I can’t believe I haven’t rated this yet. Sorry Chris and Chris. I have always been a massive Less Than Jake fan and now I find myself totally enthralled with the world of songwriting thanks to Chris and his inquisitive detail driven interviews. It’s the first episode I listen to every Monday when it drops. Well done and rock on!
Excellent podcast breaking down a different song each week in extreme detail. It’s great hearing all the stories behind the songs and getting that behind the scenes look into what went into making a hit. It’s amazing to someone who is not in the music industry how a song is actually out together from concept to release. Keep up the great work guys!
Chris really dives deep into these songs. You can hear the musicians are having a good time and appreciate the time he has put into this.
I found this podcast because Chris happens to be the lead singer and guitarist of my favorite band, Less Than Jake. However, I've stuck with it because of how honestly great the interviews are. Chris doesn't just gush over the songs, but really gets into the songwriting process with his guests, often taking a deep dive into both the lyrics and music, not to mention teasing out some great stories along the way. Chris is a talented songwriter himself, and does a great job bonding with his guests over the process. The production is top notch, too. When a song is mentioned on the podcast, the producer (the other Chris) will often play a snippet of it. The tease is usually enough to make me want to listen to the tune after the episode. In fact, I have a whole playlist of "Chris Demakes a Podcast" inspired music that I listen to all the time. Definitely a random assortment, which really speaks to the great variety of guests. Edit: I’ve started back at the beginning and am listening through older episodes again. This podcast has really made me fall in love with music in a completely different way. I’ve always enjoyed music, but I never put any thought into the stories behind the songs. I had no clue how songs were made and, to be honest, never put any thought into it. Not only am I learning about the songs covered in the episodes, but I’ve found myself looking into the history of some of my other favorite songs, too. I feel I have a completely new appreciation for music!
I love that this pod takes different songwriters in different genres and breaks down the writing of either the guest’s biggest hit or fan favorite. The detail in the interview is amazing and great to know what people were thinking when they wrote their songs. It’s the first thing I listen to on Mondays and the bonus episodes are also a great touch.
So cool! Really loved hearing about the break down of Hey There Delilah. I never knew Tom borrowed from One Life to write it. I’m so happy that he’s started Humans Were Here and excited to hear more about his solo project Million Miler.
I have been a fan of Chris DeMakes and Less Than Jake for 20+ years. Knowing his onstage persona I wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw he was doing a podcast. What I found was a polished, smart and frankly educational podcast that has transformed how I listen to songs. Chris doesn’t just speak to the artist but he speaks to his audience. He takes the time to articulate songwriting nuances I would never as a non-musician understand in a way that I do. He takes the time to get in the weeds and often to the surprise of the songwriters finds parts of the song even they were not aware of. I have been exposed to artists I likely would not have stumbled onto, expanding my music world. Chris Fafalios, his producer, does a masterful job of keeping it moving and dropping in the music clips to provide better color to the story of these songs. This is my favorite podcast and I think everyone should check it out!
Chris DeMakes a Podcast breaks down famous songs with the artist, like Tom Higgenson of Plain White T’s. Hear about how he borrowed from his friend of OneLife to record the hit Hey There Delilah. This band is currently signed to his label Humans Were Here.
A while back my buddy and bass player in my band told me I should check this podcast out because it’s full of great information on writing great songs. I was a little hurt- like he was suggesting I learn how to write GOOD songs. I’ve been writing songs for 20 years, and I thought I’ve been pretty good at it for the last two. Finally decided to check out the Mark Hoppus episode because Blink is my favorite band. I’ll be a SOB if I didn’t get hooked. Not only is it fun to hear about how some great songs were written, I also like hearing about the little things in the production of the song that you never really think about. We are preparing to record a full length that will be a DIY production, and I’ll definitely be thinking about some of the tricks I’ve picked up from this podcast.
Just finished the episode with Dan Potthast. As a guy who has played with both these guys it was great to hear the breakdown of music. Such a deep dive into music we all love. It is nice to hear Chris speak so in depth about songs he/we have all fell in love with. Great show!
