Artist Interview: “Ghost” by Subtle Citizen

Q: I love the vibe of “Ghost” What was the inspiration behind the song? 

Subtle Citizen: We’ve all been in that situation where we meet eye contact with that person from across the room and you feel that kind of connection and electricity. Sometimes you go over and talk with that person, and sometimes you don’t. This song was inspired by a time when I didn’t go over and try to talk to this girl that I felt this connection with. Of course, in this particular hyperbolic fantasy, I still never get to meet the girl, even if I did go over and talk with her lol

Q: What did you enjoy most about making this track?

Citizen: I loved taking a basic circle of fifths progression and changing it just a little to make something unique. It has a dark sound/tonality and yet still feels bubbly and fun. I don’t consider myself much of a dancer, but even this song makes me want to get up and move. It was just a fun song to write.

Q: Who would you most like to collaborate with, if it could be anyone in the world?

Citizen: If I could collaborate with anyone it would be Elton John. His melodies are timeless and haunting. He’s the type of artist that can write songs that sound new to you every time you listen to them. Certain artists, especially from that era (70’s/80’s), just have a way of tapping into the ‘big picture’ through their music and connecting with you on many different levels.

Q: In your own words, how would you describe the music that you typically create?

Citizen: It is truly a mash-up. I’ve heard a hundred different ways to describe my music. Pop, Rock, Alt Rock, Indie Pop, and Indie Rock are all terms that have been used the most. However, my songwriting inspiration springs from 70’s/80’s classic rock, barbershop quartet harmony, classical choral training, and growing up singing church songs. We’ve been compared to the Wings, David Bowie, America, and Elton John, but also compared to Twenty One Pilots, GroupLove, Tame Impala, and Daft Punk. I’ve loved hearing all generations of listeners picking out aspects of my music that relate to them musically. It makes me feel like I’m doing my job well as a songwriter.

Q: What projects are currently in the works?

Citizen: We have 3 more single releases scheduled after this one (April, May, and July). After a studio session in early April, we have will have four more singles to release in August, September, November, and December.

Q: Any parting words to your fans?

Citizen:I hope you enjoy this song as much as we do and helps brighten your day! Keep an eye out for updates with our follow-up singles!

Interviewed by Katrina Yang




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