Q&A: Tessa Violet Talks Her Latest Video
Text: James Manso
Tessa Violet, yellow-haired phenomenon taking indie pop by storm, has released a new video. Below, V caught up with her on the video's retro inspiration, embracing choreography, and why, as far as her videos are concerned, third time's the charm.
See below for the full video of I Like (the idea of) You by Tessa Violet.
How would you describe the video for "I Like (the idea of) You", in relation to your past two?
It's definitely another side of me. I think all three sheen confidence, but where Bad Ideas and Crush were a bit more androgynous in both their fashion and movements I Like (the idea of) You screams femininity. It's also the only one of the three to have actual choreography!
How did the dancing/choreography come about, and what did that process look like for you?
Kayla Kalbfleisch was the choreographer for this video and she is amazing. She brought in choreography she liked and thought would work, but on the fly would make changes to whatever felt most natural for me. Our first day working together, we had almost a completely different routine for the first verse and chorus. But when I came in the second day, I was like, "Now that I've had a night to sleep on it, I don't know if it's me," and she changed the whole thing! It was a really fun and new experience for me. I'd love to dance again.
When looking at the costumes and choreography from your past videos to now (from jumpsuits to somewhat bare legs), this video feels like an embrace of femininity/sexuality. What inspired you to explore these themes visually?
It was a no brainer for me because the song was just asking for it. Bad Ideas has a lot of nuance and Crush is more self-deprecating. I Like (the idea of) You is bold. I like for a music videos visuals to be less about the direct story of the lyrics and more about how the song feels. This one felt bold and classic, so I went with that!
How would you describe both your inspirations and your objectives for the video?
I knew I wanted to do a homage to These Boots are Made for Walking [by Nancy Sinatra]! And I was super lucky to work with my director Jade Ehlers who was so on board for the vision.
Do you have anything else in the pipeline? What can we expect next?
Always releasing more music! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with me. @tessaviolet