Ongoing History Daily: Florence + The Machine Facts

Here are some things you may not know about Florence of Florence and the Machine

  • First, in case you didn’t already know, is Florence Welch. 
  • “The Machine” refers to keyboardist (and composer and producer and remixer) Isabella Summers, a woman she’s known and collaborated with since they were both teenagers. In fact, their first gigs were promoted under the name “Florence Robot/Isa Machine.”
  • Florence’s favourite instrument is the drums, which can explain the heavy rhythms found in some of her songs. 
  • And finally, Florence has been diagnosed with dyslexia (wherein letters on a page sometimes seem to be all mixed up) and dysmetria (which results in a lack of coordination because she has a hard time judging, say, how far her hand is away from something). 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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