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Episode 190: Ben Jorgensen

Armor For Sleep frontman Ben Jorgensen came by Going Off Track to discuss the band’s anniversary shows for What To... Read on.
Armor For Sleep frontman Ben Jorgensen came by Going Off Track to discuss the band’s anniversary shows for What To Do When You’re Dead, what it’s like transitioning from a musician to a manager and the magic of the New Jersey underground scene. We also discuss Ray Kurzweil’s theory about The Singularity, why it’s more...  Read on.
Armor For Sleep frontman Ben Jorgensen came by Going Off Track to discuss the band's anniversary shows for What To Do When You're Dead, what it's like transitioning from a musician to a manager and the magic of the New Jersey underground scene. We also discuss Ray Kurzweil's theory about The Singularity, why it's more difficult to learn a new skill as an adult and Jorgensen's fascination with virtual reality. "The need to get your name out there is what drives a lot of 20 years and I did that," Jorgensen says, looking back at his career and where he is today. "I don't have that hunger to do that again and put myself out there. I'm happy with what I went through." Whether you're embarking on your own musical career or coming to terms with the next chapter of life, there's something important you'll be able to take away from this episode. Armor For Sleep
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Episode 189: David Castillo

David Castillo is a man of many talents. He’s the talent booker for Saint Vitus, singer for Primitive Weapons &... Read on.
David Castillo is a man of many talents. He’s the talent booker for Saint Vitus, singer for Primitive Weapons & White Widows Pact and also has some of the most luscious locks on the East Coast. During this episode Castillo discusses the politics behind Brooklyn’s hottest venue, the genesis of his own bands and why...  Read on.
David Castillo is a man of many talents. He's the talent booker for Saint Vitus, singer for Primitive Weapons & White Widows Pact and also has some of the most luscious locks on the East Coast. During this episode Castillo discusses the politics behind Brooklyn's hottest venue, the genesis of his own bands and why you shouldn't ask him to be on the guest list unless you've got a good reason. We also discuss the logistics of getting the Descendents or Nirvana to play in front of 250 people, how to get your band on one of his bills and his roots booking shows in Long Island. "I know who's out there putting in work, I do it myself when I play in my bands," he says at one point. "Try to be active. It's not always going to work but I'm going to start paying attention." Whether you're a musician or just curious how the industry works, Castillo's story and advice transcends the worlds of punk and metal. Saint Vitus bar White Widows Pact Primitive Weapons
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Episode 188: Fences

Fences a.k.a. Chris Mansfield came by Going Off Track with guest host Steak Mountain to look back on his major-label... Read on.
Fences a.k.a. Chris Mansfield came by Going Off Track with guest host Steak Mountain to look back on his major-label saga, his personal and collaborative relationship with Macklemore and why he’s more excited about his music right now than he’s been in a long time. He also discusses how the recent birth of his child...  Read on.
Fences a.k.a. Chris Mansfield came by Going Off Track with guest host Steak Mountain to look back on his major-label saga, his personal and collaborative relationship with Macklemore and why he's more excited about his music right now than he's been in a long time. He also discusses how the recent birth of his child helped put his experiences into perspective, why he catalogs his moments of emotional crisis on Twitter and how he tried self-medicating (unsuccessfully) with alcohol to deal with his whirlwind success when all he ever wanted was to be as popular as Cat Power. "You feel like you make choices in your career sometimes where you do certain things to appease people and you don't even realize you're doing it, you just start to become agreeable," he explains at one point, "and the next thing you know you yourself are shut off—and I think that's what happened to me." Thankfully he's in a better place now and talks about his journey in a constructive and captivating way.
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