A beautiful and insightful TED talk by Hrishikesh Hirway, creator of Song Exploder, a podcast about the creative process of songwriting. He talks about how important it is to be fully engaged when listening to a song, and compares it to listening to people, giving them full attention and effort. He also plays one of his songs and goes into the construction of it. Great stuff!

Song Exploder podcast shared a "very different and special episode of the show" - about John Lennon song 'God'. Song Exploder have never tried making a posthumous episode before, because hearing directly from the artist is at the heart of the show. However, with all the John Lennon interview archives, plus all the isolated tracks from the recordings, and the original demo, it turned out a legitimate, different and special episode of the show.

Two thumbs up
September 25, 2021

An emotive story about Lucy Dacus' 'Thumbs'

In the latest episode of Song Exploder, singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus tells the story of her song 'Thumbs' from the her new album 'Home Video'. It's about her making company to a friend meeting an away-father. It's really an emotive story, and intriguing insight into the making-process of a song.

Song podcaster
March 25, 2021

Jon Batiste: How we made 'We Are'

Now Orleans pianist and composer Jon Batiste, also the musical host of 'Late Show with Stephen Colbert', describes how he made his empowering song 'We Are' at the latest episode of Song Exploder. Batiste talks about "how he drew from his roots, at a very personal level — and at a cultural, historical level — and wove all of it into the song".

Exploring the explosion
October 12, 2020

Song Exploder podcast moved to Netflix

Song Exploder is a music podcast featuring musicians talking about the creative process behind an individual song while "deconstructing" the song into its component parts. The songs vary a lot - pop, hardcore punk, metal, r'n'b, etc. This month SE had moved to Netflix to become a documentary.