Podcasts for Music Lovers that will Expand your Mind
A selection of podcasts that will not only aid you as a musician/producer/artist - but will improve your internal life and expand your mind.
Duncan Trussell Family Hour
What you feed your mind will influence your music - this podcast being an example of this. Comedian Duncan Trussell (co-creator of The Midnight Gospel, Russian Doll) is a HUGE synth nerd, with DTFH featuring interviews with composers and producers (e.g Joe Wong (The Midnight Gospel) Daedelus, East Forest), fellow synth loving comedians (Johnny Pemberton) and prolific creators, teachers and historians.
This podcast will push the realms of your reality and propel your mind, and therefore your music - into glittering celestial gardens in outer space.
Music Production Podcast - Brian Funk
A chilled, knowledge filled delight - hosted by super producer/musician/songwriter Brian Funk. I highly recommend every producer/artist/songwriter listens to ‘Produce Music Like Jerry Seinfield' and ‘Yes and - Improv Comedy and Music Production’ as these both dive into how the methodologies applied by people who have had huge success in other creative disciplines can be applied in music.
Music Production Podcast also features interviews with the likes of Underbelly (from You Suck At Producing) and other industry professionals; in addition to philosophical episodes such as ‘Inspiration is drinking water from your hands’. This will re-ignite your desire and love of creating - guaranteed.
UBK Happy Funtime Hour
Hosted by Gregory Scott and Nathan Daniel (both vetern audio engineers and music producers)- UBK Happy Funtime Hour is a treasure trove of audio knowledge and history, songwriting, production and arrangement tips; all fused with solid life advice.
A huge segment of the show is listeners like us writing in for mixing and general music/career advice - to which Greg and Nathan provide in-depth, encyclopedic answers for (and occasional vicious roastings). A listener wins a free plugin every episode - and there are long form interviews featured with both Sylvia Massy and Joe Chiccarelli; both of which contain lifetimes of knowledge.
Hosted by Sodajerker (the songwriting duo from the UK) - this is a podcast which dives into the more hidden parts of the creative process, via long form interviews with some of the most prolific artists on the planet (some previous guests have included Jacob Collier, Beck, Rosanne Cash and Hozier - to name just a few)
In a 2019 episode Jacob Collier speaks about the importance of collaboration in music; and how the true magic of working with other artists lies in the difference between what you imagined the end product sounding like; compared to what the other artist does. A valuable insight that might not always be obvious -as working with someone else does add a whole new dimension and sparkle that otherwise would not have been present.
The Trap Set
A weekly podcast hosted by multi-instrumentalist/composer/singer Joe Wong - ‘The Trap Set’ sets itself apart from other music podcasts and offers a fresh perspective, as it features interviews primarily with session musicians who have worked with some of the most prolific acts throughout time; and provides a direct insight into their fascinating lives; how they learned what they know and the journey that got them to where they are.
One such example was a 2016 interview with drummer Dennis Davis who sadly passed in 2016 (David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Roy Ayers, George Benson) who details how he got started, fighting in Vietnam and more.
Not strictly a music podcast - but these are long form conversations with some of the most influential people in music ( Justin Timberlake, Common, Shawn Mendes, Halsey just to name a few) which provides a direct window into their journeys; and a much deeper perspective into what got them to where they are today; and the mental process behind it all. This podcast is one that makes you realize - that deep down, a lot of us feel the same way.
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