How did the band come to be?
Fox Violet like most things in my life came to me in some kind of dream. I was inspired to make music that felt like you were stuck inside a dream, one that felt extremely real but one which you still knew you were dreaming. I don't really have any ambition to get there but I want to go on that transcendental journey when I make music.
Do you have any releases coming up in the new year?
I just released, “I’ll take your pain,” which is really a commentary on not only the state of the world right now, but the dissolution of relationships. I wrote this song before the pandemic hit. I have always had a morose perception of world events, and I wanted to create a song that moved through the sensory experience of loss and a nostalgic reflection of times past. That is a current theme in my work. When the pandemic hit I had to reflect on that song, but I hope that it is cathartic to some.
What is something you want listeners to take away from your music?
I don’t want to prescribe any emotional experience to my songs, but I do hope with each new song they gain a sense of no holds barred real commentary, one that does not shy away from dark emotions, but instead lets them out to breathe.
With everything that is going on in our world what is one cause or organization that you are passionate about?
Thank you *so* much for asking this question. I am passionate about @nokidhungry they are working tirelessly to provide food to children all over the world. This is not just countries in the developing world, but right in the USA too. When schools closed, children who came to rely upon those hot meals of the day suddenly had nowhere to turn. That’s completely unacceptable to me. I would like to fund raise for this organization if possible. I am also very passionate about trying to fund raise for international aid. I am very saddened by the looming potential extra disaster that could occur in the developing worlds as a result of crucial aid services being ground to a halt as a result of the pandemic. There are so many organizations we can and should support if we can. My heart goes out to the front line health care workers tirelessly keeping our world together right now too.
What is your writing process like?
It’s very personal. I need to be alone, and to be really in a state of deep reflection. I usually have an idea for a song that then comes into life when I hear a few notes, and then it takes it’s own journey visually. It might take me one night or a few months to write something.
To follow up with the last question, what inspires your sound?
So many things inspire me. Sadness inspires me, melancholia. I have always been motivated by an exploration of that. I know it’s dark but I just believe that sadness is this participant of our human existence and we shouldn’t shy away from it. I’ve tried to form this into a more nostalgic experience so that we really feel like we are walking through our sad experiences together, in one collective dream. I never want to write something so personal that people can’t relate. I am more interested in collective emotions.
Any tours coming up soon?
I’ve postponed all tours right now and I am just focused on writing, recording and trying to keep my loved ones well.
Anything you would like to tell our readers?
I hope that anyone reading this is well and is keeping safe. Thanks for listening.