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Getting behind people's music to hear the unsung voices of the music world

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Ep.46 - Hans Annellsson

September 1st, 2020


Hans and I first met back in 2014, in Malmö in Sweden. I was nervous ahead of an acoustic gig at a club I had never played - a gig attended by a …

Episode 45 - Reviews of Molly's Peck, Birgit Jones, Nader Rahy and Phoebe Bridgers

August 14th, 2020


While I spend a little more time editing the upcoming episode with Hans Annellsson, here's a quick mention of some of the newest music out there currently from some people you might not have heard of before.

We kick …

Ep.44 - Alex Spencer interview + Haim and My Morning Jacket reviewed

July 19th, 2020


Balancing music at any time in life is tough, let alone with a family, job and (currently) a pandemic to keep in mind. Yet somehow, superheroic singer-songwriter Alex Spencer does it all - forms bands, plays shows, …

Episode 43: Chris Weinhardt (pt. 3 and 4)

July 13th, 2020


And so the time has come - we are into the final two parts of the Chris Weinhardt marathon. (Except it has four parts, not 26 miles of audio, so that doesn't really work as a description, but you get what I mean.)

Episode 42: Chris Weinhardt pt.2

June 13th, 2020


A while back, before the whole coronavirus thing, I went drinking with long-time podcast regular, Chris Weinhardt. As expected, we talked for quite a …

The Pulse reviews: Jason Isbell, Haim, Perfume Genius, Fiona Apple

May 27th, 2020


Hello and welcome to this episode of BPM Pod, the podcast where we get behind people's music.


I hope you're doing well out there in these strange times and am glad you're taking the time to listen to the podcast. Thanks …

Episode 40: Weinhardt catch up (part 1)

May 23rd, 2020


It was way back in episode two - the first 'proper' episode' - where I met Chris Weinhardt, somewhere distant and dark on the outskirts of Berlin. (Okay, Wildau isn't that bad, but it is a little far away. Listen to …

Reviews: King Buffalo, Heavy Heavy, Gyoza

May 12th, 2020


Inspired by the excellent YouTube movie review channel YMS (thanks for all your great work, Adam) I've decided to transform the regular 'The Pulse' …

Episode 38 - My top 10 Jason Isbell songs

May 4th, 2020


"Have you heard Jason Isbell?" said my record producer, Thomas. I sheepishly said no, trying to hide how I may just have missed someone I should …

Episode 37 - My top 10 favourite Queen songs

April 24th, 2020


Everyone and anyone who knows me - or even if you only listen to this podcast - knows I am a massive Queen fan. From watching their music videos over and over on VHS as a kid, through to owning pretty much all of their …

Episode 36 - Top 10 Jackson Browne songs

March 29th, 2020


Jackson Browne is, without question, my favourite musical artist of all time. Perhaps someone else will come along one day and take the crown, but I don't see it happening any time soon.

Browne is, to me, one of …

Interview: Orange Utan

March 19th, 2020


Go on, say Orange Utan. Oran-gee Uu-tarn. Orang-Utan. Orrrr-angje Uo-tan. Like many of the great mysteries of the world, we may never, ever know how to properly say this mystical name. (And that doesn't go for us only, …

Interview: Lucas Castillo

March 3rd, 2020


Nights out, singalongs, soulful chats, and a damn lot of fun - Lucas Castillo and I have had a pretty decent run through it all. And, finally, he …

Interview: Tidal Wave

February 14th, 2020


The problem with Limp Bizkit is that they're misunderstood. Are they cool? No. Do they make good music? Meh, not really. Are they relevant? Good …

Interview: Forest Island + Warren Zevon top 10

February 5th, 2020


'So how do you best describe your music?' That's a pretty tough question for any musical artist but, for Forest Island, it gets pretty complicated. They combine effects, guitar, cello, and vocals into a sublime, …

Interview: David Adams from The Acoustic Guitar Project

January 22nd, 2020


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 …

Episode 30 - Catch up and review on 2019

December 11th, 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 …

Interview: Ella Fuchs (Ella & Nik)

November 13th, 2019


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, …

Interview: Grizzly Bird

November 3rd, 2019


'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 …

Interview: Heavy Heavy

October 20th, 2019


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 …

Relatiiv interview + BPM Pod album release

September 22nd, 2019


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 …

Lauren Piper (Vowels) interview + song battles discussion

August 26th, 2019


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 …

Ohad Leev Roage

August 13th, 2019


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 …

Playthrough: 'Mythos' by Vizard

July 31st, 2019


We have a full playthrough of the new EP 'Mythos' from the electronic music duo, Vizard. Also, we review 'Let's Rock' from The Black Keys.

