Band Name: Jon O’Bergh
Members/ What instrument they play.
Jon O’Bergh / keyboards
Who writes your lyrics?
Jon O’Bergh (although many of my albums are instrumental)
Album/Song/Tour we are excited about right now.
Ghost Story (album): “Catacombs / Appian Way” (song)
What singers or bands inspired you growing up?
Meshell Ndegeocello, Tori Amos, Steely Dan, Jethro Tull, Nine Inch Nails, Herbie Hancock
Who are your favorite artists today?
Janelle Monae, Todrick Hall, Beck, Little Dragon
What non-musical things inspire your music?
Horror movies, ghost stories, science fiction
Is there a place where you go to be inspired?
Nowhere in particular.
What’s been the greatest achievement of your band?
Getting to meet horror director Guillermo del Toro and sharing with him a copy of the album Ghost Story.
Where was the coolest place to play? Where did you enjoy yourselves the most?
Playing on top of a mountain. This was with the band I had in college. We had to load our equipment into a gondola which ascended to the peak and swung in the wind. But the most enjoyable gig was playing for the Special Olympics. I’ve never experienced a more appreciative, enthusiastic audience.
What are your favorite horror movies?
The Conjuring. The Others, with Nicole Kidman. And two foreign movies: a Thai movie titled Shutter and the Japanese classic Onibaba.
What was the scariest night of your life?
Late one October night coming home from a gig. I parked the car and struggled to unload my synthesizer while the dry, demonic Santa Ana winds gusted. I was completely unaware that a few yards away from me, a serial killer crouched waiting to murder his next victim. The next day we found out he had broken into that neighboring apartment and murdered a young woman as she came home from a party.
If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be and who would be your opening band?
I’d like to play in the ruins of an ancient coliseum. My opening band would be Little Dragon.
What are you working on now for future release?
I recently completed an album of horror-themed songs written by one of the characters in a companion horror novel. Each song represents a classic horror character: zombie, vampire, witch, etc. The album will be released in tandem with the publication of the novel.
Final thoughts / Anything you want to tell the listeners?
My albums span a variety of musical styles. The albums I think will especially interest patrons of Horror Addicts are 1) Specters of Twilight, an experimental electronic album inspired by Nine Inch Nails; 2) Tales from the Underground Bazaar, a collection of strange, true stories reminiscent of Laurie Anderson; and 3) Ghost Story, featured here.