Florence and the Machine are working on a dance music side project.
The indie band - fronted by singer Florence Welch - have secretly been making "weird" dance records in their spare time, but she is unsure if it will be released.
"We actually have a dance outfit side project called Side Project. We made this weird house track that sounded quite churchy - to be confirmed! As yet it has never seen the light of day," she said.
Florence also said she was pleased with DJ Calvin Harris' remix of their recent single "Spectrum," as it had caught the perfect balance between happy and sad which she is looking for: "I'm such a huge fan of his. What I enjoy about Calvin's songs is that he has that blend of euphoric and melancholic which as an artist he has managed to perfect. It's that mix of catchy and sad - that feeling of complete joy but something tugging at your insides. That's what makes a great pop song and I really think he's coined that."
Florence Welch says having David LaChapelle direct her new video was a dream come true.
The Florence + The Machine singer is a lifelong fan of the acclaimed artist, director and photographer and had "fantasized" from the minute she wrote "Spectrum" that he would work with her on the promotional film to accompany the track.
"It was a complete dream to work with David LaChapelle. I collected his books as a teenager, and I fantasized that he would direct the video for 'Spectrum' from the moment the song was written. I still cant believe it actually happened, and I'm completely overjoyed that he felt such a connection with the song," said Florence, who appears in the video as an Egyptian queen presiding over a troupe of ballerinas.
The admiration is mutual as David - who co-directed the video with John Byrne - hailed the track as a "modern classic" that allowed him to create a visual spectacular.
Florence Welch is scared about baring her soul on her albums. The Florence + the Machine singer admits her British upbringing makes it hard for her to write about her feelings in her songs.
"Like a lot of British people, I prefer sarcasm and irreverence. Wearing my heart on my sleeve - very frightening."
Florence admires songwriters who are honest in their lyrics or put messages into their songs, but it is something she finds difficult to do when creating her own tracks. However, she did include two songs on her acclaimed LP Ceremonials which have positive messages for her fans: "For someone so conflicted, who am I to give advice to anybody? It's such a funny, grandiose idea. I was thinking about positive messages on the record because I knew there would be kids listening. Like putting something in there that wasn't just for me, like "Heartlines" and "Spectrum," they're really earnest, saying don't be afraid of who you are and follow your heart."
It looks like Drake will be working with Florence + the Machine in the future.
The "Forever" rapper was joined onstage by flamed haired singer Florence Welch when he played in London on Saturday night, fueling rumors of a collaboration.
Florence -- who is presently writing her second album -- had gone to the rapper's show the previous evening as a fan. That is when Drake reportedly approached the singer about a duet.
The pair originally met each other at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles last year and have stayed in contact since.
When Welch performed with Drake, Florence sang the part recorded by Alicia Keys in the track "Fireworks," from Drake's debut album Thank Me Later. (See video above.)
Florence, will tour the US starting in May as an opening act for U2 on their 360 degree tour.
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Florence Welch loves dressing in outlandish outfits when she is performing, and cites one leotard she donned for a festival performance as her favorite.
“My most outrageous stage outfit was a cabaret theme with big glittery pants, a tuxedo and a bow-tie. For a festival once I wore a lime-green catsuit with a slit down to my naval. I looked like a sort of deranged superhero version of Peter Pan. I’d been on tour with MGMT, and me and Andrew VanWyngarden kept swapping outfits. He gave it to me to wear,” the Florence + the Machine star said.
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