Interview Team Ghost: ‘I Can’t Wait To Work On The Next Album’

Ghosts, ghouls, and spooky playlists; welcome to Halloween, Team Ghost style…

Ahead of the release of their ‘Dead Film Star’ EP this December, the spookily named Team Ghost – featuring ex-M83 member Nicholas Fromageau – got in the spirit of the witching hour with us to talk ghouls, remixes, and their terrifying new video. And as an extra special (trick or) treat, they even made us a very special Halloween playlist.

For the uninitiated, can you explain who and what Team Ghost are?

Christophe and I formed Team Ghost a few years ago. We released two EPs on Sonic Cathedral, then a bassist and a drummer (Pierre and Félix) joined us. Benoit joined us after the second EP, and we worked all together on our first album. Our music is a mix of all our influences: Krautrock, noisy rock, electronic music…

In a bit of a throwback to the 80s, your music’s been described as ‘coldwave’. Do you think this suits you?

In a way, yes. But we have so many other influences. I guess it depends on the tracks - sometimes our music sounds much more electronic, or very noisy.

Who’s your favourite ghost and why?

Ian Curtis! Joy Division is probably my favourite band ever. And well, it seems like more than 30 years later, Curtis is still haunting the indie rock scene.

‘Dead Film Star’ is your third (if I’m counting right) EP – why so many, and what’s made you decide to finally release a full-length album?

Actually, ‘Dead Film Star’ announces our first album. We had the opportunity to release EPs on a label we love, but we couldn’t wait to release a full-length album. We had enough songs, and we found the right people we want to work with. I have to confess, I can’t wait to work on the next album.

You’re releasing ‘Dead Film Star’ EP in December and then your debut album ‘Rituals’ is out next year – did you record them at the same time?

Yes, we recorded the whole stuff at Vega Studio, in Carpentras, France.

Do they differ much from your previous work?

Not so much I think. But they are much better!

The video to the title track ‘Dead Film Star’ is terrifying! Who came up with it?

I’m a huge fan of horror movies, and we wanted our first video to be a bit creepy. It’s kind of a tribute to some of my favourite films, like ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’. But we didn’t do anything on this video; Simon wrote and filmed the whole stuff.

And how did you end up working with Simon Cahn?

We saw some of his videos and liked it. Working with him was very easy, as he understood immediately what we wanted. He’s very talented; I’d love to work with him again!

You’ve had your work remixed by TEPR and Para One & Tacteel for this EP – what made you pick them? And how do you feel about remixes in general?

Tepr is a friend of mine, Para One and Tacteel are friends with Benoit. They make GREAT music. So it was very logical to ask them to remix us. It’s really nice because these are the first remixes for Team Ghost. They sound lovely. We remixed quite a lot of bands. It’s always a lot of fun. It allows us to try different things, to experiment. We love it.

You’re wSphere’s first signing – does this put any extra pressure on you?

Well, pressure… maybe. But I’ve known these guys for a long time, I totally trust them.

Apart from your album, what can we expect from Team Ghost in 2013?

A lot of gigs I hope! Hope we’ll travel a lot too.

Team Ghost’s new album ‘Rituals’ will be released on 18th February via wSphere. They will also play the following live date:


03 London, Sebright Arms

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