Whistles Playlist: AW13 Show tunes by Lou Hayter


Show tunes are almost as exciting as the clothes - this season we asked musician Lou Hayter to create our AW13 show soundtrack for London Fashion Week. Here you can listen to the exclusive mix as well as reading our Q&A with Lou, who tells us about her new projects and old influences. 

Part of the New Young Pony Club, Lou also fronts her own band The New Sins. She recently collaborated with JB Dunckel from Air on an album called Tomorrow's World and has an inherent ability to wear clothes with effortless elegance - we can't get enough of her cool British ways.


Who are your female style icons?
Jane Birkin, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Brigitte Bardot, Francoise Hardy, the Helmet Newton girls. 

Can you tell us about your influences?
Musically there are so many but the big ones are probably Can, Bowie, Prince, Stereolab, Erik Satie, Minnie Riperton, Arthur Russell, Robert Wyatt.

What place did music have in your upbringing?
I grew up in a house full of music, my sister listening to the Human League, my brother Bowie and Prince and my eldest brother a complete music obsessive who passed the bug on to me. I started playing the piano at 5 and was also listening to classical music via my parents. Music's always been around me. 

How did the Whistles AW13 collection influence your mix?

The collection is for Winter, lots of dark blues and greens and some lovely sharp leather pieces. I decided to open with Laura Palmer's theme to open create a wintery ambience and end with 'Tomorrow Never Knows' by The Beatles to represent the 60's-influenced pieces which also have a modern edge as I feel like this track still sounds so modern today. In between that there were fresh, modern tracks like Factory Floor, Solange and Tiga and to represent the freshness of the collection and Girls on Top for femininity. 

How do you feel when you hear your music playing?
It feels quite weird but I like it. Recently I heard my Tomorrow's World track on the radio which was really exciting. 

What gets you excited about music?
Everything! I get excited about new music, new sounds but just as excited about old tracks that I've always loved.  

Any tips on how apply the perfect red lip?
Not sure if I'm very good at it myself but I would say be confident and if it's too shiny add some pressed powder on top.

What was the last album/tracks you downloaded?
'Say That' by Toro Y Moi, 'Jialong' by Daphni, 'Fall Back' by Factory Floor,  'Slower' by Brandy, 'The Expanding Universe' by Laurie Speigel. 

What’s next?
My Tomorrow's World album is out in April, it's a collaboration with JB Dunckel from Air so I think we'll be touring that for the next year. I also have a New Sins single in the pipeline, it's a club track which should be out before the summer.