Undercovers Season 2

A podcast series dedicated to finding out the stories behind amazing and iconic album artwork. Join us as we talk to the incredible artists and designers who have given the visual aesthetic to some of the greatest music of all time.

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An introduction to Season 2 of Undercovers Podcast - more incredible artists and iconic album art dissected. Here is a brief overview of Season 1 and some of the artists and albums discussed in Season 2.

Season 2 Introduction


Brandon Rike is the genius behind the album designs and overall artistic direction for many of the biggest acts on the planet from Twenty-One Pilots to Beartooth, Weezer to The Smashing Pumpkins and Angels and Airwaves.

Brandon Rike (Twenty-One Pilots, Weezer, Angels and Airwaves)

Episode 1

Tim Stedman has created artwork for Blink-182 (Enema of the State, Dude Ranch), Live (Throwing Copper, Secret Samadhi), Roy Orbison, Lyle Lovett, New Found Glory and far too many to mention here. Take a listen!

Tim Stedman (Blink182, Live, Lyle Lovett, Ice-T)

Episode 2

Jeri Heiden is one of the greatest album designers ever! Her career has seen her work with Madonna, Dio, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, The Decemberists, The Replacements and so many more. Her multi-award winning agency SmogDesign she owns with her husband is regarded as one of the leading design houses in the world.

Jeri Heiden (Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, P!NK, Tom Petty)

Episode 3

Joe Perez, whether part of Donda creative or as a freelancer, has been instrumental in albums such as Kanye West's 'Life of Pablo' and 'Yeezus', Nicki Minaj's 'Queen' and 'The Pink Print' right through to the new Beyonce album T'he Gift'

Joe Perez (Kanye West, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj)

Episode 4

PR Brown is a master of all things visual. Album design, music video clip director to many of the biggest acts on the planet, his career is truly exceptional. Paul has worked with Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Stone Sour, Motley Crue, Papa Roach, Foo Fighters, Audioslave and more.

PR Brown (Marilyn Manson, Foo Fighters, Otep, Slipknot)

Episode 5

Todd Gallopo has a design career most would envy. Working with everyone from supergroup Chickenfoot to Prince, Tommy Lee, Live, Sublime and more

Todd Gallopo (Chickenfoot, Sublime, Prince, Live)

Episode 6

Todd Russell is responsible for many of the biggest pop, hip hop and rock album designs of the past decade or more. From starting out at Geffen to Island, Def Jam and Republic Records. Creating the design art for Justin Bieber to working alongside Kanye West and The Roots, Fall Out Boy, Incubus, Rise Against and more.

Todd Russell (Rise Against, Kanye West, Fall Out Boy, Justin Bieber)

Episode 7

Stephanie Hsu is a Creative Directror having worked with some of the biggest names in rock, pop and hip hop, assisting with bringing the visual aspect of an artist to the fore. A slightly different approach to our series which leads to fascinating stories

Stephanie Hsu (Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Selena Gomez)

Episode 8

Matt Taylor (often known as Matt Varnish) is a 6 time nominated and 1 time Grammy Award winning designer behind iconic albums from The Red Hot Chili Peppers, My Chemical Romance, HIM, Common, The Roots, Guns N Roses and many more. These are his stories

Matt Taylor (Red Hot Chili Peppers, My Chemical Romance, Common, HIM)

Episode 9

Lawrence Azerrad is a Grammy Award winning designer with an incredible portfolio. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wilco, Silversun Pickups, Elvis Costello and more are covered in this series

Lawrence Azerrad (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wilco, Silversun Pickups, Beach Boys)

Episode 10









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