Game Changers: Hey Violet, Muna, Parson James, and Maggie Rogers

Game Changers: Hey Violet, Muna, Parson James, and Maggie Rogers

These standout acts of the moment give us an all-access pass to their career ambitions and creative processes.

These standout acts of the moment give us an all-access pass to their career ambitions and creative processes.

Photography: Nathaniel Goldberg

Styling: Michelle Cameron

Text: Ian David Monroe

This article originally appeared in V109, on newsstands now. Order your copy here.

HEY VIOLET

IAIN SHIPP WEARS BLAZER VIVIENNE WESTWOOD TOP CALVIN KLEIN MIRANDA MILLER WEARS JACKET COACH 1941 TOP GOOD AMERICAN JEANS LEVI’S RENA LOVELIS WEARS TOP PROENZA SCHOULER SHORTS FRAME NIA LOVELIS WEARS TOP JEREMY SCOTT CASEY MORETA WEARS TOP BURBERRY

“We don’t really get much time apart ever. Right when we go home after touring or something, we will literally text the group chat saying, ‘Miss you guys.’ We’re very codependent. The third or fourth show that we played with Casey, we literally proposed to him on stage—got down on one knee with like a ring box. Nia comes out and pulls down her flannel. Underneath is a tank top that says, ‘Casey, will you be in our band?’ And then he botched the last song.”—Rena Lovelis

MUNA

JOSETTE MASKIN WEARS JACKET KENZO KATIE GAVIN WEARS TOP MONSE NAOMI MCPHERSON WEARS JACKET MSGM TOP MOSCHINO

“There’s this idea that you have to be exceptionally talented and visionary to participate in music. That’s completely false. Ultimately, it’s just a language and a tool that crosses boundaries of nationality or socio-cultural rules. It’s just a tool. You feel it! I mean, people communicated with drums.”

—Naomi McPherson

“We really made music into a tool, and it’s something that I think is at the heart of the human condition. But I also think music could just be frequencies—I love people who hear music by the sound of somebody playing with a necklace.”

—Katie Gavin

“You can hear someone singing some language that you have no idea what it even is and you’re just like, This is the most emotional thing I’ve ever heard.”

—Josette Maskin

PARSON JAMES

PARSON JAMES WEARS HAT AND TOP (UNDERNEATH) HIS OWN TOP 3.1 PHILLIP LIM

“My first EP was pretty much therapy for me to deal with growing up in the South, and working through those issues that I really couldn’t work out as a child. Since the EP came out, I’ve gone through a lot, so you can expect to hear about some heartbreak [on my new album]. My first real relationship just ended pretty recently and I made a huge move to L.A., so that transition and isolation definitely affected my writing. [There’s] a lot of heartache, but my favorite thing about life is that there’s always light at the end of the tunnel, so you’re never going to be too sad.”

MAGGIE ROGERS

MAGGIE ROGERS WEARS TOP DELPOZO PANTS MISSONI

“I made [Now That the Light Is Fading] when I was in college, so touring it is a really different experience, especially because it’s about transition: out of college, from folk to pop. I’m really getting to see what this big wide world is all about. I get to feel both sides of me—the part of me that made it and then the part of me that’s experiencing it in the world. The best part has been getting to share these songs with the people that helped launch my career. I made these songs for me, so the fact that they resonate with somebody or can help somebody in their day, it’s kind of incredible to get to go see in the world.”

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