Tove Stykre is loved by Miley Cyrus and Lorde, and when you watch her star as a runaway bride in the freshly-dropped ‘Mistakes’ video, you’ll join the party. Her next album and a tour are also on the way!
Rising Swedish popstar Tove Stykre, 24, is the voice behind the insanely catchy track “Borderline,” which blew up after receiving a sick Vanic remix, and she’s earned accolades from Lorde (who she’ll be touring with in 2018) and Elton John. As Tove gears up to release her third studio album, fans will be glad to hear that she plans to get back on the road as soon as it’s out!
Below, we chat about what’s been inspiring the followup to 2015’s Kiddo, Tove’s favorite fellow Swedes and everything in between. We met at the Amnesty International x Sofar Sounds Give A Home show at Lazzoni Furniture in NYC on Sept. 20; as it turns out, it’s both the weirdest place she’s ever played a gig, and the weirdest place I’ve ever conducted an interview. (As you read, imagine Tove kicking back on a very expensive couch, looking relaxed as hell.)
Okay, so “Mistakes” rules.
I’m so excited that it’s out! “Mistakes” has been my baby for months, and now it’s everybody’s baby. It’s everyone’s to dance to.
What’s going on in the video?
I made it with Swedish director Joanna Nordahl. She’s the best. It’s a Runaway Bride-type theme with a twist, and some Britney references, as per usual with me. Don’t miss it. It would be…a big mistake if you don’t watch it. [Laughs]
How’s progress on the album coming?
I’ve been in the studio for almost two years now. It’s insane, but fun. I’m realizing that I’m really slow because it’s important to me to put so much time into every song. It’s a big project and I want it to be perfect. So it takes time!
My mission this fall is to finish an album and put it out next year.
Can’t wait. What’s been your inspiration this time around?
Feelings! [Laughs] And people. My last album was about my place in the world and very outward-looking, while this is more introspective. It’s about love and emotions — why I connect with certain people, what the feeling is. I think that’s fascinating.
It’s clear that your new material is very different, particularly the way you’ve been vocalizing. How are you feeling about this new direction?
Yes! I’m singing a lot softer than I’ve done before. I’ve found new expressions in my voice that I never knew about, like I never had a rasp, but when I take it down, I get some structure…it sounds sexy!
Can’t argue there. Now, you’ve postponed tour to finish work on the album. Any updates as to when we can see you live?
As soon as I finish the album and put it out, I want to tour ’till I die! I can’t wait to be back. I was so fast to say “yes” to this gig! I’m so happy, because I was looking forward to all of those shows.
What’s the weirdest or most unique venue you’ve played?
Westway, that old strip club in NYC, was definitely one of them. There were disco torsos hanging from the ceiling! And the bums. Glitter butts everywhere. But we’re in a furniture shop, so this one wins.
Who would you want to collaborate with next?
I’m such a fan of SZA. I’ve been listening to her album on repeat. I love Khalid, too.
Who makes you starstruck?
Any actor. They make me weird because I feel like I know them when I’ve seen them on a screen for more than 3 minutes. I went up and said “hi” to a girl in Sweden who was, like, in a commercial. I’m weird around actors.
Is there a pat on the back you got from a celebrity that had you shook?
I got a shout-out from Elton John on Radio 1. That was big. He said the words, “I love this song.” That’s cool. And Lena Dunham called me “dream woman.” I was like, where do I go from here?
I have to ask about the “other” Tove. I assume you’re best friends?
I’m a fan of Tove Lo. I love her!
So many amazing artists have come from Sweden.
Zara [Larsson], too. I stan everyone. All of the girls.
If you and Tove Lo toured together, I think everyone would lose it.
The world would explode. [Laughs] Can I recommend Swedes?
Seinabo Sey and Beatrice Eli are both amazing artists.
I’ll have to check them out. Anything else you want us to know?
Stay tuned for more songs! I’m dropping some remixes soon.