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Violet Highway - Violet Highway Newsletter Interview

04 Jun 2016 // An interview by Shade
Violet Highway is a female fronted three-piece that plies a fiery blend of Rock, Pop and Blues that will leave you torn between dancing up a storm and drunk texting your ex. They match passionate lyrics with catchy melodies and powerful instrumentation. Lead vocalist Jacqui Munro belts out a tone described by listeners as "PJ Harvey meets Joan Jett" alongside her own gritty guitar work. 
The band’s rhythm section is defined by attention grabbing bass riffs from Ant Deane and heavy, energetic drumming from James Rimmer. The band balance their time between the studio and the stage, playing fortnightly to an ever growing audience. Their debut EP was released in September 2015 and was met with excitement by their fans, described as "doing justice to the energy of their live sets". In addition to achieving airtime on BFM, NZ Musician magazine received the EP enthusiastically describing it as "everything you could want from a group of pop rocking westies" and picking their bluesy track Desire as the obvious stand out. Thanks to the help of Chillbox Creative they have just filmed their debut music video for their track Desire which is due to release June 2016.

Jacqui answered the following questions for Muzic.net.nz:

How did you become involved in music?

I was forced to learn piano at age 4 and was finally allowed to quit at age 10 and swore I'd never play an instrument again. 3 years later I picked up my Mum's guitar and started playing around with it, haven't looked back since. Thanks Mum!
Which one of your songs are you most proud of, and why?

I'm sure we'd all have different answers for this but I would have to say Desire - it symbolised a step away from other songs I'd written being the first Blues song. The lyrics are very emotional, it's super fun to play live - our drummer came up with this new beat at the end where we just keep speeding up to a crazy finale, the recording we did a Capgun was top quality, and the video clip we just shot for it is looking epic, I can't wait to see the final product.
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard it before?

Quite eclectic but ranging from grunge to blues rock a female vocalist
What can we expect to see from you in the next year?

Well our debut music video is being released this June, get excited! Other than that we shall be continuing to gig and are hoping to record a couple more singles shortly. Oh and world domination naturally.
What NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?

Miss June, Dukebox, She Loves You. Just so great live and cool to see other female musicians doing their thing in a male dominated scene. Oh and I'm forever hoping that The Checks will reunite... I've seen them about 4 times and Ant around 6.
What is your favourite NZ venue, and why?

Depending on crowd size I'd have to say either Powerstation or Kings Arms. Great sound, cool atmosphere and you get to be right up close to the performers.
Have you got any tips for dealing with nerves before a gig?

.... shots! No but really make sure you get there with enough time to set up and sound check. Don't finish sound checking until you can hear everything clearly. Use that opportunity to reassure yourself of your abilities. Other than that use your nerves to help amp you up, it'll all come together once you're on stage.
Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?

To quote the singer from Tacocat "start a band with your friends". Stop thinking and start doing, we all start somewhere!
 

About Violet Highway

Violet Highway is a female fronted three piece that plays a fiery blend of Rock, Pop and Blues that will leave you torn between dancing up a storm and drunk texting your ex.

They match passionate lyrics with catchy melodies and powerful instrumentation. Lead vocalist Jacqui belts out a tone described by listeners as "PJ Harvey meets Joan Jett" alongside her own gritty guitar work. The band’s rhythm section is defined by attention grabbing bass riffs from Joel and playful, energetic drumming from Sam.


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Releases

Breathe
Year: 2017
Type: EP
Violet Highway
Year: 2015
Type: EP

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