Inspired – Podcast Review

In this Episode I talked about my experience with TripleJ studios’ podcast, Inspired. The podcast invites musicians on to talk about their music, their inspirations, and the meanings behind their work.

PodApplaud-Inspired

Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to talk about The Podcast: Inspired.

Inspired is a conversational podcast between musicians and host Linda Marigliano There is over 30 episodes so far with a new one to look forward to each week. The conversations are between 10 and 20 minutes long mostly closer to that ten minute mark.

This podcast is put out by Australia’s Radio Station Triple J, who I know from their fantastic Like a Version series on Youtube in which they have bands come in and cover songs in a whole new way. Like A Version is great as long as I’m recommending things you should check out that series for sure. Regardless my point is as a radio station these folks know their way around sound. The show’s audio sounds just as great as you might expect. The premise of the show is that Linda brings a musician onto the show to ask them about the origin story, inception, and inspiration behind one of their tracks.

Our Host Linda is an enjoyable conversationalist, I often find she asked the questions that are on my mind and really seems to make her guests comfortable. She is after the story of the journey a song takes as the band or artist creates it. We learn the creative states of mind, the work flow of the musicians, inspirations behind the music, and easter eggs about the track. People are always speculating upon Artists lyrics and once in awhile, on this podcast, we get to see behind the curtain  which is always fun. Be aware that sometimes the answer is just a basic, “well Trevor rhymed so that’s why I used Trevor”. Let me take a brief moment to list some of the artists that have been on the show: Mumford & Sonds, The Prodigy, Lily Allen, Wolf Alice, Franz Ferdinad, Vera Blue, The Wombats, Ball Park Music, Tame Impala. You might see a pattern emerging here, many if not most of the artists are Australian. So if you are from North America or haven’t really experienced the Australian music scene this show can double as a way for you to find a bunch of new music you might be into.

I like that the show is relatively quick and snappy. It manages to feels personal yet structured and professionally done at the same time. Sometimes I do wish that certain conversations ran a bit longer, the stories behind the songs can be quite barebones at times so I get why many of the episodes are quite short. I’m not musically gifted in any way shape or form and admittedly I’m no wizard when it comes to working with audio, but whenever artists are talking about the behind the scenes world of music production I get sucked right in. My only big complaint is that if you’re not familiar with the song you will get enough of it to follow along with the conversation, but it may lead you to wanting more. Usually when I’m listening to podcasts I’m at work without WiFi so I can’t just hop onto Youtube to check out the full song, I have to wait all the way until morning to hear it.

Ok so here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I give Inspiration a 4 out of 5, a round of applause. The show is rad, informative, fun, and you might just get introduced to your newest favorite band. The only catch is that Inspiration may leave you wanting just a bit more, and there can be some disparity between the best episodes and some of the less entertaining episodes.

So that’s been the show for today I hope you found it valuable If you wish to reach out to me you can find me on twitter @podapplaud or send an email to podapplaud@gmail.com Thank you for listening, and please tune in again.