Interview: Plug In Stereo
Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:37:54
Plug In Stereo echo strains of sixties and seventies pop with a fresh twist on the A Little Peace EP. Moments of piano bliss give way to lilting choruses, and it makes for some downright dreamy melodies. You might just feel at peace as soon as you hear it.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Trevor Dahl of Plug In Stereo discusses A Little Peace, his influences, and so much more.
What ties together A Little Piece for you?
When I put the EP together, I wrote like twenty or thirty songs. When I was picking the songs, I really wanted to make sure they were cohesive and they fit, but they weren't too similar. I wanted to pick a batch of songs that you could fall into and enjoy but not be confused as far as the genres go. It's not thematic though. Every song is different as far as the theme and the concept goes. The production is also different, but they all go together.
When did you come up with the title A Little Piece?
It was a while go. I wrote and produced the song itself in my room. I liked the whole idea of it. It makes sense in two different ways. The lyric could refer to peace on earth and peace in the world, but also peace in yourself, relaxation, and being cool with who you are and your place.
Is it important for the songs to paint pictures?
I want to make it as visual as possible, and I try to be really descriptive with my songs. With these songs, I try to be vulnerable with my lyrics, dig deep with them, let people know who I am, and tell some stories about myself. It's working so far.
What's the physical process of songwriting like for you?
Every song's different. Some songs I can bust out really quickly, and it happens naturally. Other songs take months and months to write. For "A Little Peace", I woke up one morning, went into my room, and busted out the song really quickly. However, I had the idea, concept, and chords for "To Be Wanted" in my phone for months and months. I was waiting for the right time to write it when it was relevant for me and my life. It took a long time to write and record. They're all different.
What's the story behind "Don't Say Goodnight"?
That's one of my favorites. I don't really have any songs that are based around the piano. That was the first time we had written a piano song. I loved it. We started humming melodies and ideas, and it came together in a day or two. Some of the songs I write have happened in my life and are very specific to me. Other songs, I just like to make stories and mix it up. "Don't Say Goodnight" was a love story we made up in our heads. It didn't happen to me specifically, but I wanted to create a story.
What artists shaped you?
The Beatles are the most important in my life as far as influencing me growing up and still to this day. John Mayer has become a huge influence for me as well. I'm really into HAIM. They're really great. Ed Sheeran is amazing lyrically and live. Those four are big.
What inspires you outside of music?
I try to read sometimes. I love art as well. I draw mostly from musical influences.
Does the EP lay the groundwork for a full-length?
I'm going to choose some of the songs from the EP and put them on the album. It's a good teaser of what people will hear on the record.
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