Ever wondered what music your favourite band listens too? What songs inspire the best songwriters?

In this feature we’ll speak to some of HOT VOX’s favourite new artists on the gigging scene. This week we've caught up with Louis & The Shakes to find out what songs shaped them to be the musicians and artists they are today and what’s on their Spotify Playlist.

Song from the first album you ever bought/listened to? (Louis Antoniou, Vocalist & guitarist) 

Clint Eastwood, Gorillaz. I remember staying up past 11 and watching the video premier live on Channel 4, absolute scenes on a school night. 

A song you wish you had written? (Louis Antoniou, Vocalist & guitarist) 

Nick Cave Red Right Hand. Not only is it the theme to one of my favourite shows (Peaky Blinders) but the song is gripping, with demon vocals, eery lyrics and a catchy as hell hook, mixed into a bad ass cocktail  of sound. 

What song inspires you (Will Finnerty, Bassist) 

There’s lots of songs that inspire me but my biggest inspiration and the reason I play in a band and trying to pursue a career in music is all down to Jack Blacks School of Rock. Whenever that track is played (even though its kids and a middle age man) it brings back the memory of when I went to the cinema as a little kid and left with an idea of what I wanted to do in life. Cheers Jack 

What was the last song you purchases (Will Finnerty, Bassist) 

I don’t purchase music anymore really unless it’s independent artists. The last music I actually paid money for (not from a monthly subscription) was my friend Bronwyn Leonard's single 'Map Me Out'.  On the other hand, the most recent album I saved to my Apple Music library was Lil Wayne Carter V. Not very rock n roll but the dudes still a rockstar. 

A song that makes you feel nostalgic? (Manny O'Donnell, Drummer) 

I would say the song that makes me fee Nostalgic would be Childish Gambino’s “Telegraph ave. (Oakland) the song an absolute banger and reminds me of holidays in LA. 

Your favourite sing-along song in the shower? (Jamie Lawson, Guitarist)  

Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up. Undeniably catchy tune, love belting this out, although I don't think my room mate appreciates my Rick Astley impression. 

A song that confirmed your love for music? (Manny O'Donnell, Drummer)

The song that made me fall in love with music would probably be when my sister gave me my first CD when I was a kid. It was Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory. The first  song on that Album is Papercut. That song definitely made me fall in love with music. 

A song you put on when getting ready for a big night out? (Jamie Lawson, Guitarist)  

Omen - The Prodigy. Few beers, playing Fifa with the lads then this comes on...all hell breaks loose. 

The song do you put on repeat if you’ve just had your heart broken? (Jamie Lawson, Guitarist) 

Maggie May - Rod Stewart. There's something about the melody to this tune which pulls on the heartstrings for me. I know Louis is a fan of this song too. Has a real nostalgic feel to it too. 

Your worst guilty pleasure song? (Louis Antoniou, Vocalist & Guitarist

Hopelessly Devoted To You Olivia Newton John. Nuff said. 


You can listen to the bands playlist in the Spotify link below.


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