Until now the Berlin-based pairing of The Ghost has monitored the BLM situation closely and has now made movements to team up with several organisations in order to give support to marginalised communities.
The record aficionados released a statement recently detailing their involvement in Plus 1, a local charity dedicated to collecting mandatory donations from those entering events via guest lists. The Ghost will also be donating a percentage of their event profits to a range of worthwhile charities.
Working alongside close friend Gaby and her charity Open Music Lab the duo will also be creating a mentorship program where they will be giving back to the black community. The course will involve receiving regular DJ lessons that will cover a range of aspects of the art form including beat matching, EQing & mixing, guidance on selecting records, developing a sound, reading the club/crowd and more. The Ghost will also share their expertise on the best ways to find music, both online and in record shops and this will even mean being taken out on a day’s digging trip around Berlin’s best vinyl stores. This in itself will be invaluable given that they are one of the biggest diggers around.
As the lads have their own mobile record store course attendees will also be given a days work experience at their shop where they will give insight into what goes into running such a business. Towards the end of the course, the lucky few will play an afternoon mix at Hoppetosse – the boys’ favourite club.
In addition to DJing and vinyl knowledge, the guys have a lot to share on how to promote yourself and build an online presence. This will involve a social media workshop where you will learn some video editing promo tips and fans of The Ghost will be familiar with the great promotional material that they use to promote their various events and appearances. As well as all the undeniable tricks of the trade that The Ghost has at their disposal they also have a close-knit and very supportive group of friends and artists that will also be on offer too. So, expect hang time at Josh & James’ producer friends’ music studios, pizza at Club Der Visionaere, and perhaps most importantly the ongoing support from the lads and their peers. These well thought and extremely worthwhile programs and initiatives from The Ghost are more than just a gesture as they surely offer access and insight where previously there was none.
As they explain themselves, “The music we love, that we spin and make a living from would not exist if not for Black Culture and we fully appreciate that.” The Ghost will also be encouraging everybody to do what they can to support these worthy causes in order to preserve the music and culture that is so important to our scene and community.