Listen to Hayley Williams’ new emo podcast

The first episode of the BBC Sounds podcast is out now.


Hayley Williams has launched a new podcast. Everything is Emo celebrates the best of the genre as Hayley plays beloved tracks, old and new.

The premise is that all music is somehow emotional, and as a result, Hayley’s picks aren’t always limited to those that would be traditionally classed as emo songs.


The first episode saw the Paramore frontwoman share tracks from old-school emo acts Jimmy Eat World and Panic at the Disco! and British indie newbies, Wet Leg.

Of the project, Hayley said:

Not long ago, people started calling me a “veteran” of my scene and of the music industry. It sounds so funny to me because most of the time I still feel like a fan. The serious truth is I have, in fact, grown up in this scene for the last two decades. I guess that’s a pretty long time. I’m really excited to have the opportunity to publicly nerd out about bands and songs that make my favourite subgenre feel like home to me. And while it will be fun to take some trips down memory lane, I’m just as excited, if not more, to play music from new artists I’m discovering all the time.

Everything Is Emo is meant to feel like a conversation with other fans of the genre, young and (ahem) old. There’s going to be plenty of interaction, which I hope will feel somewhat reminiscent of the message boards and forums I used to frequent as a teenage scene kid.

More than anything, I hope music fans and artists alike will be psyched to hear a highly considered spectrum of “EMO” in all its forms. And yeah, of course you’ll hear some Paramore.”

Paramore are currently in the studio recording their first album since 2017’s acclaimed ‘After Laughter’. Could we hear new music debuted on the podcast? Watch this space.

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