Danielle/MT: You lately released your song “I Gotta Know”. Can you clarify the title and how this title reflects your music ambitions? Can you describe your sound?
Violet: To be truthful, I wrote the song about this guy that I believed was the ABSOLUTE coolest and sexiest guy in the area. One particular evening, I chugged a whiskey, sucked it up, walked straight up to him, and just shamelessly flirted with him all evening. I generally wanted to know what he was about, what his vibe was, and if his character matched his appears. I had to know and I do not believe that would’ve occurred if I hadn’t been so bold and just took the scenario into my personal hands.
I guess, the way it reflects my music ambitions is that when you are in the music business, you do not have time to second guess your self. The business is generally altering and if you do not adapt and transform with it, you will be left to fall into obscurity.
It took me a lengthy time to recognize that Pop Music was the path I necessary to go. I spent college attempting to uncover my sound and I believe what held me back for a though was the worry of sounding also generic. I honestly just had to get more than myself, for the reason that my voice was educated and created for Pop and there’s so considerably phenomenal music created in that genre. So I spent a couple of years in a couple of diverse bands, and tip toed amongst genres for a though. And even even though I believed the music we have been writing was badass, none of it was genuinely me. I generally discovered myself attempting to throw pop-isms into the other genres, and my bandmates have been like, “No, that is also bubblegum, that is also Leading 40, it does not perform.” It was inevitable that I would fall into it ultimately, I just necessary a tiny convincing. I’m quite stubborn.
So with all that becoming stated, I would say that I’m far more along the Pop/R&B side of the umbrella. Like, the female version of Bruno Mars or a mix of Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande. There’s catchy melodies, and pop production, but I’ve nonetheless got a lot of soul in my voice from prior coaching, and all of my original inspirations when I initial began singing.
Danielle: You record in Nashville, but are from a compact town. Can you share exactly where you are initially from and how your hometown influences your music. Has moving to Nashville changed your music? Do you believe the move has opened far more doors for you?
Violet: I’m from Kansas City initially. Properly, a compact town outdoors of Kansas City, but no one ever seriously knows what the fuck I’m speaking about so I generally say KC. My hometown is on the Missouri side and consists of about two,000 persons. We have a “mom & pop” grocery retailer, a couple of buildings for the children to go to college, a couple neighborhoods, one particular stoplight going into town, and a different going out.
My hometown has that classic Blue Collar culture, and though that is not a terrible factor, I generally felt a tiny out of spot, for the reason that at heart I really feel I’ve generally been a city girl. There wasn’t a ton to do in town, so my buddies and I took every single likelihood we could to go to the city and I LOVED IT. The hustle and bustle, all the lights, and THE MUSIC. Kansas City has a flourishing jazz, blues, and rock circuit so anytime there was a show, my buddies and I would attempt to go. It was that combined with influence from my parents becoming Blues musicians themselves that seriously lead me to falling in really like with music in the initial spot.
Becoming from a farm town in Middle-America, my hometown is of course far more about Nation music than I was. Do not get me incorrect, I really like Nation music, and of course sin
ce I moved to Nashville, I’d be lying if I stated I hated it. HAHA! But I seriously believed about it and writing about back roads and tractors, just is not who I am. Even even though I lived in a farm town my complete life, I wasn’t a farm kid, and if I was singing about that type of life style, effectively, it wouldn’t really feel genuine. I wouldn’t necessarily say that my hometown influences my music a ton. Conceptually and sonically, it is totally diverse than what you would believe.
Even so, I am a individual that requires from actual life experiences to create my music so I have written songs about the persons I’ve met and some of the experiences I’ve had with them… so in THAT WAY, yes, my circle back property influences my lyrics.
Prior to Nashville? HA! Prior to I moved to Nashville, I wasn’t an artist. I wanted to be one particular, but I wasn’t. I didn’t create songs, I wasn’t recording something, I just sang covers largely. Whether or not it was in my higher college rock band, or college choir, or at my job for the duration of the summer season at the neighborhood amusement park, I was generally singing other people’s songs. Moving to Nashville was the catalyst to beginning my profession as a actual musician. I went to college for music, I was educated professionally to be a singer/entertainer, I met other aspiring musicians, and I started understanding to create a effectively-written song. I was provided all the tools I necessary, so in way, Nashville actually changed every thing for me. This city has provided me so quite a few far more possibilities than I ever would’ve h
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Danielle: Who are your musical influences? If you could choose any one particular artist to share a stage with, who would that be?
