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Hollie Cook: tropical popstrel

Hollie Cook: tropical popstrel

By: Oliver Horton

The daughter of a Sex Pistol, the god-daughter of Boy George, singer Hollie Cook has her own vibe: call it tropical pop. Now working on her third album, Hollie caught up with Disorder just long enough to answer 20 questions.

DISORDER: What are you working on right now? 
Hollie Cook: I’m currently working on a new album. It’s been a while since I did that.

D: What people, places or things inspire you? 
HC: The children in my life inspire me! They keep it very real. I also find being somewhere very green and open, or near a body of water very calming, and the mental clarity generally draws inspiration too.

D: What artists turn you on? 
HC: Rihanna. I just think she’s great.

D: Who do you want to be when you grow up? 
HC: I don’t care for growing up too much. But if I had to choose I’d be me, in the strongest and most awesome way I could be.

D:: What got you started? 
HC: Being drawn to the things I enjoy. I just had the patience for music that I lacked everywhere else. Because I enjoy it the most and it makes me happy. So naturally that’s the incentive to persevere.

D: What has been the biggest surprise along the way? 
HC: That I do not feel comfortable being the centre of attention! But that’s ok. 

D: Who was your first crush? 
HC: Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He was a party dude and loved pizza.

D: What fictional character can you most relate to? 
HC: Pippi Longstocking. She was all about rocking in the free world.

D: What/where do you like to eat or drink? 
HC: At home. I love going out to eat, but something about cooking makes me feel very grounded and normal.

D: Where/when do you feel most yourself? 
HC: At home. It’s just my safe place. I travel a lot so coming home again makes me feel very grounded and normal.

D: When are you at your worst? 
HC: When I am extremely overtired. I can lose my temper or cry a lot at things when I’m so tired.

D: What would you most like to change in the world? 
HC: Probably the people who run it. And the way we treat our planet and the state she is in.

D: What talent do you wish you had? 
HC: Being able to speak many languages.

D: What is your dominant characteristic? 
HC: I think the word “dominant” contradicts all aspects of my personality. I’m a wallflower! It takes me a long time to come out of myself… So I guess shyness.

D: What do you appreciate most in your friends/co-workers? 
HC: Feeling relaxed and comfortable around them. The fact that they make me laugh all the time. My friends are very silly and funny.

D: What innovation/invention do you love most? 
HC: The ones that save our planet. There are some clever people out there making some beautiful, clever shit that could change [the world]. 

D: Unpaid endorsement: what (piece of clothing/tech etc.) can you recommend (that you’ve never been paid to endorse or been gifted)? 
HC: I don’t really have a favourite piece of clothing! I really like my NutriBullet [smoothie machine]!

D: What is your idea of happiness? 
HC: Travelling the world with friends making music.

D: What is your present state of mind? 
HC: To not take things too seriously. Life is short. 

D: What would you do if you were not doing music? 
HC: I’d like to have been either an aerial performer, which I suppose is still artistic/creative, or a masseuse.