Currently podcasting seems to be the new darling form of media. You can find podcasts focused towards everything from self-help, business, and comedy, to story telling and music production. I’ve found myself diving deeper and deeper into the world of podcasts for a while now. For me there’s nothing better than listening to a good podcast on my morning and evening commute. While I have explored many different types of podcasts, my favorites all revolve around music. Being a bass player I naturally sought out bass related podcasts first. While I can’t say I’ve found many devoted specifically to the bass, the couple I have found are truly stellar. As audio production and songwriting are also areas I have an interest in, I eventually branched out to find more and more interesting podcasts to fill my drive time.
So, without further ado, here are my top 6 Podcasts I feel every bassist should listen to or at least check out:
The Scott’s Bass Lessons Podcast
If you’re a bassist — you’re in the right place. World renowned bassist and educator Scott Devine in conversation with some of the best and most well respected bass players around the world.
The Scott’s Bass Lessons Podcast features interviews with top bass players from around the world. Interviews tend to feel more like down to earth wrap sessions than the typical canned interview. The charm is the featured bassist come across more like regular people instead of the super stars some of them are. I am truly amazed at the sheer number of bass players that have been featured thus far.
Groove – The No Treble Podcast
Groove – The No Treble Podcasts features interviews with bassists each month, discussing all things music, creativity and (of course) bass. Hosted by Mitch Joel.
Groove is No Treble’s monthly podcast featuring interviews with the creme-de-la-creme of bass players. Host Mitch Joel excels at asking original, in-depth questions getting to core of what makes these bass players tick.
Sodajerker On Songwriting
Sodajerker On Songwriting is a programme devoted to the art and craft of songwriting. The show, created and hosted by the UK songwriting team Sodajerker, features interviews with some of the most successful songwriters and musicians in the world.
Sodajerker On Songwriting is must for any musician. Hosts Simon Barber and Brian O’Connor ask well-informed, thought-provoking questions of some of the greatest songwriters of our time. Standout interviews include Paul Simon, Joe Jackson and Marcus Miller. It doesn’t hurt that Brian is a fantastic bassist as well.
Produce Like A Pro
Professional audio recording and Music Business Advice from multi-platinum producer Warren Huart.
Warren Huart’s Produce Like A Pro Podcast features interviews with top audio engineers and producers. Anyone interested in the art of recording and the methodology behind it will love this one. Warren’s website is also an excellent resource for anyone delving into the world or audio recording.
Working Class Audio
Working Class Audio (WCA) delves into the world behind recording engineers and goes way beyond the typical “What was it like to work with” or “What is the best eq to use on a kick drum” style questions typical of most interviews. WCA gets up close and personal with engineers and asks the questions no one else asks. Business practices, mistakes, failures, equipment choices, financial advice, work life balance, workflow, and family life are topics that are all on the table. WCA doesn’t just concentrate on the elite of the recording world, but instead interviews a combination of known and unknown engineers.
Host Matt Boudreau takes an unconventional approach to interviewing your favorite audio engineers, producers, and music business managers. I recently discovered the Working Class Audio Podcast and can’t get enough of it! Lucky for me there are over 120 episodes to scratch my itch.
The New Audio Podcast
At iZotope, we love audio in all its shapes and forms. “The New Audio Podcast” is a forum for iZotope to have candid, spirited, and informal conversations with audio engineers, producers, and musicians. We’ll get to the bottom of things, chat about industry trends, music, and even meet some of iZotope’s talented core of audio professionals. If you like well-informed and wide-ranging discussions about the world of audio, this podcast is for you.
iZotope’s The New Audio Podcast is a quirky look at the recording industry through the lens of the popular audio plug-in software company. With just 11 episodes thus far, iZotope is still getting it’s feet wet in the podcast arena but each episode seems to get better and better.
Not into songwriting or audio production? That’s cool. There are literally thousands of podcasts out there on every subject you can imagine. Know of a great podcast I didn’t list here? Please leave a comment and let me know, I am always on the lookout for another great podcast to listen to.