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Talk the Line

By The Line of Best Fit
In Talk the Line our favourite bands and celebs talk about their secret - and not so secret - fascinations, passions and obsessions with host Jen Long. The podcast is brought to you by The Line of Best Fit - the UK's biggest independent website for music discovery.
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Beverly Glenn-Copeland on singing the day
Beverly Glenn-Copeland talks to Jen Long about how singing the day helps him through the pandemic. The reissue of Glenn-Copeland's 1986 masterpiece, Keyboard Fantasies is out now via Transgressive, marking the 35th anniversary of its original release and features restored original artwork and liner notes by Robyn.
April 30, 2021
Dodie on knitting
Dodie talks to Jen Long about how knitting helped her through the lockdowns. Her debut album Build A Problem is released on 7 May 2021.
April 23, 2021
Royal Blood's Mike Kerr on finding a path to wellbeing during lockdown
Two years sober, Royal Blood vocalist talks to Jen Long about a cleaner way of living during the pandemic. The band's new album Typhoons is released on 30 April 20201.
April 16, 2021
RAYE on jigsaw puzzles
23-year-old South London-born singer and songwriter Raye talks about discovering a passion for jigsaw puzzles during the pandemic. RAYE's new mini-album Euphoric Sad Songs is out now and her new single with Joel Corry and David Guetta "Bed" has just hit gone top five in the UK Official Charts.
April 9, 2021
Alex the Astronaut on the joys of TV shows
Australian singer/songwriter Alexandra Lynn - better known to her fans as Alex the Astronaut speaks to Jen Long about losing herself in tv shows during the pandemic for this episode of Talk The Line. Alex's debut album The Theory of Absolutely Nothing was released summer.
April 2, 2021
Fran Healy on directing
Travis frontman Fran Healy speaks to Jen Long from his LA home about leaning into his love of directing videos during lockdown for this episode of Talk The Line. Travis’ new album 10 Songs is out now on BMG and their debut album Good Feeling is being reissued on vinyl for the first time on  2 April.
March 26, 2021
JP Saxe on Bananagrams
Grammy-nominated Canadian musician and singer-songwriter tells Jen Long how Bananagrams helped him survive the pandemic.
March 19, 2021
Julien Baker on trail running
Tennessee-born 25-year-old singer/songwriter Julien Baker just dropped her third album Little Oblivions and on this episode she talks to Jen Long about trail running.
March 11, 2021
Lava La Rue on visual arts
As the founding member of the NiNE8 collective, musician, singer and artist Lava La Rue has curated incredible projects across the worlds of art, music and fashion, as well as establishing her own solo career with debut single "Widdit", and this year's Butter-Fly EP. She joins host Jen Long on this episode of Talk the Line to talk about creating art during the pandemic.
March 5, 2021
Tom Jones and the art of reimagination
Sir Tom Jones talks to Jen Long about the artists and songs that inspired him on new record Surrounded By Time, and his approach to re-imagining those tracks for a whole new audience.
February 25, 2021
Tancred's Jess on her passion for Harry Potter
In the final episode of our first season, Jess Abbott from Tancred talks to host Jen Long about a shared passion: the world of Harry Potter.
December 24, 2018
The Sugarcubes's Einar Örn talks about whispers
Einar Örn has been famously described as the first punk in Iceland. He played alongside Björk in in the early 80s anarcho-punk outfit Kukl before joining her as a founding member of The Sugarcubes. In recent years he's collaborated with Damon Albarn and Gorillaz as well as making music under his Ghostigital project, and he's also a renowned artist. We talk to him in a special episode recorded in Reykjaviík about....whispers!
December 24, 2018
The Sugarcubes' Sigtryggur Baldursson on why climate change matters above all else
Sigtryggur Baldursson - a founding member of The Sugarcubes alongside Björk - and key figure in the Iceland music scene over four decades - tells us about his concerns for the planet in a special podcast recorded at this year's Iceland Airwaves festival.
