Florence Welch On Avoiding Alcohol While Recording New Album ‘High As Hope’: ‘I Found The Joy Again’

Florence Welch revealed that staying off alcohol helped her get straight back in the studio after touring, instead of going on “a bender.”

The 31-year-old lead singer of Florence and the Machine opened up to BBC Radio 1‘s Annie Mac about how she avoided heavy drinking before heading into the studio after her “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” tour back in 2015.

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“It’s interesting because I think I never knew how to come down after a tour before, so I would just go on a massive bender,” she stated. “I wasn’t doing that, so I just went straight back in the studio.”

Welch says that she’s a much calmer person now, and realizes that her creativity is more important than the partying and drinking.

“I definitely wasn’t one of those people who got into the music just for the music. I was like, ‘I want to go to all the parties.'”

The Grammy-nominated musician says she thought that drinking went hand in hand with becoming “a legend.”

“I was so confused, but what I found is that it didn’t have to be that way. The creativity was the most hallucinatory, intoxicating, thrilling thing that I could be doing with myself.”

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Welch also revealed that a track she recorded called “June”, will be the first song on her new album High As Hope, fittingly due out June 29.

“I had that same excitement as when I made ‘Dog Days’ and that song kind of opened up the rest of the record.”

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To add to the singer’s already exciting year, Florence and the Machine will be supporting The Rolling Stones on tour this summer.

However, 17-year-old Florence probably never imagined that day would come.

“I was so self-loathing and so hard on myself when I was a kid and so desperate to be the right thing, you know, to be perfect and get it right.”

Welch says she wished she could have given her younger self some advice.

“You don’t have to try so hard, being you is okay. You as you are is fine, you don’t have to strive to be special or to get love.”

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Florence and the Machine’s newest single “Hunger” is available now.

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