I launched a podcast this morning after much hand wringing and audio checking, called Trackwork. It's a simple idea and an idea I have had thinking about following up on for a few years. I love hearing artists speak about their process and I know from the many moons I hosted The Sound Lab on Triple J, how hard producers work to ensure their tracks sound just right.
In the podcast and in each episode I invite one guest, one artist to play a series of stems or samples from their tracks and describe the stories and the ideas that led to their decisions. It's a podcast about the building blocks of any track, particularly if you're working in the electronic field. This can include how an artist develops and builds the percussive elements; to how an artist dreams up a bass line and the kinds of equipment they may use; through to the samples that have been chosen, tweaked and twisted to create something truly unique. Trackwork is a chance to open up a conversation each episode with a clever Australian producer and to get into their heads and hear about their creative process.
I also like the idea that it is a not a podcast predicated on the now ... it's not about the new release cycle, which can be restrictive. So I am very keen to meet a few artists that I suspect many of my peers may fondly remember and who may not even be producing music any more. Of course this does depend on whether they have access to the stems - which could be hidden on some archaic hard drive or even an old school floppy disc. That would be difficult I suspect. Maybe there is a way around this - I'll work it out.
So that is the essence of Trackwork. A podcast about music. A podcast about Australian music. If you are so inclined - please subscribe to the podcast via Itunes or through any other podcast player apps that you use!
Also while I have done segments like this on the radio on Triple J's Sound Lab back in the day, there's also a fabulous podcast called Song Exploder that you should totally check out as well. It's pretty inspirational.
The first episode is up today - featuring Anomie and next episode is with the excellent Caitlin Park.
Feel free to hit me up here or use the contact form on Trackwork.org if you would like to get in touch.