December 21, 2018
Milkywhale's Melkorka on entrepreneurialism
Milkywhale was born out of a performative project for dance school and has become one of Iceland's most inventive pop artists. Today’s we’re talking to one half of the duo, Melkorka Magnusdottir, about entrepreneurialism.
November 29, 2018
Musician, visual artist and Múm vocalist Sigurlaug Gisladóttir - aka Mr. Silla - on her love of anime
Musician, visual artist and former Múm vocalist Sigurlaug Gisladóttir has been a mainstay of the tightly-knit Icelandic music scene for more than a decade - much of that as part of solo-project-come-collective Mr. Silla. In a special podcast recorded at Iceland Airwaves, she tells us about her love of anime.
November 16, 2018
Jim White on his passion for finding old things
DIY outlier musician Jim White tells us about his passion for finding old things in a special podcast recorded at this year's End of the Road Festival.
October 29, 2018
Alessia Cara on growing pains and the awkwardness of adolescence
Canadian popstar and singer/songwriter Alessia Cara talks about the awkwardness of adolescence.
October 16, 2018
Japanese Breakfast's Michelle on her love of Korean food
Michelle Zauner - aka Philadelphia pop experimentalist Japanese Breakfast - talks about her love of Korean food to host Jen Long.
October 3, 2018
Ritzy from The Joy Formidable talks about living in Utah
Rhiannon "Ritzy" Bryan from Welsh rockers The Joy Formidable talks about her experiences of living in Utah. 
September 19, 2018
Samm Henshaw and his favourite comic book adaptations
Rising R&B star and comic book obsessive Samm Henshaw chats to Jen Long about how his favourite books have made it to the big and small screens.
September 4, 2018
Interpol's Paul Banks explains the noble art of boxing
Interpol frontman Paul Banks explains the noble art of boxing to Jen Long. The band's sixth album Marauder is released on 24 August via Matador.
August 21, 2018
Miles Kane and his passion for WWE - American Wrestling
Miles Kane joins presenter Jen Long to explore his passion for WWE - American Wrestling. With a career stretching back to his mid-teens, Kane's been one of indie rock's most prolific collaborators - notably as part of The Last Shadow Puppets, the band he formed with Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys. This year he releases Coup De Grace - only his third solo album - which is named for a wrestling move made famous by Finn Balor. Balor also appears in Kane's recent video for "Cry on My Guitar".
August 6, 2018
Mikky Ekko explains how to have lucid dreams
Singer/Songwiter and Rihanna-collaborator Mikky Ekko joins presenter Jen Long to share his fascination with controlling what happens in your dreams. You can take the Japanese Cube Test mentioned in this episode on David Wolfe's website.
July 20, 2018
Alec from Clap Your Hands Say Yeh and his love of the Spanish premier football league
Alec Ounsworth is the Pennsylvania-born frontman of Clap Your Hands Say Yeh, one of the most loved US indie bands of the last decade thanks largely to their self-titled 2005 debut and its follow up Some Loud Thunder. The band’s most recent album The Tourist came together after a period of reflection and was lyrically inspired by the likes of Elvis Costello and Paul Simon. As the football World Cup comes to a close, we're talking to Alec about his love of La Liga - the Spanish premier football league.
July 13, 2018
Tom Grennan on the World Cup and why football's coming home
Rising star Tom Grennan tells us why football's coming home this year as we explore the unique appeal of the World Cup.
July 6, 2018
Lucy Rose and the joys of being boring
British singer/songwriter Lucy Rose tells us about the joys of being boring.
June 29, 2018
Kevin from Two Door Cinema Club on Northern Ireland and The Troubles
Kevin Baird is a founding member of Two Door Cinema Club, probably the most successful rock band to ever come out of Northern Ireland. The three members of Two Door met as teenagers in Bangor and made their TV debut at the age of sixteen on a BBC TV music talent show - where they came last.  In 2007 they conquered social media and chose music over University, releasing their debut EP Four Words to Stand On, the following year. Two Door have had massive success across the world with three massive-selling albums including their platinum-debut Tourist History. Kevin's talking to us today about his fascination with a difficult period for his country.
