London-based four-piece FOURS returned earlier this month with their stunning new single Even In My Dreams. To celebrate the new track, we got some time with vocalist Edith Violet to find out a little bit more about the group, their inspirations and more.
For those who may be new to your music, how best would you describe your sound?
For those who are new to our music, it’s hard to say, but we try to be as fun as we can. People say we’re indie-pop. We work hard on our songs and we don’t ever want to hide behind the idea that pop is easy.
What challenges have you faced in the music industry so far?
I have an issue when people assume I’m the singer when I’m talking about the band, just because I’m female. I really want to surprise them and tell them I’m the drummer or the manager but if they’re about to engineer our gig it would be quite a short-lived lie. People love asking my age as well, because apparently it’s important.
How difficult would you say this career path is in terms of making a name for yourself?
It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it doesn’t make me stop wanting to do it.
How important is it for you to have creative control over the work you produce?
I completely trust the team around me, they’re the only 3 people that motivate me and I wouldn’t do it without them. I am quite stubborn, especially if a song has moved too far in a direction I’m not into, but it’s the same for the guys I’m sure - we always end up happy in the end. That’s what creating as a collective is all about.
Where do you draw influence and inspiration from for your work?
Soul singers are my idols, Nina Simone is my all-time favourite. My influences are often the people who are different. I don’t take influence from samey-pop, even though I can appreciate it.
If you could collaborate with anybody going forward, who would you choose and why?
I would love to collaborate with soul choir and a giant brass band. That’s the dream.
Tell us a random, funny fact about you that not many people know.
There’s a lyric in our song Stella about someone ‘pulling on my broken arm’ because some guy kept doing it at my birthday party. Oh and our guitarist Dan dropped me quite theatrically from a height of about 2ft once, hence the broken arm.
Do you have definitive aims or goals for your career?
I want to be successful enough to not have to work a job that I hate and I want to sell out Brixton Academy.
Where do you hope to be this time next year?
Still in my band and still in love with each other.
What should we expect from you in the coming weeks and months?
Our new single's out now; you’ll have to wait for the next one. But it might be the best song I’ve ever written.