The Cultural Connection: FLOSS

Photo by Jeanette Friedrich

Welcome to the first edition of the Cultural Connection – a new interview series aiming to explore the intersections between music, art, and culture. This week, we caught up with the German singer FLOSS. With dazzling feminist fantasy pop, FLOSS manifests her desire for an equal society. Her brightly coloured style runs through everything the Berlin-based singer touches. Her large format pop songs speak from the soul of young women and are impulses for more colour and fashion in a grey world.

KALTBLUT: Can you tell me about your latest release?

FLOSS: I put the FUN in FUNERAL! “Please Wear Pink To My Funeral” is a loving middle-finger to everyone who’s ever hurt me. It’s the kind of song you want to blast when you drive past your ex’s house with the windows down. And as fun as it sounds, I’m also trying to highlight the fact that every third day a woman dies at the hands of her partner or ex. The song captures that feeling of liberation when you finally leave a toxic relationship.

KALTBLUT: What kind of cultural and/ or musical influences were you inspired by when recording/ writing this release?

FLOSS: I’ve always loved “Zu spät” by Die Ärzte because it’s kind of the ultimate break-up song and I wanted to make my own version with a fun, uplifting pop vibe – think “Boom Clap” by Charli XCX meets “Roar” by Katy Perry.

KALTBLUT: How would you describe your sound?

FLOSS: It’s as if Peaches and Robyn had a baby and Katy Perry is the surrogate mother. Feminist Fantasy Pop – now with a bittersweet, apocalyptic twist à la “Die Another Day” by Madonna.

Photo by Jeanette Friedrich

KALTBLUT: How does culture/ your surroundings/ society intersect with your creative work?

FLOSS: The most exciting things happen when you combine the unusual, when things are off or quaint, when you move between contrasts and blur lines. I live and breathe pop culture and love glorifying everyday objects or use the element of CAMP. E.g. female pleasure and flossing (listen to “Floss Like A Boss“), sex and sushi (listen to “Sushi Rolllllllllll“) and now: the tradition of wearing black to a funeral and my favourite colour pink. And I love a good name-drop – Hi Jesus, Hi Harry Styles!

Stream FLOSS’ latest release “Please Wear Pink to my Funeral” here and follow on Instagram to keep up with upcoming releases and tour dates.

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