From Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam, and Justin Richmond. The musicians you love talk about their life, inspiration, and craft. Then play.
I have to apologize up-front here, because I had absolutely no clue who Rick Rubin was! Apparently he’s a VBD in the hip-hop world. Um, he apparently founded Columbia Records, Def Jam Recordings, and hip-hop music!! He was instrumental in helping form or producing bands the likes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beastie Boys, Linkin Park, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Run-DMC, just to name a few. And he knows EVERYBODY!! I mean, he was, I guess, maybe, responsible for (or at least influential in) Run-DMC and Aerosmith’s collaboration on “Walk This Way” in 1986. I remember the SNL episode when this now famous collab first aired! Run-DMC, the whole record-scratch thing, busting through the wall to find Aerosmith on the other side!! I was blown away! It was FANTASTIC!!
Anyway, now he hosts a podcast in which he interview lots of well-known, and not so well-known musical artists, and it’s spell-binding!
I mean, some of them (okay, a lot of them) I’ve no clue about — Run The Jewels, Tame Impala, Margo Price, Berhana? Never heard of them. But–they have interesting things to say, so I find these episodes (for the most part) enlightening as well as entertaining.
And, what really hooked me on the series, there are some really well-known artists who are very forth-coming about their music and their life experiences. Some of my favorite episodes featured Huey Lewis, Jason Isbell, Flea (on his book Acid for Children), Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, James Taylor, Bob Weir (of The Grateful Dead), John Legend, Alicia Keys, Ozzy and Sharon Osborne (although I couldn’t understand half of what Ozzy was saying; I was literally LMFAO!) Brittany Howard (of Alabama Shakes), Leonard Cohen . . . . It’s an amazing and incredibly diverse line-up, and it’s very insightful. I Love this podcast!!