Interview: Quickfire with LINES

LINES manage to bring out all that is best in Scandi pop right now. A bold beat, excellent electro and melodies that won’t leave your head for a while. Here’s a bit more about the Swedish outfit.

Tell us how you formed, and a little more about your sound…
The short story is that we didn’t form at all, that we don’t exist. But the legend is we evolved out of nowhere like the big bang. Small energetic explosions of light that expanded through time and space. At first we couldn’t make any sense of it, later on we understood it was all part of a grand idea, the blueprints of a masterplan. When everything comes around we’re pretty small, aren’t we.
Our sound is solid.
What artists are you listening to now that you are loving?
Yaeji, almost exclusively actually. She’s been on repeat in our headphones for the last months.

Where has been the best place to play live so far?
Our own release party at a sauna club here in Stockholm. Top notch party.
Who would your dream collaboration be with, and why?
The CIA, our marketing campaigns would really benefit from their surveillance and we would also treat all the information more responsible than they would.
Why do you think Scandinavia has such a unique place in pop music?
Left wing politics and the belief that culture is one of the basic needs for the survival of our spices. Although that might change in the future unfortunately.
What do you have planned for the rest of the year?
More music coming! We release a single with Dolores Haze pretty soon and we have an EP in the making that will release this summer. That and playing live!
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BBC Sound of 2018 – The Longlist

The BBC Sound of 2018 long list was revealed today. As usual, most of the list is no surprise since this really has been a stellar year, specially for pop.

So here’s what Britain’s tastemakers think will make it big next year – along with when I first featured them on here.

Alma – featured June 2016
Billie Eilish – featured November 2015!
IAMDDB – featured September 2017
Jade Bird
Khalid – featured May 2016
Lewis Capaldi – featured April 2017
Nilüfer Yanya – featured September 2016
Not3s – featured March 2017
Pale Waves
Rex Orange County – featured November 2016
Sam Fender – first featured April 2014!
Sigrid – first featured August 2014!
Superorganism – first featured February 2017
Tom Walker – first featured November 2015
Yaeji – first featured September 2017
Yxng Bane – first featured September 2017

Nice to see some Scandinavian presence in Alma and Sigrid. I really can’t figure who will win this year though… My instinct tells me that Tom Walker and Sam Fender have the strongest chances, but who knows!

The top five will be revealed one day at a time from Monday 8 January, with the winner being announced on the Friday.