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Hrishikesh Hirway [Willfulness] – From full-time musician to Song Exploder and back again

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Hrishikesh Hirway is a musician and podcast creator. He’s the host and creator of Song Exploder, an award-winning podcast and a Netflix original television series, where musicians break down the creative process behind their songs. Vulture called Song Exploder “probably the best use of the podcast format ever.”  As a musician, he’s released four albums under the moniker The One AM Radio, and an EP with Moors, his project with Lakeith Stanfield. Fast Company named him one of the Most Creative People in Business in 2021. He serves the Library of Congress as an advisor on digital strategy. He gave a TED Talk on how to listen to people to connect more deeply with them and their stories. In this episode, we talk about Hrishikesh’s journey as a musician, the disappointing album that led to starting Song Exploder, how he landed a series on Netflix, and how his Willfulness helped him rediscover his passion for creating his own music. Learn more about Hrishikesh Hirway Learn more about Song Exploder Listen to Hrishikesh's new music Follow Jay on Twitter Follow Creative Elements on Instagram Full transcript and show notes *** IF YOU LOVE CREATIVE ELEMENTS Leave me a voicemail Subscribe to weekly episode emails Leave a review on Apple Podcasts Leave a rating on Spotify Buy Me A Coffee *** ABOUT JAY CLOUSE Learn more about me Subscribe to my newsletter, Creative Companion Connect with me on Twitter Connect with me on Instagram Join #Tweet100 *** SPONSORS Sign up for ButcherBox Get a free month of Blinkist Premium *** FOR PODCASTERS Enroll in my podcasting workshop Enroll in my course on podcasting, Podcast Like The Pros Learn more about Podpage *** PODGLOMERATE NETWORK This show is a part of the Podglomerate network, a company that produces, distributes, and monetizes podcasts. We encourage you to visit the website and sign up for our newsletter for more information about our shows, launches, and events. For more information on how The Podglomerate treats data, please see our Privacy Policy.  Since you're listening to Creative Elements, we'd like to suggest you also try other Podglomerate shows surrounding entrepreneurship, business, and careers like and Freelance to Founder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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