FLØRE wrote her first song at the young age of 8 but admits it was only at age 13 when she felt like she had a connection with songwriting.
The German pop artist tells Village Pipol in an exclusive interview how listening to a certain Grammy Award-winning artist influenced her to pursue the craft even more.
Pouring her heart and soul
“I was a big Taylor Swift fan and I started playing guitar because of her, and I thought playing guitar and singing and being a bit like her would make me cooler in school, because I was not really cool. I was like an outsider, and I thought the kids at school would like me then if I would play guitar and sing. […] So, yeah. That kind of influenced me.”
However, it was only in recent times where she realized she can share her tracks in the global scene.
Back in 2018, FLØRE released her first single “Flowered Guts.”
Since then, she has made 13 tracks and 1 EP, the latter named “SUPERBLOOM,” and has over 106,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.
“Every time [I release] something, it’s like giving a bit of your heart and your soul into the world, and everyone could hear it. It’s just like your super personal, emotional thoughts so it’s always something that’s like ‘Okay, I’m gonna put this out.’ but you feel great doing that, in the end,”
A relatable and helpful message
For FLØRE, it felt great how friends and listeners alike would leave her messages, telling her how relatable her songs are.
Furthermore, she finds it heartwarming when they say their song helps them in whatever they face in life.
“It’s such a great feeling when people text you, [telling you] that they could relate and that it helps them,”
FLØRE, then, remembers one of the best moments of being part of the music industry, which was being on the cover of a Spotify playlist.
Spotify featured the singer as the main cover of the RADAR GSA playlist in recent times.
This playlist highlighted rising artists from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.
“When I’m on the cover of a cool playlist, I think I came pretty far, and that happened. So, that was just a success, in a way, which was [something] I thought about before and now this happened, so that was kind of cool.”
A blissful recognition
Another best moment FLØRE recalled was when the American reality series The Bachelor featured her song on the show.
She remembers how she did not even recognize her song playing until her friends began texting her.
“I was watching it with my mom and we both didn’t realize that my song was playing. And, then, my friends texted me, [saying] ‘Your song was on The Bachelor!’ and I was looking at the TV and I was like ‘I’m watching The Bachelor. No, it was not!’ and I didn’t even realize!”
FLØRE expressed elation in moments where she hears her songs playing on television and, even, in public establishments.
“I love these moments. […] I was fangirling for myself, kind of.”
Her weapon against dark moments
However, after some best moments comes struggles, and FLØRE is no stranger to that.
She cites pouring her heart and soul to her songs and no one would listen to it as one top struggle she had.
“Somehow, I would think it’s a constant struggle in multiple ways. I think the most important thing and the hardest thing is to never stop creating. The feeling of thinking you’ve made the best thing you’ve ever done and no one is listening to it and no one really cares, it’s a bit crushing.”
She began to think that, perhaps, the majority of music listeners do not have the same music taste as her and adds,
“Because if you believe so much into it and if it doesn’t, like, go off, you know? You’re [thinking that it’s], for real, not good enough. That is the trickiest thought one can have when making something artistic.”
Yet, FLØRE uses these “dark moments” as her weapons of creativity, choosing them as inspiration for her songs.
“I always write when I have nothing left [so] having these dark moments inspire me to write. So, as a songwriter now, I always feel like I have to be a certain part of sad to make something good, that makes me feel good. It’s like a vicious cycle that I have to be sad to be happy.”
There were minuscule moments when the German artist wanted to quit music but admits she did not mean it in a bigger sense.
“[I] was just so frustrated, then. [I] just feel like you’re not talented enough, you’re not good enough. You’re good but you’re not like the top person.”
An outlet for her thoughts
Having those in mind, FLØRE just reminds herself of her real goals when it comes to creating music.
“How to overcome it? I’m not making music to make money or to be famous or to be known, you know? That’s cool but I’m making music to heal and I cannot not create, you know? It’s just like something from me. I’m not sitting down and trying to write a song [that] a lot of people can relate to. I’m writing because these are my own thoughts that I can heal from it.”
These goals in mind help FLØRE in continuing on with her chosen path.
“This is something I could not live on, I think, without this outlet.”
A smoky metaphor
Listeners could see how passionate FLØRE is with this outlet through her recent single “Cigarette.”
As of writing, the song has over 80,000 streams on Spotify, which she describes as “focused on the self-destructive side of love.”
“Leaving this pattern of a toxic relationship can be super hard and, almost, like an addiction, you know? This person is not good for you and, maybe, you want to leave but you simply cannot because […] you’re just addicted.”
FLØRE used cigarettes as her song metaphor as she saw them being romanticized in other mediums, despite seeing their little to no benefits.
Moreover, she saw how people believe it looks cool in movies and TV.
“It has this certain part of attractiveness, so I thought it would be a perfect metaphor for a toxic relationship. You cannot leave, you just hate it but kind of like it, as well, you know? Yeah, that’s what it’s all about.”
FLØRE, then, reveals that it was inspired by a real-life experience.
“I wanted to forget him but it creeps back up. This certain sting of a cigarette on your skin, burning through like a very certain hurt and it triggers all the memories. That’s what I imagined [while] writing it.”
No boundaries, no limitations
When asked what advice she has for aspiring singer-songwriters around the globe, FLØRE reiterates to never stop creating.
“If you don’t believe [in yourself], who else should believe in it? I think that’s one of the most important things. And, to be free, never put yourself in a box. I had this moment where I wrote a song and certain people around me said ‘Oh, that’s not so typically FLØRE.’ […] and I’m like ‘I do what I want.’ so why should I argue with you about that now?”
Additionally, she reminds them how there are no limitations when it comes to music.
“If you want to make a rock song, make a rock song. If you want to make a folk-indie song, do that. And, if you feel good with both, then it’s like you. So, yeah, it has no boundaries.”
Lastly, FLØRE teases us with her next projects, like her second EP called “Romaniac” which she is still writing.
“I’m so excited for this one. It will be released later this year.”
And we are all excited too, FLØRE! We hope for a successful release of your next EP!
Kobe Adam Joshua Laurena is a writer who loves to tell stories from the perspectives of different people and everyday life. Apart from the pen, he loves to pick up the lipstick to transform into his frustrated drag persona: Anita Good Lovin’. He aspires to combine his love for writing and drag by creating a novel, short story, or screenplay about local drag queens in the future. He also has an obsession with sitcoms, women’s pro-wrestling, and Funko Pops.