Ghost is the first studio album debut by American Record Producer Link Makenshi, released on April 4th, 2020. The Album was released independently as he did not hear back from any record labels with whom he wanted to release the album with. Although the most recurring musical style is Riddim, the Album features many musical styles and genres such as Dubstep,Trap, EDM, Dark Ambiance and lots of less popular genres like Witchhouse, Tearout, Minitory and breakbeat.
Ghost Album Cover By Link Makenshi
|Link Makenshi chronology|
Link Makenshi, born Daryl Smith, began producing chiptunes at age fourteen using a program called Famitracker. It wasn't until the end of 2010 that his interest in producing music sparked up again when he discovered a DAW called LMMS.
"LMMS was my first DAW, and at the time I remember I was trying to learn how to use a DAW and create music, but LMMS was so buggy, I quickly realized I needed to look for an alternative. The first DAW I stumbled across was FL studio and it kinda looked like LMMS, and people said it was easy to use, so I just went for it."
Link Makenshi's early musical style was extremely bright and happy. " I made a lot of upbeat music in my early days, then when I discovered dubstep, I began making a more upbeat a melodic variant known as Drumstep. I eventually settled on making Trap beats since I really loved bass, and once I found out how to sell beats online, I unofficially became a ghost producer."
Link continued to sell trap beats online while honing in on his production skills. Eventually making enough money to quite his job and work full time as a ghost producer. "I had always stuck with making melodic stuff for my own projects, just because that's who I am as a person, and I knew I wanted to eventually release music under my own name. Unfortunately I was having no luck getting any of my melodic songs signed, as every record label I tried to get in touch with either shot me down or just straight up ignored me. All this neglect from the labels started to take its toll on me and I ended up deleting everything I had ever posted online. Meanwhile, at this point in time, melodic Dubstep and Drumstep were staring to be phased out of the scene in favor of a much heavier darker genre known as Riddim, and I thought that this would be a good direction for me to go. At first though, I refused to give up my melodic elements. So I instead traded them in for a more sadder and depressed kind of sound. "Revenge of The Dead" was the first of these new kind of songs, and it would be this song that sparked the idea to create Ghost."
Revenge of The Dead
"So there I was one day, sitting at my laptop, working on music, and I don't remember why but I was in a really sad mood. FL was probably crashing again as usual and that was just another thing to deal with while still worrying about being sighed to a record label and getting my music out there somehow. At least on the up side I was having good luck in creating a new song, I strung together this sequence of four chords and it perfectly reflected my sad mood that day. I then looped them and hit record (to midi in the piano roll) and played out this melody over the chords using the keys on my laptop. This of course didn't turn out to perfect so I opened up the piano roll and started arranging the notes and I came up with this really sad yet really hopeful melody, and it was just spot on to everything I was feeling at the time."
"Despite making progress on a new song, I was just feeling really down that day and my wife and son where not home at that moment so I didn't even have anyone to talk to, so feeling completely sorry for myself, I decided to get up and go look out the window to try and clear my mind. This actually didn't help much as the view I was expecting to gaze upon had been blocked by some dark, mean looking thunder clouds. I stood there for a few minutes, soaking in my own self doubt as the rain began to pour down until I suddenly realized that I didn't really have that much of a reason to be sad. The song that I was working on was a new sound that might really be worth pursuing and developing even further. I stood there a bit longer pondering the thought of what direction I could go with this new song. This could defiantly be something, I could create a full album and the theme could be based of off my darker, deeper emotions. I could make more sad, depressing melody's and then have these really heavy drops."
"I kept thinking about how I wanted the Album to sound before I was like, wait a minute, what will I even call his Album. Ghost was literally the first word that popped into my head, and I was super quick to dismiss it. I thought that Ghost was probably the most generic album/song tittle in existence. Then I thought, Well actually, its generic yes, but this name also can have a lot of meanings, not only have I been ghost producing over the years but now I cant even get my own music out there and I am actually feeling like a ghost in the sense that no one knows who I am and even when I try to reach out to people I remain completely invisible as if I'm not even there. The more I thought about it the more this name started to take on deeper meaning and I soon felt a deep connection to it."
"The song title came from an unfinished book I had started writing years prior. I figured since I was (probably) never going to finish that book then I might as well put the tittle to good use."
Revenge of the Dead Music Video
Most of the songs on Ghost where produced in FL Studio, Which was Link Makenshi's first (real) DAW: "I haves since switched over to Ableton, but I have so many songs to finish in FL, I just feel like I can never escape that DAW, no matter how much I really want to."
