Florence Welch is singer, songwriter, producer, and the front person for the dark, robust and romantic band Florence And The Machine, who have released four studio albums, two live albums, six EPs, 22 singles, three promotional singles and 26 music videos.
Welch names Grace Slick and Alanis Morissette as her “heroes.” She lists her musical influences as John Cale, Siouxsie, David Byrne and Lou Reed. She claims her lyrics relate to Renaissance artists:
“We’re dealing with all of the same things they did: love and death, time and pain, heaven and hell”.
Welch uses religious imagery in her music and performances, yet she says:
“I’m not a religious person. Sex, violence, love, death, are the topics that I’m constantly wrestling with, it’s all connected back to religion.”
A Fashion Icon, Welch says of her look:
“For the stage, it’s The Lady of Shalott meets Ophelia…mixed with scary gothic bat lady. But in real life I’m kind of prim.”
She describes 1970s American drag queen troupe The Cockettes and French chanson singer Françoise Hardy as her fashion idols.
Welch has also named Stevie Nicks as a musical, fashion, and general influence. Welch:
“I’m pretty obsessed with Stevie Nicks, from her style to her voice. I like watching her on YouTube and her old performances, the way she moves and everything.”
I totally dig Florence Welch, the voice and the look. Do you?
Have a naughty weekend, kids!