The explosion in podcasting is good news for singers looking for inspiration or motivation. Here are three podcasts worth listening to.
This podcast lifts the lid on the different stages of the creative process by getting artists to explain the evolution of their music. Tape Notes host John Kennedy invites musicians to share early demos of key songs and to articulate the lyrical and sonic choices that followed. The result is a meandering masterclass on collaboration, music production and songwriting. Guests include Wolf Alice, Alt-J, Jesse Ware and Metronomy.
Listen to this podcast if: You’re looking for a burst of inspiration. The musicians interviewed in this podcast seem to have a boundless passion for musical experimentation.
Recommended episode: Episode 18 featuring The 1975’s George Daniel and Matty Healy. The working dynamic between these two high school buddies is fascinating. They trust each other implicitly and bring completely different traits to the songwriting party. Healy fizzes with exuberance and energy and thrives on being in the moment – hence his love for the improvisational nature of scatting. Daniel is a production ninja who spends days doggedly searching for that perfect texture or sound for a song.
George Ezra and Friends
Not content with having one of the best-selling albums of 2018, George Ezra has branched out into podcasting with George Ezra and Friends. The pop singer is an affable interviewer with an amazing contacts book – hence his guest line-up of Ed Sheeran, Sigrid, Olly Alexander, Elton John and Craig David. Perhaps because he is a singer too, Ezra’s subjects appear to drop their defences and speak openly about their career highs and lows.
Listen to this podcast if: You want to hear how the big names got their start and what it takes for them to stay at the top.
Recommended episode: Series 2, Episode 10 Sir Tom Jones. We thought we knew all there was to know about Sir Tom, but this episode had us enthralled. It takes us on an entertaining journey from the Welsh singer’s early years in Pontypridd where he battled tuberculosis through to his time in London in the swinging sixties. He then conquered the States and worked with pretty much everyone: Sinatra, Presley, Bacharach and Joplin to name but a few.
Shameless plug alert! iSingmag has its own podcast and we think it’s worth a listen.
Hosted by Matt Thorns, iSingmag’s podcast is a guide to all things vocal. Check it out to hear top vocal coaches and singers talk about technique, mindset and creative collaboration
Listen to this podcast if: You want to hear a truly singing-focused podcast.
Recommended episode: Episode 2 Joshua Alamu. Leading vocal coach Alamu has advice on how to manage nerves and how to learn from your mistakes (instead of thinking of them as examples of failure). Alamu has some particularly interesting views on mindset, and how to empower people to make positive choices.