Wake Up Call, the first on-site W Hotel music festival took place in W Hotels around the world, including Hollywood, Barcelona, and Bali this year. Past performers have included Charli XCX, Tove Lo, Robin Schulz, Sam Feldt, and more. Swedish singer and songwriter, Tove Lo, sat down with Billboard Radio China at W Bali studio and discussed her new singles with Charli XCX, Phoebe Ryan and future plan.
At W Hotels Hollywood, she went to surprised her friend Charli XCX by dancing in front of her stage while. When asked how she and Charli XCX knew each other, she told us it was through mutual contacts in the industry. They became good friends over time and “are very supportive of each other’s careers.” They have collaborated on quite a few songs, including Lo’s new single “bitches”.
“Bitches” was first released with no features, but later Tove felt that the song’s “fun, cheeky, female empowerment message” would be conveyed stronger with the female artists that she “know, respect and love.” So she invited Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant, ALMA to join her in the remix. The gang all got into their bossed-up selves in the video.
The video was the group of artists acting as BDSM coaches for a couple who is looking to spice up their relationship. “It’s all done with a bit of humor,” Tove Lo laughs. “The idea of it was mine and I worked on it with a director, Lucia Aniello … we developed it together and all the girls was really down and brought their vibe to it.”
Tove Lo definitely has her share of collaborating with her great musician friends. She is also featured on Phoebe Ryan's “Heart Attack”. The song was written spontaneously at the writing camp in Nicaragua, recorded at 2 A.M. “It’s really fun to work with your friends,” she expresses, “it releases a lot of the usual politics around stuff.”
Talking about her first time in China, Tove said that she “had an amazing experience” in Shanghai earlier this year. Despite that she was nervous to come to a place that she had never played for, seeing the fans in Tove Lo T-shirts, knowing all the lyrics and vibing with her at the show, “it really felt like that they’ve been waiting for me for a long time,” she said.
On October 19th, Tove Lo will release her forthcoming Blue Lips film. The film is named for the Swedish singer's 14-track album, which dropped last November. Beside film, “ I am already working on my new music now.” She added.
Listen to the full interview on Billboard Radio China.
Author: Zhuoyi Anthony Zhang / Benson Zhang