Today (November 14) Deezer have confirmed the release of the second season of its original podcast Trailblazers. The series – which launched in April 2018 – honours famous artists, DJs and creators who inspired and transformed electronic music. Trailblazers’ first series hit the Top 2 in the Apple Podcast Music chart in the UK.
Both broadcaster Eddy Temple-Morris and dance music label exec and manager Nick Halkes are set to return as hosts. In the first episode Temple-Morris and Halkes speak to Paul Oakenfold to the show; other music guests confirmed to appear throughout the second series include David Rodigan, Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire), Paul Van Dyk and Tom Middleton.
Speaking about the launch, Chris Baughen, global VP of content & formats, Deezer, said: “We think it’s incredibly important to give electronic music the limelight it truly deserves, especially as our users demonstrated their passion by streaming dance & electronic tracks 14% more during the series. As the first season of Trailblazers was such a success, this season we are looking to get even more up close and personal with the greatest electronic pioneers of all time.”
Eddy Temple-Morris, said: “This is a genuine legacy project for future generations to hear and feel the stories behind the birth and propagation of electronic music around the world and I’m so happy to continue the journey with Nick via Deezer. Series one was so good I honestly didn’t think we could match it, but my gosh I think we’ve done the impossible and surpassed it. Certainly felt that way after David Rodigan and Tom Middleton shared their lives with us!”
Nick Halkes, added: “What a privilege it is to sit down, talk and listen to music with people who have brought joy to so many. There are yet more incredible stories in series two and it’s becoming more interesting by the show as recent guests cite the influence of previous guests.”
Deezer users will be able to access the first Trailblazers Season Two episode now, with future episodes released weekly on the Electronic channel here.
Last month, Deezer’s artist marketing senior manager, Marie Lallia, opened up about the DSP’s strategy for albums and helping to create career artists. Subscribers can read the interview here.