Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Back Up Plan”?
One of my favourites, Backup Plan is a story of dedication I guess, whether that be dedication to some one, something, a dream or a job. Its a stepping stone in the sound of my music, bringing a bit more production in to fight with the rawness of my lyrics.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
When a lot of people start music full time, the words “make sure you have a back up plan” seem to follow them everywhere they go. Sometimes having a backup plan gives you an excuse to fail. Why not give absolutely everything to something?
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes!!! Planning it as we speak.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was written on a trip to LA, with an amazing friend, Alex Hope. She’s from Australia, so we were both feeling a long way from home that day. We spoke a lot about what it takes to make a career out of music, so decided to put that feeling into a song. All or nothing, do or die, no back up plan.
What role does LA play in your music?
Other than being a complete dream world, LA gives a new array of emotions to play with in my writing. I have some crazy talented friends over there too, they’re like the shiny Pokemon cards that you rarely get to work with, but know it’ll be amazing every time. Plus I can top up my freckles while I’m out there.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?
Collaborating with others usually consists of 90% catching up time and 10% writing time, so its nice to be cosy in a studio and just hang out. When I’m by myself, I tend to just pickup a guitar and jam anywhere possible, some of my best songs were written on the staircase or in the car park outside Naughty Boy’s studio.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Definitely, I’m dropping songs every month and they get better every time. So by the end of the year, you’ll have an albums worth to wrap your ears around.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The next songs are Priorities. Ribcage. The Least That I Could Do. Album wise, next year hopefully. No title yet.
Any plans to hit the road?
Late 2018, early 2019, if I’m not on the road, I’ll be in the studio. So win win.
What else is happening next in Plested’s world?
I have my first headline show!!!!! 25th July, in the loveliest little London church and I cannot wait. I’ve got some cool songs coming out that I’ve written for other people too.