Barely a moment’s rest and your ear is assailed with an explosion of sound that commands attention. From the get-go, the instrumental hits super hard, echoing a blend of hard-hitting drums and an intriguing loop of an 8-bit midi wrestling with either a trumpet or a digital piano key. It’s raw, it’s big, and it’s hard to ignore – the core essence of Podem’s latest track, “GOLD & SILVER”.
This 7-minute opus is the brainchild of Podem, whose real name is Philipp von Westphalen. Three years ago, Westphalen found himself staring at his laptop with a burgeoning urge to start his music, veering away from the repetitive tunes that plague the airwaves these days. The need for individuality was strong, his conviction unshakeable. His instrument? A laptop and a free DAW. His goal? To be the rockstar he always wanted to be, armed with nothing but his unique style and relentless grind.
Listening to Podem’s music for the first time is akin to boarding an unchartered, thrilling ride. His self-proclaimed hardcore, raw, and crazy style strikes you with its rawness. It’s a unique concoction that, once tasted, leaves an indelible mark. But beyond the music, there lies a message – a call to arms for all to be creative, to own their style, and to revel in the joy of music without a care for naysayers or haters. It’s not just about creating music, it’s about creating an experience, a lifestyle.
Podem’s broad musical palate is evident in his extensive list of influences that span across different genres – from the energetic Lil Jon, eccentric Riff Raff, and rap sensation Rich the Kid, to the hardstyle majesty of Blasterjaxx, the hardcore beats of Angerfist and Miss K8. From pop royalty like Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga to the timeless sounds of Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones. An eclectic mix, no doubt, that fuels his creativity and motivates him to push boundaries.
While the details of his current projects are shrouded in mystery, one can’t help but anticipate what this musical maverick has up his sleeve. His cryptic promise – “BE READY!” – only adds to the suspense.
Meanwhile, Podem remains appreciative of his fans, whose unwavering support fuels his passion for creating music that is refreshingly bold and unapologetically his own. Whether it’s his latest track, upcoming projects, or impending performances, his message to his fans, as conveyed via his Instagram, Twitter, and Spotify links, is clear: Expect nothing less than a wild ride.
And amidst all this, one message rings true – Podem is steadfast in creating his own music style, undeterred by criticism or popular trends. His unique approach to music-making not only sets him apart but also serves as an inspiration to aspiring artists.
“GOLD & SILVER”, in its raw grandeur and pounding rhythm, is a testament to Podem’s commitment to originality and his unwavering ambition to push the musical envelope. To all aspiring artists, take note: Here’s an artist unafraid of traversing the road less travelled, challenging norms, and asserting his unique style in an industry often boxed by conventions.
Podem’s journey is a gold and silver lining in the monochromatic landscape of today’s music – a reminder that even in this digital age, the human spirit, in all its raw, crazy, and hardcore glory, can still shine through the loops and beats of a track. Get ready to hear more from this unstoppable musical force.