He is a Goth music lover, fan, blogger, youtuber, and also a Goth musician. Dean Ricks a.k.a Ghoul recently decided to just simply turn his dream of making Goth music into reality by releasing an E.P entitled “White As Death”. The four song E.P is definitely going to be enjoyed by Goth music lovers because of the message behind it. We got a chance to interview him and here is what he had to say below:
Q: Can you please tell our readers your real name as well as your stage name?
I was born Dean Ricks. But i’d rather be known as Ghoul.
Q: Where are you from and Where are you based?
I’m born and raised Northern California. I’ve never ever lived anywhere outside of the San Francisco Bay Area. I currently live in Newark, CA.
Q: At What age did you start making music?
It started early, like in elementary school. I think I wrote my first song in the 4th grade.
Q: what genre would you consider yourself?
I’m for sure in the Gothic and industrial category. I’m either way over to one side or way over to the other.
Q: Tell us about your latest track or Video ( what is it all about)–Please explain the concept or message
My latest release is ‘White As Death’. An E.P. of four songs. Two songs are firmly in the vein of Goth rock (The Bridge, Kill For Peace), and the other two are rooted deeply in industrial dance. (Totentanz, Guinea Pigs.) I’m aiming for the same atmosphere as the first few Sisters Of Mercy releases with the goth tracks, and i’m trying to take after the better moments of Skinny Puppy with the other two tracks.
To explain the tracks: Totentanz is a fun little industrial dance song about someone who dances themselves to death. (Cheerful, right??) Guinea Pigs is my personal protest against unwilling/unsuspecting human medical experimentation, and also in the industrial genre. ‘Kill For Peace’ is a bit of a personal prayer. Something from my heart that would be wonderful if it came true. ‘The Bridge’ is written about the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. ‘The bridge of death’ is a place locals gathered to watch the nuclear power plant burn, not knowing they were getting a *MASSIVE* dose of radiation that would kill them.
I’m just trying to create a mood. A feeling. I’m in love with gothic and industrial culture and fashion as well as the music, and I wanted to contribute.
Q: Who wrote it and what was the inspiration behind it
I wrote it. The inspiration? I guess you could say i’m trying to live a dream…..
Q: If you were given a chance, which Artist would you love to perform with?
Oh, LORD! Blutengel, Grendel, Ramstein, Ghosting, sooooooo many! Most of them German as well!
Q: Where can fans find you? List all your social media links
The EP is available for free on Bandcamp at https://lipstickcyanide1.bandcamp.com/releases and you can also catch the EP on Soundcloud at Nearly all the tracks have already gotten 10,000 plays on Soundcloud. Web page is in the works as we speak! Anyone who wants to reach me via email can hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org Looking forward to hearing from people if they’re so inclined! 🙂