Song Exploder Mastermind Hrishikesh Hirway, on Being Disciplined, All The Way to the Top (Part II)
Hrishikesh Hirway is a humble high achiever. He has just released his first Netflix Mini-series, Song Exploder, based on his wildly popular podcast of the same name. On it, he talks to musicians like Alicia Keys, R.E.M., Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ty Dollar Sign. To say that it is huge, is an understatement. I met Hrishikesh when I was a guest on his other GIANT podcast that he co-created and co-hosted with my former cast mate from The West Wing and Scandal, Josh Malina – that podcast is The West Wing Weekly, yet another zeitgeist podcast. Originally, though, Hrishikesh moved to L.A. to record music and score films, so... as wildly successful as he is now, for a long time he still identified himself as a struggling, or failed, musician. His humility, combined with laser focus and attention to detail is perhaps what inspired me the most.
Note: This is the second part, if you would like to listen to the first part of the interview, you can find it here