Meet Elliphant: Sweden’s Most Unconventional Pop Star

Adam Pyarali | July 2, 2013 8:41 am

Sometimes a simple question invites a dozen different responses: That’s what we learned when up-and-coming artist Elliphant visited our studio for a chat. The singer had already received numerous accolades in 2013 — being compared to artists like M.I.A. and Santigold, landing an opening spot on tour with Twin Shadow and even getting a Twitter shoutout from Katy Perry — but, as she explained to us, she’s still just a waitress in her native Sweden. (Well, she’s sort of from Sweden, but other places too — as she explained.)

Elliphant has a rare, engaging personality that aligns nicely with her hypnotic, eccentric pop, which became clearer as we spoke with the singer about her life as a free-spirited citizen of the world while recording the music on her debut album. Another surprise: Elliphant has a famous producer friend by the name of Dr. Luke. (Heard of him?) The story of how an unusual friendship was forged between the unorthodox singer-songwriter and the chart-topping megaproducer shouldn’t be missed. 

Watch up top.