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,...
Way back when, I critiqued music (I still do, I guess). I cannot recall the name of this one band I gave a negative review of, but I remember what I said: 'This is so depressing that I slit my wrists and am now bleeding out all over my desk. Seek help.'
Look, I am not proud of that line at all. It's not witty or clever, and I can see that it is not a helpful criticism. But I am pretty sure I did not deserve the hatred I received in an online forum after the review was published. Someone...
Another week, another podcast. This time, we take a diverse musical journey from Jerusalem to Berlin, with singer-songwriter and guitarist, Ohad.
Also, a bunch of tracks that I have fallen in love with this week (either for the first time, or again) including Haim, The Black Keys, Angel Olson, Kacey Musgraves, and Derek and the Dominoes.
We catch up with poet, songwriter, and comedian Blake Farha on confessional songwriting, defeating depression, and making the most of musical opportunity. Plus, a special announcement from BPM Pod relating to a new album release.
With a vast musical knowledge, a love for Leonard Cohen, and enough beautiful poetry to make your eyes water, Ben Osborn really is a talent to watch out for.
Coming just as he releases his debut album, Letters From The Border, Ben and I talk about the complexity of writing music in new ways, the power of accepting any offer that comes your way, and how songs become so much more than music and lyrics.
Moves Johnson drops by BPM Pod to talk about his journey to Berlin, from busking on the streets of Toronto, to working security, to finally making it on the Berlin music scene. Includes a short three-song set to round off the podcast.
Darkness and light. Good and bad. Pain and joy. It is all about balance with Maria Mørk, and it certainly shows in her touching, soulful songwriting. Maria talks about her journey to Berlin, the struggles of making it work, and the best tips she has for becoming a better musician.
From cabaret, to pop, to dance, to piano bar music, Promis captures it all. Not bound by musical genre, Promis explores all aspects of music to bring his reflective, confessional lyrics to audiences across the globe. Here, he talks about the music industry today, whether social media is a positive thing in music, and ambitions of being a star.
SCARS aren't your typical thrash metal band. Starting out in the depths of Chile, SCARS amassed a band from a mix of cultures, influences and styles to create angry, hard metal music that still maintains clarity, melody and skill. Oh, and they just so happen to be the most chilled people I have ever met.
The delightful Lisa Akuah sits down with me over a long, relaxed interview to discuss the important of vulnerability, honesty and sincerity in songwriting. You're also treated to the first album review on BPM Pod, thanks to a submission from Tihomir Zdjelarevic and his album 'Mikrowelt'.