No last name, but a lot of heart here by singer/songstress Violette. She’s reminiscent of the stylists of the 70s with an upbeat and thoughtful approach to music. Along with a horn section, she teams up with Louis Cato, who does just about everything on drums, guitar and bass, and then brings in various guests such as Glenn Patscha/key and even some strings and percussion to create various moods and motifs
She’s got a soft and wisp of a voice, and uses it well on the slinky “All My Life” and the delicate “Coming to You.” Peppy and optimistic on “Falling Strong,” she’s also able to create fun atmospheres when Cato brings some Dick Dale guitar riffs on the surfing “Countdown to Light” and even throws in some romantic French on “Envol” and “Annabelle” where she shows her ability to produce some dramatic moments. With strings and guitar she and Cato go intimate on “Perfect Illusions” but can also go gritty as on “I Heart NYC.” Well dimensioned and with her own material, she gets a bonus point.
A native, French chanteuse, Violette brings together warm song of incredible complexity and life with swirling piano melodies and somewhat bluesy, pop song creations on her latest release, Falling Strong. Now based in Brooklyn, Violette does not stray too far from her French song origins. There are classical, jazz, pop, rock, and folk elements throughout. Each song is catchy and beautifully-executed with vocals as sweet as sugar and melodies as fluid as a babbling brook. With vocals akin to Michelle Branch and Norah Jones, Violette knows how to evoke images of love, happiness, and hope with lyrical stories. Fans of piano, pop, rock, ballads, and a few French-lyric songs will love Violette's latest offering. The album is so good it should be 'falling' up the charts! ~ Matthew Forss
- This interview will be read by all Latin America. How would you describe your music for people who do not even know you? How would you describe your sound?
My music is a blend of pop rooted in styles from Jazz to Soul and R&B with sprinkles of French influences. Some of my songs are very intimate and romantic, others light and sarcastic.
- How and when did you start with music? Was there any particular moment?
I started playing the piano at age 6, and did not enjoy it much, I really wanted to play the drums.
After a few years of studying classical percussions at a Parisian conservatory I focused on singing and met a teacher/mentor who introduced me to Gospel, Blues and R&B. I have since then been in love with African-American music.
- When you were a little girl what kind of music heard in your house? do you remember any particular artist that influenced you at that time?
My parents were both music lovers. At home, one could hear anything from French chansons (Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf, Barbara) to Classical (Chopin, Debussy) and Jazz (Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Chet Baker). My mother was a writer so on most holidays, birthdays and un-birthdays, we would write silly songs to be sung over delicious wine and dinner.
Integrating elements of pop, jazz and soul, French native singer-songwriter Violette’s sound can range from energetic and upbeat tunes to more delicate emotionally themed numbers. Her sound can be likened to that of jazz-pop sensation Norah Jones, who also integrates elements of soul, jazz and folk into her poppy arrangements. Violette also has an edgier side where her eclectic and various musical influences (including elements of R&B and rock as well) show through. All in all, this gal has a very genuine sound that offers fun loving, whimsical moments and moving emotional experiences to listeners of all kinds.
Prepare to fall in love with this music video. “All My Life” is a love ballad beautifully written by the talented Violette. The music video begins with a male and female puppet in a cafe. According to her, he made the first move. There are two accounts of how they met and where they went on their first date. In between takes, we see Violette in a stunning red dress under a spotlight. The camera zooms and pans around her as she sings soulfully. The lyrics are simply adorable. And while the male puppet thinks they went to a fancy restaurant on their first date, she believes they casually went out for beers and pizza. The two go on a fun trip to Paris, having a grand time and fooling around like your typical love birds. He then proposes to her by the Eiffel Tower under the night sky. Of course, she says yes! The whole thing is charming and the song is catchy, which will make you fall head over heels. Read more: http://fdrmx.com/violette-life/#ixzz3Wq2hZL3O
Check out the latest video from director Bradonio for the upcoming release by Violette. It tells the classic love story: puppet meets puppet, puppets go to Paris, puppets get married.
From Brad: When purchasing some of the props for the video, the owner of the liquor store I went to wasn’t too sure of me when I said, “Excuse me sir, I’d like a bottle of your finest, but absolutely smallest, bottle of champagne please!” We weren’t as lucky at the bakery or pizza parlor, so the props for those scenes were made from scratch.
All of the puppet scenes were filmed with the characters held up in front of a TV, which was basically like the old school “rear projection” method. We’d go out and film a background (and a few times just purchased a stock photo), played it back on the TV, and then did our best to match the lighting as well as props like the tables to fit in with that background. It was a lot more fun than using a green screen because you see immediately if everything is coming together or not, and can also “react” more to the environment with the puppets since you see how it’s all going to come together in camera.
From France to Brooklyn, Violette bridges the gap between warm world music and American folk-pop, while also embracing the sophisticated sounds of jazz and blues. With pipes that could easily land her on the charts, the songstress builds breezy melodies and romantic yet playful landscapes in multiple languages with grace and beauty. This young woman has a remarkable future waiting.
Violette is back with another lighthearted music video that will once again make your stomach fill with butterflies and your heart melt like a popsicle. “Falling Strong” is about two different worlds set in the Big Apple. The screen is split in half to portray the daily routines of a woman (left side) and a man (right side). The early bird treats herself to a healthy breakfast while the sun rises. The man on the other hand, is a night owl who wakes up to a donut and a cup of joe as the sun sets. Both work in the same restaurant called the Riviera. She’s a waitress during the day and he’s the bartender during the night.
Louis Cato, also a singer-songwriter, features as the male vocals on the track and music video. Violette asks her male partner if this love she feels is wrong or right. She mentions that she’s never felt a love like this before, but has lately pictured herself wearing white. Cato comes in and answers with “don’t worry… Let our hearts be free.” He’s done playing “the game” and chasing women away. The two worlds collide and the man and woman find themselves in each others arms. Let’s take a moment to appreciate that special someone we have in our lives. And let’s thank Ms. Violette and Mr. Cato for a music video so beautifully presented with romantic lyrics and soulful music.