With many of us spending our days desperately trying to take our minds off the chaos around us, we certainly need something to block out the darkness. Many have turned to Netflix, some baking and a few cool cats have been enjoying the audio bliss of podcasts. Though with a plethora of podcasts available it can be hard to know where to start which is why we have decided to offer up our top ten music related podcasts to try and help ease the search.
The Castival guests (usually comedians) come and pitch their dream music festival to comedian Matt Hoss. Matt gets to depths as to why they think that their festival is the best. They chat about music, camping and share festival tales. Previous guests include comedians Justin Moorhouse, Dane Baptiste and Laura Lexx.
Stu Whiffen hosts the Off The Beat & Track. Each episode the guest chooses 7 songs that sound tracked their life to date, including: the best song intro, a track that sound-tracked their clubbing years and what was the first record they bought? Previous guests include Fran Healy, Amanda Palmer and Fatboy Slim.
The Great Albums finds two indie rock musicians, Bill Lambusta and Brian Erickson, dive into the fandom of great rock and pop music and how it connects to their lives through the lens of the medium they care for most, the album. Episodes frequently include guest contributions from musicians, podcasters, and journalists and always culminate in a track by track review.
Presenter and Journalist Edith Bowman hosts Sound Tracking, a podcast where she talks about the world of film music. Edith speak to a variety of film directors, actors, producers and composers to talk about the music that inspired them and how they use music in their films, from current releases to key moments in their career. The music chosen by our guests is woven into the interview and used alongside clips from their films. Previous guests include Bruce Springsteen, Sofia Coppola and Riz Ahmed.
The Boys In The Band podcast is presented by Peter Smith and Richard Gallagher and covers the indie boom of the 00’s. They chat to the big names behind the scene, including Gary Powell from the Libertines, Rebecca Taylor from Slow Club and The Hives’ Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist. They share the stories behind the songs and the high’s and the lows of the 00’s music scene.
Presented by Dan Bull and Will Warren. Track by Track takes a brilliant pop album and goes through it track by track, discussing the acts, the songwriting and production, iconic music videos and artwork, and their memories of the release. Previous guests include Steps, Rob from Pop Music Activism and Erasure’s Andy Bell.
Shirley Manson hosts The Jump , where she sits down with some of the most influential musicians of the last two decades to discuss the song that represents their artistic moment of truth and the impact that song had on both their careers and lives. Previous guests include Karen O, Peaches and Big Boi.
Hip-hop Saved My Life is a podcast where comedian Romesh Ranganathan talks to some of his heroes as well as other life-long hip-hop fans. Romesh asks questions like: how did they get into rap and how has it changed their lives? Previous guests include Annie Mac, Dizzee Rascal and Louis Theroux
Comedians George Lewis and Paul McCaffrey are joined by a guest who will chat about their experience of the Brit-pop movement. The Brit-popcast will uncover stories you’ve never heard before, discuss niche trivia and revel in the nostalgia of a time when we all thought Tony Blair, the England football team and mini-discs all had great futures ahead of them. Previous guests include Peter Hook, Rik Witter and Rowetta.
The tale of Joy Division and New Order is being told like never before in Transmissions: The Definitive Story; the new podcast series capturing vivid moments and retelling the epic chronicles of the group from Joy Division’s inception onward. The first series of ‘Transmissions’, covers the journey from Joy Division up until 1983’s ‘Blue Monday’. Guests include Anna Calvi, Bobby Gillespie and Bono.
So there you have ten brilliant music podcasts to get you started on your audio discovery. Don’t forget to subscribe to our RGM podcast where we investigate the industry and the challenges we all face at the grassroots level, and this year In 2021 our podcast will be showing you behind the scenes at the magazine, warts n all!