Florence And The Machine’s Florence Welch: ‘I’m a control freak’

But singer says she's pleased she's a musician rather than a 'personality'

Florence And The Machine‘s Florence Welch has admitted to being a complete control freak – and said she is a “pain in the ass” for the people around her.

The singer, who was talking to Stylist magazine, also said she could be “vacant” and “gloomy” but was pleased she was renowned as a musician rather than a celebrity.

Welch, who had been asked how her friends would describe her, confided: “Excitable, easily distracted, sometimes vacant, prone to gloominess and also extreme euphoria; I can’t be generous with time, but I try to be generous with affection.”

She added:

I’m really lucky to be able to be in some of these situations and it feels really nice to be able to take people along with me for the tide. Oh, and I’m a pain in the ass as well.

She also lifted the lid on her traits as an artist – admitting that she was a “sensory control freak” who was “constantly disappointed”.

“When I first started, especially because I got the Critics’ Choice before I’d released an album, there was a lot of scrutiny on what my character was, what my background was, what colour my hair was,” she said. “I fought quite hard for the music to overtake the personality aspect.

“I didn’t want to become a personality, I wanted to be a musician, but because I didn’t have an album to stand by yet it was hard for people to see that. But now, two albums in, I’m happy with things.”

Florence And The Machine released their second album, ‘Ceremonials’, last year. Earlier this week, a duet between Welch and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme appeared online – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen to the track.

The pair’s cover of ‘Jackson’, the Jerry Leiber and Billy Edd Wheeler song made famous by Johnny Cash and June Carter, will feature on the band’s new live album, was recorded at the band’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ performance late last year, which is released on April 9.

You can also watch an interview with Florence And The Machine from this year’s NME Awards by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.