Tipped as one of the favourite up-and-comers taking part in this year’s Red Bull Bedroom Jam competition, Violet are one of the lesser known acts who are appearing at this year’s Hit The Deck Festival. Still, the hype pushing this band along lately is pretty strong. We decided to speak with bassist Liam Westnidge about their festival appearance, their new ‘The Brightside’ EP and more:

DP!: How are you guys looking forward to playing at this year’s Hit The Deck Festival?
Liam: We’re really excited. We feel honoured to be sharing the stage with some amazing bands. It’s cool ’cause we’re bringing a local touch to the festival. We’ve got a lot of people coming to see us and we ain’t gonna let them down.

DP!: There’s a lot of different band on the line-up this year, is there anyone that you’re particularly excited to see or plan on catching?
Liam: Of Mice & Men, Heights, Campus, Shadows Chasing Ghosts, The Dangerous Summer, We Are The In Crowd and Deaf Havana for me personally.

DP!: It’s fair to say that you guys will be one of the lesser known acts on this year’s bill. Are you guys looking forward to the challenge of drawing in loads of potentially new fans?
Liam: Yeah, that’s fair. We’re looking forward to this as this is our third show this year, and also since signing to Small Town Records. We get to play with a lot of bands we look up to. We put a lot of work into our live show and really can’t wait to play to a whole new crowd. It’s exciting for us, but I guess we’re all pretty nervous too. We will just have to see what happens on the day.

DP!: Your new EP ‘The Brightside’ is being released a week before the festival, why should people pick up and buy a copy once it’s out there?
Liam: We put a lot of heart and passion into this record, and we believe that this comes across in the music. It’s all pretty easy to relate to and I think this is what will gain us fans. There are also three bonus tracks, which are older tracks that have been re-recorded, so this helps show our progression over time. We’re all really proud of this record and so happy that Small Town decided to help us release it.

DP!: With so many different bands on the line-up, why should people come and check you guys out?
Liam: We feel that we bring a lot to our live performance. We play with everything we’ve got and give 110% every show. To be given an opportunity to play a show on this scale is awesome, and we are definitely gonna step it up. We’re gonna kill it.

DP!: Will you guys be letting yourself loose at the after party?
Liam: …define loose.

DP!: Finally, is there anything else that you’d like to add and share with our readers?
Liam: We’ve got ‘The Brightside’ music video coming out soon. We filmed it ourselves and we’re really proud of this. We feel the song delivers a good message. We’ve got a few tours lined up and we’re gonna be on the road a lot this year. Keep an eye out for us, we might be your next favourite band. We would also like to thank everyone who’s helped us get to where we are today. The support we get from our fans is insane.

SET TIME: 13:15 – 13:45 (Rock City Main Hall)
RIYL: Deaf Havana / Emarosa / Woe, Is Me
LISTEN TO: Perspectives (below) / …But You Have Heard Of Me / The Brightside