Brighton based singer / songwriter Florrie has just released her latest single 'Walk Away', her third release of 2021 so far.
We had a chat with her on the release and more as part of our Get to Know series...
Introduce yourself and tell us a little about you!
"Hey, I'm Florrie! An independent musician and songwriter from Brighton, UK. I’ve been releasing music as an artist now for over 10 years, and have seen a lot! From being signed to a major label (and being dropped) to taking some time out to re-discover myself as an artist, and now to releasing independently again and really honing my sound."
Where are you from and what’s your favourite thing about the place?
"I'm from a mixture of a lot of different places as I moved around quite a lot as a kid. I grew up in Bristol but live in Brighton now and I LOVE it here. Lots of people say the two cities are quite similar, and both have a great creative music scene. I live on a houseboat and its the best thing I ever did. Nature makes me feel good and I find it inspiring to have all that space to get lost in my own thoughts."
Who are your biggest inspirations, musically?
"My inspiration comes from everywhere. I grew up listening to 50’s rock n roll (my dads influence) Chuck Berry, The Beatles. I have always loved a pop melody and I used to listen to the radio non stop as a kid. When I’m not working on my own solo project, I write for other artists with a team of musicians and producers,, so I spend a lot of time listening to New Music Friday playlists on Spotify to see what other producers and writers are up to. For me it's not so much about a specific genre but more moments of a song, it can be a great lyric, bass line or melody, but usually I gravitate towards melody. When I hear something I love in a track, I get this rush of excitement and a kind of euphoria (it hard to put into words) there is nothing else like it."
How would you describe your sound in the form of a hashtag?
Who would be your dream collaboration?
"I would love to write with Julia Michaels…I think she writes in a really fascinating way, her themes are so relatable but she always find a really poetic way of portraying every day feelings and experiences."
What’s been your stand out moment so far?
"First of all, I have the worst memory…even for really great moments! Sometimes one of my bandmates will recount a story and I will have completely forgotten it until that very moment. I've been lucky enough to have had a lot of amazing experiences over my career so far, but to pick a couple…when I was in an independent artist the first time around, I released an EP called "Late", and it got into the Top 10 on iTunes, which was a real achievement for me and the guys I worked on it with. Also one of the best gigs I ever played was in a tent in Slovakia, at a festival called Pohoda. Pulp were playing in the main tent so I thought ours would be empty, and it turned out to be the most packed and best audience I’ve ever played to."
You recently released your new single ‘Walk Away’! How has the reaction been so far?
"2021 has really about getting comfortable with a release schedule again and working on my own sound after about 18 months of writing for other artists (and helping them find theres!). Each track is a stepping stone, some do better than others but for me it's a chance to showcase a little bit of me each time. I’s something that makes me nervous but also very excited!"
Tell us a little about it!
"'Walk Away' actually started with a little beatbox idea I had….I cant ‘officially' beatbox but have do my own version ha. I’m a drummer, so love coming up with interesting rhythms, or ideas that play with the beat. I usually then mess about with a chord structure on piano or guitar, then sing melodies over a loop of the chords for about 5 minutes, until I’ve got all my best ideas (and worst ideas!) out. 'Walk Awa'y actually didn’t have a chorus for a couple of weeks, it came right down to the wire. I was in the studio and had this big gap where I knew the chorus should be, then went to the toilet and dreamt it up in the bathroom! Lyrics always take me forever, and I spend a LOT of time perfecting my lyrics. When I’m writing for other artists I seem to over-think them less, but it can take me weeks to finalise a lyric. It’s because I’m always very honest, and I can find it quite difficult to be so openly vulnerable, whilst still making sure everything fits together nicely and sounds great on the ear."
What is the story behind the lyrics?
"'Walk away' is a really honest account of walking away from somebody you still hold close, and allowing yourself, and them, to move on...even though it's difficult. I think we’ve all been there!"
What can we expect from you for the rest of this year?
"I’m always working away on new music, and am planning to release a new track every 5/6 weeks throughout 2021…I’ve set myself a challenge! It really keeps me motivated and inspired to write more. I’m also really excited to play some shows when things open up again too!!"
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