DJ Khaled and Mark Conklin talk during a museum event that will be featured on the new podcast “Musically Speaking.” (Courtesy Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center)
New songwriting video series and a podcast to make their debuts
Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center, the music museum that’s part of the downtown Newark, N.J., arena, has launched an online “learning and content hub” to house some of its standing features as well a couple of new ones that will make their debuts in the coming days.
Though the museum itself has been quieted by the COVID-19 outbreak, the new features, a 45-minute weekly video series called “Behind the Songs” and a weekly podcast, “Musically Speaking,” will supply conversation and music that can be accessed at the museum’s website, GrammyMuseumExp.org.
The first episode of “Behind the Songs,” a conversation between Mark Conklin, the museum’s director of artist relations and programming, and artists, songwriters and producers about their most popular tunes, will drop at 7 p.m. Thursday on the site. G. Love, whose music spans alternative, hip-hop, jazz and blues, will be Conklin’s first guest on the show.
Country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark and Latin Grammy winner Erika Ender are on deck for future episodes.
Rolling out for the first time at 7 p.m. Monday on the site will be “Musically Speaking,” a podcast that revisits recordings from public events at the museum and its online programs. The premiere will feature a sit-down with Rock & Roll Hall of Famers the Zombies, and subsequent shows will include Grammy winners DJ Khaled and Naughty by Nature.
The new features join others that have been in rotation on the website, including “Mini Masterclass,” in which Conklin does 10-minute interviews with guests who provide tips and insights for musicians. Guests have included Mario Winans, Estelle, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run DMC and Matthew Ramsey of Old Dominion.
For those missing a trip to the museum or the original West Coast location in Los Angeles, virtual displays of exhibits such as “Whitney!” the celebration of Whitney Houston’s career that visited the Prudential Center outpost, will be available to view.
Conklin said music’s ability to connect people is needed now, as the coronavirus continues to keep many apart, as well as away from museums and concerts.
He said creative forces like record producers and hit songwriters make up part of the recipe for the new video series, as well as performers who can do it all.
“There’s an old saying that goes, ‘It all starts with a song,” Conklin said in an email. “For our ‘Behind the Songs’ video series we wanted to celebrate the creative process of songwriting and record making so we reached out to artists who are equally known for their songwriting prowess as they are for their vocal or performing abilities.”