Florence Hall - ah where to begin - music is the life force in the blood in my veins but then so is a good cake.
Growing up I listened to so many bands from different genres. My parents were into Pink Floyd and Eric Clapton with a bit of Eagles. My sister was a fan or eighties pop and Motown. My brothers loved Jimi Hendrix and Led Zep.
I now have a huge collection of music and would cite some wonderful bands and artists such as Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, Radiohead to name but a few as influential in my writing sound. Now there are so many people to love and appreciate. I think Amy Winehouse, Ray LaMontagne, Scott Matthews, Basement Jaxx, Bat for Lashes are brilliant artists with great songs. I could go on forever about who I like there’s not much I don’t so I will stop now.
I used to think I couldn’t sing that well as in all my drama classes everyone had show tune voices and my didn’t exactly fit the grade. But at University my friend Mikey convinced me to do our open mic night Unplugged. He played guitar and I sung Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm. It went well and form then on we spent countless nights writing music and lyrics together.
We started a band called D^coda and recorded a couple of demos and had a dark imaginative synth sound like a Velvet Underground without the drums. We used to gig all over London. The time moved on and after a few years the band split, though I stayed writing with my friend Mikey for many years to come.
And so not wanting to give up on the dream and needing to follow my heart I became a solo female artist. I wrote acoustically every day with three different songwriters and gave myself a dead line of three months. I then built a sound booth and mini studio into my flat to record so we all wouldn’t have huge costs for recording.
I thought it would take a matter of months but what with working it has taken a few years.
It takes time to develop a piece and find your sound. We released Always on the Run and another track Over ride into the club scene and both received extensive radio play on student radio over here and in Europe. Always on the Run even made it to single of the week on a station in Spain.
And so here’s the first EP from my album. The album itself is a concept of love and tells a story of the sides of love good and bad. From being on your own to falling in love, falling out of love and back to the beginning. To represent each stage each track is a different genre. People try and put you in a box with your sound but music is for everyone and everyone has different tastes so I have tried to something that sounds original. Enjoy!
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