June 22, 2018
Stella Donnelly explains the menstrual cycle
Stella Donnelly was born and raised in Wales before moving to Australia at the age of ten. Fifteen years later she's one of her adopted country's brightest musical hopes, abandoning her plans to study social work at University in favour of signing to legendary indie label Secretly Canadian. Stellla is an honest and confrontational lyricist, with signature track "Boys Will Be Boys" addressing victim blaming and written to the rapist of her friend. It features on Stella's debut EP -which gets a reissue this month - and was originally put out on Melbourne's Healthy Tapes label last year, selling out four cassette pressings. We're talking to Stella today about her fascination with the menstrual cycle.
June 15, 2018
The Hold Steady's Craig Finn on why baseball is the only sport that matters
Minnesota-born Craig Finn is the frontman of The Hold Steady and as a huge baseball fan has never been shy about his support for hometown team the Minnesota Twins, even penning a fight song for them back in 2010 - and today we're talking to him about why it's the only sport that matters to him.
June 8, 2018
Chris and Keith from We Are Scientists explain the appeal of Jack Reacher
Chris and Keith from We Are Scientists go deep in chat on their literary obsession: Jack Reacher, the fictional character created by British author Lee Child.
June 1, 2018
Neko Case and why she's inspired by the warrior women of history
Legendary singer and performer Neko Case tells us why she's inspired by the warrior women of history.
May 25, 2018
Harry from Peace on how he found a new life through meditation and yoga
Harry Koisser, the frontman of Peace, used to embrace the lifestyle of a metropolitan rockstar but when Peace relocated to a farmhouse in the middle of a forest miles away from civilisation to write their new record Kindness Is the New Rock and Roll, he underwent a personal transformation. Newly sober, his creativity has been revolutionised by practising meditation and yoga and that's what we're talking about today.
May 18, 2018
Tove Styrke on the concept of personality
Swedish pop star Tove Styrke tells us about her fascination with personality.
May 10, 2018
Max Richter on his fascination with Haruki Murakami
Max Richer - one of the first composers to combine classical and electronic elements with a post rock sensibility – tells us out one of his favourite writers, the Japanese-born Haruki Murakami.
May 4, 2018
Andrew W.K. explains why partying hard became his life philosophy
Partying hard remains integral to everything California-born legendary Andrew W.K. does - he’s built a life philosophy around it – and (of course) that’s what we’re talking to Andrew about today for our fiftieth episode!
April 27, 2018
Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor and his obsession with Vuokko Nurmesniemi , the creator of Marimekko's iconic Jokapoika shirt
Alexis Taylor, the co-founder of the legendary Hot Chip is obsessed with Finnish-born Vuokko Nurmesniemi , the creator of Marimekko's iconic Jokapoika shirt.
April 20, 2018
Jamz Supernova takes up deep into the Shondaverse
South East London-born DJ and presenter Jamz Supernova is a TV boxset junkie and for this episode of Talk The Line we're discussing the work of Shonda Rhimes, the hugely influential television producer, screenwriter, and author who created shows such as Grey's Anatomy and Scandal - affectionally known as the Shondaverse!
April 13, 2018
The Vaccines' Justin explores the relationship between running and mental health
The Vaccines singer Justin explores the relationship between running and mental health.
April 6, 2018
Kate Nash on why Buffy The Vampire Slayer is so important to her
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 Coalition, a musicians' lobbying group. In 2016 she also rallied almost 300 fellow musicians such as Sia, Alicia Keys and Karen O against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock. As an actress, Kate's been part of Netflix's best shows GLOW where she plays wrestler Rhonda "Britanica" Richardson and stars alongside Alison Brie and Marc Marron. Kate is a massive fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In Halloween 2012, she staged a version of the season six musical episode "Once More, with Feeling" at an East London theatre. She tells us just why the iconic TV show is so important to her. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
March 30, 2018
Lissie explains the art of 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 was new record Castles - her fourth album - which she says is the "record that people always wanted [her] to make". On her farm, she's learning how to grows vegetables and build a self-sustaining conservation space and retreat, as well as keeping bees - the subject of today's chat with Jen Long. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
March 23, 2018
Tracey Thorn on the long walks she takes around her hometown of London
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 as "nine feminist bangers" and it includes collaborations with the likes of Warpaint, Shura and Corinne Bailey Rae. She says that "Record’ represents that sense of liberation that comes in the aftermath, from embarking on a whole new 'no fucks given' phase of life." In this episode of Talk The Line, Tracey tells Jen Long about the long walks she takes around her hometown of London.
