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Hollie Cook – Strictly LOVE

RSS: When you go out on a Saturday night, what sort of music turns you on?

Hollie Cook: I like to go out to Reggae nights, Rock concerts, Drum and Bass clubs, lots of different stuff. Anything from Dusty Springfield and David Bowie to Andy C and Notorious B.I.G. It depends on the mood I’m in.

RSS: Are there any acts you want to see here at Summerjam?

Hollie Cook: I want to see Nneka. I’ve seen her before, she’s really gorgeous and I want to see Burning Spear and Beenie Man.

RSS: What do you think about the Summerjam festival?

Hollie Cook: It’s really nice. I love the open water. I think I might go for a swim.

RSS: You recently covered Amy Winehouse for a tribute CD by Q magazine. Is she an influence on you?

Hollie Cook: Yeah, definitely. I’m a big Amy Winehouse fan. She was influenced heavily by Jazz, Reggae and 60s Pop music, which is where I can relate to her. It’s a strange thing to record one of her songs, because I was really affected by her passing. I tried to make it my own and do it justice.

RSS: You being a few years younger than Amy, does her death make you think about potential dangers in the music business?

Hollie Cook: Sure. It can be a lot to deal with. I personally am not experiencing that level of success and attention, so I can only begin to feel what it must have been like for her. If you are a kind of tortured soul then that amount of success must be difficult to deal with.I think I can handle everything. I come from a good place and have lots of support systems around me. I have never feared that going down that road could happen to me… I hope anyway.

RSS: Maybe it’s a good thing that you have a slower start into the system.

Hollie Cook: I would never have wanted to be catapulted into the business like that. I couldn’t handle that.

RSS: With your parents’ background, do you think that you will also deal with more political issues in the future?

Hollie Cook: It’s not my thing. I choose to keep my views to myself. That’s a personal thing to me. I like to keep it strictly… LOVE.

RSS: Thanks very much.

[alert type=”blue”] Listen to snippets of Hollie Cook’s self-titled album or the Dub version provided by Prince Fatty at Amazon or visit her website for more information. A German version of this interview can be found in the current issue of Rocking Steady magazine.

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Ever since the Two Tone bug bit him in the early 1980s, Pete has been a dedicated follower of Ska. Thirty years, hundreds of gigs and thousands of records later, he still just can't stop it. Besides writing here, he occasionally contributes to Dynamite magazine and is one of the organisers of the Freedom Sounds Festival in Cologne.
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