“You’re gone and I’ve gotta stay..”
Known for her elegant heartfelt electropop sound and raw lyrical honesty, Tove Lo first broke into the music scene and gained worldwide popularity with her hit single “Habits (Stay High)”. The track crashed into the UK Top 10, reached #3 on the Billboard 100, sold over 3 million copies worldwide, peaked inside the iTunes Top Ten in 40 different countries, and have captured the attention of Lorde, Ellie Goulding and Katy Perry.
The 28-year-old singer from Stockhold, Sweeden who supported Katy Perry on her Australian Tour, was also featured on Alesso‘s “Heroes (we could be)“. Having recently gone through a surgery to remove a cyst on her vocal chords, Tove Lo released her debut studio album “Queen Of The Clouds” in September 2014.
Featuring singles “Habits (Stay High)” and “Talking Body”, we recently got in touch with the singer for a quick catch up. Here’s what went down:
Your entry into the music industry started with you writing songs for other artistes including Icona Pop and Cher Lloyd. Have you aways wanted to work in the music industry?
Since I was a teenager, yes. I knew I would be happy as long as I would do music in some way.
What lead/inspired you to release music as an artiste yourself?
Just the fact that I had very personal songs I couldn’t give away. And I wanted to release something just the way I wanted it. My voice, my words, kind of.
Yours singles “Habits (Stay High)” and “Not On Drugs” are rather dark. What inspired those songs and is there something about the drug metaphor that appeals to you as a songwriter?
It’s me. I’m all happy and bubbly on the outside but inside I’m dark and twisted as f*ck. I like drug references because they explain so well all the over whelming feelings of love.
How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never heard of any of your stuff before?
Dirty pop you can dance and cry to at the same time.
Who would you say was your musical inspiration as you were growing up?
I listened to stuff like Nirvana, Hole, Silverchair. Later on that became more Robyn and Lykke Li. I think you can hear it all in my songs.
What song on your EP would you say is your personal favourite and why?
On my EP..hm.. I have to say “Habits” cause it opened the world for me.
What can you tell us about what’s currently in the pipeline for you this 2015?
I’ll be on the road for most of this year. I’ll be working on my next album and I’ll release some more bad *ss videos!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I don’t think that far ahead.
Tell us ONE thing about Tove Lo that not a lot of people know.
I’ve gotten that question so much I have nothing left to say haha. I have 3 kidneys. That’s kinda weird?!
Tove Lo’s album “Queen Of The Clouds” can be purchased via iTunes. Big thanks to our buddies at Universal Music for arranging this interview for us.
We leave you today with “Talking Body” by Tove Lo: