This video was just brought to my attention via my ASK box. I had no idea that there was a Swedish “genital rock” scene going on. Thank god there is.
Often associated with the könsrock genre – “sex rock” or “genital rock”, which is known for deliberately shocking, graphic lyrics, Lilla Lovis has been accused of being both an assault on good taste and a girl just having fun.
TL: Can you tell us a little bit about who you are?
LL: “I’m Lilla Lovis. I love children and cake.”
TL: What brought you into music, and the kind of music you’re doing now?
LL: “I don’t remember. Probably something stupid.”
TL: Can you tell us a bit about “könsrock”? You’re sometimes mentioned as a part of this genre, but do you consider yourself as a part of it?
LL: Some people write to me telling me that ‘könsrock’ must be made by men and be about women (and that I’m a fucking whore), and I’m not gonna argue with that. They can go bury themselves alive and take their precious ‘könsrock’ with them so I can piss and spill blood on their graves.
TL: This is your first English single - before now, it’s been all in Swedish, am I right? What’s this song about, and why an English single now?
LL: ‘Hard to get’ was actually first made as a birthday song for a good friend, so it’s kind of a celebration song. When I played it to my record label boss he thought it was the best song I´ve made so far so, well, it felt kinda natural to release it as a single.
TL: Are you planning to play outside of Sweden? If so, where will you go?
LL: I’d like to play on Hawaii. It´d be cool to send postcards to my friends from there.
TL: Do you think having a career in Sweden, and in Stockholm - as opposed to, say, the US - has had an influence on what you do?
LL: It would of course be harder to write and have a career with Swedish lyrics anywhere else. But also since most of my friends live in Stockholm I got lots of support from them when I started doing this which meant, and means a lot. They’re great!
TL: You wear the candy-coloured wigs, and the pretty dresses, and look so sweet. And then you sing these really graphic lyrics. What’s with the contrast?
LL: People always used to call my style of clothing as ‘child prostitute style’, so I guess I just grew into that role, haha. I got very influenced by the Jenna Jameson biography when I read it a couple of years ago.
Her story really touched me and I loved the pictures of her and her clothes when she was young. I did a tattoo with her name after reading that book.
TL: Before a visitor can enter your website, there’s a warning about “objectionable” content from Blogger, which hosts your site. And some of the things you post or sing about aren’t for the weak stomached. Is there anything you won’t sing about?
LL: Not as long as I think it’s interesting or has some other kind of value.
TL: If you weren’t doing music, what do you think you would be doing?
LL: I love hats and I want to learn how to make them!
TL: What’s coming up next for you?
LL: To release the 2 new seven inches and make a cool video for “hard to get”. Then I want to go on vacation.