GHEIST is a Berlin-based production and live band, who’ve been conquering some of the city’s best-known dancefloors one party at a time for the past three years.
They’re also regulars at one of Berlin’s landmark venues, Watergate, where they kickstarted the project, and since have experienced a meteoric rise, wowing audiences across the globe with their rich and emotive sound. Fusing progressive with house and techno textures, the German natives have forged a deep, melodic sound of their own, which is melancholic and euphoric in equal measure.
We’ve talked with them about mental health during these times and their new music.
Looking back on 2021, what has been the highlight for you?
The past year obviously was kind of special for all of us, but in a way it’s always what you make of it and we for sure had some highlights to be happy about. The biggest one definitely was the release of our debut album „Zukunft“, we’ve been working on that for quite a while and to see how people accept our way to express ourselves is very rewarding. Touring Mexico, Brazil, India, Ukraine and all the other places we’ve been to for the first time and all the people we met, made our year very memorable and unique. Thanks to all of you 🙂
Please explain more about the Mental Health focus and particularly what made it a strong focus, if you can?
We just recently lost a close friend and no one saw it coming. Being depressed or any kind of mental issue, is something that is all around us all the time, but we’re very often caught up in our own lives, so we don’t see or listen properly to each other. Especially now during an ongoing pandemic, where everyone is in danger of feeling isolated, it is more important than ever to create a safe space for any kind of conversation, so no one feels left behind
How did you deal with and try to process and learn to live with the tragedy? It is a sad situation and we are sorry to hear about this.
To be honest we‘ve been so busy lately and all of it is still so fresh, that it is really hard to make any proper statement. From time to time we just think about him and then we realize all over again what actually happened. We are probably still in a state of denial, but one thing is for sure we are going to miss him very much and he will be missed by many more, especially his family
Tell us about the new single and video of ‘We Are Not Alone’ Did it come together fairly naturally?
‘We Are Not Alone’ was the first song we wrote on our LP „Zukunft“ right at the beginning of the pandemic. We just decided to use the given time to produce a full album and this track just simply came out of us in a few hours. It’s a very important song for us,
as it also set the tone of everything that followed later. It’s one of those tracks that takes us back to this very special moment, every time we listen to it.
The video was created by the very talented artist Taha Ismail who contacted us, more or less out of the blue, with a first version of it. We actually only did some minor changes together with him, but everything else came together very naturally. We love to collaborate with other artists this way.
Have the events of this year affected the music you make and listen to or at least changed the way it is put together?
The last 18 month definitely had a huge impact on our music. Not only have we decided to come up with a full album but we also wanted to create music that is not „only“ meant to be for the dance floor, but for home listening as well. This entirely changed our approach of creating new tracks and instantly became much more song driven.
What advice do you have to anyone struggling with mental health, or for anyone with friends who are struggling?
It‘s not about giving advice to someone who suffers from mental health problems, it is such an individual feeling and state, that it‘s impossible to make a general statement. It is much more important to create a safe space to open up and destigmatize mental illness as such. We are in the middle of winter and we are still in a pandemic phase as a society. We should sensitize ourselves for those who need to be seen and make sure that no one feels alone or left behind. Please let us all take care of each other and make the time to listen.
What does the outlook look like for 2022, any projects you would like to share with us?
First of all we are super happy to be touring again and we hope we’ll see as many of you as possible on the dance floors around the world. There will also be a few more music videos released within the next weeks, and other than that we are already back in the studio and we are constantly working on new music that we can’t wait to share with you. In 2022 we can’t wait to go on with our own party series at Watergate Club in Berlin, which gives us the chance to invite other artists we are very fond of.
Thank you very much for having us and we wish you a great and happy new year.