Records hold a very special place in the hearts of listeners, especially musicians. Whether it be through the distinct artwork or a stand-out track, records have the unique ability to instantly take us back to the first time we heard them. We spoke to Tove Styrke about her experiences and thoughts on some of her favourite records and the influence they’ve had on her life as a musician, and the making of her new album, KIDDO.

Did any albums influence the writing, music or production of KIDDO?

I’ve had so many different influences and it ranges between songs, movies, people, experiences and even places. If I had to choose any specific albums, I think I’d go with the Kill Bill soundtracks since those movies was one of my bigger influences especially in the beginning of the creative process with Kiddo.


What is your favourite album of all time?

Björk’s  Debut.

What was the first album you bought with your own money?

Björk’s  Debut.


Which album has influenced your music style the most?

M.I.A’s Arular, I think. My ambition is always to make my own productions as simple as possible, and I often tend to have that album in the back of my head when we’re recording. It’s really hard to not to put too many things into the productions, and the sound on that album is so ridiculously simple it almost drives me mad!


What has been the biggest surprise release of 2015?

Björk’s Vulnicura. When she released it in January I locked myself in a room and listened to it for 2 hours and was blown away.


What was playing on your family stereo growing up?

Nothing, really. My parents worked at a dance studio and a music store so they kept the radio off when I was a kid. I guess me and my sister made enough noise as it was.

Which album did you play to death as a teenager?

Bob Dylan’s Blonde on blonde. I used to loooooove Dylan! And The Band.


What was the inspiration behind the artwork for KIDDO?

Old school hip hop and Svalbard.


If you record an album with any producer in the world, who would it be, and why?

I’d work with the same ones all over again, Johan T Karlsson, Calle Ask and Christian Waltz, because they’re all brilliant.

What was your most memorable moment while recording KIDDO?

That time me and Calle Ask wrote ‘Even If I’m Loud It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking To You’. It was like a two-hour jam that we recorded, and practically finished the whole song. Most fun I ever had in a studio.

Kiddo is out now via Sony Music Australia.