South-east London born and bred, Flo was raised around music, her dad made songwriting feel like breathing. Without it she would choke. So, she sat, scribbling words, diarising an everyday life through the musicality and soul of a natural artist that would eventually emerge, fully formed, as a friend in your ears.
“My dad was in bands when I was growing up and just completely surrounded us with music. Everything we did with him was music based. I remember he would pick me up from dance class on a Saturday and we would go straight to the music shop near our house and just hang out there all day. From going there so much my dad had become great friends with Cliff the guy who owned it.”
Flo is the voice we all need, She’s the beat behind our breakdowns and the word-perfect poetry of our bounce-back pick-ups.
Flo doesn’t want to change the world, just get your attention. She lives to perform, yet she feels, writes and lives like an antidote to this world of filtered fakery and ‘pick me!’ poses. Honesty is the only policy here, even when it hurts.
“I am (I can’t deny it) a MASSIVE show off, I love being on stage, There’s a feeling I get which doesn’t come from anything else. It’s a huge buzz, watching people having fun when they’re listening to music has always been my aim. I just want people to dance, sing along and have a good time!”
“I use fashion, I like bright colourful clothes. I like things people look at and say ‘who would buy that’ in fact that has happened in a shop and I walked straight over picked up the jacket and bought it. I like clothes that are out there.
I do think I use it as a way to express myself and I think sometimes I love the fact I look slightly ridiculous. My friends are used to it now and they secretly love it.”
The fun and flirtatious “Can’t Be Friends” narrates falling for the wrong person and happily overlooking the consequences. The infectious song sparkles with colourful melodies, a move-inducing beat and Gallop’s distinct vocal delivery.
“‘Can’t Be Friends’ is about an obsessive love, the toxic love you know you shouldn’t keep going after but every time you do. It was written when I was in that headspace and couldn’t walk away from a situation that was really not very good, at all.
It’s about using the excuse of ‘being friends’ with someone so you can allow yourself to see them and not feel guilty about it. Realistically it is just a bit of fun, we’ve all been there and got caught up in a silly game when it comes to love/ lust so my hope is people can relate! Play this song when you are on the way to meet that exact person.”
All of Flo’s music is food for the heart and words for the wise. This is a writer of depth, already a collaborator with established giants Tom Fuller and Will Thomson but, rather than stand on their shoulders, she has hands on the wheel. Her future is going to be filled with “honest lyrics and groovy music to sing in the shower, some great videos and, fingers crossed, some live gigs and festivals – so stay tuned @flo_gallop!”