March 16, 2018
Spector's Fred Macpherson tells the history of 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 and witty wordplay. They followed this up with their second album Moth Boys and they return this year with their first new music in three years.  In this episode of Talk The Line, Fred talks us through his surprising affection for (and knowledge of) the Pizza Express restaurant chain - recorded live in a real Pizza Express in East London! Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
March 9, 2018
Emily from The Staves on fantasy fiction and His Dark Materials
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 fantasy fiction, especially the His Dark Materials novels by Philip Pullman. In one of the most entertaining podcasts we've ever recorded, Emily tells Jen Long just why fantasy worlds offer up so much to her. You can find out more about Emily's passion in a letter she wrote us after we recorded this podcast, over on our show notes blog at
March 2, 2018
Fischerspooner's Casey on the links between 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 Sir, their first new record in more than a decade. The highly personal album chronicles a tumultuous and emotionally fraught period of Casey Spooner’s life and was co-written and produced by REM's Michael Stipe. For this episode of Talk The Line, Casey tells Jen Long about the food experiences that shaped him. You can check out a full list of the places he recommends on our show notes blog at 
February 23, 2018
JFDR and her obsession with matcha
Jófríður Ákadóttir - one of Iceland's most talented and productive young musicians tell us about her obsession with matcha, against the backdrop of Kumiko, a teahouse in the hip Grandi area of Reykjavík.
February 17, 2018
Káryyn on meditation
Multi-disciplinary artist, electronic musician, vocalist and producer Káryyn tells us about how the importance of meditation in her life. 
February 9, 2018
Kojey Radical and his passion for mixed martial arts
London-based rapper and poet Kojey Radical tells us in detail about his passion for mixed martial arts.
February 2, 2018
Dream Wife's Rakel on monsters, spirits, elves, trolls and the Icelandic art of 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 culture. Dream Wife also collaborate with the Girls Against campaign, which was formed by three teenage girls to raise awareness of, and reduce sexual harassment at gigs and concerts. At their concerts they make sure there's an even footing between performers and audience and they on a mission to support women taking up space at shows.  Icelandic-born and California raised Rakel Mjöll is Dream Wife's singer and was already a veteran of the Reykjavík music and arts scene before she headed to the UK to study. She's sung with bands such as Útidúr, Sykur and Halleluwah and comes from a highly creative family of that includes her uncle Ragnar Kjartansson — the famed performance artist.  As Rakel tells us, Icelanders are incredibly protective and proud of their culture and past which is rich in tales of monsters, spirits, elves and trolls. This is shown through their passionate storytelling, which has occupied a central place in Icelandic history since the first settlers from Norway and the British Isles reached the island in the late 9th and early 10th century.  Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
January 26, 2018
Marika Hackman and her favourite 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 asked her to choose something she was obsessed with for this episode of Talk The Line, she told us she wanted to talk about her favourite condiments. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link: Talk The Line is hosted by the amazing podcast people at who make setting up a podcast a total breeze. Take your first steps in podcasting by signing to Pippa with this link:
January 19, 2018
Metronomy's Joe Mount and his fascination with 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 shows as trio with a very creative aesthetic which included outfits decorated in push-on bulbs and a series of choreographed routines. Completely changing it up with a new line up that included bassist Olubenga and drummer Anna, Metronomy's album The English Riviera was released in 2011 and is considered to be one of the most visionary pop records this decade. The album was smart, literate and catchy, and earned itself a nomination for the 2011 Mercury Prize. The gorgeous and just as innovative Love Letters follows in 2013 and in 2016 they released Summer 08, named after the last summer Joe had spent not playing the festival circuit. Joe's now based in Paris but we caught him in August last year on a trip back to the UK to headline By The Sea Festival in Margate for a chat about his fascination with architecture. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
January 12, 2018
Bright Light Bright Light's Rod on his favourite cult movies
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 the Matchbox Twenty singer. Rod released his debut album Make Me Believe in Hope in 2012 which caught the ear of Sir Elton John. Rod and Elton became friends and Bright Light Bright Light supported Elton on world tour playing over 50 dates together. His second album Life is Easy followed in 2014 and last year he released the brilliant Cinematography which not only features a the vocals of Elton, but also all members of the Scissor Sisters and Alan Cumming. Rod now lives in New York but still comes back the UK for shows every now and again. We caught up with him on one such trip a few months back to discuss one of his many passions - cult movies with strong female leads. Warning - if you’re about to watch Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, Mannequin or Alien Resurrection, this chat does contain a few spoilers. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
