Florrie: The multi tasking musician chats Spice Girls and Fashion
Talking Fashion And Influences With The Fast Rising Pop Beauty
Drummer, singer, model and all round babe Florrie is our current MTV Style crush. The 24 year old has been drumming since she was seven, having since played for people like Kylie and Girls Aloud, and has been releasing music as a solo artist since 2010. We caught up with her before her first big show of the year at Oxford Street’s 100 Club, to talk about what she’s been up to!
MTV UK: Hey Florrie! How are you feeling about your first big show of the year?
Florrie: I’m so excited. I came down to the venue a couple of weeks ago with my friend to check it out, and it was a full on heavy screamo gig! We looked kind of out of place with our glasses of wine standing in the corner.
MTV UK: Have you got any other exciting shows coming up?
Florrie: I think I’m going to try and do some festivals, which is great, because the vibe is so different from indoor gigs.
MTV UK: What are your festival survival tips?
Florrie: Go to the toilets in the morning, definitely! I just tend to stick my hair up and rough it for the weekend.
MTV UK: So you’ve just had a new EP out, but the last we last heard from you was three years ago. What have you been up to since 2011?
Florrie: Wow, when you say it like that it seems like a really long time! I’ve been working super hard since 2011. I’ve been signed to Sony, which is exciting, and have been in the studio a lot working on my album.
MTV UK: When do you think we’ll be able to hear it?
Florrie: I want to say by the end of the year, but you never can be so sure!
MTV UK: You were a drummer before you started singing, right?
Florrie: Yes, exactly. I’ve always played in bands, ever since I was at school. I went to a school that was very keen on classical music, and I had to play drums in the orchestra. I was a bit like “what am I doing?!” Me and my friends were in a band and we used to play Avril Lavigne covers.
MTV UK: The only British female singer who seems to play the drums live on stage is Ellie Goulding. Do you like it when people compare you to her?
Florrie: Well, I kind of see it differently, because I started off as a drummer before I was a singer, though I guess from an outsider’s point of view it’s easy to compare us. I don’t really mind at all, Ellie is an incredible artist.
So what sort of music do you listen to?
I have a real ear for pop music! I grew up listening to the radio, so I loved the Spice Girls. When I was in my dad’s car we’d listen to old 50’s stuff, Chuck Berry, Huey Lewis. In terms of stuff that’s in the charts now, I feel a bit late to the party with this one, but I love Imagine Dragons! Their big drums are so atmospheric. Clean Bandit are amazing as well, I’d love to work with them.
Let’s hope they get in touch. You’ve got a couple of remixes your new EP that sound really cool. Was it important to get these electronic vibes on ‘Sirens’?
I’ve always had remixes of my work done, but I love the two that are on the EP especially. It’s so great to hear someone else’s take on your own work. I met Preditah when he was doing some work at Xenomania and he worked on the original version of ‘Seashells’ too, it’s brilliant seeing what he did with it.
You’ve done a lot of modeling and were the face of Nina Ricci. Do you see yourself as more fashion, or music?
Definitely music, I’m a drummer and singer first and foremost, but working for people like Prada and Miu Miu has been amazing too. Music and fashion are both very creative industries so there is a bit of cross over.
What sort of designers do you like wearing?
I love Chloe, and Sandro. I really go for a classic, clean look: straight cut outfits, nothing fussy. I really like what Diane Kruger wears, she just looks incredible all the time.
You’re lucky that you get to travel a lot with both sides of your work. Where are most of your fans clustered abroad?
Probably Paris, the fans out there are amazing. They know all the words and sing along, and I try and learn things to say during gigs in French. They’ll always shout out and correct me when I’m wrong though haha!
Final Question then: if you had to choose one song to save a party, what would it be?
Just one! It would have to be “Getting Jiggy Wit It” by Will Smith.
Love it! Thanks Florrie.