Name, where are you from?
Irati Rúa Ariztegui, I’m originally from Pamplona but I live in Manchester.
What do you do?
I’ve been working as a sales assistant at the Fred Perry shop in Manchester for over two years and doing our shop social media for over a year now.
Describe your style in three words:
Leather, fishnets, Fred.
Which music defines the teenage you?
Definitely punk rock, especially Basque punk. Bands such as Eskorbuto or Zakarrak were very important in the early punk years and still are with kids getting into the scene nowadays.
From that I moved onto Oi and Hardcore and started to listen to more music in English, all along these DIY, shouty, angry lines. I still listen to bands like Cock Sparrer, Dead Kennedys, The Redskins, 999 or Sham 69 even if I’ve opened up to other genres now.
What is the last piece of music you bought?
‘Untrue’ by Burial on vinyl. Totally copied this from Jack who works with me and brought it in to our Record Store Day event. It was released 10 years ago but has just been reissued and it’s such a good album from beginning to end.
What has been your all-time favourite gig?
John Cooper Clarke last year at the Albert Hall in Manchester. I absolutely love his poems and he is brilliant live and very funny. I could’ve sat and listened to him ramble about anything for hours.
What new music/bands are you listening to?
I’ve been listening to YOWL nonstop lately, I saw them supporting the Parrots at Soup Kitchen in Manchester a couple of months ago and liked them more than the headliners.
In a completely different style Nadia Rose is someone to keep an eye on, and definitely Cosmo Pyke too.