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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.






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 album...


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...


34: Bright Light Bright Light on Cult Movies With Strong Female Leads

Rod Thomas grew up in Neath where he passed the time learning how to play as many different instruments as he could. Moving to London he started busking at Liverpool Street tube station and playing solo shows under his own name with an acoustic guitar and keyboard. In 2009 he flew to LA to work with the producer Boom Bip where he found his 90s disco pop sound, releasing his Love Part II EP the next year under the name Bright Light Bright Light and gone were the days of being mistaken for...


33: Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson on Paganism

Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson’s a career as a professional musician dates back to the early ’70s. He’s worked with the likes of Björk, Current 93 and Psychic TV. As a composer he’s worked on more than twenty-five films, including the award-winning score for the Oscar-nominated Children of Nature. He’s a longtime collaborator and friend of Sigur Rós and this year he designed a rune for their inaugural arts festival Norður og Niður which takes place on the shortest, darkest days of Iceland's Winter...


32: Rae Morris on Christmas

Singer and songwriter Rae Morris signed a record at just 17 after years of gigging around the North with her mum and dad as tour managers. She released her first album Unguarded in 2015 and has lent her vocals to to the likes of Clean Bandit, Bombay Bicycle Club, Kaytranada and Rejjie Snow. Her new record is due out next year and is a working collaboration with producer Ben Garratt aka Fryars - who is also Rae’s boyfriend after the two fell in love working together. In a special Christmas...


31: Naughty Boy on Home Cooking

Under the name of Naughty Boy, producer Shahid Khan has been behind some of the most successful pop music of the last few years. As a seventeen year old growing up in Watford, Shahid was turned onto the possibilities of music after hearing Timbaland and Aaliyah’s ‘Try Again’ but he only began making music 11 years ago. His career was kickstarted by a grant from the Princes Trust and an appearance on Deal or No Deal which netted him the forty grand he used to fund a collaboration with...


30: Annie Hart on managing your band's finances

Annie Hart made her name as one third of Au Revoir Simone, a band she initially formed almost fifteen years ago after befriending Erika Forster on a trainride from New York to Vermont. Along with Heather D'Angelo, Au Revoir Simone have released four records and despite their last coming out almost half a decade ago, the trio’s star remains on the ascent, with several appearances on the third season of Twin Peaks earlier this year. The Long Island-born Annie released Impossible...


29: Natti from Fickle Friends on Yuval Harari’s Sapiens

Natti Shiner is the principle singer, songwriter and synth player in Fickle Friends, the hardest working indie-pop band in the UK right now. Natti was born in the mountains of Switzerland, but raised in Devon and the New Forest by her bohemian Madonna and ABBA-loving mother who’d drag her to WOMAD every summer.A teenage obsession with Avril Lavigne set Natti on the path to music and she stared drumming in her first band when she was 11. She thought she’d end up becoming a doctor, but...


28: Torres on ASMR

Torres - aka 26-year-old musician Mackenzie Scott - talks about her experiences of ASMR and its triggers. Three Futures, Torres' third album, was released last month and grew out of the idea that music could be enjoyed and experienced by all five senses. One of its dominant themes is a celebration of the body as a mechanism of joy and so it's no surprise that she chose Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) as her subject for our latest podcast exploring celebrity obsessions and...


27: Ólafur Arnalds on Collaboration

Ólafur Arnalds is one of Iceland’s top composers and probably best known in the UK for his BAFTA-award winning score to the television show Broadchurch. Only just in his thirties, Ólafur has carved our a career that’s seen him work with the likes of Nils Fraham, as well as moonlight as one half of techno outfit Kiasmos – along with his friend Janus from electro-pop outfit Bloodgroup. Last year he released the album Island Songs which saw him connect with local musicians across his home...


26: The Killers' Ronnie Vannucci Jr. on Animals

Before he joined The Killers in 2002, Ronnie Vanucci Jr was a well known drummer on the Las Vegas scene had played in in everything from a ska-punk to a covers band called Free Food, who played at prisons and homeless shelters.He beginning drumming at the age of seven and nineteen years later was studying classical percussion at the University of Nevada when he met Brandon Flowers. The band would play in Ronnie’s garage and at night he would sneak them into his University building to...


25: Murr from Impractical Jokers on Conspiracy Theories

James Murray - aka Murr - is a member of comedy collective The Tenderloins who found fame on hit Comedy Central show Impractical Jokers. One of four friends who met 27 years ago in a High School religious education class, Murr was working for the Staten Island Ferry when the group reconnected 9 years later and began practicing improv comedy. Impractical Jokers sees the cast challenge each other to do the most ridiculous public pranks with everything captured on hidden cameras. Over the...


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