BVSMV plays electronic, cinematic synth music. He has just dropped a full length album via TimeSlave Recordings, a nice occasion to talk to him a bit.
Headphones For Robots: Who is BVSMV? What do this letters hide?
BVSMV: BVSMV stands for bicycle versus motorvehicle. Unfortunately, ten years ago my wife and I were biking to work when a person turned and hit my wife while she was riding her bike. My wife is fortunately ok and better than ever, but we thought it was odd that the official police report said it was a bicycle versus motorvehicle accident. The wording was so strange, the bike didn’t even stand a chance. This was around the time I got my first keyboard, and we have a dark sense of humor so that became my name. I then shortened it to BVSMV because it was too long to type. I never expected people to actually pay attention to the project!
HFR: How did you start making music? Could you tell us a bit about your influences?
B: I grew up around music, my sister played saxophone, my mother played organ, but I had very little interest until later in my teens. I thought it might be fun to learn guitar, but it didn’t quite click. A few years later after learning more about electronic music, I really wanted a keyboard. I always loved synth pop, being a child of the 80s (born in 1984), and I loved the post-punk synth revival of the early 2000s. I started listening to more artists like M83, Tycho, Com Truise to name a few, and then found the synthwave scene and it all started to meld together.
HFR: After a few EPs, you’ve just released your first LP, “Skies”, on Timeslave Recordings. What was your approach on writing music for this LP?
B: I use my iPhone and iPad for song sketches, so I really just tried to get as many ideas in those formats so I could continue to work. I knew I wanted guitar on it, and to make it big sounding, but diverse. I am notoriously slow at writing, so I started telling other people when the album would be done so I had to just get to work to meet my deadline I had created. Around April I purchased Logic and transferring ideas from iOS to Logic is really easy. It just started making my work get fleshed out so much faster.
HFR: Could you tell us a bit about your “go to” equipment? What do you use when writing a song and which are your favorite instruments?
B: As mentioned before, I actually use iOS a lot. Korg Gadget is amazing! I also have a little interface where I can plug my guitar into my phone and just record. Other than that, I use a Launchpad Pro and a Mikrokorg to sketch out ideas and melodies pretty frequently. Finally, for VSTs Vahalla’s Shimmer Reverb is all over the album.
HFR: Who are Mangled Music Collective and Sleepless Collective?
B: Both are collectives of diverse but like-minded musicians from all over the world. We collaborate, share our music, production tips, and just support each other when we put new stuff out. There’s a lot of brains and talent in both of those groups. My music really started getting out there more after I connected with all of those artists. I can’t thank them all enough!
HFR: BVSMV in a near future? Will we see you live one day?
B: That’s always in the back of my mind, I think with the album done I am trying to flesh out how I could take Ableton, and my Launchpad Pro, and “play” some of the album live. Right now that’s looking like 2018.
HFR: Last words?
B: Thank you to everyone who has bought the album on cassette so far, it’s so exciting to have my music in a physical format. So many people have been supportive of the music, I truly appreciate all the people that have listened to my music, let alone commented, streamed, reposted, retweeted, whatever. Thanks to TimeSlaves for their support in this project! Their support of the album has been awesome. They are pushing the boundaries of “retro” themed music. Finally thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my story with the site!