On this episode of The Spark Parade, Grammy- and Golden Globe-nominated songwriter, producer, and activist Justin Tranter talks about feeling completely entranced the first time they heard Ani DiFranco’s song “Swan Dive.” Listen to the full conversation above, and don’t forget to like, review, and subscribe to The Spark Parade wherever you get your podcasts.
Tranter — nominated for Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical at the 2024 Grammys for their work with Miley Cyrus, Reneé Rapp, anad Måneskin — instantly fell in love with “Swan Dive” and its poetic message of self-empowerment. Ever since, it’s continued to shape their taste and songwriting process.
“I remember vividly hearing that song for the first time,” the former Semi Precious Weapons singer says. “I directed this variety show that was an AIDS benefit in 1997, and Ani’s album Dilate was given to me as a gift… they were like, ‘We think you’d love this,’ and they were right.”
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Host Adam Unze (The Opus) explores creativity in all its forms on The Spark Parade by asking musicians, artists, comedians, and other creators to share the single cultural work that has most inspired them. Whether it comes from the world of music, film, comedy, visual art, or literature, we all have something that sparks our own creative desires. On The Spark Parade, guests reveal the single piece of art that ignites within them to fire of creation.