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The podcast where we get behind people's music, to understand what inspires and drives musicians the world over.

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The podcast where we get behind people's music, to understand what inspires and drives musicians the world over.

    Interview: David Adams from The Acoustic Guitar Project

    Interview: David Adams from The Acoustic Guitar Project

    One guitar. One week. One song. It's a pretty simple concept, but it's the creative simplicity of The Acoustic Guitar Project which partly owes to its success.

    But behind the concept itself is tireless work from the volunteers helping The Acoustic Guitar Project spread across the globe. To date, there are over 700 songs recorded - so that's 700 people, from all walks of life, from all musical backgrounds, who have submitted songs for everyone to hear, for free.

    The idea behind the concept came from David Adams, a self-confessed habitual artist who, in his own words, "just wanted to start something cool" in the beginning. And that he has done.

    In this episode, recorded between Berlin and New York, we talk about The Acoustic Guitar Project, where it all started, and where it's heading in the future.

    To find out more about The Acoustic Guitar Project, click here.

    Also this week

    There's been the latest edition of The Pulse, which takes a look at new music from Tame Impala, Danko Jones, The Big Moon, and Justin Bieber. Yes, Bieber (it ain't pretty).

    On the next episode, we'll journey back to Berlin to catch up with the cool singer-songwriter duo Forest Island. Stay tuned for that.

    • 26 min
    Episode 30 - Catch up and review on 2019

    Episode 30 - Catch up and review on 2019

    And so, we end 2019. We've had 30 episodes of BPM Pod to date, each one of them telling their own unique story, but it has to come to a close for 2019.
    In 2020, we've got loads of new content lined up, including musicians from across the world, not just Berlin. For now though, we catch up with two artists we featured just over a year ago - Chris Weinhardt and Molly's Peck. 

    • 24 min
    Interview: Ella Fuchs (Ella & Nik)

    Interview: Ella Fuchs (Ella & Nik)

    Softly spoken, sensitive, and soulful - that's not only the way to describe Ella Fuchs as a guest, but also her music too.
    Originally from Berlin, Germany, Ella still strolls the streets, spreading her guitar-driven melodies of love and loss. With early beginnings in a somewhat musical family, Ella soon discovered that music is not only a good personal outlet for problems, but a way to connect with people, to have fun, and to tell a story.
    One-half of the duo Ella & Nik, Ella and I talk about how to get started in music, the competitiveness of the scene, and who the music (of anyone) is actually for.
    Listen to Ella & Nik on Soundcloud
    Follow Ella & Nik on Facebook
    Also in the episode
    Not much else this time, due to illness (trying to save my voice). But I am playing live on 20 Nov 2019 - tickets available here.
    Also, I quickly ran through some of our upcoming episodes with Tidal Wave, Forest Island, and the Acoustic Guitar Project (certainly worth checking out in advance).

    • 34 min
    Interview: Grizzly Bird

    Interview: Grizzly Bird

    'Grizzly Bird? You sure it's not Grizzly Bear?' That was my initial thought when Hans got in touch to talk about his musical adventure with the band. I mentioned it to him off-air.
    "Well at least I don't have to live by the Han Solo pun anymore," says Hans, referencing his previous artist name. But has much changed beyond the name?
    "I would not say so, but that is intentional. Grizzly Bird still reflects this kind of folk, rock, pop sentiment, with some experimentation thrown in too."
    The music of Grizzly Bird is hard to pin down (so much so that the latest press writer declared it 'multi-genre', which is either genius or lazy from the professional writer). But despite its genre blending, it is not hard to access, thanks to smooth storytelling, angelic vocals, and a wonderfully, wide sound combining drums with violins, horns, guitars, and more. 
    In this episode, Hans and I talk about musical ambitions, the difficulty of promoting music today, and how animals can teach us a thing or two about the world. 
    Also in this episode
    I've been consuming music at a rather alarming rate recently (no, toilet listening is not on the agenda) so have so many recommendations. 
    Jim James' new album was different, and alright, but in this episode I focus on two recent stunners: You Deserve Love by White Reaper, and Remind Me Tomorrow by Sharon Van Etten. (Yes, I know I am late to the party on the latter.)

    • 31 min
    Interview: Heavy Heavy

    Interview: Heavy Heavy

    Heavy heavy - has there been a better band name on the podcast? It's clear, short, memorable, and a bit of a laugh. "We were thinking of a name, and our music is heavy, but not black metal heavy, but heavy kind of heavy. So the name Heavy Heavy just stuck," explains Chance Blair, lead singer and bassist.

