Out of all the mediums, why should we be listening to music podcasts? Blogs are easy to skim and get the gist of the author’s idea. Well-done videos can be both entertaining and informing. Books are timeless.
So why podcasts?
Well, first, you can listen to a podcast while you’re doing other things. And while it’s true the human brain literally can’t do more than one thing at a time1, you can do a task that mostly requires bodily movement instead of using brainpower. For example, you can do the dishes, organize your recording studio, or drive somewhere, all while listening to a podcast that helps you become a better musician.
Second, you get tips, advice, and life lessons from artists you’ll probably never speak with in real life. If you think about this, it’s pretty amazing. You can hear directly from Bono and The Edge on how they created one of their tracks. Almost none of us will get the chance to sit down with those two at the local coffeehouse to talk music production. Podcasts offer the unique chance to hear your favorite Songwriters and musicians talk about their creative process.
Third, some podcasts tell stories about past musicians. We can listen to a Journalist or storyteller share about musicians who have risen, fallen, and risen again — and we can learn a lot from another artist’s experiences. And maybe we can avoid similar pitfalls and pursue similar successes.
And lastly, podcasts can encourage us to make better music and more music. There’s something inspiring about hearing an artist’s voice sharing what they know. Plus, if a podcast is done well, it can use the power of music to tap into our emotions, motivating us to keep going.
So here are the best music podcasts for any musician who’s looking to better themselves.