Holly Walker


Tuesday 18th June 2019

Name, where are you from?
Holly Walker, London.

Describe your style in three words?
Red and blue.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
For sentimental reasons, No Doubt at Scala when I was 16. Think this was the first proper gig I ever went to. Couldn’t believe they were real human beings

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
How about The Supremes and Nirvana. For the singalong value.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
I spent my youth trying not to like mainstream things but have now accepted that pop culture is my inescapable destiny.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
I want to meet Maya Angelou - writer and civil rights activist. Among a million other things she worked for Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and toured the world as a singer and met Billie Holiday… she’d know what’s what.

Of all the venues you’ve been to, which is your favourite?
Koko in Camden means a lot to me. I used to live around the corner when I was an impoverished open-mic-night-botherer, and then years later played there with Maribou State. I stood in the dressing room looking out the window at my old laundrette thinking "I’ve done it". And also "I need to put a wash on".

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
She’s not quite unsung but Bobbie Gentry didn’t get enough of a go. 'Fancy' is a perfect song. Ironically it was one of the only ones on her album she wrote herself and by far the best.

Holly Walker may be familiar as co-writer and vocalist with Maribou State. Now the London singer-songwriter steps into the spotlight with new solo single ‘Ballerine’. The single premiered as Lauren Laverne’s ‘While You Were Sleeping’ track on 6 Music and was added to Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist upon its release in May 2019.

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