Undercovers

Vibe Machine Media

A podcast where we discuss amazing album artwork with the artists behind them. A fascinating look at how the concepts came together, the interactions with the artists the covers were created for, inspirations, what album covers they wish they'd created and what acts they'd like to create artwork for!

All Episodes

The final part in our discussion with Invisible Creature designers Ryan and Don Clark discussing their album art for Alice In Chains, Wolfmother, IAMX, Kendrick Lamar and more.

Aug 2020

31 min 46 sec

Part 2 of our discussion with Invisible Creature directors Don and Ryan Clark focuses on designs for Foo Fighters, Chris Cornell, The Living End, Dead Poetic and many more .

Aug 2020

39 min 48 sec

Invisible Creature is the design studio of Ryan and Don Clark, creators f iconic album art from The Foo Fighters to Brand New, Alice In Chains to Stone Sour and more. Tune into episode 1 to hear about their beginnings and growth as designers and musicians.

Aug 2020

30 min 33 sec

Dan Mumford is an iconic illustrator and album designer out of the UK. Acclaimed globally with exhibitions in the US, work with Star Wars as well as punk and hardcore artists such as Parkway Drive, A Day To Remember, Protest The Hero and more.

Jul 2020

31 min 21 sec

Dan Mumford is an iconic illustrator and album designer out of the UK. Acclaimed globally with exhibitions in the US, work with Star Wars as well as punk and hardcore artists such as Parkway Drive, A Day To Remember, Protest The Hero and more. This is part 2 where we delve into Dan's work with Star Wars/ Disney, Metal Hammer magazine, The Devil Wears Prada and more!

Jul 2020

29 min 41 sec

Part 2 of our discussion with legendary designer Gail Marowiitz. On this episode we discover Gail's guidance and work with Panic! At The Disco, Evanescence, Patti Smith, Ted Leo, Jonathan Coulton and many more.

Jul 2020

1 hr 5 min

Gail Marowitz is a Grammy Award winning designer incredible albums by Aimee Mann, Rollins Band, Panic! At The Disco and more. In this first episode we uncover Henry Rollins, Aimee Man, The Baby Animals and Jeff Buckley.

Jun 2020

47 min 36 sec

Part 2 of our chat with Frank Gargiulo - iconic designer behind Bad Religion, Fall Out Boy, Fountains of Wayne and more.

Jun 2020

38 min

Frank is The Art Dictator and the name is fitting, and he has developed artwork for some incredible records. In this, the first of 2 parts Frank discusses his introduction to the music art world and his work with Red Hot + Blue, Pete Townshend from The Who, Clutch, CIV, Rival Schools and more.

Jun 2020

47 min

We conclude our discussion with Tommy Steele by running through more of his iconic designs from Beach Boys to Foo Fighters and beyond

Jun 2020

42 min 21 sec

An iconic of album design, Tommy Steele has created some of the most well known album art ever. We discuss his career and his many highlights including Crowded House, Tom Petty, Neil Young, John Lennon and more in part 1

Jun 2020

44 min 44 sec

Our final episode with Masaki Koike discusses his involvement in The Cars Greatest Hits, Woodstock 50th Anniversary package and more. Across our 3 episode arc you'll hear about artists as diverse as De La Soul, Joni Mitchell, Keith Sweat, Cream and The Grateful Dead.

Jun 2020

23 min 37 sec

Masaki Koike delves into enormous releases for The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Grateful Dead and his Grammy win for What It Is! Funky Soul & Rare Grooves This is Part 2 / 3 for our discussion.

May 2020

32 min 3 sec

Masaki Koike is the Grammy Award winning designer behind many of the best box set designs on the planet. In this first part of our chat we talk Keith Sweat to De La Soul, Cream to Joni Mitchell, Sinatra to Joni Mitchell and more.

May 2020

36 min 58 sec

We finish our discussion with Callum Preston discussing album designs for Alex Lahey and Luca Brasi

May 2020

30 min 5 sec

Part 2 of our chat with Callum Preston and it's all about Parkway Drive and some incredible designs Callum has done for the group. Part 1 saw us find out all about Callum, discuss his work with Deez Nuts, 50 Lions and much more.

May 2020

29 min

Callum Preston is a Melbourne, Australia based artist who has created art for the likes of Parkway Drive, Deez Nuts, Violent Soho and more. This is part 1 where we discuss Callum's origins, his time as drummer for the band Her Nightmare and then as an artist and album designer.

May 2020

31 min 10 sec

Jason Link is the creative director for Epitaph Records. In this 3rd and final episode of our chat Jason runs through the biggest bands on the label and his work with them on both new albums and re-issues of legendary albums put out over the label's fabled history. The Offspring 'Smash', Rancid "Life Won't Wait' and The Descendents newest albums are dissected along with Hot Water Music, Bad Religion and many others.

