Here at STAXX, we're big on music. In fact, our founder Anna was a professional drummer for a decade before launching the brand. Music inspires us, motivates us to keep going, and is a huge influence in the world of STAXX.
Below, Anna has shared her top 10 bands to listen to, take style cues from and play in our studio. We hope these inspire your next playlist (or outfit!)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Karen O, what a woman! We’ve been listening to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for almost 20 years — they appeared in New York in the early 2000s and have been breaking new ground in indie music ever since. Karen O’s vocals are as distinctive as her sense of style, truly unique and fearless. On stage, she wears outrageous glam rock pieces designed by her friend Christian Joy, who has also created stage looks for the likes of Childish Gamibo and Maggie Rogers. For a taste of the indie-rock stylings of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, check out this heartbreaking video for Maps and for a deeper dive, check out one of our favourite albums It’s Blitz!
Known as the punk poet laureate, Patti Smith has been fusing rock and poetry since releasing her first album Horses in 1975. Smith is a true pioneer and someone who has always walked to the beat of her own drum. She is also known for her activism and for never conforming to expectations, which is why we love her. In 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We highly recommend reading her memoir, Just Kids, which follows her time living in 1970s Manhattan as is a fascinating insight into her experience as a struggling young artist.
FKA twigs is a total icon and has been a muse for us since day one of STAXX. This multi-talented musician, dancer and actor (who also pole dances and performs the martial art Wushu on stage) blends genres to create an entirely unique, irreplicable style of music. Twigs’ personal style is as eclectic as her sound, she’s often dressed in gothic inspired costumes by designer Ed Marler on stage and her jewellery game is strong. Check out her latest song Don’t Judge Me and the powerful video that was released with it.
How can we talk about our favourite music without mentioning Bowie? One of the greatest musicians of all time, Bowie was a shapeshifter and true creative force that has been an inspirational figure for creatives everywhere since he started his career in the late 1970s. Not only was Bowie a musician, but he was an actor, painter, art collector, and artist. He was known for creating characters like Ziggy Stardust (pictured) and Aladdin Sane that were an insight into his creative genius and ability to build a world around his music.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (also known as BRMC) are a Californian rock band that have been around since the late 90s. Named after Marlon Brando’s fictional motorcycle gang in the film The Wild One, we love BRMC’s heavy guitars and thumping drums that are their signature sound. Proper rock’n’roll music that makes the ultimate driving music. Aesthetically, they’re all about tough leather jackets, worn out denim and band tees — our personal go-to uniform. The band also stars one of our favourite female drummers, Leah Shapiro, who joined in 2008.
You may not recognise the name, but you’ll definitely recognise the opening bars to Supergrass’ most famous song Alright. We love this band’s iconic Brit rock sound — they were part of the wave of bands coming out of the UK in the 90s that provided the soundtrack of the decade alongside the likes of Blur and Oasis. Dive into their discography with one of our favourite albums, Road to Rouen. Perfect music for a Sunday summer afternoon.
Experimental, quirky and off-beat, Icelandic pop icon Björk’s music can’t be put into a neat genre. Her career began when she was 11, and she’s since created a huge discography that spans electronic, dance, jazz, alternative rock, contemporary classical and much more. Other than her mesmerising voice and idiosyncratic personality, she’s known for her otherworldly sense of style — one of her most iconic looks was the swan dress she wore to the 2001 Oscars (the dress even has its own Wikipedia page!) Björk is a true original.
Bruce Springsteen is an indisputable American Icon, his 1984 album Born is the U.S.A sold 30 million records worldwide and is considered one of the best-selling albums of all time. They don’t call him The Boss for nothing! We love Springsteen because so much of his music and life has always remained grounded and true to his working class, down to earth beginnings. Aesthetically, we’re really inspired by 80s Americana and who better represents that than Bruce? Fun fact: he has 20. Yes, TWENTY Grammys.
A band we would happily listen to on a daily basis is Fleetwood Mac. They’ve broken up and reunited more times than we can count, but they’re early albums continue to be some of the most soulful folk music ever. We take a lot of inspiration from the band’s 70s boho style: we can't get enough of all the suede, tassels and gypsy skirts worn by Stevie Nicks (who we also named one of our bracelets after!) and Christine McVie. There is a huge back catalogue to listen to from this legendary band. We recommend starting with Rumours, one of their best-sellers, and going from there.
Tom Waits is a bit of a legend in our books. He’s considered one of the best songwriters of all time and his distinctive gravelly voice gives his music depth and soul. He’s a blues musician that is famously private about his life, but that hasn’t stopped people from trying to learn more — there have been seven biographies written on him! We love his thoughtful, melancholic style and think he’s a bit of an under-appreciated musical icon. His discography is enormous and there are plenty of gems to be found.