Song Exploder is back for more. The Netflix series, adapted from the podcast of the same name hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway, is returning for more episodes featuring musical artists explaining the backstories of some of their hit songs. The first volume featured Alicia Keys, Lin-Manuel Miranda, R.E.M., and Ty Dolla $ign, while volume 2 includes Dua Lipa, The Killers, Trent Reznor, and Natalia Lafourcade. Check out a trailer below.
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The Show: Song Exploder
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix
The Pitch: Ever wonder how R.E.M.‘s “Losing My Religion” was made? How about Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s “Wait For It,” arguably the best song in Hamilton? Based on the popular podcast, Song Exploder follows host Hrishikesh Hirway through a series of interviews with bands or singer/songwriters, tracking the origin, production, and reception of one of their most popular or interesting songs. It’s a piece-by-piece breakdown of the music, and through the use of isolated tracks, you may hear these songs like never before.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: I grew up watching VH1’s Behind the Music and being mesmerized by the stories behind the songs I was hearing on the radio. And while that show frequently took a macro perspective which covered a band’s entire history, this one takes a micro approach by zeroing in on a single, specific song and getting the people responsible for it to talk us through how it came together. Song Exploder‘s nitty gritty approach is not something Behind the Music really had the time to adopt, but the results are equally mesmerizing. Read More »
Making music can be magical and mystifying, especially for those of us who have no discernible musical talent whatsoever. But Netflix’s new documentary series Song Exploder, inspired by the podcast of the same name, will cut to the core of famous songs from award-winning and chart-topping musicians by having the creators break them down piece-by-piece.
From the creation of melodies to the personal inspiration behind the music and lyrics, Song Exploder looks at every facet of a song through in-depth interviews, archival footage, and raw studio sessions with the likes of Alicia Keys, REM, Ty Dolla $ign, and even Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Watch the Song Exploder trailer below for a glimpse at the new show. Read More »