A few weeks ago I caught wind of violet night, an upcoming band that was getting ready to release their debut album. You’ll want to play this pop-punk meets indie-electronic band’s self-titled album on a loop this summer, so let violet night take you on all their adventures! I caught up with one half of the duo, keyboardist TJ Rounthwaite.
How did you start violet night?
Connor and I have always worked on music projects together. I would sometimes come over for City Light Vigil’s (Connor’s old band) practice and helped out when he was writing. One day he said we should do an EP together; things just clicked and we started the band.
Where do you find inspiration for your music?
I find lots of the inspiration for my music comes from experiences: beautiful moments and heartbreaking stories. I take equal inspiration from people and nature, always writing from the heart. I want to share honest experiences and feelings through our music.
What does this album mean to you?
TV and movies paint this picture of what life is supposed to be growing up. My life experiences have been completely different from those expectations. The album, Colours of You, is about living your own life: a different life than everyone. Finding the colours of yourself and understanding that, even though the colours may be different, they’re still beautiful.
If you could describe your sound to someone who has never heard it before, what would you say?
Our sound has a lot of variety. No songs really sound the same, and they all tell their own stories. It’s music that can be enjoyed by everyone. We went for a balanced blend of organic and electronic music that will be stuck in your head for days after listening.
Who would you go on tour with, if you could choose any artist or band, past or present?
Coldplay is a big one. Others would include Of Monster and Men, Queen, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Linkin Park, Death Cab for Cutie and Fall Out Boy.