OSM: Hi, how long have Sub Violet been together and when did you form?
The band has been together for around 5 years but we’ve been through a lot of lineup changes before ending up where we are now, we also spent a lot of those years just in a rehearsal room. The band as it is now has been together for around 3 years.
OSM: Has any particular artist or genre influenced your music the most?
Our influences change all the time and each of us are influenced by different things, which I reckon it helps us a lot when it comes to song writing because it makes each song different. We don’t start each song wanting it to sound a particular way we usually come up with loads of little ideas and if one of us can imagine it being something bigger then it gets worked on and developed from there.
OSM: Your new single, ‘After You’’ is out now. What was the songwriting and recording process of the track?
We wrote it pretty quickly, for us anyway. We’re usually spending weeks sometimes months perfecting demos before we take them to the studio but this one was quick. We had studio time booked but only had a couple of demos, none of which we were super keen on. We were in a writing session 1 week before we had the studio booked and Joe played that opening riff and we loved it so we recorded it and managed to pull a demo together in time for recording.
OSM: What is the theme of the song, what is its message?
The message is come see us play live! The song is full of energy, it’s one for playing live. I want people to listen to it, sing along to it and get excited about coming to a gig!
OSM: What challenges have you faced since launching your career?
I would’t say we’ve faced many real challenges as such, I think the biggest challenge is finding people who are as passionate about making music as you are and willing to work hard to make a career out of it. That’s a challenge I think most bands face though. Being in a band and making music is one thing but releasing it and having people actually listen to it is a whole other challenge which we’re absolutely still trying to figure out, it’s difficult but a lot of fun!
OSM: What is the scene like in Scotland?
The scene in Scotland is thriving just now, especially in Glasgow. There are so many good bands and it’s just exciting to be part of it
OSM: What are the plans for the year ahead for yourselves?
We’ve got a headline gig at Audio, Glasgow on the 12th of August which we’re super excited for! We’re joining BlackWaters at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh at the end of August then back in the studio in September.
OSM: If you could change anything about the industry what would it be?
It’s hard to say really. One thing we have personally struggled with is promoters and lack of organisation with some promotion companies. That’s why we always put gigs on ourselves.
OSM: If you could share the stage with another band or performer who would it be?
Ewan - Tame Impala
Joe - Foals
Carson - The Night Cafe
OSM: What songs are on your playlist right now, which songs are you into at the moment?
Ewan - I’ve been listening to the new Paolo Nutini album, specifically ‘Lose It’ easily the best track on the album for me.
Joe - I’ve just finished Keith Richards autobiography so I’ve been listening to Rolling Stones- Exile on Main Street album on repeat.
Carson - Right now I am addicted to 'Luchtime' by Spacey Jane, 'Quiet Life' by Japan and 'Part of the band' by The 1975. I have been listening to a tonne of tame impala and I have a soft spot for anything 80's so been listening to Talk Talk, Phil Collins, New Order, The Cure etc.