Why let a good podcast premise be bound by language? That is what a lot of podcast producers are saying as more shows get translated from English into other languages to reach new audiences in the U.S and worldwide. Radiotopia from PRX is doing just that as it teams up with Adonde Media to adapt its popular series Song Exploder into the Spanish-language Canción Exploder.
Created by Hrishikesh Hirway, Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. The series has featured some of the biggest artists in the world––Fleetwood Mac, U2, Billie Eilish, Solange, Metallica, The Roots, Dua Lipa, and more––breaking down the sounds and ideas that went into their writing and recording.
The newly-created Canción Exploder will follow a similar path, featuring an array of chart-topping Latin music artists in its first season. Guests will include Nathy Peluso, Jorge Drexler, Mon Laferte, Silvana Estrada, José Gonzalez, iLe & Adrian Quesada, and Ibeyi. The first episode features the band Bomba Estéreo breaking down their song “Deja” from their critically acclaimed album of the same name.
Adonde Media founder and CEO Martina Castro is the host and co-executive producer of Canción Exploder.
“The debut season of Canción Exploder is a testament to the diversity of Latin music today as we speak with artists writing music in multiple languages, who call many different countries their homes, and who tell their stories in a beautiful variety of accents,” said Castro. “It also showcases the power of what ‘Song Exploder’ does so well, taking you deep into the process and art of writing a song, and thereby revealing something essential and true about the artist telling their story in their own words.”
Hirway will also serve as an executive producer of the Spanish-language version of his show.
“The Latin music world is enormous, spanning so many countries and so many genres, and the audience for all that music is vast. A few years ago, I started to wonder if it would be possible to bring ‘Song Exploder’ and its stories of creativity to that audience,” Hirway said. “I didn't know much about Spanish-language podcasts, but I knew Martina Castro was a great host, producer, and ambassador, so I asked her if she’d like to work with me on realizing this daydream.”
Now a reality, new episodes of Canción Exploder will be released every two weeks, on Wednesdays through October 26.