I’ve you’ve heard the music of Ghost-Note, you’ll know how great they are at fusing jazz with funk, hip-hop and other styles.

The Dallas-based band features a rotating cast of musicians around co-founders Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth, both of the Grammy-winning ensemble Snarky Puppy.

Ghost-Note has released two albums — 2015’s Fortified and 2018’s Swagism — and now, after being forced to hit pause for a while, Werth says the band has come roaring back with an international tour and several albums’ worth of new material.

Werth joined us over the phone to talk about his early days, his all-time greatest influences, Ghost-Note’s new music and more ahead of the band’s two tour dates at The Rex in Toronto.