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Johnny socko please!

Please please please

So so so good

I just got into this podcast and I have not been disappointed. Even though I’m not musically talented and I get lost when Chris talks technical about music, but the guests and explanation is so great that I don’t mind being lost every so often. Can’t wait for more.

Great show

Chris (&Chris) make a great show with diverse artists. Chris breaks down the songs in an interesting and entertaining way. Must listen!

Please another Roger episode!

Great show, look forward to it every week

Twelve thumbs up!

If you’ve ever written a song or played in a band this podcast is mandatory listening. There’s always something interesting in every episode. The Bill Stevenson episode transcends the podcast form and is a must listen for everyone.

Love this show!!!

I first heard the Butch Walker episode and immediately realized it was Chris from LTJ. I started cherry picking episodes from artist that I was more into but after 6 episodes I wanted to hear them all. I appreciate the emphasis on songwriting and production. Keep up the good work!

Love it

Chris is a great interviewer. I like the way he breaks down songs. And the “band you might not know” segment is great for giving upcoming bands some quick exposure. Keep it up guys.


Chris takes time to really break down and understand the art of song writing with some amazing guests. Absolutely would recommend

Great show

I listen to every episode

Great Insight

Chris D. brings the people behind some of your favorite songs on to explain how they came about. You’ll get to met the people behind the music, the lyrics, and even the production of the songs you’ve been singing for years. What was the inspiration behind the song? Where in their lives were they wh…

Amazing show

Every episode I have listened to has given me a new appreciation of the song, artist, and Chris. I can’t think of anything that would make this show better. I am so happy this exists.


Chris is an excellent host and I love his attention to detail when discussing songs. I came for the pop punk episodes and never would have heard someone like Verite otherwise (her song is gorgeous!). This is one of my new favorite pods.

It’s 100% doctor not dentist!

It did go fast though, so you are forgiven.

Black Eyed Susan Kenny!

Hey Chris it’s Kenny! Daytona Beach black eyed Susan Kenny I’ve been seeing y’all play since the early early days and I’ve seen y’all all over the country hope you remember me man! Anyway excellent podcast I love all of them- keep em coming!

Quite possibly the best music podcast out there!

Thanks for all you do Chris and Chris! The format is incredible and each episode is better than the one before!

Punk Rock Nerd's Paradise

I always love hearing the process behind how my favorite songs/movies/TV shows come to fruition and to have it orchestrated by one of my favorite musicians is such an added bonus. Chris has such a knowledge of punk roots and rock music where he knows how to explain the song without being overly tec…

Songwriters candy

This podcast rules. So many great guests. Anyone with interest in song writing and studio/producer magic will love this.

Stellar songs, stellar podcast

I just started listening maybe a week ago and I absolutely LOVE this pod. Chris


This podcast is top-notch! Chris does his homework when preparing for a guest. You can tell that he knows the song inside and out. Most of the time he knows the interviewee from back in the day so the conversations seem natural which makes it all the better. I like that they do the wrap section wit…

Love Everything About This Podcast

I’ve been a huge fan of Less Than Jake since their early years, but this podcast has given me a whole new appreciation for Chris Demakes. The premise of the show is so interesting, and hearing the story behind each song brings new life to the song. Chris does an amazing job at being host, doing a…

The Best Song Writers Podcast

This podcast is the best all around Song Writers Podcast. It has single handedly changed the way I listen, thought of and write music. It also helped me understand that a lot of the hurdles I experience when writing songs are the exact same as some of the greatest bands of all time. Ontop of all …

Fantastic listen

A lot of musicians love this podcast because it breaks down the song writing and production process. I am not a musician in any shape or form. I don’t know how to play any instruments and the podcast is still accessible to me, so whether your a professional musician or just a listener you will enjo…

Hey hey have you heard

This podcast is the go to music podcast! It’s a great topic. I love hearing everyone’s stories about the song they pick and all the other fun stuff thrown in. This has been on my top 3 things I look forward to every week since covid! Chris and chris you are rad!!! Thanks!!! I’m so glad I found you!…

What an Awesome Podcast!

