He chose the pseudonym of The Minnesota Child in 2011 while on a cross country roadtrip, because “the songs I write evoke a yearning for home, whether that lies in a place, a person, or a community.”
The Minnesota Child released his first EP The Captain in November 2013, after moving to Oakland, CA, where he still lives. The five-track record is a dramatic soundscape of love, hope, and memory.
In 2016, teamed up with his younger brother, drummer and producer Matt Buckner. A frost school of music Graduate, Matt joined TMC to arrange, co-produce, and drum on the new record.
The Minnesota Child’s forthcoming release: Fireflies, will be TMC’s first full-band EP. Produced by Jeff Saltzman (The Killers, Blondie) and Matt Buckner, the album features an expansive sound. Fireflies will be released in January 2018. The record infuses Ethan's soulful songwriting with lush harmonies, intricate instrumentals, and powerful rhythms to produce a full symphonic sound to take on the open road or a hike in the woods.