May 2020

48 min 57 sec

Jason Link has helmed the visual side of things for two of the biggest alternative labels on the planet - Epitaph and Victory Records. This is episode 2 where we delve into both labels and Jason's switch from to Los Angeles and working alongside some of the biggest punk and hardcore bands of all time. Iconic albums from Atreyu, Falling In Reverse and A Day To Remember are analysed and explained in detail.

Apr 2020

36 min 22 sec

Jason Link has a very punk rock start to his album design career, which is pretty fitting as he is the creative director for Epitaph Records. Over these 3 episodes we run through acts such as Bayside, Otep, Hawthorne Heights, The Offspring, Descendents, Rancid, Hot Water Music and so many more. This first episode focuses on Jason's history and his work with Victory acts Bayside, Silverstein and Spitalfield.

Apr 2020

38 min 13 sec

Shifting from Def Jam to Warner Brothers and then into freelance work has seen Tavon become one of the most in demand designers in the rap and hip-hop worlds. We discuss Fabolous, Rick Ross, Kevin Ross, Jason Derulo but also Tavon's work in other genres with Avenged Sevenfold and Gary Clark Jnr. 

Apr 2020

35 min 43 sec

Tavon Sampson's album designs are creations of incredible detail and beauty. We hear about Tavon's introduction to Def Jam records and works for Kevin Gates, Nas and Young Jeezy in episode 1..  Tavon's work ethic is like nothing else I have encountered and his eye for perfection with tight timelines makes this a fascinating episode of Undercovers. 

Apr 2020

38 min 14 sec

Alex and Josh discuss some of the more recent designs Alex has created including Bon Jovi, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Armani White.

Apr 2020

1 hr 6 min

Part 2 of our chat with Alex Haldi has just talking about working on Rhianna albums as she rose to the top of the music world, Wu-Massacre, the legendary relationship Alex has with J Cole and Nas. 

Apr 2020

45 min 1 sec

We delve into the creative mind of Alex Haldi and discuss his origins, working at Def Jam and working on albums by J Cole, Rhianna, Bon Jovi, Nas, Wu-Massacre and many more.  This first episode is all about Alex's journey to Def Jam, working on Freeway and then the final LL Cool J album on Def Jam. 

Apr 2020

43 min 55 sec

We conclude our chat with Julian Alexander, Grammy Award winning album designer whose credits include: Miles Davis, Wyclef Jean, The Game, Eminem, Lauren Hill, NWA, 50 Cent and many more.

Feb 2020

16 min 28 sec

We continue our chat with Grammy Award winner Julian Alexander, art director and creative artist for acts such as Eminem, Miles Davis, The Wu-Tang Clan, J.Lo and many more, all covered in this episode of Undercovers.

Feb 2020

35 min 3 sec

Having worked with the likes of 50 Cent, Eminem, Nas, Aaliyah, JLo, The Game and more, Julian Alexander has created a body of work that is the envy of most designers. Winning a Grammy Award for his Miles Davis packaging is just one aspect of this highly talented artist.

Feb 2020

31 min 17 sec

We end our chat with Lawrence Azerrad with iconic albums from The Beach Boys, Silversun Pickups & Foo Fighters as well as working with John Frusciante on his solo album and more.  Our chat with Lawrence has spanned Wilco, Voyager 40th Anniversary Album, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Elvis Costello and much more. Please check out all of his episodes and all the Undercovers episodes you can! 

Jan 2020

26 min 50 sec

In this second part of our discussion with Lawrence Azerrad, we dissect his album art for Wilco albums, his earliest project with Elvis Costello and the iconic Red Hot Chili Peppers album ' Californication'.

Jan 2020

40 min 2 sec

Lawrence Azerrad is a Grammy Award winning designer with an incredible portfolio.This first episode we touch on Lawrence's journey in art, working his way up to Warner Brothers Records and then onto his work with the Voyager 40th Anniversary album packaging, his Concorde book and more.  Episodes 2 and 3 we delve into his work with Elvis Costello, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Silversun Pickups, Wilco and more. 

Jan 2020

30 min 22 sec

How'd Matt end up inspiring Banksy? It's via Paris Hilton of all people! Find out in part 3 of our chat with Matt Taylor on Undercovers.  Also hear about the brilliant art designs for My Chemical Romance and Guns N Roses Appetite For Destruction box set!

Jan 2020

19 min 3 sec

This is part 2 of 3 with Matt Taylor of Varnish Studio - iconic album designer. This episode discusses Stadium Arcadium by The Red Hot Chili Peppers, HIM and Disturbed album artwork. 