As a songwriter who is into punk rock and rock in general, this podcast is awesome! I’m super psyched to hear episodes with some of my favorite songwriters (Matt Skiba, Mike Herrera, Rick Neilson), but I’m equally excited about hearing from ones I don’t know much about (Bill Stevenson, Laura Jane G…

Best music podcast

This is my favorite music podcast. I love how Chris breaks down every song and gets such a good dynamic with each guest.

The best

I love this podcast so much. Even if it’s a song or artist I’m not really all that into or familiar with, I end up with a great appreciation for the song. It’s such a pleasant podcast to listen to and every moment of it is enjoyable.

My new favorite podcast

I didnt know Chris had a podcast until listening to Mike from MxPx’s Podcast which I listen to here and there. I decided to check it out and ive never made a better decision. This is now not only by far my favorite podcast but its become one of my favorite entertainment sources period. As a music …

Mark McGrath podcast was surprisingly awesome

Great podcast and this was one of my favorite episodes. Got a lot of newfound respect for Mark McGrath. Nice to see the self-awareness, and respect. Also, a rock n roll jeopardy episode w Matt Pinfield really would be great!

Great podcast

I really enjoy listening to how the discussion goes into the history of the song and breaking the song down verse by verse.

Listen NOW!

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Chris for a long time and when I heard he was going to do a podcast, I immediately though it was a brilliant idea and wondered what took so long! The conversations he has with his guests are engaging and the episodes seem to just fly by. Even if you aren’t familiar …


I am so grateful to have found this podcast. Engaging interviews and great song breakdowns. As a long time fan of many who are interviewed here and also a songwriter myself, this is a gold mine. Thanks much, Chris + Chris! Keep it rolling.

Check it ahhht.

Yinz are cool.

Great interviews

Great find, I like the interview style and the research that goes into each episode.

It’s a great podcast

This is a great podcast. Tons of great interviews of people in various parts of the music business, mainly musicians. You hear a lot about the change in business modes over the past 40 years. The interviews are a great road map to help you discover a music making process that works for you. They al…

Dentist Vs. Doctor

It sounds like doctor to me on both tracks, but my very attractive, younger, hot, girlfriend with better hearing agrees with “dentist” in the video.

Most insightful podcast

This podcast will help you learn things about music that you’ve always wanted to. It will also correct you on all the words you’ve been mispronouncing all these years. Chris is an amazing host and does a great job with the guests. Can’t wait for more!

Demakes a good podcast

Chris is a great host. This podcast is well edited, and the guest selection is pretty diverse. I really dig the focus on songwriting and attention to the craft.

I love Mondays

Mondays are great for me. I’m usually off work, and I also get a new episode of Chris DeMakes A Podcast. Learned so many cool tidbits about songs I love. Walking Wounded’s key change is inspired by R.E.M’s Stand? Crazy and really neat to learn stuff like that. Highly recommend.

Episode after Episode is fantastic

Absolutely loving listening to the songwriters I’ve loved my entire life tell the stories of their craft. Personal favorites are Matt Skiba, Bill Stevenson, and the Johnny Quest special episode. So many of us know the story of the bands but not the backdrop for individual songs and how they help el…

Excellent podcast

This podcast has helped me find new music and inspired me to start writing songs again!

Incredibly Interesting

It’s awesome to hear insight into how bands wrote their biggest songs. Chris does a great job of asking questions that get the artists rolling on stories from that time period that lend true authenticity to who they were as people when they wrote “My Own Worst Enemy” or “Hands Down” and so on.


These reviews help me relive my teenage years through a different lens. I love it . 3/5 stars don’t change a thing.

Awesome Podcast!

Really great Podcast with great guests. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Chris DeMakes this podcast amazing!

Chris and Chris make an amazing team that puts out amazing episodes week after week. I have learned so much about song writing as well as some bands and songs I was not familiar with too. A must subscribe!

Best podcast!!

This is the best podcast. Please do one with Joey cape

Dope, man.

