What do you do when you’ve done remixes for a vast range of well-known artists like Katie Perry, MGMT, Moby, Phoenix, and LCD Soundsystem? You collect some of the best ones, add in a few cracking unheard tracks, and put together an album that showcases your skill and unique “labor of love”, live-infused approach to reworking songs. And that’s what Holy Ghost! have done. The synthpop/electro pairing of Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel, straight out of Brooklyn, have just unveiled the impressive 20-track album Work for Hire on DFA. They’ve been making music since they were in school together, and have been releasing music as Holy Ghost! since 2007, including an EP – Static on the Wire – and two solo albums – Holy Ghost! and Dynamics. Now they are setting out on an all-vinyl DJ tour, including some dates with Empire of the Sun. Northern Transmissions wanted to hear more from the dynamic duo of Holy Ghost! Alice Severin asked Nick Millhiser about the new album, recording, and lessons learned from an incredibly early start in the business.
Just because major labels have way more money to spend than indies, it doesn’t mean they know HOW to spend it. More money was spent on food per diems (which were usually spent on weed) for that record than Alex and I have spent recording and mixing two Holy Ghost! records. Actual fact.