"Humans change, constantly. We are all very different". So when Ellinor Olovsdotter, an eclectic, 29 year old Swedish artist who answers to the name Elliphant proclaims, "I am Elliphant, who are you?" she genuinely wants to know. Who are you? What stage in your evolution as a human being are you at?
Elliphant is at an interesting stage of her own. She is a completely unique and utterly fascinating musical creature. Her main mojo in the past has been playing somewhat of a mistress to the club and dancehall scene, whipping up reggae and dub-stop flavored tracks, collaborating with the likes of Skrillex and Diplo.
On her newest single "Love Me Badder", the saucy singer slides into pop, punching it with her own unique stamp of course. "When you say pop the first thing that pops into your head is Spice Girls, maybe," she told us during her recent session. "Actually, what pop is, is probably the prov [ed note: short for provocative] pop that I do." She later it explains the term. "It is provocative in the sense that it's never going to follow any line. It's never going to be a genre, really...it's going to be a reggae pop song, or a rock pop song, techno pop song, you know what I mean?"
We know what you mean...especially after witnessing the unique session she recently performed for us. We're not sure what type of pop song you would file these performances of "Revolusion", "Love Me Badder", and "Down On Life" away as, but that's the point in Elliphant's world. Here, she dials back the beats and instrumentation, but not the intensity. So have at this session with one of the most interesting artists we've ever had the pleasure of working with.
- Hello, I am Elliphant. Who are you? Humans change constantly. We're all very different. My surroundings taint my brain And I look at it as one of the most precious things about being born in this age. That you have that possibility to change and to explore yourself. But I think the whole...why it's important to get away from your identity-centered...the person that you're being kinda forced into to become, because you constantly have witnesses and family around you and it's hard to explore yourself in that box. not lookin for a home But for a place to die Do you dare to be scared in this G? Then you one of me, tonight It's super important to me, especially being a woman, that you can go through so much; like being out there in the world alone experiencing... Challenging yourself. Even if life is still hard sometimes and even if you're sad sometimes or bored, even if it's always going to always be like this, you don't have to close yourself in at all, you can just be free. Revolusion! Revolusion! Say! Say! Say! Revolusion! I got all to give what you lose In this my body hmm, is a proof of your fire Look at me I am a teen wolf, playing in the green We're alone among friends and lick our broken dreams Get one foot in, keep one foot out It's all about us rumble and shout Now! Now! Now! Now! Revolusion! Now! Now! Now! Now! Revolusion! Revolusion! Revolusion! Revolusion! Say! Say! Say! Revolusion! Revolusion! Revolusion! Revolusion! Revolusion! I make pop music. I call it provocative pop, prov pop. When you say pop, the first thing that pops into your head is Spice Girls maybe. But actually what pop is, it's probably prov pop that I do. Even if I have sometime a rough language in my lyrics and stuff that's not really what I mean with provocative, because actually that's like, I don't think that is provocative. Language is just words, but I think it's provocative in the sense that it's never gonna follow any line, it's never gonna be a genre really. It's not gonna be like, oh, you hear the first tune of the song and you know, oh this is an Elliphant song. And that's not how it's gonna be. It's gonna be a reggae song, a reggae pop song, a rock pop song, techno pop song, you know what I mean? My pillow smells like your cologne For me, music is...it's about being honest about myself. I don't wanna put up there an alias of who I am, I wanna sell myself like a slut. You gangsta ways turn me on You touch me right and you love me wrong Give it to me, give it to me Show it to me, show it to me Come up on me, come up on me Oh baby Say no one No one loves me badder Than you, I say I say I say No one I just feel it's really cool to hear myself stripped down. Because for example, I was doing this dubstep track, it's very, very produced, and to hear it stripped down into this and you can really feel the melodies of the song and...yeah, suddenly it just feels you're making real music or something. Nobody love, nobody body love me Badder than you, oh Love Me Badder is the song I'm pushing out there to the radios and stuff, I really want people to listen to this song and like bounce around. This is my pop track. You stole my heart boy, you robbed me blind You so criminal, we so criminal Give it to me, give it to me Show it to me, show it to me Come up on me, come up on me Oh baby Say no one No one loves me badder Than you, I say I say I say No one Say no one No one loves me badder Than you Nobody love, nobody body love me Nobody love, nobody body love me Nobody love, nobody body love me Badder than you I fire fire bullets for you, man You take them take them bullets for me The biggest strength I have as a pop artist is the fact that I will stand up for what is real. That's what I want to represent. I want to be very, very honest, I wanna represent change, I wanna be expressing myself. No one, no one, no No one loves me No one loves me badder than you No one loves me badder than you No one, no