Violet: My influences have changed so quite a few occasions more than the years. The prevalent ground I discover even though is that I’m drawn to powerful, soulful ladies. From about the age eight-13, I was into all the soulful greats, and every thing MoTown had to give Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Diana Ross, and so on. When I began obtaining into my early teenage years, I was all about the pop divas Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Beyonce, and so on. Then in college I took a turn to 80s queens like Anne and Nancy Wilson, Madonna, Blondie, and Pat Benetar.
It is honestly SO Tough to choose a person to share a stage with. There’s so quite a few that would blow my thoughts. Leading three as of this moment would have to be Jessie J, Bruno Mars, or Lizzo. They all place on such a excellent show, and you in no way know what could take place on and off stage. They are WILD.
Danielle: When did you know music was your calling and when did you figure out why you necessary to pursue music as your profession?
Violet: I was about 12 when I figured out music was my calling. My mother convinced me to sign up for a singing competitors in Nebraska… of all locations. haha. We drove three hours to get there, and I was SO NERVOUS. At this point I had in no way sang in front of an audience, ever. I could really feel my physique just shaking… but when we arrived and they referred to as my name to come up to the stage, I stood at the prepared, struck a pose, and sang like my life depended on it. I ended up winning that day and ever considering the fact that then I wanted that feeling of becoming on stage. I wanted the rush, the cheers from the audience, the emotion you can really feel from everyone watching and recognizing that you created these persons really feel all of these emotions…
I began carrying out every thing that had music apart of it choir, musicals, marching band, colour guard, talent shows, and even got a job at the neighborhood amusement park for the duration of the summer season carrying out range shows. Sophomore year of higher college is when I knew I wanted to be a performer as a career… and I haven’t stopped considering the fact that.
Danielle: What has been your greatest challenge in your music profession so far? How did you overcome that obstacle?
Violet: I believe the greatest challenge a musician can face is, rejection. And honestly, it in no way ends. It is a habitual obstacle that we have to face every single day of our lives. And the factor that sucks is that it is all a matter of a person else’s opinion of you, no matter how educated it might or might not be. Whether or not it be you didn’t make callbacks for the reason that you weren’t ‘skinny enough’, or you didn’t get that playlist add for the reason that you are ‘too generic’, or the label dropped you for the reason that you didn’t ‘sell enough’, or you didn’t get the gig for the reason that, ‘you’re not quite enough’, rejection is everywhere. What I’ve discovered about overcoming it is all about your mindset. It is about functioning your ass off, getting self-assurance in your craft, and the perseverance to preserve going in spite of what other individuals may say. You will get a billion persons saying ‘no’ to you in your life, but all it requires is one particular individual to say, ‘yes’ to transform every thing and that is what I perform for that one particular yes.
Danielle: In addition to singing, do you play any musical instruments? How lengthy have you been playing them?
Violet: I’ve been playing guitar considering the fact that I was a teenager and I’ve been “proficient” in piano considering the fact that college. haha! I even utilized to play flute in higher college, but it is been a though.
Danielle: What’s a common day for you? Do you perform on your music every single day? What other activities in addition to music do you like to do that your fans might like to know about?
Violet: Becoming a functioning musician at the starting is virtually like getting two jobs. I have my day job that I go to 4 to 5 days a week and then all the time in amongst that I’m functioning on my music profession traveling to gigs, recording, filming, co-writing, filling out weblog interviews.. It is all about the grind.
Then when I have actual time off my hobbies consist of cooking, traveling, and wine tasting…
Danielle: What’s subsequent? Do you have any up-coming performances you would like fans to know about? Is there something else you would like to announce for your fans or something you would like them to know?
Violet: September is a Massive month for me and the group! September 6th the complete EP drops, and then I’m getting an EP release show on September 25th at Mercy Lounge! It is going to be a exciting evening of supporting all ladies in the music business and I can not wait to show absolutely everyone what we’ve been functioning on for virtually a year.