Nobody noticed, and Hirway continued to work as a graphic designer to pay his bills. But, a few months later, he tried again, this time approaching a podcast company, Maximum Fun, which distributed the “Palace of Memories”.
Jesse Thorn, founder of Maximum Fun and podcast host “Bullseye with Jesse Thorn,” said: “It was a completely coherent and meaningful idea right from the start in 2014. ( The show is currently distributed by Radiotopia.) “And he’s such a skilled editor and producer that he needs very little help getting up and running.”
If listening to “WTF”; feels like traveling in Maron’s whimsical, hyperactive brain, “Song Exploder” is, in its own way, no less personality. The show is a reflection of the constitutional minimalism of its creator. Each of its nearly 200 episodes, featuring interviews with artists including Lindsey Buckingham, Bjork and Solange, is surgically edited (the run time can be as short as 11 minutes) and produced one meticulously intertwined elements of the song stand out with the artist’s anecdotes and reflections.
Hirway clearly shows her side in the interview, presenting the story as a continuous story, in the first person. At first, this was partly to protect him from an interviewer’s insecurity, but that anxiety proved to be false. What Hirway lacked in journalism training, he also compensated with intuition and firsthand experience.
During the TV show’s REM episode, we see him in action, asking discreetly Michael Stipe about “Losing my religion”. At the start of the interview, Stipe sternly declared the main character of his most famous song a “complete fabrication”. But then Hirway asked him to try to enter the character behind the lyrics. Before long, his subject, beginning to thaw, was reflecting on the insecurity, disillusionment and pain of destruction for a long time.
“Okay, then maybe there’s a bit of autobiographical material in it,” he finally allowed.
Morgan Neville, director of “20 Feet from Stardom” and director and executive producer of the TV series “Song Exploder”, said Hirway’s ability to connect with guests on a detailed level is dance. the program’s secret gas.