Tessa Violet opens up on Twilight-inspired music video TikTok on tour
Back in the winter of 2008, Tessa Violet leaned back in a plush red theater seat and watched the first installment in the “Twilight” series. Fast forward to 2021, Violet, now an alternative pop singer-songwriter, performs on her own Musical clip inspired by popular romantic drama.
“To be honest I think I’m more a book about a movie film, ”Violet admitted in an interview with the Daily Californian. “I think the movie really hurt Kristen Stewart a lot… (and) Edward is very uncomfortable in the movie, whereas in the book you’re like, ‘Damn, sexy vampire!’ “
Set in a field saturated with bright blue, Violet’s music video recreates the iconic baseball scene from the film for its latest remixed version “Games,” which stars the charming group and creates a delightfully dramatic showdown between the performers. Oh, and Peter Facinelli is in it too.
Although her video features a hazy storm on the horizon, Violet’s career future is pretty bright. The artist certainly made the most of his 40s, keeping himself busy planning his concert livestreams for May 12 and 13 as well as releasing collaborative remix singles from his debut album of 2019. Bad ideas.
“I love all of the reissues more than the original,” Violet said. “It’s really fun for me to hear the song through someone else’s voice. I’m like, ‘Wow, yeah, I’m a good writer!’ “
Violet has been releasing music regularly since 2016, but Bad ideas was the first project where she felt she had a real sense of herself.
“This idea is just the first time I’ve had the courage to say, ‘Yeah, I really want this, and I’ve got some big ideas, and I want to do whatever I can to make it happen.'” she declared. “It’s beautiful.”
Violet loved music deeply from a young age, and she remembers singing and dancing to her mother’s CDs with the sofa as a stage.
“It was funny, I didn’t even have a ‘I want to be a singer’ feeling, it wasn’t related to any kind of career path,” Violet said. “There’s only so much healing and the joy in the music and like, even in the melodrama, the sad songs – I loved that.
Although Violet continued to sing in the theater in high school, she felt her talent fell short. her passion, and she considered this achievement to be one of her “first sorrows”.
“I remember feeling angry – why would I have this desire, if I’m not good enough?” – and kind of put that to rest and say, “ Okay, what else do I like? ” ” she said.
Upon graduating from high school, Violet translated her passion for storytelling into other media, turning to a YouTube career focused on vlogging and making music videos. But when she was 23, music found its way back to her. A few years later, her friend walked away and left her guitar in her car (which, for the record, she tried to get back to him).
“I had never played guitar before, but I was like, ‘Yeah, why not, I’m going to take this hobby,’” said Violet. After learning Death Cab Cutie’s “I Will Follow You into the Dark” on guitar, she began to write original songs.
“It was a fulfilled hope, it was like, ‘oh my god this is this whole new place for me to sing and play.’ And it’s better than I could have ever imagined because now I can tell my own stories, ”she shared.
And clearly, Violet’s stories resonate with people. Effectively linking his music and video interests, the artist, like many others, turned to TikTok as a midlife hobby. Her song “Wishful Drinking” went viral in August with one of her TikToks garnering over 5.7 million views.
With nearly two million subscribers and over 177 million total views on her YouTube channel, Violet is no stranger to internet fame and she has worked a long time to keep her relationship with the internet healthy.
“I try to see social media as a tool, so it’s neither positive nor negative,” Violet said. “I try to never passively use social media, so I don’t just scroll for something to do or to occupy time, to fill space or to escape emotion.
While social media can help shed light on underrated music, she added, it’s important to be aware of how media can impact the perspective of art. “If you focus too much on algorithms, you say, ‘will this work on the algorithm?’ It’s the death of art, ”said Violet.
Spending time online might not compare to a live show, but Violet can’t wait to be able to perform live again – “This is what I love to do more than whateverShe stressed – especially since the pandemic has forced her 2020 tour to be postponed. However, Violet appreciates how quarantine has given her the opportunity to connect more with her fan base.
“I think last year for me, it’s just that I realized there doesn’t have to be a wall,” Violet said. “I can just be who I am.”
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