International artist Elliphant at Falls Festival in Byron Bay.
International artist Elliphant at Falls Festival in Byron Bay. Marc Stapelberg

Elliphant: From Sweden with love

ELLINOR Miranda Salome Olovsdotter, better known by her stage name Elliphant, is a Swedish singer, songwriter and rapper.

Falls Festival was her second visit to Byron Bay, after performing at Splendour last year.

Elliphant had a chat to Pulse before her gig in Byron Bay.

What makes Swedish musicians so special?

When it comes to feel music and the arts, Sweden has always been a bit ahead of other countries around us. Why? First, we have never dubbed American TV to Swedish so we speak perfect English and language is not an issue.

Second, we had an eccentric king a couple of hundred years ago (Jean-Baptiste Jules Bernadotte, 1763 - 1844) who was French, and when he came to Sweden he used all those taxes from farmers to build opera houses and culture. All that makes Sweden very much at the front of arts, music and film in Europe.

Did European audiences give you your first break in music?

No. For me it was England first. Then America has been the biggest support for me, and that has to do with the support I received from Diplo and Skrillex.

We seem to be very interested in Scandinavian music lately ...

Sweden is a very multicultural place.

Compared to America and Australia, Sweden is very old.

We started immigration with Chileans back in the 1970s, then Iran, and so on, so it's easy to switch out to the world if you have lived in a multicultural society.



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