About The Show

Song Exploder 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.

In 2016 the Sydney Opera House hosted Song Exploder as an artist-in-residence. The show has been a part of the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Noise Pop Festival, and Moogfest. Hrishikesh has spoken about Song Exploder and the intersection of music, creativity, and design at places like the Google Design Conference, Pinterest, Etsy, and IDEO.

“Song Exploder is probably the best use of the podcast format ever.” — Vulture (Top 10 Podcast Episodes of 2015)

“It is possibly the most perfect podcast, really.” — Quartz (Best Podcast of 2015)

“You’ll never listen to their music the same way again.” — Entertainment Weekly

“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 Music Podcast, 2016 – Academy of Podcasters

Vice
Spin
The Guardian
The AV Club
The Atlantic
LA Weekly (Best of Los Angeles, 2015)

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Song Exploder is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.

You can send a message using the form below, or via email. I’m not currently looking for song submissions for the show. Thanks!

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