Host Hrishikesh Hirway has recorded almost 200 episodes of Song Exploder, and now the popular podcast is a new Netflix series featuring Alicia Keys, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ty Dolla $ign and R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe.
The thematic backbone of “Song Exploder” is in many ways a built-in hook all its own: artists take apart songs new and classic as a way to give a better understanding of what inspired all the separate pieces. The bassist heard a rhythm they liked on the way to the studio? Here’s an isolated stem of the lick that made the final mix. The lead singer was reflecting on past traumas and insecurities around the time of recording? Here’s a vocal track with all the lyrics that came from those feelings.
The recent Selena Gomez podcast ep is a great example of what the show is all about.
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