The Miseducation Of Lola Coca

The 645: Where did you grow up?
Lola: 
I grew up in Portsmouth. They called it the Southsea Bronx.

The 645: When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
I was dancing before I could walk and singing before I could talk so.
I’d say pretty early on. (Laughs)

The 645: What inspires your music & who?
Lola: 
Daily life inspires my music. Can be a small interaction on a bus to a huge life event of my own.

The 645: Who do you aspire to?
Lola: My higher self.

The 645: What are you working towards?
Lola: Currently, I am in the process of the EVERY SEASON series which is a 12-month roll-out of songs based on the astrological energy of the season. Kind of like an interactive album unfolding in real-time, or like a TV series, you never know what vibe is coming next. It’s been extremely freeing!

 The 645: You are currently living and performing in London, what do you love about that place?
Lola: 
We’re in the epicentre of likeminded individuals who are striving toward a better world. 

The 645: Who in the music industry would you like to work with?
Lola: 
Just dope songwriters. Could be Paul McCartney, could be your 12-year-old son.

A conversation with singer-musician Lola Coca at her London home, interview for The-645
A conversation with singer-musician Lola Coca at her London home, interview for The-645
A conversation with singer-musician Lola Coca at her London home, interview for The-645
A conversation with singer-musician Lola Coca at her London home, interview for The-645
A conversation with singer-musician Lola Coca at her London home, interview for The-645

The 645: Some may say your lyrics are honest and outspoken, would you agree?
Lola: 
I mean, they’re honest in so far getting what’s within, out. Outspoken, perhaps but only because I’m not waiting for permission to speak honestly about my life.

The 645: Are love songs really for losers?
Lola: 
I think lately I’ve been identified as a crooner or a torch singer, usually deals with unrequited love, so you’re asking the wrong person. (Laughs)

The 645: Your music is gaining attention, do you find this has had an impact on your life at all?
Lola: 
In terms of overcoming fears, and being forced to rise above adversity – Sure.

The 645: Describe your music in 5 words?
Lola: 
The miseducation of Lola Coca.

The 645: The first album you ever purchased.
Lola: 
No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom.

The 645: Favourite Movie?
Lola: Showgirls.

A conversation with singer-musician Lola Coca at her London home, interview for The-645
A conversation with singer-musician Lola Coca at her London home, interview for The-645
A conversation with singer-musician Lola Coca at her London home, interview for The-645
A conversation with singer-musician Lola Coca at her London home, interview for The-645

The 645: What was the last book you read?
Lola: 
Audre Lorde – Your silence won’t protect you.

The 645: What is your go-to style?
Lola: Inspired and simultaneously at the moment.

The 645: Top track you have been listening to on repeat?
Lola: 
The Flamingos – Only have eyes for you.

The 645: Tell us something we don’t know about you?
Lola:
All the things that you know about yourself, you know about me. All the things you are yet to know about yourself, you are yet to know about me. You and I aren’t separate and are part of a whole. We are one big web of mirrors and that’s probably something you didn’t know about me on a surface level, but you must know already deep down for me to know it too.

The 645: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Lola: With a family and animals living mountain and beachside expressing in different avenues of creativity.

@lolacoca
www.lolacoca.com

Words: Tatyana Chmaissani
Photo: Ioannis Koussertari