One of music’s most popular podcasts is coming to Netflix as a new documentary series. And the first trailer for Song Exploder offers a harmonious warmup for what fans can expect. The show will see artists taking the deepest of dives into some of their most beloved tracks.
And season one features Alicia Keys, Ty Dolla $ign, Michael Stipe of R.E.M., and Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda.
From the official Netflix synopsis:
“Based on the acclaimed podcast of the same name, and from host Hrishikesh Hirway and Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, each episode of Song Exploder features some of the world’s greatest musicians as they reveal how they brought one of their songs to life. The series weaves together in-depth interviews, archival footage, and raw recordings as each artist breaks down their song, layer by layer, sharing intimate insight into the personal inspiration behind the music and lyrics.”
The series’ first four 25-minute episodes will star:
- Alicia Keys: the 15-time Grammy Award-winning artist, songwriter, and producer will examine her song “3 Hour Drive,” released on her album Alicia earlier this year.
- Lin-Manuel Miranda: the creator of Hamilton will give fans an inside look at one of the show’s best songs. He’ll explore the writing of Aaron Burr’s memorable solo “Wait for It.”
- Michael Stipe: the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will “open up about the influences behind the life-changing” R.E.M. track “Losing My Religion.”
- Ty Dolla $ign: the Grammy-nominated artist “discusses the inspiration” of “LA.” The song was the “deeply personal opening track” from his major label debut album Free TC.
The Song Exploder podcast originally premiered in 2014. By 2015 it was already hailed as one of the best podcasts being produced. In 177 episodes, it’s featured a wide-range of musicians, including episodes with Anamanaguchi, Ghostface Killah, U2, and Yo La Tengo. This trailer makes us think Netflix’s series will capture the depth and fun of the podcast. And it it does it will likely end up on many “best-of-the-year” lists, too. Song Exploder comes to Netflix globally next month on October 2.
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