“I’ve been a lead singer my entire career and now I’m a podcast host. Makes complete sense, right? So, here we are, I’m Shirley Manson, and this is The Jump,” quips the Garbage crooner on the trailer for her new podcast, The Jump.
Ranging from 15-24 minutes a piece, each episode is designed to be a snapshot of that one song that changed everything for an artist, simultaneously delivering the essentials in a digestible time frame. Manson heads as host in a comfortable manner to uncover the inner workings of cultivation for each artist’s stand-out track as they walk down memory lane.
Acting as an original series from Mailchimp Presents and produced in partnership with Little Everywhere, executive produced by Dan Gallucci (Modest Mouse), Jane Marie (This American Life), and Hrishikesh Hirway (who also composes The Jump’s original music), the podcast is already seven episodes in and boasts of an array of talented guests with Manson navigating each moment.
Manson is able to speak from a musician’s perspective and at times a genuine fan, heard on episodes with Perfume Genius, Dave 1 of Chromeo, and Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which makes each conversation flow naturally.
Thematically discussing genuine stories, identity, and the trickling effect on this moment that changed their entire lives, Manson’s meaningful questions, alongside each guest’s story, leaves a surreal and refreshing take for all aspiring artists and dreamers alike.
Risking everything and taking a leap of faith echoes from the episode with Esperanza Spalding, along with the dismissal of referring to herself as a “prodigy” and how she defines “accomplished.” Then there’s the unapologetic Courtney Love who questions if she has anything else left to say. Speaking on the success of “Boys on the Radio” and the path made for women by Love, both artists equally share the rare sentiments from just being “women in music” to simply musicians.
The third episode this season with Big Boi speaking on his track “Git Up, Git Out,” immediately stood out and is an insightful chat which highlighted the wisdom of the rapper, evident on many tracks. Nuggets of lines from Big Boi carried on very well past the mere 20 minutes. A favorite, in response to Manson’s question of the length of time to rehearse due to the amount of words, came to a pleasant mic drop moment from Big Boi’s response: “If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.”
Season one of The Jump is an addicting and thought provoking series that captures the best of from the most influential artists, and in the same vein, hosted by one of the greatest.
The Jump is available wherever you get your podcasts.