The Best Podcasts For Musicians

I love podcasts, especially ones about music.

music podcasts

So I thought I’d give you a quick rundown of my favorite music-related podcasts along with one of my favorite episodes of each.

RELATED: 3 Music Podcasts That Think Outside The Box

Here we go…

Song Exploder

Song Exploder, which I’ve talked about before, is where “musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made.” I think songwriters especially will enjoy this podcast. But really anyone who likes hearing about the creative process will like it too.

One of my favorite episodes is the one with Weezer, and not just because I grew up listening to them. It’s because front man Rivers Cuomo has such a unique songwriting process.

And The Writer Is…

Ross Golan (writer/co-writer of “My House” by Flo Rida, “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande, “Fresh Eyes” by Andy Grammar) hosts the And The Writer Is… podcast. Every episode, he talks with “an acclaimed and venerable songwriter to intimately discuss what happens behind closed doors in the music industry.”

They cover the songwriting process, the business side of music, personal stuff — all of it. One of the more interesting episodes is the one with Andy Grammar.

DIY Musician Podcast

The goal of the DIY Musician Podcast from CD Baby is (surprise) to help DIY musicians succeed. They mainly cover the business/marketing/practical side of music-making. So if you’re out there trying to make music your career, you’ll want to give this podcast a shot.

One of my favorite episodes is called “60 ideas in 60 minutes.” Get a pen and some paper. You’ll need them.

The Third Story Podcast

Each episode, the host interviews a musician and gets the story of how they got to where they are. The Third Story Podcast is definitely one that can encourage you to keep going.

One of my favorites is Theo Katzman’s story (plus, he’s also a fantastic singer/songwriter).

 

 

3 Music Podcasts That Think Outside The Box

Podcasts are all the rage right now. Everybody has one, even me.

But only the podcasts that think outside the box stand out from the rest.

And here are three music podcasts that do just that.

Song Exploder

In each Song Exploder episode, we hear from musicians who “take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made.”

This podcast is not just for music enthusiasts or songwriters — anyone who’s interested in the creative process can enjoy it.

The Dinner Party Download

The Dinner Party Download is “a fast and funny hour of culture, food and conversation —  it’s ‘public radio’s arts & leisure section.'”

Each episode, they introduce you to a musician/band, ask them questions, and have them choose their own party playlist.

Stagedive

Stagedive, produced by the very talented Stephanie Foo, seems to be discontinued. But, man, it packed some great stories into a few episodes.

It calls itself the “blood behind the music.” Basically, musicians tell stories of their own that you probably wouldn’t hear elsewhere.


If you’re looking to start your own podcast, you’ll need a website, right? Well, as you can tell, I use WordPress, and I would highly recommend it. Especially if you want a website-blog combo.

Music In My Ears

And…drumroll please.

Here’s another session of Music In My Ears.

#MusicInMyEars presented by Caleb Murphy

Jacob Collier

“Hideaway” as been on repeat in my headphones. Collier plays several (dozens?) of instruments (all very well), he has a unique, Jono-McCleery-like voice, and writes/records his own music.

KT Tunstall

If you haven’t heard her name, you’ve at least heard her music. She’s written “Suddenly I See” and “Black Horse And The Cherry Tree,” among others. The podcast Song Exploder features her in a very interesting episode.

The Journey Collective

Maybe the best version of this song I’ve heard. This has also been playing over and over in my ears.

Song Exploder

Song Exploder is my current favorite podcast. Its angle: “musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made.”

I write songs, and I think that’s why I enjoy this podcast so much. I like hearing how fellow music makers make.

In the episode with U2, the band breaks down their song “Cedarwood Road.”

Some things I learned about U2 from this episode: The Edge uses GarageBand, this song is about Bono’s childhood neighborhood, and Bono’s favorite part of this song is The Edge’s solo.


“The big revelation for me was you can’t really leave these things behind because they are who you are.

You can never escape your upbringing.”

– Bono

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photo via songexploder.net

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