London-born LA-based dream grunge-rock artist Fox Violet (aka Thea Stevenson) has just released a new single in the shape of ‘Long Way Down’, here’s everything that you need to know about Fox Violet…but were afraid to ask.
What are the origins of Fox Violet, how long have you been playing?
I grew up just outside of London, and I’m really very influenced by my roots, I’ve been singing my whole life. Every single year I discover more and dig more into the music so it still feels new.
How did you feel performing your first gig? And how was it?!
Nervous as hell! I think that is the thing when you are so in love with something, it matters the most to you how the material is really represented. I’m a perfectionist so it is hard to let go. I just want people to feel the way I do when I write it.
What should people expect when they check Fox Violet out? How would you describe yourself?
I think it is a real mix. I hope no matter what it’s a soulful experience but I don’t shy away from letting all of the darkness out. That includes rage as much as it does longing and nostalgia. I want to say it is the emotion behind the music that I believe is the show, rather than the tone or style, though instrumentally it is rock.
The new music scene is bursting at the seams with fresh talent, in what ways do you feel that artists have to stand out from the others trying to build a name?
You know what I believe in more than anything is the right to have a voice, whatever that voice is. You just have to dig deep into yourself and to keep digging into yourself every time you write a new song. I think that building a name comes later, it should be about authenticity no matter what, the right people will gravitate towards that. The only thing that matters is the truth of the music and what you are saying, you keep doing that and eventually, there are people who will connect with you.
What are you working on at the minute that people can check out?
I’m excited to say I have a new single out now, “Long Way Down”, I have a whole album, PRISMS coming out in October.
What band out there at the minute do you feel that you would be best suited to open for?
It would be an honor to open for Patrick Watson, but also I adore Band Of Horses. The slow build of these artists and their epic live shows just blow me away. I’ve never seen anything like Patrick Watson.
Who do you feel is the next band to break out?
There are so many incredible musicians out there. I think it’s super important to just love what you find, it doesn’t really matter to me what will break out. It’s more about what you love.
What are your first musical memories? And what was the light bulb moment that made you go “I want to do that”?
Listening to Radiohead on my bedroom floor crying and elated at the same time. I think I always had the feeling that I wanted to do that but I didn’t really follow it until I was in my twenties.
What was the last gig that you attended as a fan?
As a fan, I go to a lot of great local shows when they come up, I love finding undiscovered talent and artists people haven’t heard of yet.
The album that you have in your album collection/Spotify playlist that would surprise most people?
Hmmm… lately, Harry Styles debut album! I gotta say I was so surprised how good it was and I love his voice actually.
How active are you on social media and where can people connect with you?