Rebel Hearts is a podcast hosted by Sam Mazza, a cutie-pie with a great sense of humor, taste in music, and absolute hair goals. Rebel Hearts centers around music; specifically women in music, the challenges they face as women in the industry (and as women in general). She goes into detail about the issues of sexism, bi-erasure, mental health, and sexual harassment. She also reviews music, includes guests, does the occasional interview, and features music from bands in every episode.
My stumbling across Rebel Hearts was completely accidental but obviously meant to happen. It started because I followed her on Twitter. I didn’t realize Sam hosted a podcast. I just thought, “Hey, this person is also in the Paramore fandom, so I should follow her.” It was cosmic alignment; as soon as I saw her post about her podcast, I was hooked. I’ve listened to every episode at least three times over, basking in the sense of camaraderie that comes from knowing that someone out there is equally passionate about women in the music industry as I am (Sam is just better at conveying how she feels than I am).
Episode 47, her interview with Aaron Weiss of mewithoutYou, is different from a lot of her episodes but really holds a special place in my heart. One of my favorite bands growing up has been mewithoutYou, and it was so special to hear him really break down what being in a band for so long is like, as well as the breakdown of the lyrics of “No Friend,” which he worked on in collaboration with Paramore. I was so excited for her, all through listening to the episode, for getting to meet and interview someone who is so important not only to thousands of fans, but also to a band that we are both huge fans of.
I also feel a huge emotional connection to episodes 45 and 46, where she and her friend Cait (a badass who is also hair-goals; I’ll link her YouTube channel below) talk about their experiences in Nashville during the weekend of Art + Friends, the show in which Paramore bid farewell to the After Laughter era. (Most of you know I was there too. I almost met Sam, almost, but I definitely will next time). It’s so amazing to hear these two best friends share these experiences with us; these are memories they will have forever, and they chose to share some of their Nashville stories with the rest of the world.
Rebel Hearts is a podcast that is really geared towards weeding out the problematic stuff that women in the music industry still face, even in 2018, but it’s also an amazing way to discover new music and hear album reviews. Sam makes every episode feel personal, and it’s always so exciting when I see a new episode has been released. Rebel Hearts has quickly become one of the podcasts that truly inspires me, calms me when I get worked up (because hello, anxiety, my old friend), and captures my attention from start to finish.
I cannot stress enough how absolutely fabulous this podcast is. Nor can I stress how absolutely ballin’ it is that Rebel Hearts has its own zine, which you can find in the online store where you can also buy apparel, pins, and other promotional materials. I will link that below, as well.
I love the dedication that Sam has to this podcast, and I love how well thought out every episode seems to be. Whether it’s a song by song review, a discussion on the heavier topics, an interview with a badass musician, or just obsessing over new music, Sam truly delivers quality content.
On iTunes, Rebel Hearts has a perfect five stars. You can follow Sam on Twitter to keep up with the podcast. The website has links to other social media, as well as Soundcloud and Spotify, but the show should be available wherever you listen to podcasts. The Rebel Hearts store has tons of really cheaply priced merchandise that is amazing quality. I do recommend ordering all of the zines, which come with a cute lil set of stickers and an episode guide. They’re just so beautiful, I cannot actually deal.
As mentioned, here is Cait’s YouTube channel. Sam and Cait are best friends, so I highly recommend supporting both, because they are both absolute sweethearts. I know we’re not a YouTube review blog, but I do want to quickly say that like Sam, Cait produces quality content and is highly entertaining. And she’s adorable. Win-win.
I think that may be all I have to say for the moment, but I really wanted to get this out there because I just adore Sam so much, and I want everyone to have the opportunity to get to know this amazing podcast.
And remember: On Wednesdays, we listen to Rebel Hearts.