Interview: Fox Violet

We chat to Thea Juliette of trans-Atlantic folk rock band about their debut EP, influences and getting drunk on music.

Interview by Jane Howkins

How is 2020 treating you so far?
Hi! It’s great! I’ve been writing a ton of new music and Fox Violet has a show Jan 30 (at the hi hat in LA) that I’m super passionate about so lots to look forward to.

Have you released any music recently? If so, what can you tell us about that?
I released three singles last year, the singles that came out last year were Trenches, Freak and Liar. This was a real labour of love and I was super pleased with the response to the singles, especially Trenches which I was so thrilled to hear was played on the radio in the US and Australia.

Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
We are hard at work on a debut EP for Fox Violet to be released in the Spring. Its been an incredible journey so far. This new collection of songs are a collaborative effort, and you can expect a similar influence of both melancholic dreamy dark pop that explores lucid dreaming, the death of relationships and identity.

Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
We are aiming for a tour in spring. We are just overjoyed to play most cities, but on a personal note I can’t wait to get back to New York City, Austin and San Francisco.

Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
People honesty trigger songs in me the most, something someone says, or more often than not doesn’t say has a big impact on me. Relationships. I had some difficult life experiences that had an impact on me.

I’m also really influenced by poetry and literature but clearly musically:
Pink Floyd, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Lana Del Rey, and Phillip Glass. I also love movie scores.

What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
I can’t get enough of Angel Olsen, but also I’m recently re digging into a lot of classical music like Chopin.

Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
I want listeners to trip out to a bit, either in the recordings or live. Fox Violet is ambient crunchy guitars and very soundscape-like. I want you to feel like you are coming out of a dream that makes you feel drunk on it.

Any last words for the fans?
Thanks for listening guys and coming on this journey with us. We can’t wait to see you at a show.