BPM Media is the professional name of an otherwise anonymous singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist producer who is making his professional solo recording debut in 2021. The Hawaii-based self-taught musician wrote his first single nine years ago. However he has chosen not to release it, until now.
“Chronological Genocide” is the debut single from BPM Media, released worldwide to all major streaming services on December 21, 2021. The song is an apocalyptic poem set to a cool Lo-fi groove. An ensemble of guitar, bass and drums weave a chill organic mix of Psychedelic Rock, Blues and Indie Rock. The rhythm section lays down a mellow funk as a haunting slide guitar creates a bluesy Alternative Rock mood reminiscent of Mark Sandman’s Morphine and Treat Her Right.
Recorded in one take, BPM Media delivers his manifesto. As the song’s laid-back groove progresses, the singer slides back and forth from a melodic vocal to a cool spoken-word rap. With the rhythm and style of a Beat poet, BPM calls the masters of commerce into question as he paints a grim portrait of a world born of greed and oppression.
Check out “Chronological Genocide” above. You can also hear the song on the Deep Indie Dive playlist, or listen on your favorite streaming service. We had the chance to chat with BPM Media about the song. Check out his answers to our 8 questions below. And follow the links at the end of this article to connect with the artist.
8 Questions with BPM Media
Where are you from?
Great question. Just a regular dude from the Big Island of Hawaii, in a solar powered recording studio. Living offgrid with a bunch of plants and animals and instruments.
How long have you been making music?
As long as I can remember. When I was younger I used to hum & beatbox while walking everywhere, and friends said I was basically a perpetual whistler! Later thinking and realizing the need to learn & play an actual instrument (mainly so I don’t drive myself and everyone else crazy) wasn’t till around 2012.
Learned some chords & made up some styles. I started with electric guitar and keys. I would play all night at parties with just a keyboard and drum machine, I brought my gear everywhere.
Moved on to learning basic music production to save some tracks, I’ve since probably composed hundreds of songs, still which haven’t been released yet or mastered.
Who are the musicians involved in your project?
It’s just me to start. I enjoy jamming with other artists but mostly spend time creating & self producing. Collaboration is always great though, combining styles can make some mind blowing progression.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
There’s many genres from classic rock to classical. From The Doors to Trent Reznor. I can play along to anything really and add a track. That’s how I learned to play guitar and keys, by learning harmonies/tones.
What is your greatest non-musical influence?
Walking long distances. Feeling my footsteps vibrate my skull & putting a score to the perspective. I used to also race dirtbikes and sometimes get that same tunnel vision when I feel like I’m chasing the music-finding that rhythm.
What inspired you to create this project?
The world can be a bunch of BS to any onlooking artist, but the best thing is to reflect that into art. So, I needed some test lyrics on a slide guitar track I’d played. I wanted to feel the flow, so I chose a poem I’d freewritten. It was kinda a complex rhythm to verbalize but I liked the way it sounded… more like a story in the end.
What are your plans for the future (musically)?
Release more music, currently building another studio. I have a lot of music to recreate and master, but I like to make new music everyday so I make time for both and just see what happens. Music is timeless like that.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
Be good to each other-Enjoy Life. Thanks for listening. If you want to really hear the music- I’d say take a walk! Aloha