one, no one, no No one loves me badder than you No one loves me badder than you Nobody love, nobody body love me Nobody love, nobody body love me Nobody love, nobody body love me Badder than you Pop has become a genre, I think from the beginning it wasn't. It was like that weird morph that came out of rock and other music and it turned into something we call pop. The whole bay is full of it Down On Life is like my first to step into the pop world, it was the first singing song that I ever recorded, I think. It was the one that got the most attention. I always try to perform it, because it means, it's like a song I'm very thankful to. Just means the world to me. ...all my shadows for a walk tonight I could use a break, me need to go down, down, down, down on life I need you to take all my shadows for a walk tonight Down the central of your sensual sense Freak more freaks now while I got my chance But keeps on cool dubs, don't waste the time The day is soon to come when you're gone Need it all I say I could use a break, me need to go down, down, down, down on life I need you to take all my shadows for a walk tonight I feel like most people... I think some people feel really uncomfortable listening to my music because you can hear what it is. It is real, it's not a professional girl that's doing this, this is something on the way to something. I can imagine some people instantly not liking it at all, and some people feeling really connected to it. These days, life is a calling Life not a waiting life is running away But long after you're gone, your question would still be answered If you're here, now you'll be apart forever You'll be apart forever I could use a break, me need to go down, down, down, down on life I need you to take all my shadows for a walk tonight I could use a break, me need to go down, down, down, down on life I need you to take all my shadows for a walk tonight For a walk tonight For a walk tonight For a walk tonight For a walk tonight Whats up, this is Elliphant. You're watching and listening to Baeble music, and I'm here, guest in this today, and this was funny.
"I've got four faces," Elliphant declares. "One of them is the crazy club girl. Then, there's my hip-hop side. I can also get all R&B on you. A lot of the time, I just feel like a hippie." All four of those "faces" peek through the Swedish pop maverick's second EP, One More [Kemosabe Records/Record Company TEN]. It's a musical patchwork that's as warm as it is wild. After the success of her first stateside EP, Look Like You Love It, Elliphant holed up in Los Angeles for the majority of 2014, locking herself in the studio and writing countless songs. During the process, the girl legally known as Ellinor Olovsdotter experienced something of a revelation. "I want to be an artist that reflects reality in everythinggood and bad," she admits. "Life is always changing, and I want to be a reflection of what life is. You never have to choose black and white; you can stay in the grey zone. While you're there, be experimental as long as you're true to who you are. Music isn't meant to be solid. It's fluid. The music is a little more naked now. It really shows who I am." Teaming up with Grammy Award-winning producer Joel Little [Lorde, Broods], her approach yielded the intoxicating, yet intricate title track "One More" featuring M. As soon as she unveiled the single, it became the "#1 Most Tweeted Song on Twitter", while its clever and cinematic music video racked up over 500,000 views in less than month. A snappy beat kicks off this ride as the vibe veers between rap cadence and electro pop sheen. At the center of it all, Elliphant offers an unbridled and unfiltered vignette into her life. The song's infectious exterior belies its dark underbelly. "It's about my girls at home," she continues. "We have this pretty intense crew in Sweden of six or seven girls. It's a bittersweet group. We all come from the same part of Stockholm. We all have single mothers with problems. When we go out drinking or partying, we talk about fucked up things. It's friendship; but it's also loneliness. Usually, only one of us has money, but we drink together and let it all out." On the other end of the spectrum, she examines love for the first time on the shimmering, yet sassy "Never Been In Love". Once again, it's balanced by her ability to assume multiple perspectives and view life from numerous angles. "I was alone in L.A. for a month," she recalls. "I got so inspired by the idea of falling in love. I never wrote about love before. Now, I'm writing about it because I want to start exposing my system to the idea of being with someone. It's a break from the fear and bullshit of what goes on in this world. If you open the doors to the mystery of this planet, you can experience so much." That vulnerability somewhat explains her own musical boundlessness leading to collaborations with everybody from Skrillex to Bunji Garlin and Diplo. As she made waves overseas in 2012, well-known producer Dr. Luke also fell under her spell, signing her in collaboration with Record Company TEN to his own Kemosabe Records in the United States. 2014 saw her hit the road supporting Charli XCX on a nationwide tour that packed houses nightly, exposing her to a whole new audience along the way. Plus, Elliphant has won over top tastemakers including Pitchfork, FADER, and many more. Ultimately though, Elliphant wants everybody to enjoy One More with her. She smiles, "It's music for any occasion. There are happy moments. There's energy. There's darkness. I hope it can be your soundtrack."