The music industry is a fast-paced industry that isn’t always the most welcoming to newcomers. However, with the right tools, you can beat the odds and fulfill your dream music career.
So how do you keep up with this ever-changing music business?
Luckily, the rise of podcasts has created an infinite source of portable knowledge that you can tap into virtually anytime; anywhere.
Music industry podcasts are ideal for musicians and artists because the content is valuable, current, convenient, and most importantly FREE.
With our 2022 edition of 20 Best Podcasts for Musicians, you’ll be music industry savvy in no time.
Let’s dive in.
1. Made It In Music
Hosted by multi-GRAMMY award winner Seth Mosley, this podcast is great for understanding not only how to get into the music industry, but how to stay in!
Each episode unpacks the experiences and advice of a variety of top industry professionals- songwriters, musicians, producers, publishers –– you name it!
If you love the Made it in Music Podcast, make sure you also get access to the Deep Dives bonus show. In these episodes. Deep Dives provide exclusive interviews with each guest covering more in-depth content not accessible to the public! Get free access here.
Topics: Music business, Songwriting, Christian music, Country music, Sync, Music management, Publishing, Music marketing.
Hosts: Seth Mosley, X O’Connor, Logan Crockett
Guests: Paul Brandt, Matt Redman, John Cooper Meredith Andrews, Cody Carnes
Av. Length: 40 – 60 mins
2. The Music Industry Blueprint
Most people know the name Taylor Swift, but many may not know one of the names behind her fame: Rick Barker. Successful manager and keynote speaker, Rick Barker, resigned as Taylor Swift’s manager in 2008.
Now he has made it his mission to grow and monetize the fan bases for over a thousand artists throughout his career.
Working with a variety of genres, Barker is passionate about helping his clients get their music into the world. He is constantly investing time to stay up to date on the latest trends in digital marketing and the music industry. This podcast is good for those looking to grow in their knowledge of music marketing and promotion!
3. Soda Jerker on Songwriting
Founded by songwriting duo Simon Barber and Brian O’Connor from Liverpool, UK. This podcast features some of the most successful songwriters in the world! Check this one out if you want to hear songwriters discuss their personal songwriting processes and the stories behind some of their favorite songs.
Here, you can find interviews with Beatles singer Paul McCartney or legendary songwriter, Bon Jovi, talking about his latest album 2020!
With over 200 episodes and interviews with hundreds of different artists and songwriters; you are bound to hear from an artist you enjoy!
4. DIY Musician
As the name suggests, the DIY musician podcast is all about helping musicians build their careers by “doing it themselves.”
It features interviews with promoters, publishers, lawyers, bookers, and artists from a variety of backgrounds! The podcast focuses on music publishing and marketing, providing listeners with an hour to an hour and a half episode each month.
DIY musician is led by Kevin Breuner of the Atlanta-based band, Smalltown Poets. He is also occasionally joined by Chris Robley, who both fronted the pop group THE SORT OFs.
5. Broken Record
When physical albums were the dominant way of distributing music; liner notes, or the writing found within the sleeves of records, were a central means of sharing the narrative of a story with listeners.
As the music industry has pivoted to online distribution, the founders of The Broken Record Podcast desired to create a platform where artists could further share the narratives of their music as was once found within these liner notes – hence the name, Broken Record.
The podcast is passionately led by Justin Richmond and features interviews from producer Rick Ruben, former New York Times editor Bruce Headlam, and writer Malcolm Gladwell.
On Broken Record, you can expect to hear about the lives, inspiration, and craft of a variety of artists!
Frequency: Once/twice weekly
Topics: Songwriting, storytelling, Behind the Scenes of music,
Hosts: Justin Richmond (also Bruce Headlam, Malcolm Gladwell, and Rick Ruben?)- not entirely clear
Guests: John Legend, Ozzy Osbourne
Av. Length: 30 – 60 mins
6. The Business Side of Music
If you are looking for a podcast that covers a wide variety of aspects of the music industry, The Business Side of Music is a good fit for you! The podcast is released weekly and talks about recording, songwriting, copyrighting, cataloging, and much more!
Episodes are hosted by Bob Bender, industry veteran and tour manager of Ringo Starr. Guests range from musicians and songwriters to personal brand experts. Every conversation is designed to help you move your music career forward.
7. Song Exploder
In the Song Exploder podcast, LA native Hrishikesh Hirway features some of the top artists of our day as they describe, step-by-step how their song was created.
To keep the focus zeroed in on the creative process of the song being featured, Hirway edits out his own part of the interview as listeners journey through how the song came to life.
The podcast lays out isolated multi-tracks alongside commentary from artists, drawing listeners into details they may have never noticed.
8. The Entrepreneurial Musician
Andrew Hitz has experience in performing in over 40 countries over the last two decades. As the name suggests, his podcast “The Entrepreneurial Musician” is designed to help artists monetize their artistry in an ever-changing industry.
This podcast includes episodes of a variety of lengths, and many of his episodes focus on the little steps it takes for someone looking to make money in the music industry.
9. And The Writer Is…
And The Writer Is… is hosted by the award-winning, multi-platinum selling, American songwriter Ross Golan.
On the podcast, writers talk about their music. A recent podcast featured Daniel Nigro, co-writer and producer of Olivia Rodrigo’s newest album “good 4 u,” as he talks about his work with a variety of artists and his latest release.