December 29, 2017
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, hight priest of the Ásatrúarfélagið, explains 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 later this month. The festival’s name translates as 'may you go north and down’ which means telling someone or something to go to hell. Hilmar is also the allsherjargoði - the "high priest” of the Ásatrúarfélagið - Iceland’s pagan religious church which he joined at the age of sixteen, shortly after it was founded. It’s a religion of respect and tolerance that reflects the Icelandic society and its values and we met him in Reykjavik during this year’s Iceland Airwaves festival to him to find out more about paganism. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
December 22, 2017
Rae Morris on the festive season and the bits of Christmas that you don’t celebrate enough
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 edition of Talk the Line, we met up with Rae to talk about the festive season and the bits of Christmas that you don’t celebrate enough. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
December 15, 2017
Naughty Boy and his love of 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 Bashy. The resulting track “Black Boys” became one of the first UK urban tracks to be playlisted on MTV Base .  His breakthrough came in 2013 when “La La La” shot to number one. The song featured a relatively unknown Sam Smith and since then Shahid has worked with the likes of Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Emilie Sande, Popcaan, Janet Jackson and Missy Elliot. This year he’s back with a Joe Jonas collaboration which is the first song taken from his second album.  Shahid is a real foodie and has become well known for feeding his artists in the studio, whether it’s rustling up a lamb kofte for Sam Smith, a spicy curry for Zayn Malik or a cottage pie for Mary J Blige and today we’re talking to him about his love of home cooking. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
December 8, 2017
Au Revoir Simone's Annie Hart explains how to manage 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 Accomplice, her first solo record in the summer, and we met her when she came to the UK to play at Margate’s By The Sea festival. As an independent musician, Annie’s managed the finances for Au Revoir Simone since the band’s inception and today we’re talking about her expertise as a book-keeper. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
December 1, 2017
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 applied to drama school on a whim and that’s where she met her future bandmates. Natti’s the first guest we’ve had on Talk The Line to choose a book as her particular obsession and it’s one of the most popular non fiction books of the last decade: Yuval Harari’s Sapiens. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
November 23, 2017
Torres on her experiences of ASMR and its triggers
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 passions. ASMR describes the tingling sensation on the skin that usually begins on the scalp and moves down the neck and spine in response to external stimuli - often acoustic or visual. Things such as softly spoken voices or quiet, repetitive sounds are the kind of things we're talking about and there's an endless list of YouTube videos out there to trigger an ASMR. We met with Mackenzie Scott in Reykjavík earlier this month where she was performing as part of Iceland Airwaves. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
November 17, 2017
Ólafur Arnalds and why collaboration other musicians is so vital
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 country to create a community-based portrait of Icelandic music. Collaboration is a very important part of the way Ólafur approaches music. Just a couple of days after a companion film to the Island Songs project premiered in Iceland, we sat down with him to talk about why working with other musicians is so vital. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
November 10, 2017
The Killers' Ronnie Vannucci Jr on the food chain and how we relate to 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 practice. Ronnie's dog Archie is almost as famous as he is to Killers fans and recently he started reading up a lot about animals, initially from the angle of investigating health and diet. This led him into a deeper journey, wanting to learn about and understand more about how the food chain fits together and how we relate to animals. That's what we're talking about with him on today's podcast. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
November 3, 2017
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 course of the show’s six seasons, Murr has done everything from having his nipples and belly button pierced and receiving prostate exams in front of an audience to legally marrying his castmate Sal’s sister and eating dog poo in a pet store for 300 dollars. We meet up with Murr to talk about his obsession with conspiracy theories. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
