During a typical work day, I spend at least an hour and a half in a car thanks to my commute. In order to make the best of it, I’ve been loading up on podcasts, so that I’m always learning and being inspired while in the car. I would like to share some of my favorites with you. The first 4 are for anyone really, whereas the last 2 are geared a little more towards fellow producers, musicians, etc. I apologize in advance for the lack of uniformity between the different podcast links and embeds, as they all present them in different ways. For mobile users, I would suggest using either iTunes, or something like Pocket Casts from the Google Play store if you are an Android user.
1) Chase Jarvis Live – Chase, an award-winning photographer, director, artist, and entrepreneur, interviews creative professionals to dig into their insights, habits, stories, and more. He co-founded Creative Live, one of the largest online educational platforms out there, which has free classes every day.
Writer/entrepreneur Steven Kotler – The Formula For Peak Performance
AirBnb co-founder/entrepreneur/designer Joe Gebbia – The Intersection of Art & Business
Amanda Crew of Silicon Valley (the HBO show) fame – Conquer Fear & Self Doubt
Actor/musician/director Jared Leto – Jared Leto On Creative Live
YouTube sensation, actress, model iJustine – How iJustine Built Her Digital Empire
2) The Tim Ferriss Show – Similar to Chase’s, and coming in currently at over 200 episodes, Tim Ferriss interviews top performers in their respective fields to figure out their secret sauce. You may have heard of Tim through his “Four Hour” book series, or his most recent (one of my personal favorites), “Tools of Titans”.
Favorite Guests (some of which have multiple episodes):
Filmmaker/screenwriter/musician Robert Rodriguez – The “Wizard” of Hollywood
Biochemist/fitness enthusiast Dr. Rhonda Patrick – Life extension, performance, and more & Smart drugs, fasting, and fat loss
Co-founder of Wired magazine Kevin Kelley – Most interesting man in the world?, Artificial intelligence and designer babies, & A.I., virtual reality, and the inevitable
Chess prodigy/author/martial arts competitor Josh Waitzkin – The prodigy returns & Tools of Titans: Josh Waitzkin distilled
Comedian/actress Whitney Cummings – Turning pain into creativity & The return of the money shot
3) Song Exploder – Hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway, musicians from every genre go deep on the story, their creative process, and the inner workings of what went into making one of their songs. Little snippets of the various instruments are introduced throughout, with the full song being played at the end of each episode.
4) Don’t Keep Your Day Job – Inspiring stories of people who have chased after their creative passion and are making a living doing what they love most. Cathy Heller has interviewed photographers, actors, designers, writers, directors, and much more.
5) CDBaby Podcast – Aimed toward the DIY musician, Kevin Breuner and Chris Robley interview industry professionals in order to give up-to-date information and strategies on how to grow a fan base and make money as a musician.
It’s tough for me to narrow down my favorites on this one, but I would just say to look for what sparks your interest. There are gems in every episode.
6) EDM Prodcast – Sam Matla interviews producers in order to gain insight into their creative processes, as well as industry professionals to dig into things like marketing, branding, approaching labels, and a ton more.
Here is a playlist with the most popular episodes:
Radiolab: Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the show focuses on topics of a scientific and philosophical nature. The show attempts to approach broad, difficult topics such as “time” and “morality” in an accessible and light-hearted manner and with a distinctive audio production style.
S-Town: An investigative journalism podcast hosted by Brian Reed and created by the producers of Serial and This American Life. All seven chapters were released on March 28, 2017. The podcast was downloaded a record-breaking 10 million times in four days
Tap Tempo: Hosted by artist, music producer and composer, Matt Lange, Tap Tempo is your invitation to go behind the curtain when musicians grab beers, talk music, life, the endless search into the depths of the abyss and the sweet hereafter.
What are some of your favorite podcasts? Feel free to reach out to me on any of the socials (links in the top right) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you.