Xylaroo

Singer — London

What is your name? Where are you from?
Holly Chant…Where I am from is a bit of a long story but where I am now is London.

What do you do?
I’m one half of an acoustic duo called “Xylaroo.” I sing and my sister plays guitar and sings too.

Describe your style in three words?
Androgynous, comfortable and casual.

How should your music be listened to?
Listen to it while you're in the shower and sing along! Or don’t! and listen to it however you’d like… there’s no one right way, only many, many wrong ways to listen to our music. Also listening to it on our newly released album which comes in CD and Vinyl is a good start.

What do you miss about home when you’re on tour?
Home-cooked food, my bed, time to myself, sleeping in, my cat, and most importantly, precious time with the ones I love.

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
The Beatles, The Animals, The Kinks, David Bowie, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Queen, Mika, Fleetwood Mac (Kinda British).


Xylaroo won over fans from an early stage, getting attention with their cover of Arctic Monkeys' "I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor". Their latest single "Track A' Lackin'" features another great cover version on the B-side - Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive".

What was the first song you played on repeat? 
Can’t quite remember which was the first song I played on repeat but “All That She Wants” by Ace of Base was definitely one of the first. I think it was on a favourite compilation CD my parents had- Think it was Now That’s What I Call Music 1990-something or other.

A song from your favourite album?
“Rock ’n’ Roll Suicide” by David Bowie from album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”. Great musician, was always one step ahead of the times.

Song you wish you had written / Music icon that has inspired you?
I think the Beatles have inspired nearly every musician. I wish I had written all of their songs especially - “Across the Universe”.

House of the Rising Sun - Animals
"This is one of the greatest song's I've ever heard. It's a traditional folk song of unknown origins. The Animals' version is one of the best out there".

Stars - Nina Simone
An absolutely beautiful song about fame, how it fades and the loneliness it can bring. Particularly poignant after finding out about her extraordinary life and the hardships she endured.

Waterloo Sunset - Kinks
Lovely, easy-going song with mesmerizing lyrics. A little snapshot into London life.

Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
Awesome song about love and romantic tensions. Great for a road trip... it makes you feel good!

The Logical Song - Supertramp
The groovy nature of this song cloaks it's thoughtful lyrics. Even though it was released in 1979 Roger Hodgson's words are as relevant today as they we're then. One to make you think!

 

What is your name? Where are you from?
Holly Chant…Where I am from is a bit of a long story but where I am now is London.

What do you do?
I’m one half of an acoustic duo called “Xylaroo.” I sing and my sister plays guitar and sings too.

Describe your style in three words?
Androgynous, comfortable and casual.

How should your music be listened to?
Listen to it while you're in the shower and sing along! Or don’t! and listen to it however you’d like… there’s no one right way, only many, many wrong ways to listen to our music. Also listening to it on our newly released album which comes in CD and Vinyl is a good start.

What do you miss about home when you’re on tour?
Home-cooked food, my bed, time to myself, sleeping in, my cat, and most importantly, precious time with the ones I love.

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
The Beatles, The Animals, The Kinks, David Bowie, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Queen, Mika, Fleetwood Mac (Kinda British).


Xylaroo won over fans from an early stage, getting attention with their cover of Arctic Monkeys' "I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor". Their latest single "Track A' Lackin'" features another great cover version on the B-side - Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive".

What was the first song you played on repeat? 
Can’t quite remember which was the first song I played on repeat but “All That She Wants” by Ace of Base was definitely one of the first. I think it was on a favourite compilation CD my parents had- Think it was Now That’s What I Call Music 1990-something or other.

A song from your favourite album?
“Rock ’n’ Roll Suicide” by David Bowie from album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”. Great musician, was always one step ahead of the times.

Song you wish you had written / Music icon that has inspired you?
I think the Beatles have inspired nearly every musician. I wish I had written all of their songs especially - “Across the Universe”.

House of the Rising Sun - Animals
"This is one of the greatest song's I've ever heard. It's a traditional folk song of unknown origins. The Animals' version is one of the best out there".

Stars - Nina Simone
An absolutely beautiful song about fame, how it fades and the loneliness it can bring. Particularly poignant after finding out about her extraordinary life and the hardships she endured.

Waterloo Sunset - Kinks
Lovely, easy-going song with mesmerizing lyrics. A little snapshot into London life.

Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
Awesome song about love and romantic tensions. Great for a road trip... it makes you feel good!

The Logical Song - Supertramp
The groovy nature of this song cloaks it's thoughtful lyrics. Even though it was released in 1979 Roger Hodgson's words are as relevant today as they we're then. One to make you think!

 

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