dBs Recommends - 7 inspiring music podcasts that deserve your time

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Once inhabited solely by news outlets and radio programs, the world of podcasts is beyond vast, appealing to every niche you can think of and becoming one of the most popular ways we consume content.

The ease by which a podcast can be made has meant that everybody is doing them, from A-list celebrities to regular folk chatting passionately about something they love - and this of course extends to the world of music. 

Now obviously, the options beyond the list we've suggested here are numerous, but as a jumping off point we wanted to share some of our favourites to get you started. 

1. Tape Notes

dBs Recommends - 7 Inspiring Music Podcasts That Deserve Your Time -Tape NotesBeginning back in 2017 and hosted by Radio DJ John Kennedy, Tape Notes is one of the best podcasts when it comes to music production. Each episode sees John reunite an artist and their producer to talk about their time collaborating and really drill down into the creation of their music.

Conversations meander through all stages of the creative process, often flitting between super technical to anecdotal, and thanks to John's extensive experience in the music industry, his questions are always insightful and bring out some excellent nuggets from the guests. 

Previous artists have included Glass Animals, Foals, Kate Tempest, DJ Shadow, Marika Hackman, Caribou and more.


2. Broken Record

dBs Recommends - 7 Inspiring Music Podcasts That Deserve Your Time - Broken RecordCreated as a response to the digital age of music, Broken Record is a podcast that aims to restart the conversations posed by the liner notes of a physical album.

Hosted by Justin Richmond and featuring legendary record producer Rick Rubin, and Canadian journalists Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam, the podcast illuminates the stories behind the creation of iconic albums, the birth of new genres and all the tales in between. 

The calibre of guest that features on this podcast is unbelievable and has included David Byrne (Talking Heads), Norah Jones, FKA Twigs, Andre 3000 and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) to name a few. 


3. Soundtracking with Edith Bowman

dBs Recommends - 7 Inspiring Music Podcasts That Deserve Your Time - Soundtracking with Edith BowmanEdith Bowman has been a treasure in the music world for years and our love for her grew even more with the arrival of Soundtracking; her very own podcast that welcomes composers, film directors, producers and actors to talk about the music that inspired them and how they use it in their films.

The variation of those guests bring with it an array of great perspectives on the world of film music, making it not only fascinating for fans of the medium, but a great resource for those making their first steps into the industry. 

Some highlights on the podcast include Greta Gerwig, Quentin Tarantino, Ludwig Göransson, Sofia Coppola and Hildur Guðnadóttir. There are over 200 episodes to catch up on, too, so this one will keep you busy for quite some time.


4. Song Exploder

dBs Recommends - 7 Inspiring Music Podcasts That Deserve Your Time -  Song ExploderSong Exploder is another well-established podcast, which has now been going since 2014. Much like Tape Notes, this podcast sees host Hrishikesh Hirway inviting in artists to break down a specific song in their back catalogue.

Unlike Tape Notes, Song Exploder's episodes are typically quite short, never tipping the past half an hour mark, which also includes hearing the full piece at the end. These bite-size episodes are great for quick bursts of inspiration if you're looking for a good way to get in a creative headspace. 

There's a nice variation in the guests, with some episodes focusing on more mainstream artists like Sylvan Esso, Phoebe Bridges and Grimes, where others shift their gaze to TV and film music, notably Ramin Djawadi and the late Jóhann Jóhannsson. Yet another podcast with some seriously impressive guests.


5. RA Exchange

dBs Recommends - 7 Inspiring Music Podcasts That Deserve Your Time - RA ExchangeOne of the definitive podcasts for electronic music creators, RA Exchange has been on the scene for ten years now, and with weekly releases has amassed over 500 episodes to listen to. 

Rather than placing an acute focus on the art of producing electronic music, RA Exchange puts the mic in front of the titans of the scene for a more anecdotal series of conversations, most of which often expand past music and take in subjects like LGBQTIA+, activism, rave culture, the importance of radio and much more. 

There's some real music royalty within this extensive list of episodes, not to mention some underground heavy-hitters - far too many to list - but we cannot recommend this podcast enough. 


6. Art of the Score

dBs Recommends - 7 Inspiring Music Podcasts That Deserve Your Time - Art of the ScoreHosted by Andrew Pogson, Dan Golding and Nicholas Buc, the trio use their collective experience to break down a score into its component parts, analysing the themes, arrangement and orchestration, as well as why they love it.

Despite the complexity of what they're getting into, Art of the Score is always a pleasure to listen to, owing to the hosts ability to clearly explain the techniques on display, not to mention the dynamic between the three of them. Episodes are hefty, usually edging towards the two-hour mark, so are the perfect accompaniment for long trips or when you're doing some chores.

It's one of the younger podcasts on this list, with just 32 episodes at the time of writing. Some of the scores they've covered include Jurassic Park, Blade Runner 2049, Journey and Stranger Things. 


7. The Adam Buxton Podcast

Adam-Buxton-PodcastWe've saved this one till last because it's the wildcard in the deck and not technically a music podcast.

Self-proclaimed as 'rambly conversations', the podcast has seen a range of comedians, directors, artists, scientists, authors and more join Adam for a chat.

More importantly, it's also seen esteemed musical guests such as Lianna La Havas, Jonny Greenwood, Thomas Dolby, Brian Eno, Josh Homme, Mac DeMarco and many more. 

Adam's conversations rarely focus on the creation of his guest's work, and instead lean towards natural and tangential discussions, often resulting in some wonderfully honest and insightful episodes.

It also happens to be the home of the best advertising jingles around. 



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