Born David Lee Crow in Phoenix, Arizona, Ghastly’s humble beginnings took place on his family’s dairy farm built over 100 years ago. From childhood, he was an entertainer and an entrepreneur – you could find David working on the farm, giving guided tours for the field trips that visited his home nearly every day, and selling his own toys and T-shirts on his days off. Despite his upbringing, David knew from early on that music was his life’s calling, diving into production and recording his own music by the age of 12. As a teenager, he formed a death metal/grindcore band called The Irish Front, where he performed as its vocalist. Their success allowed him to tour the country, and he became hooked on both the energy of the crowd and the thrill of performing.
Ultimately, the members of The Irish Front decided to go different directions, prompting David to take the plunge as a solo artist. He bought a van, saved up $1000, said goodbye to his family and friends, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his music career with no connections, but a stubborn dream. After years of trying and failing, at one point even losing everything and having to return to the farm and start over, David found his footing as a solo artist under the moniker “Ghastly” – the rest is history.
Ghastly’s musical style has continuously evolved, resulting in a discography that spans a multitude of genres. His ability to produce tracks that range from tugging at the heart strings of listeners, to tracks breaking vertebral columns, is unparalleled. His eclectic taste in music is characterized by the swirling diversity of his sound and captivating live sets. In 2022, David took his artistry further by creating the evolution of Ghastly, the amalgamation of which became a secondary project known as “GHENGAR”. GHENGAR sets are where David is able to completely cut loose and perform his most aggressive tunes, inspired by his love for metal music; the creation of GHENGAR also gives Ghastly the freedom to focus on exploring the world of groovy house beats and melodic bass.