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Florence Welch: Quirky mind behind Machine

If you’re picking up complex woman from that quick emotional download, Welch would be the first to concur.

Raised by a mother who teaches Renaissance studies and a father in advertising, Welch saw her childhood turn dark in her early teens when she contended with the suicide of a grandparent. She also learned she had dyspraxia, a form of dyslexia that doesn’t affect reading but instead leaves her an organizational wreck.

Sounds became her salvation, she says, recalling early days listening to her father’s CDs (The Smiths, Velvet Underground), which proved to be gateway discs to favorites such as Eurythmics and Nirvana. That gave way to “an obsession” with movie soundtracks, particularly Rocky Horror Picture Show and Pulp Fiction.

“Music is my way out. I keep things locked up and never say anything,” she says. “I guess in order to say something to one person, I have to sing it to a couple of thousand. It doesn’t make for healthy relationships.”

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