Ghostemane has been infecting his rap with his stark industrial darkness since he first started releasing music. That darkness lands in Auckland for his first ever New Zealand show on May 21.
The rapper and producer is known for fusing together hip hop, industrial, and metal, most recently on his 2018 album N / O / I / S / E. He’s racked up hundreds of millions of streams across songs such as “Nihil,” “Mercury:Retrograde,” “Andromeda,” “1000 Rounds” (w/ Pouya),” and “Flesh".
Growing up in Florida, Ghostemane (Eric Whitney) was originally a guitar player for hardcore and doom metal bands. Whitney moved to Los Angeles, California after starting his career as a rapper and eventually finding success in the underground.
Whitney was introduced to rap music when he was the guitarist in the hardcore punk band Nemesis and a bandmate introduced him to Memphis rap.
Whitney graduated from university after studying astrophysics. In 2015, Whitney moved to Los Angeles, California due to his music not thriving in Southern Florida, giving up his employment at the same time.
Meeting up with JGRXXN, Whitney joined his collective Schemaposse which included artists such as the now-deceased Lil Peep and Craig Xen.
In April 2016, Schemaposse disbanded leaving Whitney not associated with any group. Whitney eventually began to associate with fellow Florida rapper Pouya. Their friendship resulted in “1000 Rounds” a song that has amassed over 50 million streams across platforms.
In 2018 Whitney released his 10th album, N / O / I / S / E (No One Is Safe from Evil). The album has a very dark and aggressive style and it deals a lot with self-harm, self-mutilation, agoraphobia, and many other issues Ghostemane has dealt with personally.
Ghostemane draws his influences from a vast array of content including psychedelics, Nine Inch Nails, OutKast, medieval magic, occultism, and Ancient Egyptian books.
See Ghostemane’s mesmerizing blend of lyrical, machine-gun flows and catchy mantras this May.