After forming just two years ago, Magnets and Ghosts, comprised of Dean Roland and Ryan Potesta, rapidly ascended the indie, alternative music scene.
While recording various projects together, Roland and Potesta quickly formed a friendship based on similar music tastes. Although Magnets and Ghosts originated in Atlanta, the band was largely influenced by Brit Pop— particularly artists such as Radiohead and U2. Magnets and Ghosts’ first album, “Mass,” was released in 2011. Since the album’s release,“Like a Sunday” has hit over 10,000 views on Youtube, while “Hold On” remains a significant favorite of the two.
The positive thing about the indie music scene, Potesta mentions, is that it allows musicians to explore different areas and mediums. The most challenging obstacle is getting people to check out their music in an already over-saturated market. Even with modern music downloading technologies such as iTunes, some people remain reluctant to give new bands a try.
Potesta is an alumnus of the Berklee College of Music, but he has advice for indie musicians and bands regardless of whether or not they have a formal music education.
“Look for studio routes, media production places, try to get an internship. Find something you can be successful at,” Potesta says. “I know plenty of talented producers and engineers that didn’t go to music school.”
Magnets and Ghosts will be performing at The Evening Muse, located in Charlotte’s popular arts district, NoDa, at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday.