Combining electronic beats with cinematic instrumentation topped off with a sultry vocal line, Flossy Jones is the modern-day femme fatale. Described as “a phenomenal artist” by Melita Dennett from BBC Introducing, this Brighton-based dream-pop sensation is constructing her own dark reality. We spoke with Flossy about her new single ‘Poolside’, staying motivated and much more!
Why did you decide to enter the music industry?
Honestly, for me, I never felt like it was a decision but more something I was just born to do. Ever since I was a child I’ve always been a performer and felt like I was put on Earth to entertain (as pretentious as that sounds). I would perform in shows from the age of 6 and remember my grandparents having to sit for hours while I twirled and sang in front of my beaded curtain.
I was just really fortunate that I had a family that recognised my love for music and supported and encouraged me to pursue it. It has been a challenging, demanding and heartwrenching journey. Ultimately, the absolute euphoria and joy you get from being on stage and the privilege of getting to impact so many people through your music is what has kept me going all this time.
Can you tell us about your single ‘Poolside’?
‘Poolside’ is written from the perspective of ‘the other woman’. I wrote it during a summer where I would spend my nights waiting by a poolside for this man to arrive to pick me up in his Mercedes. I feel like my whole life has just been chasing the feeling of true happiness and those nights where we’d just drive were the closest thing I had to that at the time.
What was the recording and writing process like?
‘Poolside’ was actually one of the first songs I ever wrote and I’ve always had an affinity with the song. I normally record and produce the songs DIY in my friend’s bedroom (that’s what I did with my past two singles), but we just got to a point where we felt there was nothing more we could do to further the song. It’s very frustrating when you can see your end goal but you don’t know how to get there. So I decided it was time to hand it over to a professional producer who goes by the name of Tom Bellis. Tom’s ability to make music is out of this world so I felt really comfortable handing over my baby to him. He made it sound better than I could have even imagined!
What do you hope people take from your music?
Honestly, anything they desire. That’s the beauty of music – you can interpret it any way you like. It accompanies your feelings in a way you can’t replicate in any other way. Overall, my goal when I’m writing is to make people feel real authentic emotions. I hope it guides people through hard times and happiness as it has done for me.
What is more challenging for you – melody or lyrics?
Good question. It depends. Sometimes when I’m overwhelmed with emotion I tend to write lyrics first. I write poems that I turn into songs most of the time. Sometimes I just like to sit at the piano and play around with chords and saw what feelings surface when I listen to the music.
I would say that melody is more challenging most of the time because translating accurately the way you feel into music can be quite hard.
How do you keep yourself motivated?
I’m quite good at staying motivated actually. When things get tough, I just try and remember why I’m doing what I’m doing and all the challenging things I’ve overcome so far to get myself where I am today. I have a very supportive community of family and friends that always remind me I’m doing the right thing, so that helps too.
How would you describe your music?
I like to think it’s a combination of classic old but exciting new. It’s dark and cinematic, but hopeful and electronic at the same time.
What do you think is the best way to discover new music?
It depends on the person really. I love finding new music through blogs and articles because I tend to get really invested in artists when I can read about their past and their journeys. Playing and going to gigs is another great way to discover new artists because you really put your heart and soul into a show. When someone impresses you through a live performance, that really sticks with you.
What does the future hold for you?
Who knows. Hopefully music. I will carry on pursuing it until my last breath. If I’ve learnt anything through lockdown it’s that I’m happy as long as I’m surrounded by the people in my life that truly matter.
Do you have a message for our readers?
Just that I love everyone who has supported me so far. Carry on supporting other artists and venues you love because, through adversity and misfortune, music will always be there with you.