Ghozt Kat or Rain Essex, is an Alaska Native DJ turned electronic music producer from Anchorage, Alaska. Starting in 2013, Ghozt Kat got her start from a friend booking her at a local rave for fun with almost no experience at the time! Train wreaking was inevitable but that didn’t stop her from trying again, especially learning that she was only 1 of 3 female DJ’s in Alaska, the only one interested in playing trap and dubstep. She DJ’d everywhere she could, and eventually secured her first official show when she turned 21 at world renowned bar, Chilkoot Charlies or known now as Koots which has played host to famous artists like Bon Jovi, Metallica, Journey, Lynard Skynard, Aerosmith, Green Day, and Ozzy Osborne to name a few. After her first year she started getting booked for bigger shows with a production company called Showdown Alaska, opening up for acts like Black Tiger Sex Machine, Adventure Club, 12th Planet, Kandy, Carter Cruise, Dev, and Street Fever.
After her first official release, HoodRat, Ghozt Kat was asked to play her first out of state show in Tacoma, Washington. While in Washington, she was asked to come to C89.5 radio to do a live DJ set and interview. She now plays at C89.5 every time she visits Washington. Hoodrat eventually was played on major radio stations all the way from Los Angeles to Chicago and featured on blogs like This Song is Sick. DJane Mag also talked about Ghozt Kat’s remix of “Sometimes” by PennyWild & Nala which was featured on DJane Mag’s soundcloud.
Ghozt Kat attended University of Alaska-Anchorage for a year, pursuing a Bachelor of Music with a Jazz Vocal concentration until she realized that she was more interested in the engineering and electronic aspect of music than the classical side. Ghozt Kat applied and was accepted into Berklee College of Music which she now attends online full-time, majoring in Electronic Music Production, while still having time to play local shows and make music.
Ghozt Kat is also a member of The Recording Academy, BMI, Nap Girls, Women’s Audio Mission, and She is The Music. Ghozt hopes to inspire other women to get them interested in the electronic music industry which is still heavily dominated by men by shining light on issues with her music. She is in the process of transferring her live DJ knowledge to live shows and hopes to play with midi-instruments while singing in late 2019.