Something Different For Your Ears

Six Musically Themed Podcasts

I listen to a lot of podcasts, many of which I have shared with you all in previous emails and blog posts. One category I feel I haven’t done justice too are podcasts about music…duh! So, here is something different for your ears than the typical talk-based podcast. These are a collection of podcasts about music, behind the music and just music, music. Enjoy!

The Modern Musician

This podcast is hosted by Michael Walker. Michael and I are in the same coaching community and he’s just the sweetest most unassuming guy. But don’t let that fool you, he’s created a successful musician that has created a thriving business teaching musicians how to grow their fan base. Man do I wish someone like Michael was around teaching this stuff when I was a struggling musician in the late 90s & early 2000s. On his podcast he covers topics like how to get your music into TV and movies, as well as how to write better songs. 

If you are an aspiring musician or know someone who is, you should definitely check out Michael’s podcast and his coaching program. There are a couple of podcasts with similar titles so be sure to CLICK HERE to find Michael Walker’s Modern Musician Podcast.

NPR All Songs Considered

All Songs Considered by NPR is a great way to learn about new music that you might not otherwise encounter. Every friday they do a new music friday episode where you can learn about the best albums out for that week. They don’t just focus on one genre of music. So, if your tastes are eclectic, you’ll really enjoy discovering new music this way. In a recent episode they cover K-pop band BLACKPINK, the rapper YG, Icelandic singer Jonsi, Laura Jane Grace, and more. 

You can learn more about All Songs Considered HERE.

The Playful Musician

The Playful Musician, hosted by Steve Davidson, dives into musicians, their practice habits, processes, and how they keep things playful. Steve interviews a wide variety of musicians; guitarists, drummers, a voice professor, songwriters, and more. If you like to geek out on the behind the scenes of the life of a musician, check it out. You can learn more at www.theplayfulmusician.com

Song Exploder

In this podcast, which is also now a show on Netflix, musicians take apart their music and explain how and why they did what they did. As a musician this is really something I can geek out about. The podcast covers a wide variety of artists such as Alicia Keys, Selena Gomez, Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver and, one of my favorite bands, Slipknot. When people ask me what kind of band I used to be in, I would usually say something like “Slipknot meets Marilyn Manson” LOL! I’ve met these guys so it was really cool to see them featured on this podcast. 

You can find Song Exploder HERE.

Prototype 202

This is the podcast that inspired me to create my own. Because podcasts don’t all have to be talk-based. Prototype 202 describes their podcast as, “…a monthly talk free melodic progressive trance and house podcast for lovers of progressive trance, progressive breaks and progressive house with melody.” I was really into the rave scene back in my youth and I love this podcast because I can enjoy that kind of music again, no matter where I am. 

You can check out Prototype 202 HERE.

Reduce Your Stress

As I mentioned above, I started my own podcast, inspired by Prototype 202. After doing 40 days straight of playing my original music via Facebook lives, which were titled either “something to comfort you” or “something to uplift you”, I wanted to get the music out in the world for more people to enjoy. But recording an album is a time consuming process. My wife, Angelique recalled that I listened to the Prototype 202 podcast and suggested I release my music in a podcast format. That’s when the Reduce Your Stress podcast was born. Each week I release an instrumental track of music intended to either comfort or uplift you. I have also started alternating the release of the tracks with interviews of either musicians who also make relaxing music, or others who have expertise in how to reduce stress. 

You can read more HERE on my website and listen to the Reduce Your Stress Podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Hopefully, I’ve given something different for your ears to consider the next time you decide to listen to a podcast. Do you already listen to a musically themed podcast? Drop a comment below and let us know about it. I love discovering new podcasts!

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