Astrachan is the lo-fi, indie rock project of 24-year-old Connecticut-native, Ben Astrachan. Ben grew up surrounded by creators, his mom a dancer and his dad a painter. He quickly discovered an artistic passion of his own when he began singing in the fourth grade. Ben grew up passionate about music and the arts and eventually went on to major in Theater and East Asian Studies at Brandeis University, where he met soon-to-be-collaborator Austin Koenigstein. The duo connected in an acapella group at the school and soon thereafter started Berta Bigtoe. They found cult success with the project, led by songs Hold The Fort and Can You Listen?
Ben launched his solo project, Astrachan, in 2021 with the release of the Doh Dee Demos and eventually released his debut, self-titled record in May of 2021. It’s a smooth, lo-fi rock album with subtle hints of George Harrison throughout the album and even has an ode to Isn’t It A Pity with Astrachan’s song, Scandal. We released a cassette version of the album that you can find here! Check out our Q&A below and follow Astrachan on his socials to stay up to date!
Q: Tell me about how you first got into music…
Astrachan: I didn’t have a musical family, but I had an artist family. My dad is a painter and my mom is a dancer. I started singing when I was maybe in fourth grade, and I just love singing. So that was kind of my intro to music. I was a part of some choir and acapella groups, which I really enjoyed. It was an all-male acapella group called Voicemail and Austin (Smushie) was an awesome musician, so that’s when I started really writing music and realized this was something I wanted to be doing by myself and with Austin.