Jan 2020

35 min 15 sec

Matt Taylor (often known as Matt Varnish) is a 6-time Grammy nominated/winning album designer. This first episode of our discussion Matt explains the process behind Blink-182 singles, Mint Royale, Common and The Roots albums. Parts 2 and 3 we tackle Disturbed, HIM, My Chemical Romance, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more.

Jan 2020

36 min 8 sec

Stephanie Hsu continues discussing her varied career as a creative director working alongside Aloe Blacc, Selena Gomez, The Struts, TV On The Radio, Imagine Dragons and more.

Dec 2019

39 min

Creative Director Stephanie Hsu explains what it's like coordinating all the aspects of album design from securing the photographer, working with the designers, make-up. stylists and all the many aspects in getting an idea on paper into usable and consumable art.  Stephanie has worked with Kendrick Lamar, No Doubt, Blink-182, The Struts. TV On The Radio and many more. 

Dec 2019

25 min 10 sec

Todd Russell's series concludes with our discussion around his iconic artwork for Neon Trees, Kanye West, Fall Out Boy and more.  Todd is also responsible for art direction and design with Justin Bieber, The Roots, Rise Against and more.

Dec 2019

51 min 9 sec

Todd Russell's series continues as we discuss his involvement with the development of Justin Bieber's album look and feel and his work on iconic The Roots albums. Todd has worked alongside the biggest and best in the music business - Fall Out Boy, Kanye West, The Dream and more.

Dec 2019

33 min 35 sec

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 Universal, 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. 

Dec 2019

30 min 8 sec

Part 3/3 with Grammy Award nominated designer Todd Gallopo discussing Chickenfoot to Styx along with Herb Alpert, Joe Satriani, Guns N Roses, Prince and more

Nov 2019

34 min 53 sec

Part 2/3 of our chat with Todd Gallopo sees Todd run through the process of creating artwork for Sublime, Tommy Lee/Methods of Mayhem, The New Radicals and Semisonic. Make sure you check out part 1 of our discussion, running through albums from Live to Suicide Machines.

Nov 2019

39 min 51 sec

Todd Gallopo discusses Live's Throwing Copper, Secret Samadhi and Suicide Machines album designs.  Parts 2 and 3 of our chat with Todd discuss Sublime, Joe Satriani, Chickenfoot, The New Radicals, Tommy Lee and much more.

Nov 2019

38 min 49 sec

This final episode focussing on the brilliant P.R Brown and his album design work looks at Slipknot, Stone Sour, Slash, Audioslave, Danzig and we discuss what it was like working with Prince as a video director. 

Nov 2019

27 min 2 sec

This second part (of 3) featuring P.R Brown focuses on a significant amount of album designs from The Foo Fighters to Otep, Finch to The Julianna Theory, Papa Roach to Glassjaw and more.

Nov 2019

31 min 10 sec

PR Brown is one of the most acclaimed album designers and video clip directors on the planet. This first episode of his Undercovers series tackles Marilyn Manson, Motley Crue and The Bloodhound Gang.  It also features easily one of the greatest rock'n'roll stories connection Manson and Motley Crue. 

Nov 2019

38 min 24 sec

Joe Perez discusses many of the most interesting and recognised album designs for the decade for Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Janelle Monae, Big Sean and The Griswolds. We deep dive into these designs - as we did with his work alongside Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Pusha T in the first episode. 

Nov 2019

40 min 21 sec

Joe Perez has created a slew of iconic album designs for Kanye West (Life of Pablo, Yeezus), Pusha T, Lil Wayne, Beyonce, Big Sean, Janelle Monae and Nicki Minaj.  Find out in this episode about his origins, working on Kanye, Pusha T and Lil Wayne masterpieces,

Nov 2019

32 min 59 sec

Jeri Heiden's discussion closes out with amazing stories about Tom Petty, P!NK, Janet Jackson, Mudcrutch and more. SmogDesign is Jeri's company and I suggest you check them out to see all the amazing designs they do for the music industry and more.

Oct 2019

32 min 28 sec

In this second episode of Jeri Heiden's Undercovers Podcast we chat about Australian art featured on Fleetwood Mac album covers, KD Lang's superstar turn, Suzanne Vega's enormous career and how the ZZ Top greatest hits cover was created. We also hear about The Replacements and so much more

Oct 2019

29 min 5 sec

Jeri Heiden is a legend in the music industry. Madonna's 'Like A Prayer', Dio's 'Holy Diver', Paul Simon's 'Graceland' and more is covered in this first of 3 episodes running across her enormous catalogue

Oct 2019

34 min 59 sec