Florence Welch has been a fascinating appearance ever since she made her debut into show-business. Lead singer of the Florence and the Machine, 24-year-old Florence is the latest cover girl of Nylon June 2011 for the magazine’s music issue. She has a particular beauty and a great voice, probably one of the best in her generation.
Florence went to Camberwell College of Arts before dropping out to focus on her music. The band’s debut album called ‘Lungs’ was released on July 6, 2009 and reached the top position in UK Albums Chart. In the interview with ‘Nylon’, the young singer talks about her childhood dreams, music and emotions, career and her first European tour.
“We were desperate to do it, but obviously had no money. But my dad said he’d take us around in his camper van… so [the band] and my dad chugged around Europe for a month. We’d get to these tiny European towns and just look for the biggest thing there, which was always MGMT’s tour bus. That’s how we found the venue. They must have thought we were insane, turning up with pots and pans rattling, hanging out the window like ‘Hellooo'”, she told the magazine.
Florence is known as being one of the most enigmatic women in music and even though she has traveled throughout the entire world and sung at the Oscars, she still lives in Camberwell, South London, where she grew up, and sleeps on a mattress on the floor of her mom’s house.
She went to art school and dreamed to be a witch. “I wanted to be a witch when I was a kid. I was obsessed with witchcraft. At school, me and my friends had these spell books: I always wanted a more magical reality. I had a shrine at home and I did a spell to try and make the boy in the other class fall in love with me,” Florence told ‘Nylon’
Her voice is special and timid, while her music represents the best way to express her failures and imperfections in life. “It’s funny because I’m not actually very good at saying how I feel in person. I think songwriting is a way for me to deal with my own emotional failings in life. When I’m making a song, it’s almost as if I can express how I feel. It’s almost as if, to get a message across to one person, you have to sing it to a couple of thousand,” the singer says.
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