GET TO KNOW: Under Violet


Ahead of Under Violet’s performance at First Avenue’s Best New Bands of 2019 in the First Avenue Mainroom on Saturday, January 25, we got to ask Sara Bischoff a few questions. Read what she had to say below:

Joely Kelzer: What music inspired you as a kid and made you realize you may want to make music yourself someday?

Sara Bischoff: My

mom is a musician so it just made sense to play music as part of everyday life. But songwriting-wise it was Bob Dylan & Ani Difranco, I listened to both a lot as a kid.

JK: You have an ethereal and breathy style, similar to Mazzy star, is there a particular song or album that influenced the sound of this LP?

SB: I do love Mazzy Star. Hope Sandoval sings in such a relaxed and simple way—it’s so comforting. I keep bringing up the lullaby thing when I talk about Under Violet but that’s the main idea. There were many other things that influenced the first album, but that’s my main idea with Under Violet as a project.

JK: Besides Mazzy Star, who or what inspires your music?


think dreams, relationships, nature, animals & memory inspire it.


songs “Crimson & Clover” and the song “Sweet Jane” and the song “Blues Run the Game”. Also Ted Lucus, Sibylle Baier, Vashti Bunyan, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, Joni Mitchell, Jackson C. Frank, Stevie Nicks, Arthur Russell, Neil Young, Invisible Boy,

Poliça, Julie Byrne, and The Weather Station. Those are some of my favorite songwriters.


Rose (Vampire Hands/Robust Worlds/Web of Sunsets) had a big influence on my music. My songwriting developed a lot from just being in bands with him and observing his approach to songwriting—lyrics, in particular.

JK: You recently released a full-length, self-titled LP. What as the idea or inspiration behind the album?


think it was more of a coping mechanism than anything else. Music is a good friend to have. I think a lot of the songs are about loss and loneliness and finding a way to comfort yourself when you’re feeling that way.

JK: Being from Minnesota, what is your favorite show you have seen in the First Avenue Mainroom?

SB: Poliça

and The Cactus Blossoms are tied.

Blog by Joely Kelzer (Marketing Intern)

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