Tove Lo is Pop's Cool Girl Writing Her Own Rules

Tove Lo is Pop's Cool Girl Writing Her Own Rules

For V103, We Caught Up With A Medley Of Our Favorite Pop Pioneers—remixed By Charlie Engman. Here, Swedish sensation Tove Lo

For V103, We Caught Up With A Medley Of Our Favorite Pop Pioneers—remixed By Charlie Engman. Here, Swedish sensation Tove Lo

Styling: John Colver

Text: Charlie Engman

Who are your musical icons?

This makes me think of who I wanted to be and tried  to mimic when I was a kid—who made me feel things for the first time. That was Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Prince, and Robyn, to name a few.

What was the first album you purchased?

The Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York live album. I listened to it on my Walkman all the time and just walked around my neighborhood. I later heard they apparently hated doing that show and it made me really sad.

Which artists are you listening to right now?

I’m obsessed with Christine and the Queens. She’s so incredibly talented and badass and her live show is amazing. I have a crush on both her and one of her dancers. I also have Broods’ new album, Conscious, on repeat, not ’cause I’m on it, but ’cause every song is a fucking bolt to the heart, in a good way. Others that blow my mind are Troye Sivan, Jarryd James, Todd Terje, SBTRKT, Azekel, and Rihanna. I could go on.

My favorite part about touring would have to be...

Sweating for an hour and a half together with my fans. I love everything about touring. Seeing a new city every day, living on top of each other on a bus, the freedom. You’re in the moment.

How would you describe your style?

Bare, effortless, a little hippie grunge. I could be topless and barefoot in just ripped jeans all year round. I still enjoy dressing up, though. I like colors, but, being Swedish, I’m easily drawn to black.

Do you ever get nervous before going on stage?

I feel tons of adrenaline, but I’m rarely nervous. TV used to scare the shit out of me, though. You go from zero to one hundred and every second is accounted for. I need a little fuck up space.

The best thing about being a performer is…

To fully get to express myself the way I want to. My stage, my rules. The songwriting is a huge part of this as well. I get to say whatever I want and feel and to then see how it connects with people at my shows, to sing together with my fans. It’s hard to describe how huge that feels. I hope I get to do this for a very long time.

Lady Wood is available from Island Records this fall.

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