(SXSW 2016 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #101: Violet Skies

By on Tuesday, 1st March 2016 at 11:00 am

Ahead of SXSW in Austin in mid-March, just as we have in the past 2 years of our preview coverage of the big dance, we’ll be bringing you showcasing artists’ answers to a special SXSW 2016 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions. Today we’ve got for you the responses of Wales singer/songwriter Violet Skies, who’s got an arresting voice and is bound to be one of the female artists to watch coming out of this year’s SXSW. I can tell she worships a particular female classic American singer/songwriter, which is pretty cool. Read on… Stay tuned, too, for a Welsh showcasing artist roundup here on TGTF soon.

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Electronic, cinematic soul.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Singing/eating, maybe at the same time. Who knows.

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Fickle Friends are playing the BME showcase with me on the Friday, come and see them too – they’re like bottled palm trees and lovely people. I’m also keen to see JP Cooper, an incredible, incredible vocalist playing on Friday evening, I saw him in a tiny London venue last year and he’s gone on to great things. Also be sure check out Sykes, Transviolet, Gwenno and The People the Poet.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I’ll be bringing a couple of boxes of ginger tea and Cajun pepper. I mix the two with honey and hot water and it keeps away any vocal issues. It makes your eyes water but actually tastes really good!

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
I’ll have a spiced rum and ginger beer with two wedges of lime and some crushed ice please. Or we can do vodka shots, your call.

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
First time in the US of A for lil’ old me. The band have all been before, and my drummer has toured there lots, so he’s excited for U..S audiences again. I’ve heard good things, I’ve heard scary things about the size of SXSW, but I cannot wait to get out and just sing for people.

Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
I’ve got an awful memory, even recalling yesterday is a bit of struggle, but my earliest musical ones are probably singing with my little sister and our parents to their vinyls and CD collection in our front room.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘I’m Just A Girl Who Can’t Say No’ from Showboat. My parents have said that aged 3, I disappeared at dinner at some local pub, and I had climbed up onto a makeshift stage and was singing it to the whole place. Classy gal. I actually sang it years later in shows.


What song makes you laugh?
Barenaked Ladies, ‘One Week’. See below for reasons:

“Chickity China the Chinese chicken
You have a drumstick and your brain stops tickin’
Watchin’ X-Files with no lights on
We’re dans la maison
I hope the Smoking Man’s in this one
Like Harrison Ford I’m getting frantic
Like Sting I’m tantric
Like Snickers, guaranteed to satisfy”

[I thought I was the only one who remembered the words to this, ha! – Ed.]


What song makes you cry?
‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ by Bonnie Raitt, or ‘Goodnight My Angel’ by Billy Joel, -OR- the theme tune to Forrest Gump. Put all three on one after the other, and I’d probably be in bed all week, sobbing.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
OOOH good question guys! Gavin Degraw, ‘Belief’. I was late to the Degraw party, but I listened to him a lot when I was 17/18.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
There’s not really a song that carries bad memories for me actually, music has the opposite effect. If I’m ever feeling down, I whack on some Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ or ‘Hotel California’ by the Eagles.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘A Case of You’ – Joni Mitchell. Art of the highest form.


Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Joni Mitchell. Her lyrics and melodies transcend music and she doesn’t abide by rules: her honesty is sometimes so raw, it’s breathtaking.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I used to go round saying I was going to be a ‘business lady’, and I carried a little Disney briefcase and some highlighters. I don’t know what business I was going to do, but I think people’s jobs would be much better if we all carried Disney briefcases.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Joni Mitchell, ‘Blue’ or the Spice Girls, ‘Spice World’. Make of that what you will.

Many thanks to the lovely Violet for answering our questions!

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