Johnny Lopez, sole member of Blessed Be Man

This Saturday, Sept. 17, local one-man band Blessed Be Man will perform at And Still Craft House for a live art show with artists from Dapper Ink Tattoo.

Blessed Be Man is an odd El Paso aural experience; the music is instrumental and cinematic with guitar arrangements that use loop pedals as well as audio samples from movies. Blessed Be Man’s newest album, “Resurrection,” dropped this summer.

What’s Up spoke with Johnny Lopez, creator and sole member of BBM, about his new album and the live art show.

Why perform for a live art show?

I think I've always felt more at home with that crowd, the art crowd. I think music and art – they're the same, especially because the music I play is kind of abstract. Maybe that's why. I mean, I don't have the traditional verse-chorus-bridge so I usually feel out of place because I don't have any catchy hooks or choruses. I don’t have the traditional verse-chorus-bridge structure. I don’t know, maybe it's intimidation.

How did the show come together?

I started doing a project with Brian Stephens. He hit me up and said, “'I'm thinking of doing a series of time lapse videos of me painting to your music. Let’s do something.” I hooked him up with the whole catalogue and he uses songs that either match his ideas, or he bases it off the mood of the song. He's got two or three videos out with my music on them.

My friend Chris from And Still Craft House, he opened up the bar and I played their opening show. After that, he told me, “Let’s set another show up.” By that time, I already had the live art show with Dapper brewing in my mind, but I hadn’t told anyone yet. So I told Chris and he was like, “F*ck yeah, dude!”

Erik Melendez (owner of Dapper Ink Tattoo) and I go way back. We had the idea for years, but it never happened.

I like that “Resurrection” had no song titles.

From now on, any record I release won't have song titles. The song title gives some sort of insight into the song, but if you have nothing, it gives the listener the opportunity to write his or her own story.

Why did you name your new album "Resurrection?"

It’s a collection of old, old songs that I didn’t play for years. They kind of got lost. I went back and was like, “Sh*t. These songs aren’t bad.” By then, I had a different set up, so I thought I’m going to bring all these back, resurrect them, add to them, and do what I’m doing to my music now.

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