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Hrishikesh Hirway: Song Exploder podcast allows 'fanboy moments'

Hrishikesh Hirway, host of Song Exploder, sits down with Lindsay Michael to talk about interviewing his musical idols about their creative processes.
Hrishikesh Hirway spoke with host Lindsay Michael from his home in Los Angeles. (Jake Michaels)

For Hrishikesh Hirway, the host of Song Exploder,  one of the benefits of hosting a podcast about the creative process behind your favourite songs is getting to speak with your idols. 

U2, Björk and Spoon have all been featured on the podcast, which has a musician deconstruct one of their songs in each episode.

Most of the episodes that I'm doing are with people I admire. [Stephin Merritt] was just someone that I had admired for so very long.- Hrishikesh Hirway, host of the podcast Song Exploder

There is one episode that Hirway was especially excited for — with Stephin Merrit of The Magnetic Fields.

"Most of the episodes that I'm doing are with people I admire. [Stephin Merritt] was just someone that I had admired for so very long," Hirway told Podcast Playlist's Lindsay Michael.

He admitted the interview with Merritt "was a little bit of a fanboy moment for me."

"He has a very dry sense of humour, and so I was pretty sure he was joking … most of the time."

Merritt spoke with Hirway about his approach to song writing and deconstructed the process behind the song "Andrew in Drag."

The episode features a powerful clip from Merritt's isolated vocals on the song. Hirway says, taking apart a song in this way can give you a better appreciation for a song.

"It's sort of like getting to try all the ingredients in a dish, before you have the dish. Most of the time, as a listener, you just get the finished thing. You just get that dish. But, here's a chance to be like, 'Oh, this what saffron tastes like' and 'This is what tarragon tastes like.' " 

Listen to the audio to hear the full interview with Hrishikesh Hirway.

Tune in to Podcast Playlist on December 31st to hear a condensed version of this interview and the episode featuring Stephin Merritt.

Song Exploder was also featured in Episode 5: Nerding Out.

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