According to iTunes, GHAZM is a dance band from Vancouver, BC.
GHAZM came into existence in 2015 when Ulysses Jason Newcomb and John Kastelic schemed a new musical endeavor that would feature acoustic instruments distorted via electric and electronic tech. The results surprised both musicians.
Paul Patko was invited to collaborate in the project by bringing his sounds and beats produced by a twin (now triple) Nintendo DS configuration running Korg software. Tony Kastelic spontaneously joined a rehearsal one night finding an outlet for his exotic vocal explorations.
On October 29, 2015 the four musicians played a show at the Railway Club in downtown Vancouver, introducing themselves as GHAZM. In December 2015 GHAZM released its debut EP "The Conjuring and Encounter with the Extreme Other". 6 months later John amicably left GHAZM.
The trio soldiers on. GHAZM's debut full length album was released September 22, 2017.
Promo for Nov 23 show at St Paul's Anglican Church in Vancouver, BC
A 15 and a half minute journey from tranquil vibe to transcendent groove.
Promo video for GHAZM's debut album, Dethrone the DJs.
The utilisation of slow tempos and loop pedals create a hypnotic meditative sound bath throughout this body of work.
It was Paul's unassuming explorations of the musical capabilities of the Nintendo DS that blipped GHAZM's radar. It is his poise in facing the challenge of integrating this instrument in a live band context that earns him respect.
As GHAZM's vocalist Tony contributes a rigorous formal knowledge of musical theory and an exotic vocal technique referencing thousands of years of human history.
In the winter overlapping 2010 and 2011, during a nearly fatal bout of depression Ulysses made his first conscious attempt at reversing the observable pattern. Instead of waiting for a personal breakthrough to result in a musical one, Ulysses wrote a piece of music specifically designed to test the transformative power of music.