October 26, 2017
Högni on why basketball is most beautiful of all games
Högni Egilsson is one of the most recognisable faces and voices in Icelandic music. A member of the legendary electronic collective Gus Gus since 2011, he’s also carved out a career with the bands Hjaltalín and Gluteus Maximus. Högni mastered the violin, guitar and piano in his teens alongside a stint in his high-school choir before studying composition at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. He has composed music for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Icelandic National Theatre and this year releases his first solo album on the Erased Tapes label, titled Two Trains. It’s not surprising that someone of his physique and height would also play sports too but Högni's a fan of an unlikely pastime for someone from Iceland: basketball. We met him on a rainy day at this year’s End of the Road festival to find out why he thinks it’s the most beautiful of all games. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
October 20, 2017
Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch on the human condition
Spirituality and religion have been re-ocurring themes in the lyrics of Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch. In this episode of Talk The Line we talk to him about one of the grandest themes we’ve ever tackled: The Human Condition. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
October 12, 2017
Eva from Charly Bliss on her obsession with comic books
Eva Hendricks is the effervescent frontwoman of Brooklyn power pop band Charly Bliss. Made up of four friends who all went to school together, the band formed in 2014 and also includes Eva’s brother Sam. Earlier year they released their first album Guppy, which the AV Club called an “instant classic’. They also published a companion comic book which featured contributors like illustrator Tuesday Bassen, comic artist Michael Deforge, and Sadie from Speedy Ortiz and Sad13 each interpreting a different track. Comics and animation are a big part of Charly Bliss. Guitarist Spencer was the voice of Dash in the massive 2004 movie The Incredibles and Eva is obsessed with comics which is what we’re talking about with her on this podcast. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
October 5, 2017
Spacebomb's Cameron Ralston on gardening
Cameron Ralston is the house bassist and a producer for Spacebomb, a collective of musicians based in Richmond, Virginia, who set up a record label and production company based around a house band. They followed a model established by the likes of Stax or Motown, with a signature style inspired by a love of great American soul music.  As The Guardian put it, "they make albums that sound like a million dollars" - and this and this October they assemble in London for a one off show that will include guest collaborations with the likes of Natalie Prass, Slow Club, The Waterboys' Mike Scott, Foxygen and Charlie Fink from Noah and the Whale. Ahead of that show we met Spacebomb bassist Cameron Ralston to talk about something he likes to do when he's not in the studio or on the road: gardening. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
September 29, 2017
Anne Marie on the challenges women and girls face in living up to somebody else's idea of the perfect body
BRITs-nominated popstar Anne-Marie talks about the challenges women and girls face in living up to somebody else's idea of the perfect body. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
September 21, 2017
Copafeel founder Kris Hallenga on her love of Cornwall
Kris Hallenga has one of the most inspiring stories of our times. After being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 23 she founded the charity Copafeel with her sister and a mission to educate women about the dangers of late diagnosis. Kris moved to Cornwall last year after many years of London life and that's what we're talking to her about in this episode of Talk The Line. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
September 15, 2017
Julia Jacklin and her fascination with magic
An obsession with magic gave Julia Jacklin an epiphany. She explains why in a special podcast recorded at End of the Road Festival with host Jen Long. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
September 7, 2017
Mammút's Kata on imposter syndrome
Kata Mogensen, singer with Icelandic band Mammút talks to Jen Long faking it: otherwise known as "imposter syndrome". Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
August 31, 2017
Sink The Pink founder Glyn Fussell on his love of birds
Sink the Pink-founder Glyn Fussell began his career as a go-go dancer in Sydney before creating the infamous London club night that's taken the UK capital's nightlife by storm. He talks to Jen Long about his love of birds. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
August 25, 2017
Nadine Shah and the taboo of mental health
Singer/songwriter Nadine Shah talks about the taboo of mental health in a revealing chat with Jen Long. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
August 17, 2017
Vanessa White and her love of '90s R&B
After leaving British girl-group The Saturdays, Vanessa White is beginning to carve out a solo career influenced by the music she fell in love with as a child. She tells Jen Long just why she loves ‘90s R&B so much. You can also listen to a companion playlist of all the artists Vanessa and Jen talk about over on Spotify.