Adam Sandahl interview + Emma Elisabeth 'Pilot' track of the week

July 14th, 2019


We talk to Adam Sandahl about his musical journey from Sweden to Berlin, and we look at the track of the week from Emma Elisabeth.

Richard Hawley 'Further' review + Funkhaus visit

June 27th, 2019


We take a trip to Berlin's famous Funkhaus studio, where Ashley plays his part on a studio song from Moves Johnson. There's also a look at Richard Hawley's new album, 'Further'.

Review: 'Western Stars' by Bruce Springsteen

June 27th, 2019


BRUUUUUUUUUUUUCE! Potential album of the year. That is all. Hear why.

Tara C. Taylor interview

June 14th, 2019


Sassy, cool, determined - Tara C. Taylor brings acoustic with attitude to BPM Pod. We talk about her beginnings, her inspirations, and exchange …

Blake Farha + special BPM Pod announcement

May 27th, 2019


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 …

Ben Osborn + Tom Petty retrospective review

May 13th, 2019


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 …

Luc Andre (Un Ane Gonflable) + album reviews from Bibio and Adrian Tonceanu

April 28th, 2019


 We speak with Luc Andre from the funky pop band Un Ane Gonflable, and we review two new releases from Bibio and Adrian Tonceanu

Vizard (+ Phospherescent album review)

April 3rd, 2019


The gentle, kind, but always-up-for-a-party Basti (from Vizard) swings by for an electronic dose of goodness.

Moves Johnson (+ three song set)

March 27th, 2019


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 …

Maria Mørk interview + Jim James live review

March 13th, 2019


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. …

Ep.12 - Promis

February 27th, 2019


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. …

Ep.11 - SCARS

February 14th, 2019


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 …

Ep.10 - Iadora Johnson

January 28th, 2019


Blues lover Iadora Johnson talks to BPM about gear, childhood musical duels, and a whole lotta' love for Led Zeppelin.

Ep.9: REVIEW - 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

January 14th, 2019


As the Queen biopic stuns the Golden Globes, Ashley gives his critique of the movie.

Ep.8: REVIEW - 'Springsteen on Broadway'

January 14th, 2019


A quick review of 'Springsteen on Broadway', available on Netflix and DVD.

Ep.7: Lisa Akuah + Mikrowelt album review

January 9th, 2019


The delightful Lisa Akuah sits down with me over a long, relaxed interview to discuss the important of vulnerability, honesty and sincerity in …

BPM Pod ep.6 - Zeug

December 26th, 2018


This week we head into a dark headspace, as we let Vlad tell us the story of Zeug - a post-rock, noise-rock, industrial-rock blend that's surprisingly melodic and relaxing amidst the noise.

BPM Pod ep.5 - Molly's Peck

December 12th, 2018


'You know, the guitar kinda sounds like John Mayer.'

And immediately upon recounting my wife's praise, Gui, Julia and I were friends. I mean it's a …

BPM Pod ep.4 - Otari

November 28th, 2018


Dreamy soundscapes and ambient trance - Otari can create a mood in and instant with their chilled, melodic dance vibes. From events to bedroom gigs, this duo are just starting out in the music industry but have a wealth …

BPM Pod ep.3 - Manono

November 8th, 2018


Funk, soul, rock, pop - it's all in the mix with the stunningly talented Manono band, a four-piece gang based out of Berlin. We talk recording, …

BPM Pod ep.2 - Chris Weinhardt

November 6th, 2018


In this first proper episode of BPM Pod, we talk to multi-instrumentalist, teacher, music producer, session musician, and all-round nice guy, Chris …

BPM Pod ep.1 - Introduction episode

November 6th, 2018


Your host Ashley Scrace Wendel introduces BPM Pod with a quick explanation about what's going on, and what you can expect from the podcast in the future.

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