Next month, superstar producer Steve Lillywhite will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his first hit record (Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Hong Kong Garden") from a studio in Texas, where he'll be producing the next effort from Universal's Blue October. Having worked with everyone from the Talking Heads, Dave Matthews Band, Morrissey, the Rolling Stones and U2, the Lillywhite production stamp now carries more weight than ever. Indeed, he recently launched his own NPR show, "The Lillywhite Sessions," which finds him behind the boards at New York's Avatar Studios for intimate performances from such acts as Fleet Foxes, She & Him and Goldfrapp.

The title was culled directly from the name fans gave Lillywhite's botched album with Dave Matthews Band in 2000, one of the most popular illegal downloads in recent memory. In between work on U2's November album and mulling a biography and a new production/publishing venture with as-yet-unnamed co-owners, Lillywhite chatted with Billboard about the latest phase of his career.

This radio show is a new role for you. Was it similar to when you tried your hand at A&R at Columbia?

I had never done anything like that. I enjoyed it, and I enjoyed having a paycheck. But then my boss got fired, and that's life. For some people, they don't have anything else in their music career. I wanted to try new things, other things, and now I have this.

What was the goal with "The Lillywhite Sessions?".

NPR is so wonderful in that…

Click here for the full interview, including the plans for his production company, his thoughts on new technologies like ProTool, his parting with Dave Matthews and more.