Couch Wisdom is a weekly podcast presenting the best of Red Bull Music Academy’s lecture archive. Questlove has called these in-depth interviews ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ for music, and who are we to disagree with Questlove? With personal stories and creative insights from Björk to The Black Madonna, Young Thug engineer Alex Tumay to Moodymann, there’s something for every music fan. Red Bull Music Academy is a world-traveling series of festivals and workshops est. in 1998.
Hip-hop original Madlib
Monday 24 June 2019
: Whether he’s working with artists like Freddie Gibbs, MF Doom or Erykah Badu, collaborating with the late J Dilla, or working under one of...
Can's Damo Suzuki
Monday 17 June 2019
: Damo Suzuki left Japan in his late teens and busked around Europe, attracting the attention of Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit of the band...
Transcendent pop star Robyn
Monday 10 June 2019
: Robyn’s career reads like a film script: Swedish star tops of the charts, sidesteps pop for a more personal sound, ends up self-sufficient...
Essential French DJ Laurent Garnier
Monday 03 June 2019
: One of the forefathers of French electronic music, Laurent Garnier had an older brother who would sneak him into nightclubs. He caught the...
Pan Daijing: Sound, Performance, Emotion
Monday 27 May 2019
: The Chinese experimental artist Pan Daijing's attention to granular detail makes for a deeply absorbing listening experience. Since being an...
Detroit techno originator Kevin Saunderson
Monday 20 May 2019
: While Juan Atkins and Derrick May are known as the originator and innovator of Detroit techno, respectively, Kevin Saunderson is known as...
Sound engineer Susan Rogers
Monday 13 May 2019
: Susan Rogers dropped out of high school to teach herself sound engineering. By 25, she worked for Crosby, Stills and Nash at their Rudy...
Funktion-One's Tony Andrews
Monday 06 May 2019
: Tony Andrews has been building PAs for decades. Today, the soundsystems made by his company Funktion-One are preferred by the world’s best...
Cellist Larry Gold: From MFSB to "The Boy Is Mine"
Monday 29 April 2019
: Philadelphia native Larry Gold has worked on countless hits over the past four decades. He was a member of MFSB, helping shape “The Sound...
Rap mainstay No I.D.
Monday 22 April 2019
: A pivotal figure in the ’90s Chicago rap scene, producer No I.D. is responsible for the bulk of Common’s early output. He went on to...
Sun Ra Arkestra's Marshall Allen
Monday 15 April 2019
: Marshall Allen is the third man to helm the Sun Ra Arkestra. The alto saxophonist joined the group in 1958 and led its reed section for over...
Club and pop music polymath Jam City
Monday 08 April 2019
: The roster for UK electronic label Night Slugs is stacked with talent, so it’s no small praise to say that British producer, songwriter...
Singular rapper Pusha T
Monday 01 April 2019
: Born in the Bronx and raised in Virginia Beach, Terrence LeVarr Thornton, AKA Pusha T, is one of the most influential rappers alive. He and...
Definitive American composer Philip Glass
Monday 25 March 2019
: Philip Glass' compositions transformed the world of classical music and, eventually, popular music in general. Time spent in Paris set Glass...
Teki Latex on his musical evolution
Monday 18 March 2019
: Teki Latex is a progressive presence in the French electronic music scene. He got his start as a founding MC in Parisian hip-hop act TTC,...
House music legends Masters At Work
Monday 11 March 2019
: "Little" Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez have spent more than 20 years shepherding dance music down new paths. With remixes being their...
Mixpak's Dre Skull
Monday 04 March 2019
: Raised on the East Coast underground freak-punk scene, Dre Skull perceives urban music culture as a holistic affair. After lacing beats for...
Ben UFO on joining the dots as a DJ
Monday 25 February 2019
: London’s Ben UFO started out on pirate radio station Sub FM in 2007, playing alongside friends, producers and DJs Pangaea and Pearson...
Pop radical Planningtorock
Monday 18 February 2019
: For Jam Rostron, the multimedia artist who performs as Planningtorock, subversion – in gender, sexuality and politics – has driven their...
Piano adventurer Chilly Gonzales
Monday 11 February 2019
: Pianist, composer and entertainer Chilly Gonzales is no ordinary musician. Originally from Canada, he scored a Grammy for his contribution...
Drummer and hitmaker Sheila E
Monday 04 February 2019
: Sheila E is a world-class drummer and percussionist who's worked with some of the most acclaimed artists of all time, including Marvin Gaye,...
Montréal engineer Howard Bilerman
Monday 28 January 2019
: Grammy-nominated Howard Bilerman is a former member of Arcade Fire and the engineer for the band's breakthrough album, Funeral. Throughout...
Berlin icon Gudrun Gut
Monday 21 January 2019
: Gudrun Gut has been at the forefront of Berlin music for decades. She cofounded Einstürzende Neubauten and went on to play in bands like...
Canadian composer Kara-Lis Coverdale
Monday 14 January 2019
: Kara-Lis Coverdale became organist and composing music director at a local church in Ontario at 14. After studying musicology and...
Minimal Wave's Veronica Vasicka
Monday 07 January 2019
: Veronica Vasicka has unearthed countless gems and revived a subgenre with Minimal Wave, the label she founded in 2005. Vasicka’s sound was...