    And that was the first thing that struck me about the band: their complete non-b******t approach. Chance, Linus and Val formed Heavy Heavy simply to play, to experiment, and to have fun.

    "Sure, some kind of fame with it is great, but I just want to get out there and play," says Chance. "It's about spreading our music and having a great time."

    Seeing the band live, you can tell they're all in it for the thrill. They're tight, composed, yet loose and chilled. It's a fine balance for some fine music.

    How to describe Heavy Heavy's music? Well if you're into King Buffalo, All Them Witches, Queens of the Stone Age and such, you're certainly in the right vein - see, it's heavy, even heavy heavy, but not 'holy s**t, what the f**k is this crap?' heavy.

    A brilliant bunch, with a fantastic setup, and a killer acoustic recording at the end to boot, there is nothing more I can say about Heavy Heavy which they can't tell you themselves. So head west towards home, and let the episode play.

     

    • 39 min
    Relatiiv interview + BPM Pod album release

    Relatiiv interview + BPM Pod album release

    One year. Doesn’t seem possible, right? But that is how long BPM Pod has been running – just me, my guests, and this crappy 300-euro Packard Bell laptop pumping out episodes every two weeks. I did not think we would last a year. Yet here we are.


    And while I am certainly content with the limited success of BPM Pod so far, the fact I have proved to myself that I can do this only gives me more drive for the future. There will certainly be more promotional stuff from BPM Pod in the next year, as I aim to get to at least 1,000 listeners per episode, up from the average 100 listeners today.
    This week, we have a special episode then as we release the first BPM Pod Acoustic Album (called ‘Stripped Sessions’; more on this in a minute), and we talk to some of the most aware, self-reflective and honest guests we have heard on BPM Pod.
    Relatiiv: A journey to vulnerability
    This balance between contentment and ambition is a feeling shared by my guests this week – the wonderful Laura and Markus from the hip-hop funk-electronic duo, Relatiiv.
    In all professions, there are people with some kind of act. We all act at times. But real power lies in breaking down your act, removing the mask, and being yourself. It’s this openness and transparency that Laura and Markus really have nailed. And being content and open does not mean a lack of drive.
    “The fact that we are content does not mean that we do not have goals. In fact, because you are detached from your ego, you approach music with a much more free mindset,” says Laura. “It is about keeping your mind in balance and enjoying the moment and what you do.”
    Drawing inspiration from artists including Tom Misch, Mahalia, FKJ and Jordan Rakei – all the way through to Fredrik Chopin, no less – Laura and Markus have developed a downtempo beat common ground with love, laughter and longing at its core. It’s pretty mesmerizing stuff all in all from Relatiiv, and it’s doubtlessly one of the best episodes of BPM Pod. A great way to mark the one-year anniversary indeed.
    To find out more about Relatiiv, go to SoundCloud, Spotify or Facebook.
    BPM Pod: Stripped Sessions release
    Most episodes end with an acoustic version of an original song from the artist in that episode – it’s become pretty standard stuff here on BPM Pod.
    But what if all of those songs were recorded and released in one package?
    Well that’s exactly what I’ve done with BPM Pod: Stripped Sessions. Free to download from Bandcamp, I’ve compiled some of your favourite tracks from across the episodes.


    Sure, the sound is not always amazing (I am recording live with two mics only) but you get at least a taste of the magic I experience first-hand at the end of each episode.
    So go to Bandcamp and check it out and, as always, do spread the love far and wide.
    Full track listing:
    Manono – I Want You
    Chris Winhardt – Spookghetti Western
    Ben Osborn – The Only Thing
    Promis – Will I Get A Chance To Sing My Songs One Day (Before I’m Dead)
    Otari – Escapade
    Maria Mørk – Let Me Float
    Blake Farha – For All The Good It’s Done Me
    Adamore – Dreamer, Believer
    Molly’s Peck – You Should Know
    Lisa Akuah – Bubbles
    Iadora Johnson – Improv jam session
    SCARS – Scars of Life
    Ohad Leev Roage – I Got It All
    Ella Fuchs – Berlin
    Heavy Heavy – High Rise Vultures
    Listen to the album by clicking here, or by going through the player below.

    • 41 min

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