Link Makenshi has since stopped sending out songs to record labels: "because every time I send out a song I feel really vulnerable and every time I get rejected I take it very personally and it does nothing but hurt my well being."
"On top of that, I had this really bad experience where I sent out "Revenge of the Dead" off to this one label, and it wasn't a big label or anything, they barley had any social media presence, but they email me back saying they wanted to release the song, and in the contract they wanted like 60 percent of my royalties. 60 percent! and I highly doubt they would have even promoted me in any way shape or form, and then to add insult to injury, they send me this generic album artwork that they clearly just ripped off of google images and stuck there record label name right front and center, completely ignorant to the fact that I had my own album cover that I had already made myself. In the end, I decided to decline there generous offer to exploit my hard work, and even though this was a bad experience, it taught me an important lesson, and I think at this time its best right now just to continue focusing on my music and releasing all my music myself as an independent artist."
"Everything about this Album plays into the tittle, including the number of tracks on the Album. The idea here is that a ghost is something otherworldly, something we cant comprehend, something bigger than us. So playing off this idea I wanted to make an Album that was larger than life, and release a ridiculous number of songs on it. I'm thinking a couple of hundred at least. Maybe over a thousand. Realistically, this could take a very long time, especially considering the fact that I've become a perfectionist and I absolutely refuse to release any song that isn't a perfect mix and master. The way I look at it though, is that even if it does take a long time to release every song that will go on Ghost, this still works out fine because the listener can hear my evolution threw years worth of songs all contributing to one overarching theme."
Track listing (So far)
|1.||Revenge of the Dead||Link Makenshi||04:48||Riddim / Dubstep||Bandcamp|
|4.||Pail White and Completely Silent||Link Makenshi||04:00||Tearout|
|5.||Russian Roulette||Link Makenshi||02:55||Dubstep|
|6.||Closer To You||Link Makenshi||04:04||EDM|
|7.||Falling From the Skyline||Link Makenshi||02:26||Melodic Ambience|
|8.||Abandoned in the Mist||Link Makenshi||03:34||Riddim|
|9.||A Black Letter Day||Link Makenshi||1:47||Minatory|
|10.||I WANT TO SMASH YOUR FUCKING HEAD OPEN||Link Makenshi||04:19||Minatory|
|11.||Delivering a Eulogy||Link Makenshi||02:05||Riddim|
|12.||Resting in Pieces||Link Makenshi||03:06||Riddim|
|13.||Fbzrbar Vf Sbyybjvat Zr||Link Makenshi||03:19||Bass House|
Officially confirmed tracks for upcoming release
|▲ s L ɇ ɇ p // ∆ w ᗗ k Σ||Riddim / Witchhouse|
|A Vacant Stare|
|An Unearthly Presence||Dark Ambiance|
|Before These Gates I Kneel||Riddim / Dubstep|
|Chelsea Never Smiles||Tearout|
|For a Second, I Thought I Saw Someone Standing There|
|Forever Alone Complex||Future Bass|
|From Beneath Still Water So Deep||Downtempo|
|My Skin Is Burning||Riddim|
|I Can Feel My Soul Deteriorating|
|I Smell Blood in the Air||Riddim|
|Lay Down and Die|
|L̶i̶v̶e̶ ̶T̶o̶ ̶S̶e̶e̶ ̶A̶n̶o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶D̶a̶y̶||Hybrid Trap||Link Makenshi - L̶i̶v̶e̶ ̶T̶o̶ ̶S̶e̶e̶ ̶A̶n̶o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶ ̶D̶a̶y̶ (Work in Progress)|
|Pieces of You (Are Everywhere)||Riddim|
|Poisoning The Well|
|Tearing My Guts Out||Riddim|
|The Mourning After||Riddim / Dubstep|
|They Placed a Microchip||Breakbeat|
|Underneath My Skin|
|Where Has Your Reflection Gone?||Riddim / Dubstep|
|While You Are Screaming||Riddim|
|肯定会死||Future Bass / Glitch / Trap|
Link's Music Vlog Ep. 1 - How it All Began: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDPSLVkrBCE
Link Makenshi - L̶i̶v̶e̶ ̶T̶o̶ ̶S̶e̶e̶ ̶A̶n̶o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶ ̶D̶a̶y̶ (Work in Progress): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-HZUZBodsk
Link Makenshi's Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGSAiNCZePNaiocfxGlG2NA/videos
Link Makenshi's Bandcamp Page: https://linkmakenshi.bandcamp.com/