MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Award-winning podcast production company PumaPodcast launched three podcasts today as part of Spotify’s new “Music+Talk” program. “Music+Talk” is an innovative listening experience that brings together music and spoken word content in an easy and elegant package—exclusively on Spotify and Anchor.
In “Chino and Carl’s Guitar Picks”, The Itchyworms’ lead guitarist Chino Singson and his guitar student (and CEO of PumaPodcast) Carl Javier pick their favorite tracks to play, be inspired by, and rock out to.
On “Playlist ng Buhay Ko” hosted by multi-award journalist Roby Alampay, celebrities and newsmakers tell the story of their lives, and recall the songs that served as the soundtrack of various points in their lives. Its first episode features Ryan Cayabyab, National Artist of the Philippines for Music, as he shares his remarkable journey and lifelong passion for music.
“Musikalikot”, one of PumaPodcast’s most popular shows, is joining the program with “Musikalikot: Extended Play”. In its first episode “Bakit mahilig bumirit ang mga Pinoy?” listeners will join Pinoy music lover Maisie Joven and experts like UP College of Music dean and UP Center for Ethnomusicology director Verne Dela Peña.
In each of these podcasts, listeners can listen to the songs being discussed: whether it’s the guitar jams picked by Chino Singson and Carl Javier, the songs closest to Ryan Cayabyab’s heart, or examples of birit anthems that you can try and sing along to at home.
Spotify users with a free account will be able to listen to 30 second segments of the featured song before resuming the spoken word portion, while Spotify Premium users will be able to listen to featured songs in full.
“We are excited to be able to create these new podcasts in the Music and Talk format. We think it’s a game-changer in terms of how we will all be able to listen and enjoy audio,” says PumaPodcast CEO Carl Javier.
He adds, “One of the most challenging things about making podcasts about music, is, frustratingly, having access to the songs that you want to talk about. Spotify created a beautiful solution, and we believe that this is going to lead to a lot of great conversation and a lot of music appreciation and discovery, not just from PumaPodcast’s shows, but all across the Philippine podcasting landscape.”