Self isolation is becoming a situation that more and more people find themselves committing to. With that, there is the challenge of overcoming the pitfalls involved in this process, namely trying to resist climbing up the walls!
One of the best things I do on a now routine basis to pass the time when I am on my own is listen to podcasts.
Podcasts are becoming an increasingly popular media platform and I’m glad that this is so: because podcasts offer lots of opportunities for many beneficial experiences, namely:
1.) An opportunity to learn something new
2.) An opportunity to find out more about interesting people with interesting stories.
3.) It makes you a better listener. It increases your engagement in discussions.
4.) They encourage you to try something new and explore your own ideas.
5.) Keep up to date with current affairs and developments.
At a time when self isolation is becoming a reality, I thought I’d share some of my favourite podcasts. I hope it gives you an opportunity to find something that interests you and you can engage with over the coming weeks.
Akimbo – Seth Godin
Topics – Culture, Business and Marketing
I’ve been following Seth Godin since my university days. He is an extraordinary writer with a fascinating philosophy of business and marketing.
It’s a heartwarming, empathetic and optimistic podcast to listen to and it’s an easily digestible average run time of 25 minutes.
If you are interesting in doing better work and levelling up, this podcast is for you.
The Bob Lefsetz Podcast
Topics – The music industry, Culture
If you are in the Music Industry, you really should know who Bob is. His weekly letter is read by tens of thousands, many of which are some of the most well known people in the business.
He’s opinionated, fiercely honest and that is a breath of fresh air in an industry that seemingly has plenty of nonsense.
On his podcast, Bob interviews a wide range of musicians, managers, engineers, CEOs and beyond. Some of the stories are incredibly funny and remarkable.
As a starting point, his conversations with Canadian manager Jake Gold (The tragically hip) are incredibly useful for anonymous artists such as myself.
Kermode on Film
Topics – Film and Cinema
Mark Kermode is one of my go to people for reviews and discussions about film and cinema and as a result I have discovered a lot of films I adore.
His regular conversations with Film reviewer Jack Howard offer a funny almost father and son dynamic and there are some great episodes where they share their opinions, debate and amusingly throw digs at one another.
There are also some live shows with great interviews with actors/actresses and directors as well.
Topic – Songwriting and production
This gem of a podcast is wonderfully insightful and you get a glimpse into the minds of many brilliant music artists.
The premise is simple. An artist unpacks the songwriting approach and explains the demo process as well as demonstrating different parts of their songs including sounds deep in the mix that you wouldn’t always expect.
Other noteworthy podcasts I listen to –
James O’Brien – Full Disclosure
Tifo Football podcast
The Intelligence by The Economist
If there are any podcasts you highly recommend, feel free to suggest them in the comment section below.