Elle King on Sophomore Slump, Being a Role Model, and Her Sweet Final Job Before Going Full-Time Musician

Her new album Shake the Spirit is out now!

October 19, 2018

by Marcia Davis


Congratulations to Elle King whose rocket rise to fame fell squarely on her songwriting and one massive summer hit, "Ex's & Oh's". The song broke out and made huge results for a female fronted rock n roll band - a wonderful common theme for the last several years at alternative music ie Bishop Briggs, K. Flay, Sofi Tukker, DTHB artist Billie Eilish and more. It wasn't the only banger on Love Stuff, but it's certainly the wave to ride into a second record.

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by Mat Hayward

Now here we are looking at that dreaded follow up that for many artists becomes the infamous sophomore slump. "I feel no dread," says King. "I heard that term Sophomore Slump and I was like 'I don't feel none of that -I gotta lotta songs, man.'" She sounds spirited, forward facing, and fired up for the challenge of releasing her second record. 

We tackle her past including that final job before switching to a full-time career musician, how she's going to handle being a role model for a massive boom in guitar playing girls, and how she may call Los Angeles home now, but it's Ohio that melts her into that sweet kid from the midwest.

Enjoy our full talk:

WELCOME TO THE WORLD!!! Shake the Spirit by Myself and The Brethren is here. Go! Listen!

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Here's the song that Elle King warms to before a soundcheck: