On Wednesday this week a teacher got me out of my lesson, I was asked to go with them to the music department. I heard I'm sorry to tell you Oska Mr Kench has passed away...
I could see for my teachers tears that this was an unbelievable reality. He continued to speak but I did not hear his words, my tears welling and I felt suffocated. My Friend, My mentor... GONE
Ben was a very talented singer songwriter, guitarist and teacher, he had been in bands but in 2014 he formed Safehaus a four piece band, I was their first support act. Since then their sound and popularity has risen that they were opening for TopLoader in September!
I feel such great loss as Ben was so passionate about my work, we were going to write a song together he'd help me with songs, chord patterns, so many aspects. In Dec 2013 I'd start to teach myself guitar and Ben gave me lessons in the holidays. As my song writing grew we worked on songs then we worked in the studio recording as well as at home. He just understood what I wanted to achieve. Last November We shared a gig as I launched my 2nd single On A Train, this was a great night.
Last night was the 1st time performing at the Youth Battle of the Bands knowing he'd gone... I was nervous but excited to be playing, it was so hard playing songs he'd worked with me on. I gathered myself and played.
I am still processing this, it's not real but I know it sadly is, he has 4 amazing children. I do not know why... but not without leaving his talent with each of us in it's own special way - Good night Ben, my friend, teacher, mentor thank you for every special moment
Young chap finding his feet, likes the finer things but on a lemonade budget, for now!