Manager of Florence and the Machine since day one, after discovering Florence Welch singing in a toilet in a nightclub, and founder of Luvluvluv Records. Formerly half of female DJ duo Queens of Noize, who had an MTV show and made a single in which the girls deliberately dressed like boys in the video.
My company is pretty much all women. I didn’t do that on purpose, but we do feel more powerful as a troupe. Maybe I did do it subconsciously, because the industry’s so male-dominated.
I got involved with music young. It infuriated me that men were allowed to hang out with musicians, but if women did, they were groupies. I used to say if you worked at a dentists, you’d hang out with other people from there, wouldn’t you?
The backlash against us turned nasty, though, and I ended up leaving the country. I had to rethink what I wanted to do in the industry, how I wanted to be a part of it.
I’ve worked with Florence from the beginning and, like us, she will not compromise. On big TV shows, if someone says to her: “You’ve got to dress sexy for this”, she’ll go: “Right, then, give me the black bin bag.” I thought her Brits dress [a long peach gown with sheer panels] was amazing, though, and a great compromise. It also irritates me if you do anything as a woman, you’ve got to say why. If Florence collaborates with a writer, she’s got to justify it. If a man does, he doesn’t.
I think the traditional music industry collapsing – in terms of how the digital world has changed it – has been a good thing for women, though. If you can make something work and come up with a good idea, you can own it. It’s almost like punk again… you can make up your own rules. Plus, there are more women coming through now who don’t conform, like Lorde, who’s fantastic. Despite everything, I can only see it getting better
Florence + the Machine – Lungs
"I was imaginative; a bit of a dreamer, but quite a timid child. I wasn’t confident. I think childhood is one of the most uncertain and terrifying places to be. I don’t know if I’d want to go back there. But, I do remember being completely involved in imaginary games that would last for days, weeks. It was always magic, sorcery, living in trees. A lot of just living in imaginary worlds. I don’t think I’ve lost that."