Florence Welch: You don’t have to date bad people to make good songs
Florence Welch says she’s now realized “that you don’t have to date bad people to make good songs”.
The singer, best known for her eponymous rock band Florence + The Machine, appears in British Vogue’s May issue, where she discusses her new music, motherhood and sobriety during lockdown.
Welch’s fifth studio album Dance Fever is due out next month, May 13th.
The British award winner told Vogue that the new album is “Lungs (her debut album) with more self-awareness”.
“I kind of wink at my own creation,” she said.
“Much of this challenges my commitment to solitude; in my own sense as a tragic figure.
“I feel like as an artist, you spend a lot of time screaming at the void for people to take you seriously, in a way that male artists just don’t have to.”
She added, “You don’t have to date bad people to make good songs.”
On the subject of family and career and what might take her away from the former, Welch said she was “scared.”
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“It seems like the bravest thing in the world to have children. It’s the ultimate level of trust and letting go of control,” she said.
“I feel like having a child and letting in so much love… I’ve spent my life running away from these big feelings.
“I think I had a stilted emotional immaturity just because I was in addiction and eating disorders for years.”
The singer has been open about her struggles with her mental health and has been sober for eight years.
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