HOW TO NARRATE PODCASTS Danny Robins PT8 PODCAST PRODUCER TIPS with Neil Mossey 015

HOW TO NARRATE PODCASTS Danny Robins PT8 PODCAST PRODUCER TIPS with Neil Mossey 015


The biggest thing I think I love about “Haunted”
and “Folsom Untold” is your style of narration I don’t know how to say this without it sounding
odd but you really embody your scripts. You really… I don’t know the verb… you act out… you
emote. You you you sound like you are into what you’re
saying. Do you have any tips for how you do that? Do you take many takes when you’re recording
your– Yeah I did. I did quite a lot of takes and I even sometimes
end up finding myself re-recording stuff sometimes. Even when the voice-over has gone into the
Edit, I decide it doesn’t sound quite right and I go back and re-record stuff, which again
takes you into time-consuming and kind of therefore you know costly kind of measures. And I think listening to yourself is hugely
hugely important you know. That listening back to stuff and thinking
about how it sounds and yeah it’s just it’s hard to judge isn’t it. Like because I do think like you’ve got a
leap out and grab the listener but at the same time it’s a very low-key intimate relationship
with podcasts, no? So you don’t wanna be doing too much you don’t
want to be too bombastic. And this isn’t commercial radio where it’s
like Smashey and Nicey and it’s like you know you know kind of big big big big big kind
of thing but that you know At the same time I listen to some podcasts
I sort of feel like I’m sort of being droned on to by very monotone hosts you know and
there’s a lot of American podcasts where it’s a very sort of you know kind of you know middle
class kind of a very clever American voice that kind of sometimes they feel like they
all blend into one and you can get this kind of podcast style you know there’s a kind of
house style of you know You know Sarah Koenig did it brilliantly on
Serial, but then there are many people who are imitators who now have this kind of house
style of “this is how we talk on a podcast” And so it starts to become very very formulaic
you . So I think all you can ever hope for in a
podcast is that you kind of get across your character and that people like that character
that connect with because you know they’re only gonna listen to you… I mean any any story is any ever as good as
the people telling it and the people taking part in it and I always like you know you
need interesting interviewees new interesting people to talk to but you yourself have to
be somebody that people want to listen to. So then you just try your best at that. And I don’t think I always get it right, and
I listen to some of the episodes I’ve done and I think that you know there are moments
where I’ve got a bit too big sort of ramping it up too much you know like sort of I think
sometimes you can let the story breathe a little bit more you know so it’s a learning
process and you sort of you hope that you’re growing with the podcast as you go along. And when you listen back to your takes, are
you, do you find yourself being quite decisive in choosing a single take or will you send–
I normally choose it there and then in the studio – normally sort of say “that instinctively
feels to me…” I don’t listen back to a lot of them normally. I sort of say that that feels like the best
take whilst I’m there you know. You just feel it when you’re in the moment
and then and then if it’s not if it feels like it’s not there you can check other takes
later on but um yeah so normally when I’m recording the voice-over the person who I’m
recording it with it’s kind of labeling the takes, and saying “that’s the best one” there
and then. And then sometimes you go back and you find
another take was actually better at you know you realize that pulling back off it and giving
it less was important. How can we find your work? You can find my work at the moment in a few
different ways. You can look for HAUNTED on iTunes or on whatever
your podcast provider is. You know look for HAUNTED and find haunted
and then listen to the first series of that. There’s ten episodes of that which is “real
people’s ghost stories”. FOLSOM UNTOLD – my podcast about Johnny Cash’s
Folsom Prison concert is on Audible. So for that you’ve got to sign up and you
get a free months membership and then I can’t remember, I think it’s 7.99 per month after
that. But that’s a subscription thing. And if you go on BBC Sounds app then you can
hear the Cold Swedish Winter at the moment and for a few more weeks, but then that does
come down off the I-Player but um but the cold Swedish winter is being released for
download next year early next year so at that point you will be able to buy it and it’ll
be out there like an audiobook eventually yeah. And how can we find you online? I’m on Twitter and Facebook I’m Danny underscore
Robins on Twitter and I’m very accessible on Facebook I’m probably shouldn’t be but
I’ve pretty much befriend anyone so just come and talk to my Facebook. And my website is DannyRobins.com – Robins
with one B, and you can email me through that: [email protected] and and people do and
it’s nice you know that had lots of really lovely conversations and chats with listeners
recently and and people sending me their ghost stories. So we’ll put those in the description. Yeah, send me your ghost stories! Get in touch with Danny. Danny, thank you so much for that chat, that
was brilliant. That’s Danny Robins and this is the Podcast
Producers Podcast with me Neil Mossey. It’s a place where podcast producers share
their tips and experiences so that everyone can start the podcast and keep going. There’s details of how to subscribe in the
description – thanks so much for getting to this point in the podcast and thanks again
to Danny the links to him and his podcasts are in the description. And if you’ve got this far into the podcast
it’s really good to have you here. Why not give me a thumbs up, or a comment,
or tweet me. It’d be lovely to hear from you. And there’s also details in the description
for where you can find the next episode. Can you please help my daddy get 1000 subscribers
just click on his face thanks bye! [Music]

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