Lola Coca has been on the music scene for all of ten minutes, but she’s already managed to make an impact. With two recently released tracks and ‘Bad Girlfriend’ being voted hottest new music video by MTV, we’re getting a taste of her style – and it’s refreshing.
In Lola Coca’s newly released track ‘GQ’, she playfully rejects the male ego. In ‘Bad Girlfriend’ Lola began by brushing off expectations of birthday sex, and now she’s refusing to be seduced by that leather jacket, ‘budget Elvis Costello’ brand of masculinity.
Read on to learn about the gal who ‘swims butterfly’ in her fuckery.
Firstly, you mentioned that you also went to King’s College London to do a Philosophy, Religion and Ethics degree. How did you make the jump from this to becoming an artist?
Lola: Whilst I was studying, I was in various bands and gradually I began to know a few producers and studios in London. I would treat both uni and band commitments equally, I took the whole thing pretty seriously the moment I moved to London… So there was no jump… I was slowly developing my voice and opinions throughout.
You’re music is catchy as hell, with the kind of lyrics that get stuck in your head. With this ability to stick in people’s minds, do you want to utilise this by conveying any particular message?
I love sillyness. No one really relishes in their own fuckery. I swim butterfly in mine… I do at least 40 silly voices a day. And I think despite whatever story I’m telling, the ability to laugh at myself has really helped define the tone of my lyrics. I am who you are with your best friend at home.
Which role model do you think of when you need motivating – someone who you see yourself working towards being in ten years time?
It’s a mixture between Puff Daddy and my mum, who are on opposite ends of the spectrum. Diddy gives zero fucks. He goes above and beyond to attain his goals. And there’s mum, who wants to chill at home with her babies and eat pastry… and that is equally as aspirational to me.
Between “Bad Girlfriend” and “GQ” it’s easy to identity a theme of not submitting to guy’s expectations. Was this intentional?
I think as girls we are groomed to aspire to love before anything else. And whilst I feel that it is natural, there are so many uncompromising tendencies that prevent me from wanting to. All I do is love, but what the fuck is this…? So intentional no, natural yes.
You have a very specific girly/urban look, which also plays a big part in your music video for “Bad Girlfriend”, as well as style cropping up in your lyrics. Do you think fashion is important?
I don’t think “fashion” is important. It’s polarising, you’re either in or out… the whole thing should be fun but more often then not you end up feeling like shit. I’m pretty antifashion. BUT expression; I think expression is very important! Wearing whatever I has been key to learning my own voice.
Last of all, what wise words will you leave the reader with?
Feel the fear, and do it anyway.
Interview by Alex Howlett