Meet songstress and visual artist Missy Gilbert from Ginger and the Ghost: "The secrets lie in my Pinterest boards!"
There is a growing appetite for mixing original music with impacting imagery on stages and screens among an increasing number of artists in Australia (check out our chats with BEL and ALPHAMAMA). Music Love will strive to feature more visual artist/songstress hybrids (hit us up, people, also a playlist is coming!), and it is with this sentiment in mind that it is only right to highlight the works conceived by Missy Gilbert and Daniel Bourne from avant garde duo Ginger and the Ghost. When it comes to costumes and stage shows, make-up and storytelling, Ginger and the Ghost have got it down pat. "Transforming imagination into song" is the catch cry of the pair who have used body percussion and bicycle wheels in order to achieve a rich soundscape subservient to the tales they wish to tell since their formation in 2012. With popular songs like Where Wolf and One Type of Dark featuring the vibrating feminine and emotive tones of Missy's voice, Ginger and the Ghost have a brand new song out 24 March, the powerful anthem Glow. Missy chatted with Music Love about her art, her inspiration, her work as a costume designer and installation artist, and the last thing she saw that blew her imagination away.
What does music mean to you?
Moments... it's time really. Time to get weird, time to connect with friends, time to revisit and heal, time to think. It can start a revolution, so it's a very powerful tool for change.
You are a visual artist and have a history of being a costume designer, installation guru and prop maker. Tell us about how these things inform your music
Gah! Where to begin...? The secrets lie in my Pinterest boards!! I've been obsessed with collage and mood boarding since before I knew what to do with them, so I guess you could say I research cultures, textures, art, interiors, fashion, mythology, and nature, so all of that informs and educates me, and feeds my vision as a whole...... Did that answer the question?!
Do you visualise songs as a performance for stage or the screen as you are writing and conceiving new music?
I visualise a song as a story with characters and scenes. We like to call our songs "Audio Visual Landscapes." Most are a journey and the real world on stage or screen builds up around the words and sounds.
Describe the new song Glow for us
A combustion, intense and sparkly ...
What are you most looking forward to in your career this year?
Touring Australia and Europe again! Crafting our album show ... that's going to be very interesting. We've got some amazing people collaborating with us, all incredibly talented souls. We are so blessed and honoured to have them in our lives !
What is your favourite personal musical memory?
Actually right now ! This moment .... our [song Glow] just premiered [on Wednesday on music website Music Feeds] so I'm listening to it in the studio thinking, yes! Finally it's out in the world!!!
What was the last thing you saw that inspired you?
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-qiang (documentary). Super inspiring, mind-blowing artists who makes art from fireworks... swoon!
What is the best song lyric of all time?
They paved paradise, put up a parking lot
Who are your favourite Australian women in music?
Sky Pusher (young magic) / Asta / Jaala / Beatrice / Sampa the Great / Arty Karate (Haitus Kayote) / DJ Drazicks Girlfriend / Rainbow Chan / Luen Jacobs / The Ladies Network / Polly Snowden / Alphamama / Sarah Belkner / Friendships / Habits
Missy via Appetite for Decoration
What is your favourite place to eat and or drink in Australia?
The Redfern Continental - every week if we are in town.
What is your favourite place in Australia?
Mostly secret spots but.... Honey Moon Bay - Jervis bay, Ingar - Blue Mountains, Alice Springs, South Coast Victoria, Flat Rock - Kangaroo Valley, and where nature nature nature
Who is your favourite non-musical artist?
Yin shadowz / Elena Stonacker / Jen Rey / Sleepy Lisa / Self Perform / MO (Imogen Van Sebille ) / Appettite for Decoration / Camille Wallala / (the late) VALI Myers / Romance was Born / Jenny Key / Daphne Guinness / Makers of Belief / Saskia Folk / Aime Lou / Lilly Morrisey / all my babes !!!!! Sooooo many !!!!!! Sooo many !
GLOW SINGLE TOUR
SAT 18 MARCH | MONA, TASMANIA | AFTERNOON
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SAT 18 MARCH | THE GRAND POOBAH, TASMANIA | EVENING
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