The confessional folk tunes of Laura Marling often tackle life's heaviest questions. It's fitting, then, that the 27-year-old U.K. artist launched her own interview podcast in 2016. With guests ranging from Haim to Dolly Parton, Reversal of the Muse finds Marling hosting a free-flowing conversation about women's role in music. Ahead of the release of her new LP Semper Femina (out Mar. 10), the former podcasting novice offers some best practices.
Podcasts require a simple rig, which means staying flexible with locations. "We recorded in some not-very-ideal places," she says. "It's all about working on other people's schedules."
There's nothing worse, says Marling, than a podcast host who tells guests what to think. "I was quite conscious of not pushing my agenda. I was just trying to facilitate the conversations."
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An audio expert can help structure and chop an episode to a clean 20 minutes. Marling says you have to cut the fat: "The conversations were great, but they were rambling and a bit awkward."
Knowing what podcasts you enjoy helps shape your own: "I probably listen to more podcasts than music." Marling's favorite? This American Life. "I pinched a lot of their style."
This article originally appeared in the March 11 issue of Billboard.