Hollie Cook

Singer — London

Name
Hollie Cook

What do you do?
Singer

Where are you from?
I grew up in West London and it was always and it still is a place that just kind of has a vibe.

Describe your sound in three words
Tropical, psychedelic, disco.

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. 

What does Britishness mean to you?
Personally, it means family, more than anything and pride within my family and where I'm from. There's so many things it can be and I feel like there are so many things that I am and can be because of being British.

Punk and reggae, as subcultures, have had an enduring relationship in the UK since the late 1970s. Why do you think that is?
I feel like there’s probably a similar mind frame and mentality to them both. Reggae itself is like a form of punk, it’s pretty DIY, a freedom to express yourself, and there’s a spirituality behind punk as well, the affinity between the two. They feel the same, despite being so obviously sonically different, the spirit and the energy of the two are completely married.

Who is your biggest style icon - and why?
I was always really into Debbie Harry. She’s foxy and always had an iconic style, and such a beautiful face. I love Poly Styrene as well because she was cool, scruffy and sweet.

If you could have any artist, dead or alive, cover you - who would it be?
Grace Jones - why not!

What female musicians did you grow up looking up to?

Playground Twist - Siouxsie and the Banshees

Could it Be Magic - Donna Summer

Earthbeat - 7” Version - The Slits

Just a Little Lovin’ Stero Version - Dusty Springfield

Bachelorette - Bjork 

Bull in the Heather - Sonic Youth 

Identity - X-Ray Spex

It’s Code - Janelle Monae

Symphony In Blue - Kate Bush 

Ain’t No Way - Aretha Franklin

 

Name
Hollie Cook

What do you do?
Singer

Where are you from?
I grew up in West London and it was always and it still is a place that just kind of has a vibe.

Describe your sound in three words
Tropical, psychedelic, disco.

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. 

What does Britishness mean to you?
Personally, it means family, more than anything and pride within my family and where I'm from. There's so many things it can be and I feel like there are so many things that I am and can be because of being British.

Punk and reggae, as subcultures, have had an enduring relationship in the UK since the late 1970s. Why do you think that is?
I feel like there’s probably a similar mind frame and mentality to them both. Reggae itself is like a form of punk, it’s pretty DIY, a freedom to express yourself, and there’s a spirituality behind punk as well, the affinity between the two. They feel the same, despite being so obviously sonically different, the spirit and the energy of the two are completely married.

Who is your biggest style icon - and why?
I was always really into Debbie Harry. She’s foxy and always had an iconic style, and such a beautiful face. I love Poly Styrene as well because she was cool, scruffy and sweet.

If you could have any artist, dead or alive, cover you - who would it be?
Grace Jones - why not!

What female musicians did you grow up looking up to?

Playground Twist - Siouxsie and the Banshees

Could it Be Magic - Donna Summer

Earthbeat - 7” Version - The Slits

Just a Little Lovin’ Stero Version - Dusty Springfield

Bachelorette - Bjork 

Bull in the Heather - Sonic Youth 

Identity - X-Ray Spex

It’s Code - Janelle Monae

Symphony In Blue - Kate Bush 

Ain’t No Way - Aretha Franklin

 

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