Interviews

Caught a Ghost's Jesse Nolan Melds Motown with the Modern World

In a town whose notoriety is soullessness itself, it comes as a surprise that Caught a Ghost is a Los Angeles-based band, best labeled as a modernized take on Motown with enough funk to move the hips of even the most jaded music critic. It's the most recent project of self-taught producer and songwriter Jesse Nolan, who unabashedly belies his sunny Southern Californian roots with his full-throated crooning.

While it's easy to draw conclusions between Nolan's direction and Stax Records greats, there's more to the mix itself than just paying homage. If anything, Nolan's list of influences alone, from Bob Dylan to Neil Young, emphasize that Caught a Ghost's brand of pop music is about storytelling.

"I've modeled myself lyrically after people who were really intelligent individuals and had a way with words, put a lot of thought into their lyrics to not necessarily overcomplicate them but to make them sound powerful," Nolan says.

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