Hollie Cook

Singer — London

Name, where are you from?
Hollie Cook, London.

What do you do?
Singer. I don't actually think I ever expected to be quite so deeply immersed in singing reggae but it’s just where I, through exploration over the years landed and found myself feeling completely at home.

Describe your style in three words?
Casual. Colourful. Changeable.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
So many to choose from. I will never forget Deftones at London Arena in 2001.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
David Bowie and Bob Marley.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Eartha Kitt.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Shepherds Bush Empire. It's my local venue where I grew up and it was always a dream to play there.


Hollie Cook released her third album 'Vessel of Love' in January 2018, an album which combines her (and her family's) musical heritage; drawing elements from reggae, dub, punk, disco and giving them her tropical flavour.

Hollie will also be embarking on 20 date world tour, details of which can be found at www.holliecook.com/pages/tour-dates.

The first track you played on repeat?
Probably 'Heal The World' by Michael Jackson.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Chop Suey' by System of a Down.

One record you would keep forever?
'Aladdin Sane' by David Bowie.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
"I'm so happy, you're so nice,
kiss kiss kiss, fun fun life"

From The Slits 'Love and Romance'.

A song you wished you had written?
'Les Fleurs' by Minnie Ripperton.

Best song to turn up loud?

So many - 'Love Fire' by Aswad.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
Probably a few of the songs I've already mentioned! And 'Chained To The Rhythm' by Katy Perry.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
'Diamonds' by Rihanna.

Any new bands you are listening to right now?
I like Dream Wife.

Name, where are you from?
Hollie Cook, London.

What do you do?
Singer. I don't actually think I ever expected to be quite so deeply immersed in singing reggae but it’s just where I, through exploration over the years landed and found myself feeling completely at home.

Describe your style in three words?
Casual. Colourful. Changeable.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
So many to choose from. I will never forget Deftones at London Arena in 2001.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
David Bowie and Bob Marley.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Eartha Kitt.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Shepherds Bush Empire. It's my local venue where I grew up and it was always a dream to play there.


Hollie Cook released her third album 'Vessel of Love' in January 2018, an album which combines her (and her family's) musical heritage; drawing elements from reggae, dub, punk, disco and giving them her tropical flavour.

Hollie will also be embarking on 20 date world tour, details of which can be found at www.holliecook.com/pages/tour-dates.

The first track you played on repeat?
Probably 'Heal The World' by Michael Jackson.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Chop Suey' by System of a Down.

One record you would keep forever?
'Aladdin Sane' by David Bowie.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
"I'm so happy, you're so nice,
kiss kiss kiss, fun fun life"

From The Slits 'Love and Romance'.

A song you wished you had written?
'Les Fleurs' by Minnie Ripperton.

Best song to turn up loud?

So many - 'Love Fire' by Aswad.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
Probably a few of the songs I've already mentioned! And 'Chained To The Rhythm' by Katy Perry.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
'Diamonds' by Rihanna.

Any new bands you are listening to right now?
I like Dream Wife.

Hollie Cook

Reggae itself is like a form of punk, it’s pretty DIY...

Questions from the archive

Hollie Cook | Stay Alive (2018)

Hollie Cook | Milk & Honey (2011)

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