Baltimore's emerging alt-pop artist Violette has returned with brand new synth dream pop single 'Mine'.
The track comes as the third single from Violette's forthcoming EP 'In her beauty lies my death and my life', set for release on August 13th, and follows hot on the heels of 'Fall Apart' and 'Stop'.
Creating innovative music that tells a timeless story is a difficult feat, but for Violette, the ability to harness both originality and universality is the underlying strength that defines her artistry. After a successful chapter of her career as a rock-pop front woman, Violette is stepping into the spotlight of her own stage, opening the curtains to reveal a solo project that is a bright reinvigoration of her past achievements. A force that is as bold and brave as it is alluring and enchanting, the singer/songwriter has cultivated an inspired, anthemic sound that captures a rare balance of daring fearlessness and refined sensibility, savouring strongly of a woman of perceptiveness who has much to say, and a world that is eager to listen.
We had the chance to speak with Violette on the upcoming release and more...
Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you!
"Thanks for having me! My name is Violette and I am a singer, songwriter, and producer from Baltimore, Maryland!" When did you first develop an interest in making music? "Honestly, I’ve never been interested in anything else. I remember stealing my parent’s Third Eye Blind and Nirvana records and jumping on my bed with a guitar pretending to be Stephen Jenkins. It’s always been the focal point in my life." Where are you from and what’s your favourite thing about it? Do you feel as though your surroundings have inspired your sound in any way? "I was born on the west coast, raised in the south, and forged here in Baltimore, so I’ve from a little bit of everywhere and I think that’s why I like to blend a little bit of everything in my music. I made my upcoming EP, 'In her beauty lies my death and my life', right in the heart of Baltimore and there’s just an energy here that is unmatched." What is a fun fact about you that people may not already know? "I am a huge football/soccer and MMA fan. We’re talking waking up early and watching matches at the bar with my local Everton supporter’s group and monthly fight nights with friends." Who are your biggest inspirations, musically? "My inspirations have always seemed to evolve, but I love Alanis Morrisette, Third Eye Blind, and the 1975. All of those artists are able wholly put themselves in their music - not just their deepest thoughts, but their humor and humanity. That’s something I’ll forever aim to do myself." Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with? "I would absolutely love to work with Naomi McPherson from MUNA. I love their band and know they do a lot of the production on the MUNA records, too. I think it would be such a cool collaboration." You just released your latest single ‘Mine’, following last release ‘Fall Apart’. How have you found trying to be creative in a year that’s been difficult for artists? "I found being creative to be extremely difficult during the first part of lockdown. It was such an uneasy time and I spent it just watching period films, comfort TV, and finding new music. Near the end of lockdown is when I started to find my footing. I made 'In her beauty lies my death and my life' as way to escape what was happening in the world and live in my own stories for a bit." Tell us a little about it! "I made 'In her beauty lies my death and my life' in my apartment with my partner, Bryan Czap, at the helm. It was just the two of us, so there was no outside influence. I wanted to make something that reminded me of a period film or some sort of romantic comedy - something that provided some escapism. What I like about period films is that they seem superficial or surface-level, but the themes that are right below that surface are so rich and thoughtful. It’s not just vintage costumes and romance, there’s a lot to unpack and that’s what my upcoming EP feels like to me." It's due for release later this summer! Can you give us any hints as to what we can expect? "This is the most personal music I’ve ever made. It was the first time that I made a record that was completely me driving it and being able to say yes or no to what I was working on. I am so proud of it and can’t wait to share it with you!" What else does 2021 have in store for you? "I have some plans to get back into the studio over the next couple months and am getting back onstage for the first time post-pandemic in September! Hopefully the rest of 2021 is filled with music and, fingers crossed, plenty of time on stage playing my music for you guys!"
The Lowdown is an online blog & print entertainment platform for music discovery featuring the very best in both established and upcoming talent. Find the latest news, reviews, interviews with your favourite artists and grab tickets to upcoming gigs & tours.