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Lola Coca is a model turned British pop star. Her freshman album titled, Only Child, debuted in March . Her single “Bad Girlfriend” caught my attention. Maybe it was her saying she’s a “Bad actress or she’s a bad girlfriend she doesn’t know when your birthday is,” lol that tickled me. (I can relate.) From our conversation, that’s why a lot of women are embracing her. They can relate too. She is radiant and naturally beautiful. And unlike American pop stars, she is far from the typical made over Barbie unrealistic glam chic.
Lola Coca is a breath of fresh air, in a lane all by herself. She is a true artist, self-thinker, intelligent, confident, and what I admire most, unapologetically herself. Her music is honest, blunt, and slightly rebellious. When I reached out for the interview, she was very sweet, welcoming and real. Here is a sneak peak of our conversation…
1. What I admire about you most is it’s obvious you are very comfortable sharing with the world Lola, not just the artist, but the person. Where does that self-awareness and confidence come from?
Forgiving yourself. I think you have to work out what you’re made of, all the boundaries you’ve put on yourself, what you value above all, and then not taking things too personally.
2. What do you have in store for us in the future?
I have new music that I’m really excited about.
3. You have said Hip-Hop and Ska music heavily influenced your sound. If you could pick an artist from either genre or both to collaborate with, who would it be and why?
Whilst Ska and Hip-Hop influenced my sound, I think the 50/60s sounds are really influencing me right now. I would love to collab with Barbara Lewis/Julie London/Della Reese…I mean they’re all dead, I think, (this is the shadiest thing alive, if not) but these women had a knack of telling the truth through their voice, not just vocal acrobatics. And that is special. They move me.
4. I tend to have a love-hate relationship with social media. Social media has become a big part of entertainers’ success now a days. How do you feel about it?
I feel pretty cool about it. I don’t put too much value or pressure on myself with it. I think it’s a cool tool for artists/entertainers to tell their own stories. I think the more famous people do it, the naturally less hounded they will become, because there’s no story to spin anymore in tabloids/paparazzi… “She was there with whoever…” Yeah, we saw it before anyone had to get in a bush and try and get the shot!
5. Artist tend to write about what they are going through in their lives. Is your life a reflection of what comes out of the studio? If so, what will we be hearing you talk about next?
Definitely a reflection of my life. I meaaaaan. You’re gonna hear a more patient, understanding, maturer Lola I think. I really hadn’t worked through a lot of gambling guilt I took from my father’s addiction. (Daughters tend to take on the shame or guilt of whatever addiction their father has… if they have one) So yeah.. a lot of my debut album was full of frustration at partners. This one is a bit more all rounded. Songs about friends, family… unlearning my shadows. So, yah.
6. What’s the best advice you have ever received?
Forgive yourself. Self-love is love to all.
7. What is one thing you want the world to remember about Lola?
Remember me? I’m the ooooone who had ya babies…!