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For the Record is a conversation series where we speak with all manner of music heads — DJs, music journos, indie label captains, record shop owners, listening bar kingpins, et al — about their stories + the music that makes them.

Karlyn King

Karlyn is an expert in the field of music academia, podcasting, and global presentations, having built up a rich portfolio as a published author, lecturer, and researcher with engagements spanning the UK and the USA. As a sought-after panelist and presenter at conferences worldwide, Karlyn is particularly known for her contributions to discussions surrounding the significance of vinyl in contemporary music culture.
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Karlyn's lockdown project, "The Songs Are Spells Podcast," is a platform where she produces and hosts insightful discussions with prominent figures from the music industry. This podcast has garnered acclaim, earning praise from Sony Music as the "magical rendition of Song Exploder."

As an academic, she is on the verge of completing her doctoral studies at the University of Birmingham, delving into the enduring allure of vinyl within the context of popular culture and fan engagement. Notably, her research has already yielded a published chapter in Routledge Music's Handbook of Women's Work in Music.

Music Mentions

Work today & power of music (8:34):

Resurgence of vinyl (18:59):


Discovering music today (26:46):

First album ever purchased (30:50):

Most recent album purchased (32:05):

Artists discovered in the past year(34:40):

Desert island discs (37:00):

Recommendations for future guests (42:07):