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Talk the Line is a conversation podcast from The Line of Best Fit, the UK's biggest independent website for new music discovery. Our host Jen Long meets the people we love from music, film and television to find out about their passions and obsessions. Join us as we go deep into chat with some of the most interesting artists and celebrities around.

Talk the Line is a conversation podcast from The Line of Best Fit, the UK's biggest independent website for new music discovery. Our host Jen Long meets the people we love from music, film and television to find out about their passions and obsessions. Join us as we go deep into chat with some of the most interesting artists and celebrities around.
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Talk the Line is a conversation podcast from The Line of Best Fit, the UK's biggest independent website for new music discovery. Our host Jen Long meets the people we love from music, film and television to find out about their passions and obsessions. Join us as we go deep into chat with some of the most interesting artists and celebrities around.






54: Neko Case on warrior women

Neko Case was raised in working-class Washington State and spent her turbulent childhood shuffling between divorced parents before leaving home at 15. By 17 she was playing drums and at 23 she moved to Vancouver to study art, where she played in local punk bands and began to explore country music. She released her debut record The Virginian in 1997 and 9 more solo albums have followed with her latest Hell On out this month. It's co-produced by Björn Yttling from Peter, Bjorn and John and...


53: Harry from Peace on Yoga

26 year old Harry Koisser is the frontman of Peace, the band he formed as a teenager with his brother Sam and friends Doug and Dom. After being nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2013 poll, the band released their debut album In Love and followed it up two years later with their second, Happy People. The band's early success saw Harry embrace the lifestyle of a metropolitan rockstar but Peace relocated to a farmhouse in the middle of a forest miles away from civilisation to write their new...


52: Tove Styrke on Personality

Swedish pop star Tove Styrke was raised in the Swedish city of Umeå and grew up “banging on the piano and singing around the house all the time" until hearing the music of Björk at age ten changed her life. She began her career on Sweden's version of Pop Idol and her self-titled effort went platinum in Sweden and earned a nomination at the Swedish Grammy Awards - but it wasn't until 2015's follow-up Kiddothat Tove established her identity with the record hailed as a “feminist pop triumph”...


51: Max Richter on Haruki Murakami

Today's guest Max Richer was one of the first composers to combine classical and electronic elements with a post rock sensibility – something which was radical when he began his career at the start of the 21st century. The German-born British composer is one of the most influential voices in post-minimalist composition and has also made a name for himself as a prolific writer of music for film, television and stage. His work has been featured in films from the likes of Martin Scorsese and...


50: Andrew W.K. on Partying

California-born singer Andrew W.K.’s debut album I Get Wet is undeniably iconic – from the bloody-nosed portrait on the cover to the record’s breakout single “Party Hard” which launched a thousand games of beer pong. This year he released You’re Not Alone, his first new album in almost ten years. He says that the record is “an exaltation of my love for music itself…a plea [to myself] to recognize music’s eternal power and glory, in the face of hardship and pain.” Partying hard remains...


49: Alexis Taylor on Vuokko Nurmesniemi

Alexis Taylor is the co-founder of the legendary Hot Chip, a band he formed at school with his friend Joe Goddard. Hot Chip have achieved incredible success with Grammy and Mercury nominations as well as six incredible albums. Alexis has also released two albums with his side project About Group and another three as a solo artist; his fourth - Beautiful Thing - drops this month. It's the first time Alexis has made a solo album with a producer - none other than Tim Goldsworthy, the...


48: Jamz Supernova on Shonda Rhimes and the Shondaverse

South East London-born DJ and presenter Jamz Supernova began her career in the drivetime slot on Reprezent Radio where she made a name for herself serving up music from the next wave of artists and producers across grime, bass, house, hip-hop, trap and more. She's the founder of Future Bounce which she established as a show at Reprezent and now runs as a club night which celebrates the very best DJs and artists from across the global DIY scene. Since the age of 19 Jamz has been working...


47: Justin from The Vaccines on Running and Mental Health

This year sees the return of The Vaccines with their fourth album Combat Sports. Now with a five-strong line-up, the upbeat and contagious record finds them moving forward with a re-energised take on the indie rock and roll sound that made their name. The record's title was inspired after singer Justin Young and guitar Freddie Cowan came to blows on the last day of recording. We’ve never been shy of telling home truths to each other," says Justin. "We’re like brothers. And brothers...


46: Kate Nash on Buffy The Vampire Slayer

At the age of 21 singer/songwriter Kate Nash won a BRIT Award and over the last ten years has balanced a successful music and acting career. She's releasd four albums to date and her latest Yesterday Forever was inspired by her adolescent diaries and the realisation that the end of her twenties was just as intense as her teenage years. Kate is known for her activism and as well as performances at Pride and her support for Pussy Riot, she's a founding director of the Featured Artists...


