First & Last… with ‘DIY-punk’ artist Louise Distras

By Steven Oldham

Louise Distras is a self-proclaimed ‘DIY-punk’ artist, and up-and-coming singer songwriter.

The talented 24-year-old performed in Stockport last month for the annual Strummercamp festival.

She describes her style as “honest, catchy, DIY punk rock.  Not the sugar coated stuff you hear on the radio” and she has been performing since she was just 14.

You can catch her full-length interview with MM from last month here, but here’s how she fared with our usual questions…

First CD you owned?

‘Flava’ by Peter Andre

Last film you saw?

Lady & The Tramp. I’ve been on a Disney binge this week.

Last visit to Manchester was for…? (aside from today)

Last year when I did an interview and session for a Music TV programme called ‘Our House’ in Stockport.

First Mancunian you’d choose to spend the day with?

It would have to be Gary Barlow. When I was a little girl I loved Take That and Gary Barlow was my hero. So as much as the grown up Louise wants to spend it with Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange), I’d have to honour the six-year-old Louise and spend it with Gary Barlow instead. Swoon.

Last Mancunian you’d choose to spend the day with?

It’s a tie between any actor that’s been in Hollyoaks, and Liam Gallagher.

First thing you think of when someone says ‘Manchester’ to you?

Britpop, without a doubt.

It’s your last day on earth and you are in Manchester – what do you spend it doing?

I’d probably go to Heaton Park to see the Alpaca’s and spend the day laid in the sun eating ice cream, playing guitar and reading books.

Desert island disc?

A compilation of all my favourite songs.

Desert island drink (water provided)?

Cream Soda.

Last book you read?

‘Thus Spake Zarathustra’, which is a philosophical novel by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

First club / bar you visited in Manchester?

It was to play a gig at Dry Bar on my old bands first ever tour when I was 20.

Last holiday you went on?

Fort William in Scotland last year.

City or United?


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