This is an entertaining and insightful, weekly podcast! Even the episodes featuring a song you may not be familiar with or even enjoy are entertaining thanks to the host and his engagement with the artists. Well worth a subscription!

This podcast has revolutionized how I listen to music

I have been a fan of Chris DeMakes and company in the band Less Than Jake since the late 90s. Literally the soundtrack of my life. As much as I love music, understanding the songwriting process has always been foreign to me. Chris Faflios runs the show with him and it is an absolute pleasure to …

Love this pod!

Chris Demakes is awesome! I love hearing the stories behind my favorite songs. Being a songwriter myself, it helps to know what other musicians process is. Would recommend! Also Chris came on my show That One Time On Tour and we had a blast!

My favorite music podcast

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

Deep Dives into Great Songs

Chris DeMakes interviews a different songwriter each week, taking a close look at the writing of one particular song with the songwriter. The conversations are fun and insightful and if you’ve followed the world of punk rock for the past 25 years there are going to be plenty of songs you’ll already…

Great podcast, especially for songwriters!

This is not a run of the mill interview question and answer style podcast. This gets into the nitty gritty of songwriting and sheds light on how a ton of huge songs were conceived, written and recorded. Chris does a great job keeping things from getting stale. I always am bummed every time an episo…

Awesome content!

I love listening to this podcast! As a songwriter myself I’ve found it very interesting and informative. I’m not quite caught up yet but I hope to get up to the current episodes in the coming weeks. For now I’m just enjoying the ride that is Chris and Chris delving into how these great songs are wr…

Best pod for music fans

Love every one of these

Learning, laughing, loving!

I absolutely love this podcast! I look forward to it every Monday to get my week going. It’s so interesting to hear the many different approaches that artists use to write their songs, to learn about what parts their producers played, and to hear them reminisce on what times were like when the son…


I can’t say enough good things about this podcast. It’s simply a joy to listen to!!!

Awesome podcast

I don’t like podcasts, I would rather listen to music, however this one is amazing! Great interviews with great people. Overall an awesome podcasts!

Great Podcast

Awesome podcast with great guests. Highly recommended.

The Best!

This podcast is amazing. It has helped me get through the stress of the pandemic! I’d give 100 stars if I could.

Great podcast!

I can’t express how much I love this podcast! I found myself listening to the episodes of the artists and songs I knew, and once I was done, went back and listened to every one! Chris does a great job getting the story and background and setting the scene of when and how these songs were made. I’m …

An excellent podcast with excellent guests

This podcast dives into song writing and breakdown why a song was composed a certain way. The host Chris Demakes from the band Less Than Jake invites the artists or producers on to discuss the songs and goes into great detail not only discussing the song but seems to always get stellar stories fro…

Wonderful insight

Hello. I’m writing this review from what used to be the NRM in what used to be Century III Mall. This podcast is my only contact with the outside world, as I can’t figure a way out of here. This show is truly wonderful insight into the creative process of songwriting and a great launching point for…

Your humbled host!

Hey gang, this is Chris DeMakes. Thanks to everybody for the kind words and for tuning in. This experience has exceeded my wildest dreams. I’m stoked that you are enjoying the episodes as much as I am enjoying talking to all the guests. Keep tuning in and I’ll continue to do my best to deliver. Ch…

Just the best! Quality podcast.

Whether you’re a fan of music, song writing, or just love great story telling, this podcast is for you. Chris Demakes a Podcast gives behind the scenes details of where an artist/band were during their lives and careers when they wrote one of their songs and how those songs came together. Many of t…

Best podcast there is

Every Monday I look so forward to my drive home from work now because I have this podcast to listen to. Chris is an incredible interviewer and has a very calming tone of voice which is perfect for his role. The Bill Stevenson episode was one of the best/ most heart wrenching episodes of any podcast…

My favorite podcast

Every episode seems to get better and better! Fantastic and compelling insight, great guests, excellent format. Can’t say enough great things about this podcast!

