colectivo futuro has spotted a ghost; a great ghost, that is. We introduce you to Sean Kravit aka Great Ghost. Though currently in Miami, this ghost can usually be spotted splitting time between sandy beaches and the city that never sleeps aka NYC. A few weeks ago, we were greeted by Sean’s presence at one of our favorite local coffee shops, Panther Coffee in the Wynwood Arts District, for a chat.
Sean is of the patient kind with a quiet demeanor, which could be the key to achieving such great complexity in polyrhythms and textures on his productions. However this ghost has yet to find a home for his music, that is, he is unsigned. However, we don’t see that being the case for too much longer on account of his music being pretty dam good. Sean has been no stranger to the game; to the contrary, he possesses a rich musical background, beginning with formal piano lessons during childhood. Further down the road and while attending college in Gainseville, FL, the band “Dance, Jenny” was born. Originally a trio comprised of Alex Senf, Sean and Kai Kravit; the outfit released their day view album,‘La Musica Pop’, on their own dime back in 2005. Later on, he moved to New York City where he was inspired by things like the Turrbotax party at the cove in Brooklyn and the Percussion Lab collective events.
For this edition of the colectivo futurecast, our main man Great Ghost has delivered a fantastic and eclectic mix with a special theme as a nod to his UFO obsessed cousin, Kai. We definitely appreciate Sean’s approach to curating a mix and can particularly give his productions the big TIP! nod. Read a short interview and listen to the bass packed mix below…
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5 minutes with…
GREAT GHOST (Miami via New York)
* how and where was this mix recorded?
This mix was recorded in my home studio while I was watching an episode of UFO hunters ; )
* How did your production name Great Ghost come about? talk about the path it has taken.
The name is a reference to a song by The Microphones, but it also just sounds cool to me and seemed to fit my style well. I was doing more singer/songwriter stuff before, so the idea for this project was to just focus on the groove first. More and more the results are being described as “sexual”. I hope to go further in that direction.
* what do you normally listen to at home? which are your top three favorite albums?
At home I’m usually checking out whatever new stuff the internet has for me that day whether it be an XLR8R podcast, Twitter link or Soundcloud tunes. I like to turn off the wi-fi and listen to the classics on vinyl too.
So hard to pick a top 3, but 3 really game-changing albums for me are:
Polmo Polpo – Like Hearts Swelling. Such a beautiful, patient record. I usually only listen to it at important times in my life, late at night.
Quasimoto – The Unseen. Lord Quas!
The Microphones – The Glow, Pt. 2. This is the one that made me want to record my own music way back when.
* what is your favorite thing about living in Miami?
It’s cliche but the beach is my favorite. I try to take advantage of the being able to jump in the ocean once a week.
* Which projects are you currently working on? Any plans for summer 2012?
Currently I’m working on Great Ghost tracks I’d like to release later this year, as well as a Great Ghost live set. I’m also doing an album with my former Dance, Jenny bandmate and cousin, Kai Kravit. We’re calling it Brothers K. He’s doing the singing and it’s got a bluesy, Walking Dead vibe.