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