Trip Down Memory Lane

Chris’s podcast has seriously upgraded my Monday mornings. I continue to be impressed by the interviews and depth of musical knowledge, and I love the one song format. The stories and memories are exceptional. I am immediately transported back to the mosh pits and back seat jam sessions of my HS an…

Fantastic podcast

My only problem with it is that he’s only covered three or four songs I really care about. It would be nice to hear about other songs that I prefer but the podcast is so good that it almost doesn’t matter. Almost.

Best podcast!!

I look forward to every episode. Some of his guests I don’t know. So after each episode I love listening to every song. I definitely found some new songs that I absolutely love like Steve’s Boy. Chris and Chris you guys are awesome! Monday’s are the best!

A Breath of Fresh Air (for your ears)

I love listening to this podcast every week. Chris' interview style is fantastic. He always seems to ask the question that I'm thinking, which is my favorite thing that could happen in an interview. He makes the guests feel very comfortable, so you're always getting a little more than you'd get in …

My favorite music podcast

As a huge fan of Less Than Jake I was so excited to check this podcast out. As a huge music fan hearing deep details, shop talk and insights into the songwriting process entertaining, interesting and educational. The guest line up is amazing. I would recommend this show to anyone remotely intere…

Must listen for music fans

Listening to the Chris DeMakes podcast has become my routine to start the week every Monday since hearing the first episode. As a musician, it is fascinating to hear some of my favorite artists discuss their unique process and approach to songwriting. I have learned new tactics and tricks from vari…

Very Entertaining

I very much enjoy this podcast are used to listen to a lot of movie podcasts and recently I found myself listening to more music oriented podcast. The history that Chris has with so many bands which lends himself to so many people to reach out to for stories is fantastic. The theme song is catchy …


Been listening to LTJ since my first time seeing them on Warped 97 in Asbury Park! They’ve been my favorite band since. These podcasts are great and love the guests CD interviews. Some of my fav bands NFG, RBF, Descendents, Alkaline and Dag Nasty. Hope you can get Trevor K, Buddy N and Aaron G.…

Loving this podcast!

I started listening to ‘Chris DeMakes a podcast’ because I’ve been a Less Than Jake fan for basically half my life. I started just listening to the episodes with musicians I was already familiar with but stuck around to listen to the others too. I’ve been introduced to some really great music, I do…

5 stars

I'm such a fan of this show, I've just binged on all 15 (as of this date) episodes in 48 hours. I initially was going to skip past the newer bands who I couldn't care less about, but I found myself riveted - hanging on every word! Good job, Chris. 5 stars.

Rock Star Humility

I’m sure the 150 5-star ratings should tell you enough, but this is truly an amazing podcast. For one, it has the catchiest theme song that’ll be stuck in your head all day, but also, there’s real heart and thought that goes into every interview. You can tell the host Chris Demakes and his producer…

Great chats with some of the best musicians!

Less Than Jake has always been one of my favorite bands, so I’m not shocked that Chris DeMakes did not fail to bring another great product into this world! I work in music but am far from a songwriter but these chats are done so amazing and are so informative and entertaining! Love this podcast! Ke…

My punk rock hero interviews my other heroes

I wasn’t into punk or ska until I was a college freshman. LTJ has been by favorite band since the night I saw them at club Laga in Pittsburgh 1998. I’m 40, right around the age of all these guys. So all these stories from Chris and his guests are all from the best part of my life. I’m also a histor…


I came for the Cyrus Bolooki interview. I’ll be staying for everything else. Chris is every bit as personable here as onstage. Unsurprisingly.

Great Insight

Chris D. brings the people behind some of your favorite songs on to explain how they came about. You’ll get to met the people behind the music, the lyrics, and even the production of the songs you’ve been singing for years. What was the inspiration behind the song? Where in their lives were they wh…


Chris is a wonderful host with lots of insight in the craft of songwriting. I really enjoy the direction each interview takes with the guests. Even on songs I wasn’t “that into” before I listened to the episodes, I enjoyed the stories of how each song was built. Look forward to the episodes each we…

King of Segues

Let me start this puppy off with the fact that Chris and Chris are the golldarn best and that I sincerely adore this podcast! Obsessively refreshing my pods to see when the latest episode drops is my new Sunday evening routine. Its like experiencing a weekly Christmas, and I’m always so excited to …

If you love music and behind the scenes stuff

I have been a long time fan of Less Than Jake so when I heard Chris would be doing a podcast that did deep dives into all sorts of different songs, I was thrilled. Each week I can't wait to hear who will be a weekly guest.

