Born and raised in South West London, Arlo Parks is changing the way we look at music, poetry and everything in between. In December, we hosted an intimate launch party, where she gave a stripped-back performance of her confessional literature, spoken-word poetry and raw, relatable songwriting. Check out the interview below.
1. What’s your pre-gig ritual?
The band and I rage to ‘Never Fight a Man with a Perm” by Idles at full blast and I stomp around.
2. What influences your work? Do you find inspiration in any unexpected places?
I’m inspired by poetry, fine art and film. I’ve been inspired by colour palettes in editorial magazines before which is a little strange.
3. What does self-expression mean to you?
It means acting on your personal sense of purpose. Pure self-expression is the most important thing to me on this earth.
4. If you could have started any band, which would it be and why?
Kraftwerk because it was so odd and pioneering in terms of synthesis and what music is.
5. What advice would you give to young people trying to get where you are?
Never stop – don’t think about doing things, do them — the good things will come.
6. What motivated you more to be where you are now: the people who said ‘you can’t do this’ or the people who said ‘you can’?
The people who said I couldn’t undoubtedly.
7. What Docs are on your wishlist right now?
The black Vintage 1461s.
8. What does Dr. Martens mean to you?
It means passion, hard work and not being afraid to get your hands dirty.