Most of us have a bit more time on our hands. While there is a seemingly never-ending pressure to be productive, learn new skills and make the most of our newly solitary lifestyle, an easy way to take in new information is podcasts.
If you have an itch for deep examination of cult albums or would rather hear some anecdotal stories from your favourite artists there’s something for you below.
A Waste of Time – ItsTheReal
Brothers Eric and Jeff Rosenthal are ItsTheReal. The comedy duo made hip hop comedy sketch shows that featured the likes of Cam’ron, Max B, Bun B and more. Later sliding into the world of interviewing for MTV, they built up a reputation as witty, but insightful figures. They subsequently brought their pedigree and contacts to the world of podcasting.
On their ‘A Waste of Time’ Podcast they chat to people from the industry ranging from the late Mac Miller to A&Rs from major record labels.
The pair regularly bring an infectious sense of humour to their conversations, but don’t let their tongue in cheek nature fool you – they are some of the most engaging and thoughtful interviewers in the game.
One for the music nerds.
Spotify studio’s serialised music podcast deep dives into your favourite albums. Season 1 examined Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’, season 2 looked at Kanye’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ season 3 broke down Frank Ocean’s Blonde and season 4 looked at Tyler, The Creator’s ‘Flower Boy’.
If you have an itch to dig below the surface then this is the podcast. There’s an almost scholarly-like approach to the series that will light a fire in your soul for a deeper appreciation of the art form.
Broken Record is hosted by Justin Richmond with interviews with producer Rick Rubin, writer Malcolm Gladwell, and the former New York Times editor Bruce Headlam.
There’s something different about a peer interviewing another artist rather than a journalist and this is illustrated in Rick Rubin’s interviews with Tyler, The Creator and Andre 3000.
There’s a deliberate effort to get to the core of what makes the guests tick and you can feel the sense of genuine mutual respect throughout the conversations. This is the elite level podcast you always wanted.
Phil Taggart’s Slacker Podcast
Radio 1 resident Phil Taggart breaks down the careers of his guests, inviting stories and tales to take listeners through an immersive journey.
Pulling apart early demos from the likes of Dizzee Rascal, he brings a raw approach to inciting meaningful conversation about different artist’s creative processes.
Recent chats have included Fontaines D.C., Bombay Bicycle Club and Kate Tempest