10. Musicians Guide to the Music Industry
This podcast features the voices of three professionals each playing varying roles in the industry: Darren Makins (singer/songwriter, musician), Ron DiSilvestro (producer, audio engineer, drummer), and Michael Marks (audio engineer, musician).
Each episode features a conversation about how to navigate various parts of the music industry.
11. Surviving the Music Industry
Have you ever been curious about the personal journeys of some of your favorite artists?
In each episode, host Brandon Harrington sits down with songwriters, session musicians, and industry executives as they share experiences with addiction, racism, sexism, bankruptcy, homelessness – you name it!
This podcast shares the stories of industry professionals as they’ve worked to survive not only the ups and downs of the music industry, but the peaks and valleys of life.
12. Music Business Radio
Music Business Radio is an unscripted show that takes place on Sundays at 7 P.M. and Mondays at 10 P.M by author, consultant, and music market expert, David Hooper. The show dives deep into the lives of music industry professionals as Hooper converses with people from all different sides of the music industry on his show.
13. The New Music Business With Ari Herstand
The New Music Business With Ari Herstand is great for independent artists trying to navigate a digital world of streaming platforms, social media, and Tik Tok. The podcast, hosted by Ari Herstand, focuses particularly on those who are innovating within the music business.
In an episode, you can expect to hear from an artist, manager, music supervisor, label head, publisher, agent, radio DJ, or other industry pros! Herstand believes that there are a lot of ways to succeed, and desires to help explore those ways.
14. The Savvy Musician Show
Led by Celtic metal songstress Leah McHenry, The Savvy Musician Show is a marketing podcast geared specifically to musicians.
The podcast jumps into conversations about the best strategies for navigating the ever-changing world of social media, Facebook advertising, album launching, and crowdfunding.
15. Strong Songs
Strong Songs is a podcast that looks at just those – strong songs. In the show, Kirk Hamilton takes a look at a variety of strong songs from across time- picking them apart and putting them back together again.
In each episode, Hamilton typically looks at song structure and chord progressions. That being said, this podcast is probably most helpful to those with at least some knowledge of music theory.
The podcast is a great choice for looking to dive deeper into what makes Abba’s “Dancing Queen” and other hit songs so timeless!
16. Making It With Chris G.
What sets this podcast apart from the others is that it isn’t focused on teaching you how to win mainstream awards or have millions of social media followers.
Instead, Making it with Chris G. focuses on having conversations with people that simply do what they love full time.
Chris has taken on numerous roles in the music industry throughout his life! He is a music business professor, concert promoter, artist manager, and former talent buyer for Live Nation/House of Blues New Orleans! His episodes typically feature guests from the entertainment industry, but some episodes offer insight into the world of athletes, entrepreneurs, and other career professionals.
Frequency: Weekly (ish)
Topics: Publishing, Marketing, Booking, Songwriting, Independent music careers
Hosts: Chris Goyzueta
Guests: Phil Messier (founder of Synch business “Bopper”), Jonathan Stone (founder of Rocket Songs)
Av. Length: 60 – 120 mins
17. Unstoppable Recording Machine
Unstoppable Recording Machine is a podcast led by Eyal Levi, the CEO and founder of the world’s biggest and best online audio school for rock and metal producers, URM Academy.
Each episode he sits down with industry professionals to talk about production and audio engineering for rock bands.
18.The Working Songwriter
The Working Songwriter is another great podcast sharing the stories of songwriters. Episodes typically last about an hour and feature artists classified in the “singer-songwriter” category.
Songcraft is a podcast “featuring in-depth career-spanning interviews with songwriters of all genres and eras.”
Each episode talks about the experiences of various songwriters as they converse about the stories behind their songs and how they’ve developed in their craft.
The podcast is posted every two weeks by co-hosts Scott Bomar and Paul Duncan. Bomar was formerly a staff songwriter at Sony/ATV and a two-time GRAMMY nominee who now spends his time as a musician, producer, and songwriter, finding success in a variety of genres.
Frequency: Every two weeks
Topics: Songwriting process, Behind the scenes of artists, Lyrics, Ghost writing,
Hosts: Scott B. Bomar, Paul Duncan
Av. Length: 60 – 120 mins
20. The Music Industry Podcast
The Music Industry Podcast is presented by Burstimo, a rapidly growing marketing agency comprised of a team of publicists, digital marketers, graphics designers, and video editors.
Some of their largest clients include Warner Music and Universal Music Group!
The podcast is hosted by Burstimo’s Maddy and Alex who dive into a variety of topics regarding marketing in the music industry!
By covering topics from Spotify to live events, merchandise to social media, and branding to music promotion, the podcast is aimed to help you get your music into the lives of as many as possible!
Building a full-time music industry career takes a great deal of knowledge about the industry and how it works.
Just last year, emerged so many 21st century trends and changes; streaming, increase in direct to fan relationship, fall of record labels, and rise of indie artists.
If you are like most indie musicians, it is hard to find time to read up on the music industry trends.
So whether you’re dropping off the kids to school, on a quick lunch break, or taking a jog around the neighborhood; don’t miss out on these valuable sources of wisdom and knowledge from music industry experts living out the dream in real-time!