Florence Welch and Her Machine
BY LAUREN MURPHY
PHOTOGRAPH BY MATT KENT
Occupation: Lead singer of Brit pop sensation Florence + the Machine
What inspired your album, Lungs?
Each song stands on its own [and is about] something I was interested in on a particular day or week. “Kiss with a Fist” was written when I was 18 and hanging out with punk bands and falling in love for the first time.
Do you think getting on the Eclipse and Eat, Pray, Love soundtracks expanded your fanbase?
America is so vast and because I live in England I can’t be out there all the time so soundtracks are a really good way to get a song to people who perhaps would have never have heard it otherwise. But it really has to fit. I would never do something that I wasn’t comfortable with just to get my music out there. I’ve said no to so many offers because I really didn’t think it suited the atmosphere of the song.
What can we expect from your next album?
I’m still using all the huge chaotic choral melodies but with harder crazier drums patterns and heavier intense bass
How do you plan your stage outfits?
I like to collaborate with a lot of new up and coming designers like Hannah Marshall, who designed my outfits for the “Dog Days” video and “Body Armour.”
Do you have any style icons?
I would say, Stevie Nicks and Pippi Longstocking.
Growing up in London, what was your impression of LA?
I’ve read a lot of Bret Easton Ellis, so I think it was kind of dark, but when I got here it was more beautiful and eclectic than I thought it would be.
Florence + the Machine most recently performed in LA at The Wiltern earlier this month.
photograph (opener) by Chloe aftel