SINGLE TAKEN FROM DEBUT ALBUM, BAD IDEAS, OUT NOW
“her quirky pop stride is far from a fluke.”- The FADER
“’Crush’ and ‘Bad Ideas,’ are both confident and breezy additions to the indie-pop fold, and as this multifaceted artist continues to build her offline fanbase, she and her buoyant aesthetic are definitely worth a listen”– Billboard
“…yellow-haired phenomenon taking indie pop by storm” – V Magazine
“Tessa Violet is about to be your new indie-pop go-to”- Paste
“The colourful, quirky Tessa Violet channels her love of music into a unique electro-pop sound and ambitious aesthetic.” – The Line of Best Fit
“‘Bad Ideas’ is incredibly honest and delightful” – Alternative Press
“a guitar-driven, retro-tinged jam” [on “I Like (The Idea Of) You”] – MTV News
“undeniable talent, ambition, and a magnetic mix of quirk and charm that has earned her a loyal fanbase.” – Ones To Watch
(Los Angeles, CA – April 20, 2020) Today, artist and songwriter Tessa Violet has released the official video for “Bored,” a song from her recent debut album, Bad Ideas. Watch the “Bored” official video now here.
Conceptualized and shot to convey feelings of isolation Tessa was experiencing at the time, twists of fate now bring the video’s theme all too close-to-home in our current quarantined state amidst the global pandemic. Filmed at the YouTube Space and directed by Jade Ehlers, Tessa describes,
- “I wrote ‘Bored’ at a time when I was feeling extremely isolated. I was working from home and having trouble sleeping, struggling to build community or find things to do out of the house. Not to be super dark but I dreaded going to sleep because I was dreading facing another day. When my director Jade and I wrote the treatment for the video a few months back, I wanted to make a video that reflected that sense of uneasiness and dread, feeling like there’s no way out. Fast forward to now and it’s pretty wild this release coincides with a worldwide self isolation. Maybe it will comfort you, maybe it will drive you crazier. Either way, we’re in this together.”
In light of the pandemic, Tessa also launched the virtual ‘Something To Look Forward To” tour from her bedroom, which she is streaming live on YouTube. Dates below. Watch here.
An independent artist blazing a path of her own, Tessa’s meteoric rise culminated with the fall 2019 release of her debut album, Bad Ideas, rounding out a breakout year for the rising artist. The sole songwriter on all but one of the album’s tracks, the project received Spotify’s Times Square billboard and has seen widespread success with hit single “Crush” amassing 100MM+ aggregate streams alone and earning a Genius ‘Verified.’
Along with follow-up single “Bad Ideas,” Billboard declared both songs “confident and breezy additions to the indie pop fold.” Later single “I Like (the idea of) You” was dubbed “a guitar-driven, retro-tinged jam” by MTV News, while The FADER proclaimed that on “Games,” “Violet levels up and proves that her quirky pop stride is far from a fluke.”
On the live side, Tessa spent much of last year cutting her teeth on the road and establishing herself as a captivating, fearless frontwoman. Catapulting her otherwise spunky, eclectic recordings to an intoxicating new level of raw, unabashed rock, 2019 saw Tessa and her shredding live band sell out headline tours in the U.S. and Europe, join AJR, COIN, and Misterwives on direct support tours, and play her festival debut at Lollapalooza.
Growing up an only child in a small town, Tessa always had a deep desire to create authentic connections with people. YouTube was the first platform which allowed her to foster those connections; as she grew up, and the platform evolved, it became a place for many budding musicians to flock. She describes, “When I discovered my knack for songwriting, I realized that everything I was wanting to express through my work on YouTube could be cemented and memorialized in songs that have the power to cross not only to other platforms, but through all geographic boundaries – and live on, long after I’d recorded them.”
As the world moves ever more digital (especially amidst the global pandemic), Tessa continues to spearhead the building of online artist communities and often collaborates with other artists through live streams, as she is doing now on her current virtual tour.
Raised in Oregon, Tessa eventually moved to Nashville where she began to focus on songwriting, sparking her shift towards a career in music. Now based in Los Angeles, Tessa has remained independent and continues to write her own songs, telling The Line of Best Fit that this choice has empowered her to “be more pure to [her] own artistry.”
In 2020, Tessa will continue to release new music and videos and will continue to tour including festival performances at Bottlerock (Napa), Pukklepop (Belgium), and a fall headline tour.