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Scottish-Poet Lord Byron once said, “The Great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.” This realization, this almost existisitential crisis is prevelant throughout the long-history of all types of expression. Where suffering played the role of a match that lit the flame to some of the greatest artistic works – from Milton’s Paradise Lost, Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” to even Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. In the current turmoil of social and political times, another breed of artists are lighting the match to their frustrations, such as English-musician Gaika, who’s blend of alternative hip-hop and futuristic vibe is documenting the frustrations shared by many Londoners.

Beyond a BPM is a detailed look at how certain sub-cultures take form and why.

As a special documentary series entitled, Beyond a BPM, Boiler Room chronicles the frustrations of aforementioned Londoners who aim to channel their frustrations through creative means. Such as musician Gaika, visionary composer James Massiahm, along with fashion designers Liam Hodges and Sports Militia. Directed by Chris Read and produced by Aponysus, Beyond a BPM is a detailed look at how certain sub-cultures take form and why. For example, Sports Militia takes worn sneakers and deconstructs them into armor. From masks to breastplates, Sports Militia’s intricately woven, and often time Bane-like constructions are an interesting blend of beauty and brawn that he believes is a reaction to defending against the rigors of living in a tough city like London.


Well London isn’t the only city littered with angst right now. Every major metropolis is dealing with their own reaction to socio-economic times and only time will tell what type of artistic feats are reached in the coming years. As for London, stay tuned to future parts to Boiler Room’s Beyond A BPM to find out more.

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