I really enjoy the way Chris interviews, even when he has on members from bands I don’t listen to I always find the interview to be really interesting. I listen to a lot of podcasts and Chris DeMakes a Podcast is one of the few that I listen to on the day it releases
These conversations hit different - there’s something special about when the guest shares in the excitement of sharing how their song got made. Such a great podcast concept!
One of my favorite podcasts! It’s awesome to hear from some of my favorite artists. You get to find out how some of their hit songs were written and recorded. It’s a lot of fun and super fascinating. My favorite episode was when Chris interviewed Huey Lewis. I also like discovering or rediscovering older bands that Chris and Chris discuss.
I literally get excited listening to this show. I love hearing the insider perspective on the songwriting and production process. They do a great job of researching and pulling out details from the artists. I really look forward to this show, especially episodes about songs that I love.
Every show has been a great listen. I found the show when searching for shows on favorite musical artists of mine. While it started there I since listened to many other songwriters sharing their construction of a single song both lyrically and musically. Every guest shares their history, candor, and humor, across every rock genre. The bonus subscription ‘After Party’ might even be better than the regular show. Explore and enjoy!
I found this podcast because Chris happens to be the lead singer and guitarist of my favorite band, Less Than Jake. However, I've stuck with it because of how honestly great the interviews are. Chris doesn't just gush over the songs, but really gets into the songwriting process with his guests, often taking a deep dive into both the lyrics and music, not to mention teasing out some great stories along the way. Chris is a talented songwriter himself, and does a great job bonding with his guests over the process. The production is top notch, too. When a song is mentioned on the podcast, the producer (the other Chris) will often play a snippet of it. The tease is usually enough to make me want to listen to the tune after the episode. In fact, I have a whole playlist of "Chris Demakes a Podcast" inspired music that I listen to all the time. Definitely a random assortment, which really speaks to the great variety of guests.
This is one of the only forms of media that I have found that actually gives a good look inside the brain and the songwriting process. I’ve searched books, movies, podcasts, and YouTube for this kind of material and it’s always a letdown or less than intimate. This podcast is amazing, and will audibly clip references to what they are talking about which is HUGE and allows you to follow along and discover more music and bands than just the podcast topic. I couldn’t say better things about it. Must listen. It’s a plus that they are great bands and songs.
Well I found some time outside of work to finally sit down and listen to a full podcast of Chris DeMakes a Podcast and I have to say I think it was put together very well. The talk about songwriting is and even chord progressions is very interesting and a surprise at the end is the podcast seemed to give newer and or unknown bands a shot by giving them a little bit of airplay. All in all I guess I will only leave a 5 star review since I can’t leave it an extravagant 10 star review. AMAZING PODCAST.
Now let’s get a 4 hour anniversary episode where you break down TheDecline with Fat Mike
I love the in-depth breakdowns, Chris really knows his stuff. And producer Chris is an awesome guy, met him a few times when Punchline toured in CT. I would love if you guys had other band members on from the same bands to talk about other famous hits they had. Much love.
Chris and Chris do an amazing job with this. It is so cool to hear how the songs are put together, and each unique story about them. And if you’re not an Afterparty member, you’re out of your mind!
It’s amazing to hear Chris interview these artists. He asks amazing questions that get the artist to open up. It’s really cool hearing the artist inspiration behind writing a song and Chris does a great job bringing it out.
This show does such a great job honing in on classic songs that you may be tempted to just listen to songs you’re familiar with but I promise you that the songs you don’t know sometimes hit even better than the ones you do know.
Every episode is wildly listenable and will turn you on to songs/artists you never previously gave the time of day.
Check out the Bill Stevenson interview, episode 4. This very quickly became an essential podcast!
Hands down the best music related podcast out there. Digs into the minutia of exactly how the song was conceived, modified, recorded, and produced. Obviously the episodes dealing with songs you live are great, but it’s also introduced me to a bunch of new music I hadn’t heard before. Highly recommend!