Music On Your Own Terms

Music On Your Own Terms 112 “Ben VanBuskirk/Blackout Orchestra - Blue Skies & Toronto Ghosts”

March 23, 2021

Music On Your Own Terms 112 - Ben VanBuskirk/Blackout Orchestra - Blue Skies & Toronto Ghosts

Joining me for a chat in this episode is Toronto based artist Ben VanBuskirk, who has just released his new album under the moniker Blackout Orchestra. We talk about Ben's influences and history in various bands, as well as the breakup that caused him to hit rock bottom, and nearly ending it all, through to dealing with mental health and his subsequent sobriety, that all contributed to creating this music. Ben also shares some tips he's learned about promoting your music as an indie musician, and some methods of avoiding being too critical of yourself while you're creating your art.

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This week's suggested artist is Oriana Setz who we heard in episode 19 and also episode 58. Oriana has a new single out today, which is also being used as the theme music for a documentary series about immigrants to New Zealand. Check out the first episode here and subscribe to see more as they come out.

Check out the track Lejos on the episode and as it becomes available on streaming platforms.


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