AD 261 | Tim Bettinson
(Vancouver Sleep Clinic)

Tim Bettinson is a 27-year-old singer-songwriter and producer most recognized for creating and living behind the lustful, ambient guise of Vancouver Sleep Clinic. Across his catalogue, elements of anthemic indie rock, intimate R&B, and sophisticated folk provide a sweeping film soundtrack for Bettinson’s gentle vocal and expansive storytelling. Emerging from his native Brisbane, Australia on the strength of a series of singles including “Someone To Stay," “Middle of Nowhere," “The Wire,” and the bedroom-produced viral cover of “As It Was," Tim now roams the world with a laptop and headphones in pursuit of adventure and creative inspiration for his ever-evolving project.

Topics discussed in this episode:
  • Leaving Los Angeles (00:12:19)
  • How Tim and Yoshino originally met (00:14:04)
  • Lesson’s Tim has learned through his journey in music and the industry (00:17:31)
  • The feeling of making music (00:23:34)
  • Yoshino’s journey into martial arts and photography (00:26:47)
  • The first song Tim released on Soundcloud named “Vapour” (00:30:19)
  • Tim’s decision to start singing and using falsetto (00:35:22)
  • Natural talents vs. achieving abilities through hard work (00:40:39)
  • Anxiety and self-imposed pressure (00:52:25)
  • Advanced technologies (00:57:45)
  • Finding balance and joy in the creative process (01:04:06)
  • Dealing with anxiety, self-doubt, and negative thoughts (01:09:36)
  • Navigating feedback and trusting your own instincts (01:18:38)
  • Defining one’s purpose (01:25:16)
  • Finding perspective on past work (01:30:49)
  • People that inspire Tim and Yoshino (01:36:57)

Posted 3.22.2024


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino