Farewell Dear Ghost is the stage name of 24-year-old singer/songwriter Philipp Szalay. We Colour the Night is about how things grow, change and go ... wrong. Mixed with a bit of teenage angst, his coming of age tales yield a certain kind of romance and create an overwhelming dynamic.
Stealing the number one spot on FM1, Austria’s number one alternative radio station, and playing opening shows for popular bands including The Naked and Famous, Philipp has created quite the buzz for himself and We Colour the Night.
Growing up in the mountains of Austria, Philipp was a country kid that spent his youth skiing. He began his studies in science, but it was his interest in the arts that made him pick up a guitar. “It was just something I really wanted, so I had my friend show me the chords and I kind of taught myself the rest,” said Philipp. In 2008, he headed to Graz, Austria in pursuit of a masters degree in education, while also beginning to work on his music more seriously.
He borrowed the name Farewell Dear Ghost from a piece by German band Monta. “I just really liked the lyrics,” said Philipp. With the help of his musician friends and Producer Christofer Frank, he was able to define a new sound for his music and record the songs in the way they resounded in his head.