10 Music podcasts every aspiring professional should hear

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Whether you dream of standing on stage in front of thousands or working with the biggest stars of tomorrow, these podcasts will give you a leg up in the music business.

We’ve talked a lot about podcasts on our blog as of late, and for a good reason. The audience for podcasts is booming, and the content being created by brilliant minds from around the world is second to none. For no cost whatsoever, anyone can tune into a podcast and learn something about topics that interest them, laugh with the biggest names in entertainment, or lose themselves in a completely irreverent conversation about nothing shared between close friends.

Competition in music is fiercer than ever, which means the professionals of tomorrow need to take advantage of every opportunity for education they are able to right now in order to surpass their peers. Thankfully, aspiring musicians and business folk alike no longer need a college degree to learn about the realities or working in music or the work required to succeed. There are tons of podcasts covering those same subject for free with new episodes released weekly, and many feature guests that help to create a more fully-realized picture of life in the entertainment industry today.

Finding the show you enjoy the most that best meets your needs and interests is an individual journey, but we can help get you started. Out of the numerous music podcasts in existence today, the following shows are guaranteed to entertain and educate you on a regular basis. Check it out:

Inside Music

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Mentioning our podcast may be a bit silly, but the show itself is quite serious. Inside Music focuses on the daily lives of people currently working in the music business. Each week, a musician or someone who works with artists shares their journey to success and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. There is also a lot of storytelling, as well as discussions around emerging trends within the industry that could very well shape our future.


Lead Singer Syndrome

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What does it take to front a band? Hosted by Silverstein vocalist Shane Told, Lead Singer Syndrome seeks to answer that question through a series of interviews with vocalists from the world of alternative rock and metal. Told’s experience on the road allows him to relate to anyone who guests, which in turn creates a space for deep conversations to occur in a relatively small amount of time. Artists open up to other artists in ways they otherwise might not, and when that happens, there is no better insight into the realities of music anywhere on Earth.


The Six-Minute Music Business Podcast

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Don’t have time to dedicate an hour or more every week to a podcast? Wade Sutton and Rocket To The Stars have a solution. The Six-Minute Music Business Podcast delivers an industry education in bite-sized chunks without skimping on facts or entertainment. With episodes posted multiple times a week, listeners can quickly learn to navigate various realms of the music business while running errands, driving to work, or walking the dog. It’s everything you need to know delivered in an easily digestible manner.


DIY Musician Podcast

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CDBaby is known around the world for its role in distribution, but the company’s official podcast has established its own integral role in the lives of artists everywhere. Each week, the CDBaby team tackles issues facing musicians today with wit and knowledge to spare. Topics range from ‘twenty-five ways you’re sabotaging your career’ to ‘how to tour Europe without a booking agent or label.’ They even take listener questions!


The Music Industry Blueprint Podcast

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Many artists will hate to read this, but your music is a business. Rick Barker is the President and CEO of the Music Industry Blueprint in Nashville, TN. He is a manager, entrepreneur, author, and consultant focusing on the recent changes in the music business. Each week, Rick helps musicians learn to see their music as a business so that they can better navigate the record industry and position themselves for a successful career.


Song Exploder

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How do you make a hit song? Is it the lyrics? The melody? The production?

If you’ve ever asked this question, Song Exploder is for you. Each week, the show highlights a different artist and picks apart one of their most successful tracks to understand why people can’t get enough. It’s the kind of deep dive into the craft of songwriting and music production that was largely impossible to achieve in a time before podcasts. Aspiring musicians can use this show to improve their songwriting, while rising professionals can learn what grabs the attention of increasingly distracted consumers and why. Everybody wins!


Manage Mental

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The only thing harder than making it as a musician in the entertainment business is having the mental strength to manage talented people without losing your mind. Manage Mental brings together two experienced artist managers and music industry professionals who share their insight into the business of music, as well as offer advice on how to keep cool and succeed in artist management.


Break The Business

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A show for indie artists, the people who work with them, and the fans who support them. Break The Business welcomes a wide variety of industry talent to discuss their work, their aspirations, and their experiences navigating the tricky terrain of entertainment. Most episodes run under thirty-minutes, which makes the show an ideal companion for walking to class or driving to work. As a bonus, you can hear the Haulix team discussing what we do best!


100 Words or Less

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Ray Harkins knows how to make people talk. For the better part of half a decade, Harkins has used 100 Words Or Less to speak with some of the most influential names in alternative music of all-time. His gift for conversation has allowed Ray to help artists open up about their struggles and uncertainties, as well as their successes, in a way no one else can achieve. He’s the Marc Maron of the alternative underground, and his show should be considered required listening for anyone passionate about music.


Stereo Confidential

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A newer show, Stereo Confidential goes deep into the work required to create an album or catalog that stands the test of time. By focusing on one artist or release per week, the hosts of the show are able to uncover the contributing factors in a record’s success, as well as little known facts that help listeners hear music in a new way. The show’s recent series on the band Copeland is particularly inspired. Don’t miss out.

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.