is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode is produced and edited by host and creator Hrishikesh Hirway
in Los Angeles. Using the isolated, individual tracks from a recording, Hrishikesh asks artists to delve into the specific decisions that went into creating their work. Hrishikesh edits the interviews, removing his side of the conversation and condensing the story to be tightly focused on how the artists brought their songs to life. Guests include Björk, U2, Metallica, Solange, and over a hundred more. Full list of episodes
Song Exploder is an independent podcast, and a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
The show has been a part of the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Noise Pop Festival, and Moogfest. In 2016 the Sydney Opera House hosted Song Exploder as an artist-in-residence. Hrishikesh has spoken about Song Exploder and the intersection of music, creativity, and design at places like the Google Design Conference, Pinterest, Intel, Etsy, and IDEO.
“In the world of beautifully produced podcasts, Song Exploder is the beacon. Short version: It’s a show that dissects a song. Long version: It’s a show filled with serious lines of honesty, cinematic production and peeks inside the creative process.” — New York Times
“Song Exploder is probably the best use of the podcast format ever.” — Vulture
“It is possibly the most perfect podcast, really.” — Quartz
“Some of the finest explorations of the creative process you’ll ever hear.” (‘The Best of the Best Podcasts’) — The Telegraph
“Everything a podcast should be…this is mandatory listening for music fans.” — The AV Club
“A brilliant idea, fantastically executed…Invariably fascinating, each episode manages to squeeze heart and soul from its subject, not to mention you, the listener.” — i-D
Best of iTunes, 2015
Best Podcast of 2015 – Quartz
Best Music Podcast, 2016 and 2017 – Academy of Podcasters
Hrishikesh Hirway, Host and Producer
Christian Koons, Assistant Producer
Carlos Lerma, Illustrator
Olivia Wood, Production Intern
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For booking Song Exploder live events, please contact Andrew Morgan at Ground Control Touring.
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You can send a message using the form below, or via email. I’m not currently looking for song submissions for the show. Thanks!