Words from Will Brewster
For many, music is a consolation in itself.
The feeling of calm that you bring with you when you play your favorite record or when you revisit your first instrument is insurmountable for anyone else. It’s a sensation resembling a maternal hug or putting on a warm knitted sweater that many artists indulge in.
However, striving for comfort and staying creative can often prove difficult for artists. Many find it difficult to break new ground when working within the confines of their own comfort zone. It is almost impossible for others to create freely when they are stripped of the familiarities of their safe space.
It‘an unsteady but crucial balance that local musician Ben Greasley knows better than most.
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“I feel most comfortable when I return to my roots – just play the acoustic guitar or sit at the piano. That’s where I feel most comfortable, ”he says.
“But I’m still trying to test myself and branch out to try different genres or different writing techniques. I’m not just trying to stay in a box. I want to try everything and see what appeals to me the most. “
A talented singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Ben is perhaps one of Melbourne’s most exciting emerging creatives.
In addition to writing his own music, he’s also engaged in art, fashion and graphic design and was recently selected by Converse to launch the new Converse Comfort Chucks range. a release that makes the era-defining Chuck Taylor sneaker more comfortable and supportive than ever.
“Converse is such an iconic brand,” says Ben. “It’s synonymous with rock and roll and it’s so crazy to be part of this campaign. If you are into music you can see that a lot of people express themselves – they are not shy. Musicians are almost at the forefront of fashion. “
Although Ben seems confident and exuberant from the start, he admits that it took him years to feel good about himself. Early in his youth he was diagnosed with a chronic illness that threatened to corrode his identity and seriously affect his life.
“I was a very sporty kid, great in my footy, and I gave that away when I was about 10, so I had to find something else. That‘When I picked up a guitar for the first time, that was the only thing that helped me get through the time in the hospital, ”says Ben.
“It’s something to focus on. It‘It’s so much better than sitting in your bed and thinking about things. I know that even if I feel terrible playing the guitar for an hour, it will make my day better. It‘It’s crazy how effective these outlets are. “
Despite his passion for the guitar, Ben didn’t start making music until his final years in high school due to lack of confidence and overwhelming doubts about his rationale for privatizing his passion.
“I started writing music behind closed doors by my late teens, but honestly, singing was the big thing that I didn’t really get public about until after school,” he says, noting that he told the video right after his first part about it, his self-confidence skyrocketed.
“There came a day when I thought, ‘I’m going to just upload this little singing video to Facebook and see what happens.’ It got a few thousand views and was shared a bit, which gave me a lot of confidence to say, ‘Oh, maybe I can try that’. That was the starting point for everything. “
As As someone who has spent much of his life with an illness, Ben is all too aware that his illness defines him. He makes crystal clear that he doesn’t want his career to revolve around anything other than his own creative talents and hates to be viewed as a sobbing story by his listeners and colleagues.
“I know it fits my story and has definitely influenced my music, but I just want to be a musician; I don’t want to be that sick person who’s a musician and gets used to a sobbing story, ”says Ben.
“I was asked to play The Voice three times and I refused each time. You can move into the “Will I get these opportunities because I got the condolences card?” Mindset. I digress because I know it’s a big part of my story, but music is also my way of escaping it all. I don’t want to be defined by it. “
There’s no denying that Ben is an extremely talented artist; a look at one of his many covers will show that clearly enough. However, Ben says he has not yet released original music under his own name, revealing that he still has not found the level of comfort required to carry his name out into the world.
“I always struggled to find my sound. I have tons of demos, but I’m a bit of a perfectionist. It‘I get to the point where I‘you just have to bring something out, otherwise you will know yourself‘We’ll just work on it too long and never get anywhere, ”Ben admits.
“I know I just have to do it, but I haven’t finished yet. But it was a great inspiration that Converse reached out to me to keep going. “
Since joining the Converse All Stars campaign, Ben has said that he has never felt at home in his own skin. He credits his relationship with Converse for finding solace in himself, especially after being featured on a giant billboard in the center of Emporium.
“That was a big moment for me, like, ‘Why am I in the front of this billboard?'” Says Ben with a grin.
“Converse could have got anyone she wanted, and the fact that they pick up and coming creatives is sick. I didn’t even ask to be part of this campaign, but I really connect with it, especially about being comfortable in his own skin. It’s a campaign that I want to participate in; I’m not just doing it because it’s Converse. “
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