On Song Exploder, musicians take apart a song, and piece by piece, tell the story of how it was made. The show is produced and edited by Hrishikesh Hirway. His own background as a songwriter, producer, and arranger (with his project The One AM Radio) led him to doing remixes for other artists, and every time he would hear the isolated tracks for their songs, he found it fascinating. Inspired by that, along with a love of editing, and stories about problem-solving and creativity, Hrishi launched the show on January 1, 2014. The inaugural episode was with Jimmy Tamborello of The Postal Service, deconstructing their song "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight." Since then, guests have included Spoon, U2, The Microphones, Tune-Yards, The Books, Julia Holter and other innovative artists letting listeners into their recordings and their process. Song Exploder has also aired on NPR's All Things Considered and on 99% Invisible.
Song Exploder is a part of Radiotopia.
"If you love music and technology and haven't heard Hrishikesh Hirway's Song Exploder podcast, then allow me to introduce your new favorite radio show." - The Atlantic Monthly
"A fascinating premise...beautiful production and thoughtful editing...Song Exploder is everything a podcast should be...this is mandatory listening for any music fan." - The AV Club
"Great listening for anyone who obsesses over details in a track or rewinds to hear the same moment again and again." - NME