A hip-hop collective from our neighbors in the north, Indianapolis, Ghostgun Summer have a gritty style complimented by a taste of Dirty South influence. The beats bang and the samples are bold, pulling from a wide array of sample sources including Tame Impala, which I thought was pretty neat. There is almost a Bone Thugs N Harmony vibe to the music and the rhymes, although with a bit less angular or staccato delivery. The emcees here are on point and not shy with the hooks, so it’s pretty easy to get down to. You can check them out this Saturday with the always awesome Bonez and the mighty Bird Zoo at Kaiju and listen below. We caught up with them to ask about their hip-hop, cooking shows, and why anyone would like Trump!
Never Nervous: How did the group come together? Was there one person that brought everyone together?
OREO JONES: In 2013 I curated a show with some of my favorite emcees in the city. It was a wild bill featuring a punk band and I think a stoner metal band in Broad Ripple Park. GhostGunSUmmer formed after our first southern tour that next year once we figured out our sound and managed to put our show together cohesively.
NN: Did or do you all do things outside of the group? If so, is the project like Voltron, to crib something from the Wu-Tang lexicon? What strengths does everyone bring to the table?
OREO JONES: We all concentrate mostly on our own solo projects for the most part. Me, Freddie Bunz, Sirius Blvck, Grey Granite, and John Stamps all have a unique different sound. Grey brings that Sacred Game Rap, he’s very knowledgeable on conspiracies and other wild stories. He’s got a unique gift at telling stories and just dropping straight game. Freddie is super scientific, His style is wild and he isn’t afraid to explore his sound and just get experimental. Stamps is the hypebeast he def can turn the crowd up on the drop of a dime, he’s Fountain Squares party boy. Sirius Blvck is a straight spitter, his flow can cut through velvet, he’s wise beyond his years.
NN: Do you all have a shared aesthetic? Did or do you sit down and discuss the over all direction of a track, album, or live show, or do you just let the music flow naturally?
OREO JONES: Most of the time we’ll just vibe with a beat and take off. We’ve been writing a lot together which has been cool because we will break it up sometimes and someone will tackle the chorus and some of us will go back n forth bar for bar. Its all natural thats the only way to approach our style.
NN: How do you write? Does everyone have a hand in everything, or is there a distinct division of labor? Is there a production side and an emcee side, or does everyone have some input on everything?
FREDDIE BUNZ: When I write, I have to be where its being recorded, in the moment. I don’t really do well being prepared. I tend to overthink the lyrics that way. When I’m there in the moment with a 1 hr deadline it just pushes itself out. As far as how our tracks come together. Thats the magic in everything. It just magically comes together. its something magical that i cant really explain. Its like something overtakes you and pushes its way out through you.
NN: What’s the Indianapolis scene like? How does it differ from other cities that you’ve visited?
SIRIUS BLVCK: Indianapolis is on the verge of establishing itself nationally and standing next to cities like Chicago or Minneapolis. There is so much great music coming from here that has gone unnoticed for some time but that is about to change.
NN: How do you chose the samples you use? What inspires a beat?
DJ KNAGS: I do most of my production without any samples. I just prefer having 100% creative control and prefer creating my own sounds.
NN: What constitutes a good show and why? What’s the worst show you’ve ever played and what did you learn from it?
JOHN STAMPS: I would describe a good show as any show our DJ Knags doesn’t ruin. He has a small bladder and has to leave several times during our sets to urinate. It’s pretty embarrassing but he’s seen us do some pretty shady shit, so we can’t really dump him at this point.
Worst show we ever played was probably at a head shop on 420. Everyone was just waaaay to high. Or the time they cut our mics and sound for going over our set time when we opened for Lupe was pretty terrible. Any frat show ever. Me and Sirius played at this frat once and some guys brought a sound system down and started playing music on the other side of the basement we were playing in.
NN: What’s the story with Let’s Do Lunch? Does your interest in food and music ever overlap?
OREO JONES: Let’s Do Lunch started off as a project when I was a senior in college, then it morphed into an awesome production with artists I highly admire here in the city. We work out of a studio on the westside of town which is now an erotic poll dancer aerobic and foot fetish foot spa. Myself along with around 14 artists all get together create a variety show showcasing all the cool shit in our city, from conceptual art, to music, and most importantly food. We also shoot it on all analogue equipment using VHS cameras and old school graphic machines.
NN: Why is anyone cool with Trump?
G GRANITE: People are ready for a non-politician politician. People are sick of the same families taking this country into a direction that do not give any benefit to its people. That has set the stage for Trump. Now, Trump is 80% showman and 20% businessman; he knows what a majority of people in America want to hear- HATE and FRUSTRATION- pointed at anyone that doesn’t look like them. All that said, I don’t feel like he is running for president he’s just having fun, the Clintons hired him to ensure her election.
NN: What non-musical things have you interested lately? Have you read, watched, eaten, or drank anything worth noting lately?
SIRIUS BLVCK: I watch a lot of movies and T.V. I fuck wit The Leftovers. And Rob and Chyna. And Donald Glover’s new show Atlanta is dope. I like drinking henny and sprite and yoo hoo, but separately; not in the same sitting.
NN: What are your top three albums at the moment and why?