Essential Podcasts To Listen To About The Music Industry

Jun 26, 2019

We've handpicked some amazing podcasts to help you learn more about the music industry with everything from interviews with songwriters, deep dives on legendary releases, chats with label heads, and studies of influential soundtracks!

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And The Writer Is

With guests like Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie), Bebe Rexha (Eminem, Rhianna, Martin Garrix), Jack Antonoff (Fun, Bleachers), and Julia Michaels (Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez), And The Writer Is features the best current songwriters in pop. Guests chat about their influences, their writing process, and origin story. Perfect inspiration for budding songwriters!

Our favourite episode: Ep 50 - Charli XCX.

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Dissect

Dissect is a serialised podcast that aims to get us to slow down and spend time with albums. Host Cole Cuchna dedicates each season to just one album, with an episode for each song on a given record to shed light on how it came to exist.

Seasons have covered Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly", "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" by Kanye West, "Blonde", "Channel Orange" by Frank Ocean, and "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" by Lauryn Hill.

Our favourite episode: Season 3, Episode 8 - Nikes by Frank Ocean

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One Year Later

The Industry Observer's official podcast chats with Australian music legends one year after huge turning points in their careers. Guests include DZ Deathrays manager Maggie Collins, Triple J Music Director Nick Findlay, and rapper/label head/comedy writer/producer Adam Briggs.

Our favourite episode: Jack River

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The Soundtrack Show

Voice actor, sound designer, writer and composer David W. Collins explores scores and soundtracks for popular movies, TV shows, video games, and theatre pieces. Ideal for anyone wanted to learn about how iconic soundtracks were created.

Our favourite episode: The Empire Strikes Back: the Music Part II

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Song Exploder

Host Hrishikesh Hirway is joined by artists like Phoebe Bridgers, Fleetwood Mac, Arcade Fire, and Gorillaz to deconstruct their songs and talk about how they were made. The AV Club called it "Everything a podcast should be", and yeah — it really is that good. Perfect for aspiring artists and anyone looking to learn more about the industry!

Our favourite episode: Ep 45 - Unknown Mortal Orchestra's "Multi-love"

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Subliminal Inevitable

Each week host Bryan Bruchman talks to a someone from a different record label about how the label started, the artists they're working with, and new music they're dropping soon. There's lots of inside baseball chat about the inner workings of labels and artist relationships, making it perfect for anyone wanting to get a peek behind the curtain of label life!

Our favourite episode: Episode 117 - Sleep Well Records

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