45: Lissie on Beekeeping

Two years ago Rock Island, Illinois born-singer Lissie moved out of the orbit of the music industry machine and back to her native Midwest. Empowered by the success of her last record - which she released independently - she decided it was time for a life change and to do things more her own way. She broke free from an increasingly stultifying Californian existence and bought a massive farm in Northeastern Iowa. The experience ushered in a period of exploration in her music and the result...


44: Tracey Thorn on London Walking

Across four decades Tracey Thorn's songs and writing have offered up a clear-eyed woman’s view of the immediate world around her; from the acerbic teen love songs of her first early-eighties band Marine Girls, through sixteen years as one half of articulate multi-million-selling duo Everything But The Girl to her recent acclaimed memoirs and journalism. This year she released her first solo album of entirely original material for seven years, titled "Record". Tracey has described the...


43: Spector's Fred Macpherson on Pizza Express

Fred Macpherson was already a mainstay of the East London indie scene before forming Spector in 2011. Playing their first shows at Efes Snooker Club in East London, the hype around the group around Spector rose quickly resulting in them signing with Fiction Records, the home of The Cure and scoring a nomination for BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll. Dropping their debut record Enjoy It While It Lasts that same year, the band were hailed with critical acclaim for the LP’s irresistible songwriting...


42: The Staves on Fantasy Fiction

The Staves are Emily, Jessica and Camilla - three sisters who cut their teeth performing together at open-mic nights in Watford, their home city an hour North of London.The trio put out their first EP in 2010 and backed up Tom Jones on his comeback gospel record Praise and Blame that same year.The band are longtime friends of Justin Vernon from Bon Iver who produced their 2015 Album If I Was at his studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The eldest of the sisters is Emily and she's obsessed with...


41: Fischerspooner on Food and Memory

Fischerspooner began as a performance art piece in New York City at the end of the last century. They played their very first performance at a Manhattan Starbucks, which ultimately transformed into a spectacle that ushered in the electroclash scene. With the song "Emerge" they created one of the defining songs of that short-lived movement. This year they're back with SIre, their first new record in more than a decade. The highly personal album chronicles a tumultuous and emotionally...


40: JFDR on Matcha

Jófríður Ákadóttir is one of Iceland's most talented and productive young musicians, and at age of 24 she's a veteran of the Reykjavík music scene, with eight albums under her belt and acclaim from the likes of fellow Icelander Björk. Jófríður's been making music since she was 11 and her first band Pascal Pinon grew out of a fake radio station she invented with her twin sister Ásthildur during a hike with their mother. Three years later Pascal Pinon self-released their debut album and...


39: Káryyn on meditation

Káryyn is a multi-disciplinary artist, electronic musician, vocalist and producer who makes textured and emotional work inspired by the human condition.Her heritage is Syrian-Armenian-American but she was born in Alabama and raised in Indiana, dividing her early life between her American home and summers spent in Syria. These early memories of family and community in the city heavily inspired her debut single named after the Syrian city of Aleppo. She's lived in Berlin and New York since...


38: Kojey Radical on Mixed Martial Arts

London-based rapper and poet Kojey Radical has been acclaimed as 'the new voice of Britain' and is one of the artists redefining the boundaries of British rap. The son of Ghanaian immigrants, Kojey grew up in inner city East London and started writing stories at the age of 9. His first break came through performing spoken words in his school canteen as a teenager. Now aged 25, he's racked up collaborations with the likes of Ray BLK, Tomn Grennan, Wretch 32, Ghetts and Shola Ama. Last year...


37: Dream Wife on Storytelling

Punk trio Dream Wife came together while they were studying visual arts at Brighton University, with roommates Rakel and Bella roping in fellow student Alice to create a fake girl band for a course project. Of course the fake band proved to be something of real substance and soon Dream Wife were putting on some of the best live shows around and recording tracks like their signature anthem "Somebody", inspired by the SlutWalk, the grassroots protest march that calls for an end to rape...


36: Marika Hackman on Condiments

British singer/songwriter Marika Hackman's had an incredible 18 months - last year's album "I'm Not Your Man" ditched the pastoral folk sound of her debut and found her treading new ground, asserting her credentials as one of the UK's most fierce and interesting artiss. Right now she's in the middle of touring Europe with the mighty Alt-J but we caught up with her at last year's By The Sea Festival in Margate for our chat. It's a testament to Marika Hackman's sense of humour that when we...


35: Metronomy's Joe Mount on Architecture

Joe Mount is the mastermind behind Metronomy, one of the UK's most inventive, loved and successful bands. Joe formed Metronomy as a teenage bedroom project in his home town of Totnes, Devon and it took shape when he moved to Brighton to study music and visual art. Releasing the debut album Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe) in 2006, Metronomy became one of the more complex and considered characters of the burgeoning nu-rave scene. Relocating to London in 2008, Metronomy played a string of...


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