Florence Welch started a witch coven at school

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 June 2015
Florence Welch

Florence Welch

Florence Welch has admitted to starting a witch coven when she was young and revealed she uses her music as chants and spells in order "exorcise" herself

Florence Welch's music is inspired by witches and each song is a "magic spell" to her.

The Florence and The Machine singer has admitted to founding a "witch coven" when she was in middle school and claims her fascination with witchcraft still influences her musical style.

She explained: "I think there's a kind of idea where each song is like a magic spell in order to exorcise something from yourself. There's a big theme of desire and transcendence and using the songs, almost like chants where it was to make something happen or break something; you wanted something out of you or you want to get something into you.

"So, I've always been attracted to that kind of imagery. The first bands I went to see live and the first things I was interested in had this kind of shamanic energy and this idea that it wasn't just a drink it was a kind of exorcism. And so I think being surrounded by those things kind of draws you into these kind of themes."

The 28-year-old star says that when she takes to the stage, she sees her performances as "small" exorcisms and misses them when she's not touring.

She told the blog Noisey: "Every performance is kind of like a small exorcism, or I definitely use them as such. So, I think that's why I had such a strange time when I took a break off because that connection was very important to me as a way to understand myself."

Florence also confessed to trying to put spells on boys she fancied at school with the help of her coven.

She recalled: "Me and my two friends made these spell books where we'd try to do spells on our classmates. One time, I tried to make one of my classmates fall in love with me so me and my coven put his name in a bottle, and the rule was that there had to be a drop of blood and... well, I don't know if it ever worked [laughs]."