August 10, 2017
Martine McCutcheon retells the history of Henry VIII
Actress, singer and national institution Martine McCutcheon reveals her fascination with 16th-century British monarch Henry VIII. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
August 3, 2017
Amanda Palmer on taboos
Amanda Palmer doesn't shy away from talking about the difficult things in her life - something that her interviewers often find hard to keep up with. She talks candidly about those things with Jen Long. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
July 27, 2017
Denai Moore on the vegan life and her love of baking
Singer Denai Moore talks about the vegan life and her love of baking to Jen Long. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
July 21, 2017
Oh Wonder's Josie and Anthony on running
Oh Wonder's Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West have taken part in marathons across the world. They tell Jen Long why running matters to them. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
July 13, 2017
Bastille's Dan Smith on his favourite podcasts
Bastille's Dan Smith talks about his favourite podcasts to Jen Long as the pair attempt to understand just why we love them so much. The full list of podcasts Dan recommends are: Serial, This American Life, S-Town, NPRinvisibilia, TED Radio Hour, How I Built This, Reply All, Startup, The Adam Buxton Podcast, Sodajerker, Reversal of the Muse, My Favourite Murder, Song Exploder, Tiny Desk Sessions, Missing Richard Simmons, You Must Remember This, Heavyweight, Code Switch, The Dollop and Terrible (Thanks For Asking). Also mentioned were No Such Thing As A Fish, My Dad Wrote A Porno, They Walk Among Us, Sampler, Surprisingly Awesome, Science Vs and Mystery Show. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
July 6, 2017
Alex Cameron on sex and relationships
Australian singer/songwriter Alex Cameron talks candidly about love and sex to Jen Long in our most NSFW podcast yet! Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
June 30, 2017
Tim Burgess on why he launched his own brand of coffee
The Charlatans-frontman Tim Burgess tells Jen Long about why coffee matters. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
June 21, 2017
Cecile Believe on scent and smells
Canadian musician and SOPHIE collaborator Caila Thompson-Hannant who makes music under the name Cecile Believe talks to Jen Long about her obsession with scent. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
June 16, 2017
Douglas Dare on drag
Pianist and singer Douglas Dare has released two incredible albums on the much loved Erased Tapes label, home to the likes of Nils Frahm. While his music is often introspective, and understated, Douglas has a big personality that comes to life when he talks about one of his true passions: drag. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
June 6, 2017
Árni from The Vaccines on a strange situation from Iceland - 'Ástandið'
Icelandic-born Árni Árnason, bassist with The Vaccines tells Jen Long about his fascination with a strange period in his country's history, known as 'Ástandið' - The Situation. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
May 22, 2017
Blaenavon's Benjamin Gregory on Herman Hesse, Rainer Maria Rilke and Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Blaenavon have just released their debut album - a record that covers six years of their lives. In conversation with Jen Long, frontman Ben Gregory explores his obsession with German literature and the works of Herman Hesse, Rainer Maria Rilke and Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
May 5, 2017
Johnny Flynn on walking, rambling and the philosophy of creating your own path
Johnny Flynn - musician and the star of Netflix show Lovesick - tells Jen Long about walking, rambling and the philosophy of creating your own path. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
April 26, 2017
Shura on time, space and the movie Interstellar
Jen Long meets UK popstar Shura to find out about her fascination with time, space and the movie Interstellar - while trying to piece together the laws of physics without using Google but with the help of red wine. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
April 18, 2017