Premiere: Lola Coca – ‘GQ’

A slice of ska-inflected pop sass...

Lola Coca references ‘90s hip-hop, her dad’s ska records and (whisper it) Lily Allen on latest single GQ. And the Shoreditch-based former model has rather a lot to say for herself…

The song is about shallow guys who work in the City.

They approach me because they want a bit of East End grit on their night out. They’re so confident about their salary, banging on about this one wild night they had with (x) celebrity. Come off it. 

I don’t have beef with GQ magazine.

But it prescribes advice to that sort of guy. Wear this, lose weight, tone muscle. Whatever. I like people who know themselves. 

I don’t take myself too seriously

I enjoy being able to say serious things, and I enjoy puns. 

Lily Allen isn’t my favourite comparison

I definitely heard her music growing up, but I was more influenced by ‘90s hip-hop and my dad’s ska collection.

Hipsterism is weird

I was in Istanbul recently, and they have a hipster quarter. Hipster places are the same wherever you go; a global community, united in it’s love for avocado on toast. 

I don’t miss modelling

I always knew I wanted to do music. I imagine it’s how an artist who has toiled for years would feel about their sandwich-making job.

Every single day somebody sings a ‘Lola’ song at me

The Kinks’ Lola is about a drag queen, and I have a fairly androgynous look, so that’s a bit of a sore point. I really identify with the Manilow song though [‘her name was Lola / she was a showgirl…’]

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Words: Andy Hill

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