We like a strong female vocalist here at DLTM, a few months back we went to see Tara Priya do her thing at The Sebright Arms in Hackney, which was top notch – we saw her again a few weeks later, but this time she was in the crowd supporting one of her friends, the wonderful Welsh singer Violet Skies. The gig, held upstairs at The Lexington in King’s Cross, was hosted by Horizons, a project set up by BBC Wales and the Welsh Arts Council to showcase their national talent… and Violet was the standout performer.
In fact, over the last year or so Violet Skies has been picking up serious heat and we’re sure it’s just a matter of time before she takes a big step into the major league. As well as performing at Glastonbury on the BBC Introducing stage, she’s gigged all over London and the UK, had a prime slot at Eurosonic 2016 and is just about to pack up her bags to head over to South By South West in Austin, Texas before heading to Canada and then on to Berlin. Support has come from a number of highly influential industry heavyweights including Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and she turned in a marvellous Maida Vale session for Radio 1 late last year. Clearly, she’s destined for even more success.
At the Horizons event Violet was the main attraction, sauntering on to the stage as the last act, she juxtaposed confidence and vulnerability with a stirring performance, backed by her razor sharp band. Violet’s vocal delivery was pretty much faultless, and the packed out Lexington (which was at its busiest when Violet was on) seemed to hang on her every word.
We had a quick chat with Violet as she prepared to head Stateside, “Last year I was looked after by the BBC Wales team and they suggested that I apply. So I sent off my stuff and they forwarded it on and I got picked. It was a really simple process, but I wasn’t expecting it at all. I ended up with some really cool showcases so I’m really pleased,” she told DLTM. “I’ve been doing lots of writing and recording, we’ve got two new songs to perform while we’re there, so I’m looking forward to playing those. After SXSW I’m doing Canadian Music Week in May, followed by a short tour of Germany; two shows in Berlin and one in Frankfurt with Kitty, Daisy + Lewis.”
Word has come back to Don’t Lose The Magic, post-SXSW, that Violet’s shows were busy and she was very well received by the US audience. We’re not surprised…
Speaking about the experience, she said, “SXSW was the craziest week of my life, I think I slept about four hours a night and at one point didn’t sleep for like 36 hours – I came home with tonsillitis… it was all SO worth it. Literally the most up-for-it crowds, some really fun shows, saw amazing gigs from other artists and probably had too much fun. Austin is the best.”
Too much fun? That’s not possible… !