The biggest artists. Their celebrated albums. Producer and author Jesse Cannon gets unprecedented access to look at these records, piece by piece, with interviews from those involved at every level.
A preview of season one of Inside the Album.
"I did. I found it. There is necessity inside me to write Dashboard songs."
Ending a nine-year gap between full length albums, Chris Carrabba's journey to 2018's "Crooked Shadows" was an eventful one, to say the least. From lost music, to expanding and revitalizing live shows, to landing on a dream label, each critical moment is captured here, told by one of rock music's great storytellers. Other highlights include the backstory of "We Fight" and how his recent crop of cover songs came together.
Interviews: Chris Carrabba, Mike Easterlin (Fueled By Ramen, President), and Colin Brittain (Producer, Mixer).
Following up a massive hit, strumming on a junky guitalele, and solving the mysteries of songwriting. Discover how the Melbourne folk artist crafted 2018’s “Nation of Two.”
Interviews: Vance Joy, Stefan Max (Atlantic Records, A&R), Edwin White (drummer, producer), Dave Bassett (producer), Dan Wilson (songwriter).
"It's as intimidating as it is liberating."
From the origins of the stage production, to the "unique challenges" presented by cast recording albums, to what the artists thought of the finished product, you'll find no deeper look into the recent release of the Broadway show's celebrated music.
Interviews: Jeff Richmond (Composer), Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Musical Director), John Clancy (Orchestrator), Barrett Wilbert Weed (Performer, Janis Sarkisian), Ashley Park (Performer, Gretchen Wieners), and Craig Rosen (Atlantic Records Executive Vice President, A&R Operations).
For a band primed to be one of the next great pillars of rock music, you’d expect a more rollicking origin story. “We became friends through our moms. Sounds funny, but they met online.”
But that’s the story of 3-piece LA alt-rock outfit Wallows, a charming one that pairs well with the ambition and energy of 2018 release, “Spring EP.” Hear this tale in full, along with talk on specific EP tracks, details about working with producer John Congleton, and the story of playing basketball where Prince once shot around.
Interviews: Cole Preston, Braeden Lemasters, Dylan Minnette, Austin Rice (Atlantic Records A&R), Caiti Green (Marketing Director, Atlantic Records), and John Congleton (Producer).
It’s not just Jordan Benjamin’s musical ambitions that set him apart in his role as alter ego and Fueled by Ramen artist, grandson. His thrilling genre bend — one described as being “riff-based,” but also playing in “subgenres of electronic production” — is accompanied by a raw intelligence and a fearless social consciousness. Or in his words, he both has “no intention of contributing to an existing space musically,” while also striving to know he “stood for something in this kind of time.”
With that balance in mind, listen in as he discusses his 2018 EP, details his creative partnership with producer Kevin Hissink (aka Boonn), and explains his responsibility in fostering those important political and cultural conversations.
Interviews: Jordan Benjamin (grandson), Mollie Lehman (Atlantic Records, Senior Director A&R), Johnny Minardi (Fueled by Ramen, Senior Director A&R), Kevin Hissink (producer).
When following up 2017’s “Reaper,” Joe Mulherin aimed to explore his more minimal side. From production choices, to a speedy creative process (it was written and recorded in two weeks), to even the track titles, 2018’s “ruiner” is all about the stripping away of excess. Discover the journey behind this new record, along with how Mulherin initially met producing partner Jay Vee over Soundcloud, why the definition of nothing,nowhere. is always changing, and how music acts as the artist’s “personal form of therapy.”
Interviews: Joe Mulherin (nothing,nowhere.), Johnny Minardi (Fueled by Ramen, Senior Director A&R), Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy), and Jay Vee (Co-Producer).
College was, to say the least, a very busy time for Brynn Elliott. She would play “something like 260 shows” while excitedly pursuing her degree at Harvard, the two passions existing symbiotically. What she’d learn in the classroom would often direct her songwriting, and when eventually making the jump to a label, Atlantic helped her prepare her first release while she finished up school.
That first release, "Time Of Our Lives," is explored in full here, along with why she felt at home at Atlantic, how she started up her creative partnership with writer/producer Nathan Chapman, and how they answered the question: “What’s my sound?”
Interviews: Brynn Elliott, Nathan Chapman (Writer/Producer), Pete Ganbarg (President of A&R, Atlantic Records), Bruce Flohr (Management), Carla Wallace (Big Yellow Dog Music).
Brent Cobb can sure tell a story.
Whether recalling his musical origins, retelling old family tales, or speaking on the creative process, the rising country artist pulls you in with his unique combination of intrigue and authenticity. And that storytelling prowess is on full display in 2018 album “Providence Canyon,” explored here.
Discover all about how he crafted that record, one having “a shit-ton of soul” according to Rolling Stone, along with the surprising prompt behind “Ain’t A Road Too Long,” and the tragic tale leading to “King of Alabama.”
Interviews: Brent Cobb, Dave Cobb (Producer), Don VanCleave (Management), Mike Harris (Guitarist), Phil Towns (Keyboardist).
“Every album you go into it thinking, ‘this is going to be the album where I say something.’ And I feel like I did accomplish that.”
“Know.,” the 2018 album from Jason Mraz, is many things. It’s a response to the information overload of the "post-truth" and fake news era. It was crafted three years into a marriage, “a record that's nourished” by this relationship. And perhaps most simply, it’s yet another top-10 charting release in the career of the storied singer-songwriter.
Explore the album here, along with discovering the fascinating journey of track “Have It All,” hearing about how Mraz wrote 140 songs during these sessions (and how coffee played into this productivity), and finding out why good A&R is so important to the album process.
Interviews: Jason Mraz, David Silberstein (Atlantic Records, A&R), Andrew Wells (Producer), Dan Wilson (Producer, Semisonic).