we have scheduled, what the other bands sound like on the bill, what time we would be slated to go on, our personal schedules, how inspired we are feeling, and yes, of course, whether we are getting paid or not.

Do you have a favorite live music memory from another artist that really inspired you?

I’m not sure I would say this was an inspiring moment, but when we were first starting out we opened for this psych-folk band (who will remain nameless) that surprised everyone when they started free-styling about “Novocaine and Hennessy.” We loved it, but the booker and the sound guy were much less enthusiastic.

If you could give one piece of advice to budding independent musicians out there, what would it be?

Take risks and be prepared to fail. When you do, keep going. The industry is inundated with talent, but the worst thing you can do is get discouraged.

Finally, what’s the story behind the band name?

We wanted a name that we had to repeat a bunch whenever someone asked us what our band name was. When you say it out loud, no one has any idea what you’re talking about.

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