Musical Dynamite

Have you ever wanted to tear apart a song? Listen to the synth line all on it’s own? Really dig deep into the lyrics behind a song? Song Exploder allows you to do just that. Hrishikesh Hirway creates this series of podcasts that showcases a number of artists from a large range of genres. Hirway has really found a lot of success from features at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, and even being an artist-in-residence at the Sydney Opera House.

I really enjoy the editing style that Hirway uses in his podcasts. In recording, he interviews the guest artist of the week but in the final version of the podcast, you only hear the artist(s) telling you the story of the music. It makes it seem less conversational and more like a story. I find this intriguing since music can already tell a story, hearing the story directly from the artist really encompasses my attention. Since Hirway also usually speaks directly to the artist, he is able to use actual stems of the songs to really showcase exactly what is being discussed. I really enjoy this editing style because I’m getting 100% of the information I want to hear.

The last episode I listened to was about the artist by the name of Bonobo. You can find this episode of the podcast here! I have also enjoyed the episodes of Poliça, tUnE-yArDs, Sylvan Esso, and Youth Lagoon. Hirway has just posted his 100th episode on the 21st of March, there is definitely an artist, group, or even genre that fits your taste. You can check out a full list of episodes that have been posted here.


Back from bandcamp

I hope it’s no joke, but this April Fool’s day I’m going to see Lætitia Tamko, a New York artist by the name of Vagabon. Tamko sings of “ideas of home, community, and sharing space with others who don’t necessarily see eye to eye” says Kevin Lozano of Pitchfork. I was really intrigued by her sound, lyrics, and musical style and was interested in finding other artists like her. I had first heard of Vagabon on the website Bandcamp, an online music store what is great for independent artists but of course is open to anyone. There are some pretty well known artists and groups that use Bandcamp as a platform like Beach House, Sufjan Stevens, and Vulfpeck.

Bandcamp is an amazing music listening platform that really provides for the listener and for the artist especially. What I find very securing in purchasing music on Bandcamp is that the artist is receiving more than half of the revenue. Bandcamp takes 15% for every digital item sold and only 10% of any physical good sold.


Bandcamp’s model is based on a revenue share. It’s 15 percent on bandcamp-ceodigital, 10 percent on physical, and in that way our success is tied to the success of the artist. So we only make money if the artist makes a whole lot more money.

Another reason I almost prefer Bandcamp to be my listening platform is because of the listener’s interface. Listeners are able to stream albums before purchasing, not just a preview that purchasing platforms like iTunes gives. Once purchased, you are even able to decide which type of audio file you would like, be it mp3, FLAC, or wav for the audiophiles out there. Again, it’s also securing knowing that at least 75¢ of each dollar go straight to the artist.

If you’re interested in using Bandcamp as your next music platform, check out their homepage! They have a live feed of each album bought as well as recommendations that scroll on their homepage. Some artist suggestions I have include Winona Forever, Porches, and Plastic Flowers.

Daisy Chain

Earlier this semester, I was able to work with local Columbus band Cherry Chrome in recording their track “Daisy Chain.” Cherry Chrome is a four piece alternative rock group with the members Xenia Hold, Amina Adesiji, Mick Martinez, and David Holm. We recorded the track in Studio E of Capital University’s Conservatory of Music. The group has recorded in this space before so they were very comfortable and relaxed in this setting which made the session a lot of fun!