In this article I'll be reviewing the very best music production podcasts available to download in 2021.
Best Music Production Podcasts at a glance:
Music production podcasts are a great free resource for learning your craft. Instead of simply daydreaming or listening to music on your daily commute to work or school, listening to the right podcast is not only entertaining but will also help inspire you in your productions.
Since lockdown, many musicians and producers have been turning to podcasts as a way to explore new avenues to reach their audiences, and the result has been a huge increase in the amount of content available. The downside to this is that the quality of these podcasts can vary enormously, as pretty much anyone with a microphone and a laptop can make one.
That's where this article comes in. I've done the hard work for you and sifted through the myriad of online podcasts to bring you the best music production podcasts available in 2021.
Let's get started!
Appetite For Production
If you're after nerdy entertaining banter mixed with informative reviews, then Appetite For Production could be the podcast for you. Run by Music Industry journalists Tim Cant and James Russel, this bi-weekly podcast is a great mix of laughs, music production news, reviews, and genuinely interesting insights into the world of music journalism.
Not for the casual listener, Tape Notes hosted by John Kennedy invites producers and musicians to come together to perform a retrospective on the creative process behind some of their best-known releases. It's an absorbing deep dive into the entire journey from initial idea through to the final released product, and a fascinating insight into the creative decisions made along the way.
My Forever Studio
My Forever Studio is a variation of Desert Island Disks where guest producers are asked to imagine a studio they will live in forever but can only bring in six studio items with them. This makes for some interesting gear choices and some great discussions as the guests attempt to justify their decisions.
The EDM Podcast
If you're looking for advice on making a career as an EDM Producer, The EDM Podcast is the podcast for you. Host Sam Matia interviews a diverse range of music industry professionals, with guests such as DROELOE, Austin Kramer (Spotify), Hyperbits, and Bad Computer, whilst giving useful advice on how to progress in the music industry.
The Mr Bill Podcast
If you haven't heard of Mr Bill, then stop right now and check out his YouTube channel. When he's not making great video tutorials on YouTube, Mr Bill somehow finds time to interview a ton of great guests on his weekly podcast. In the past these have included names such as Virtual Riot, deadmau5, and Steve Duda from Xfer Records (the creator of the Serum VST). Well worth a listen.
Girls Twiddling Knobs
Great name, great podcast! Girls Twiddling Knobs hosted by Isobel Anderson is targeted towards aspiring female music producers and musicians making their way in a male dominated industry. The content is really varied, covering topics such as how to setup your studio on a budget, how to create emotion in your music, along with interviews and advice from female guest producers on how to achieve your goals.
Why We Bleep
Why We Bleep is your monthly geek-out for all things gear and synth related. The podcast features interviews with some of the creatives behind some of the best software and hardware products, including Valhalla DSP and Moog, as well as renown producers and artists such as legendary Techno DJ and performer Anthony Child (Surgeon). A great listen...but I just wish the episodes were more frequent.
The Gear Club podcast hosted by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) and Stewart Lerman (Patti Smith, St. Vincent) offers tips and guidance to the next generation of audio engineers and producers. It's a fantastic listen, with just the right mix of entertainment and humour, as well as some great guest interviews. It's definitely worth your time.
I hope you found this list of the best music production podcasts useful. Let me know if you have any further suggestions in the comments below and I'll be sure to add them to this article.
Apart from Podcasts, YouTube channels are another great resource for learning about music production. Check out this article for my advice on who to follow.
Have a great day and Happy Producing!