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. Past guests include Björk, U2, Iggy Pop, and Carly Rae Jepsen, among many others. In 2016 the Sydney Opera House hosted Song Exploder as an artist-in-residence. The show has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW.
Song Exploder is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
“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
Best of iTunes, 2015
Best Music Podcast, 2016 – Academy of Podcasters
– The Guardian
– The AV Club
– The Atlantic
– LA Weekly (Best of Los Angeles, 2015)
Song Exploder is on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For booking Song Exploder live events, please contact Andrew Morgan at Billions.
You can send a message using the form below, or via email. I’m not currently looking for song submissions for the show. Thanks!