Great flow

This podcast captures the story we want to know. What was it like when you first heard your song on the radio. The writing process and what the song means and the stories behind the songs. Great podcast .... LTJ still cranking it out.

The podcast of my dreams

My entire life I’ve loved ska and punk music. For over 20 years it’s the only music that I’ve truly loved and felt a connection to. And Less Than Jake is easily among my favorite bands of all times. One of their two frontmen, Chris DeMakes, is enormously talented and absolutely hilarious as a perfo…

Best punk podcast

I’ve been looking for a punk podcast for a long time. Some of the ones I’ve tried either aren’t well recorded or the interviews fall flat. Chris DeMakes a Podcast fills that void. The interviews flow well and give new life to some of my favorite songs and some new ones! I love actually hearing the …

Wow!!! Color me impressed

In an age where band dudes are almost polluting the podcast airwaves Chris stands a man amongst boys! You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a singer of a band hosting a podcast. From a music lover, especially that of punk, ska, pop punk, ‘emo’ and so on I find myself at least giving a lot of…

Great insight into the bands I love

This has quickly become one of my favorite listens! While they get into the weeds of the song writing process, Chris makes sure to highlight the personal and historical context of the songs and how they were received at the time. This keeps it interesting for those who aren’t as into the nitty grit…

Ruby Soho

Dying to know ruby soho. The first song I ever heard from rancid and the first video I saw of rancid on MTV in 95/96. I was 12. What does it all mean!!!!!

My first podcast!

I don’t know why, but I had never listened to a podcast until this one. I’ve been a fan of Less Than Jake for probably 20 years now, and have seen them live probably 20 times. So, I didn’t hesitate to give this a listen and it has not disappointed! Not only am I learning about songs by other artist…

Great musical podcast

Checked the podcast out intilially just because I was a fan of the band Chris plays in, and walked away with a greater respect for not only the music he is involved with, but that of the artists he interviews on the podcast. They go into incredible detail into what went in to the songs, the inspira…

Great podcast

I stopped listening to podcast many years ago…and now I’m back. Chris has a natural ability for allowing the guests to talk while simultaneously keeping the conversation on track. The topics are great, the guests are great, the host is great. I’m hooked — check it out it is awesome!

Probably my favorite podcast

I look forward to this podcast on my hour drive to work each week. Love the guests, love the energy, and Chris is an awesome host. He actually lets the guests speak and tried to make the show about them and not himself even though I love hearing his thoughts and stories as well. Great stuff guys! …

Great Podcast

I love learning about how songs are written and more importantly why they were written just as much as I enjoy listening to them. This is a great podcast talking about just that. Even if you are unfamiliar or not a fan of the song being discussed I personally think it is very interesting to learn t…


Such an amazing podcast. Even if you don’t know the artist he interviews Chris Demakes does an amazing job of keeping engaged. So thankful he started a podcast.

Soooo good!

I love it! Bill Stevenson’s episode was so good. I was balling the entire time. Subscribed.

Great listen

I don’t listen to podcast very often, but I’m a huge fan since the mid 90s, and ya got me hooked. Really enjoy the episode with Rog, and really looking forward to the Bill episode.

The podcast we’ve been waiting for!

Chris is just a pure entertainer, and it shows in this podcast. The energy he has for talking about the material at hand makes for really good conversation and I’m just mad that he waited this long to do it! Keep it going dude.


Chris is meant for this stuff, man. He’s sincere, captivating, funny, and full of great stories.

Chris DeMakes A Podcat

SO GOOD!!!!! CHRIS is great! He has it! If you’re a person that loves the details of songs and the stories behind them … THIS IS IT!!!