Fresh Violet is a rising hip hop artist from Melbourne, Australia. Her lyrical prowess and slick production has been capturing attention across the globe. Fresh is a truly unique presence in Australia’s music scene. Despite being best known as a rapper, this is only the tip of the iceberg of her talent. Violet’s skills as an electronic producer combined with her background in classical music have given her the ability to create an enigmatic sound all her own.
Since releasing her first track in 2017, Violet has consistently challenged the status quo of Australian hip hop. She has been welcomed as a breath of fresh air and has established herself as a staple of the scene.
Her debut EP 'ACKBARS' was released on May the 4th, 2018. The project received an enthusiastic response from fans and the media alike. All 6 tracks received airplay across the country including spins on Triple J for 'Headline Level' and 'No Sheep'. This initial release and early singles from her album led to Violet being dubbed "One of the most promising voices in Aus Hip Hop" by Beat Mag and "One of the best in the underground right now" by Triple J.
The success of ACKBARS landed Violet a support slot on a three month national tour with the acclaimed rock band Mammal, playing the opening set of each show and joining them on stage to perform a guest verse to packed venues all around Australia. This tour and the warm reception to her previous singles and EP raised the anticipation for her debut album ‘50 Shades of Violet’ to an all time high. Violet’s fans had been long aware of the self-produced passion project that had been brewing for several years. In October 2018, Fresh Violet released the project to critical acclaim.
The LP is a diverse tapestry of styles and beats that centre around Violet’s journey as a hip hop artist so far. The 12 track project delves far deeper into Violet’s psyche and experiences than any preceding release; establishing her as a multidimensional artist and personality. Fresh's ability to effortlessly switch between and blend trap, grime, electronic pop and more is earning her high praise from Triple J, community radio, MTV and her loyal fan base.
Fresh is well known and loved for her live shows which she has been touring around Australia. Fresh's versatility, raw power and off-the-wall persona shines through in all her performances. She has performed at festivals such as 'The Town', 'Leaps and Bounds Festival', ‘Melbourne Writers Festival’ and ‘Jungle Love’ as well as supporting Hip Hop legends including Snak the Ripper (CA), Cormega (USA), Butterfingers, Mistress of Ceremony, P.Smurf, Rapaport, N'Fa and many more.
Violet spent the first half of 2019 touring with Butterfingers as their main support in 21 cities around Australia. Upon returning she released a collaborative EP with Card Houses titled ‘Aliens Aliens Aliens!’ and announced her signing to Scratches Records for her next album.
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