Ghosts of Sunset Q and A

This weeks Q and A features Michigan rock and roll band, Ghosts of Sunset! Ghosts of Sunset is a project that consists of lead vocals/guitar/co-writer, John Merchant and his 30+ year friend and musical partner, Todd Long who plays drums, bass, keyboard and is also a vocalists and co-writer.

After meeting in high school, Merchant and Long had “written, performed, recorded and toured together in various musical environments” that has helped them create a strong musical bond and lifelong friendship.

Both originate from Michigan but Long now calls Florida his home.


Q: Did you guys always plan on being musicians; if you weren’t playing music what would you be doing?

A: “For me (Merchant), I literally cannot remember wanting to do anything else. Music was 100% it! I do work with helping addicts and alcoholics with recovery so I am blessed to be allowed to do that as well.”

Q: When did you guys know you made it as musicians; was there a defining moment that tipped off the reality of being a musical sensation?

A: “To be completely honest we had no real preconceived notions about the band. We simply wanted to write good songs and connect with an audience who enjoyed them as much as we do. We’ve been very blessed.”

Q: Who writes most of Ghosts of Sunsets songs?

A: “Todd and I split [the] songwriting credits 50/50 — it is truly a collaborative effort. There’s a lot of trust between us and so many mutual influences that we’re able to get to the point with each other very quickly.”

Q: Are there any certain bands that inspired you personally or the sound of Ghosts of Sunsets?

A: “Ghosts of Sunset’s deepest roots lie in the 1980s ‘hair metal’ scene that rose to prominence from the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, California.

“After all these years, we’ve absorbed an awful lot of music and styles and it’s always our hope that they all come out in Ghosts of Sunset.”

Q: How did you come up with the name Ghosts of Sunset?

A: “We did kick a couple other names around, but Ghosts of Sunset is special for us because it honors our 1970s rock n’ roll heros… [it] pays homage to everyone from Motley Crue to The Doors and The Byrds. The Sunset Stripe has always been fertile ground for great art.”

Q: What advice do you have for younger kids or people in general who are passionate about music?

A: “Remember the goals you’re setting now. You’re gonna keep moving them [around] and you’ll have to remember to show gratitude for all things you DO have.”

Q: Is there anything you would like to say to all the fans of Ghosts of Sunset?

A: “Ghosts of Sunset [has] found an AMAZING audience — we’re all [in] this together. Todd and I might write and record the songs, but truly the circle isn’t complete until we share it with like-minded people.”

Q: Is there anything else you want the world to know about Ghosts of Sunset?

A: “We just want the world to know we’re grateful. We’re so very grateful for what people have given us by simply listening to the songs we shared! We’ve got lots more coming!”


Ghosts of Sunset’s newest release, No Saints in the City, is out now and available wherever you get your music — follow Ghosts of Sunset on their music platforms to keep an eye out from their next single, If You’re Not Coming Back, and their full length record that is suspected to drop in the fall/early winter.

The band is also in the process of setting up live gigs and can’t want to see how all their music is going to translate to a live audience. To keep in touch on their live shows, follow the band on their social medias that I have linked below!

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