Phantom Electric Ghost aka Keith David Gittens-Jones
Keith David Gittens-Jones (artist name Phantom Electric Ghost) is 49 years old. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, Maine Class of 1990. Music is his passion. Keith created an impressive body of work over the past three decades. He started playing music when he was 16 in his parents’ basement with his younger brother and friends. In earlier years, Keith learned to read music and to play the Clarinet. However, his instrument of choice was the Casio CZ101. Many of his earlier pieces were created on the Casio. In the past, he used a Korg sequencer and Roland D5 in combination with a Tascam 4 track recorder. Today he works on a Roland Juno GI, JDXI and Beat Step Pro and utilizes SoundCloud to share his distinctive creations. Keith describes his unique compositions as “Expansive Sound Experiments” or “non-vocal instrumental sound scales” (sound paintings). His love of music was inherited from his late grandfather who was a coal miner in the mountains of West Virginia. To pass the time grandpa played music. He was a self-taught musician who had the ability to master any instrument he touched. He played the banjo, guitar and amongst others. Keith was inspired by his grandfather’s story and was fortunate to spend time with him, during his childhood, before he died. Keith credits his affinity for music to his grandpa. He taught himself how to play the keyboard and built upon what he learned about music from middle school. In the late 90s, Keith contracted a Sarcoma level three Cancer. He was hospitalized and operated on immediately. Complications arose after the operation. After a difficult and trying recovery Keith decided he would live his life doing the things he loved. Unable to move from his bed, during the long days of his convalescence, he willed himself back to good health. Keith was an avid mountain biker before his illness so he decided to build the bike of his dreams from his sick bed. He ordered each piece for his project through the mail. As the parts came in, he configured his dream bike. By the time the bike was completed Keith was sitting up in bed. A few weeks later he rode on Mount Snow, Vermont. He bought himself back from the edge through sheer will power, courage and perseverance. Keith still owns his trusty mountain bike and enjoys trekking through mountain bike paths, in his hometown, whenever he finds time. He was declared free of the Sarcoma in 2002. Keith overcame overwhelming and seemingly insurmountable barriers in his life. However, on a daily basis, he continues to triumph and plow through. He uses his love of music to transverse each and every obstacle that presents itself just like he used the creation of his mountain bike to help him in his recovery from cancer. He plays and creates music because he has a deep love and appreciation for the art. Keith is a student and ardent collector of many genres ranging from old school to rap and pop. His goal is to continue sharing his compositions to diverse audiences worldwide. He hopes other emerging artists will be inspired and motivated by his works and that, they too, will move beyond their own barriers to create music for the joy of it. Keith loves listening to music by his favorite artists like Prince, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Yes. He lives with his wife Claire and 15 year old daughter Amaranthia Sepia in Concord, New Hampshire. Keith works as an IT Business Analyst in Cambridge MA.
Electronic, Dance, Rock