Ghostly International is an American independent record label. Chief artists include Matthew Dear, Dabrye (aka Tadd Mullinix), Mobius Band, and Skeletons & The Girl-Faced Boys.
Ghostly international was founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan by Sam Valenti IV in 1999. Valenti grew up in suburban Detroit, where, having become a fan of underground music culture, he would sneak into Hip-Hop clubs by carrying records for his Detroit DJ hero Houseshoes. Valenti later became a DJ himself, taking the name of DJ SpaceGhost. This theme is echoed by the name and logo of the company he founded.
Valenti met Matthew Dear at a house party that Valenti attended during his first week at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Valenti and Dear's shared affection for electronic music, particularly the sound of Detroit Techno, led to the label’s (and Dear’s) first 12 inch single "Hands Up For Detroit." Following this, Ghostly enjoyed early success with albums by Mullinix as well as Disco Nouveau, a compilation including artists such as ADULT., Solvent, Legowelt, Daniel Wang and DMX Krew inspired by the Italo Disco movement of the 1970s and 1980s.