Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Bloody great ! And thank you so very much for asking. How are you guys at VENTS going? We’ve just stepped out of the shower, it’s not weird at all. We do most things together, whether it be your shopping, your bloody tax, your bloody playing a bit of guitar, writing a few bloody pop songs. It’s all a bit of a game of cat and mouse kinda situation.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “HiVision”?A lot of the lyrics are quite cryptic and there’s lots of metaphors used to describe the subject matter . We like that everyone can form their own unique interpretation of what a Plastic Face song means and represents for them. This song isn’t necessarily about someone, it’s more a state of mind.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?The song ‘HiiViSiON’ was written right smack bang in the middle of the pandemic. Pete had just fled back from NZ and was hot off the plane and into quarantine. Will had this covid19 beat, Pete had this pandemic chord progression and as the crow flew east on a hot summer night, the song was born. It came together so smoothly, we banged it out in about 2 weeks.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?The ‘HiiViSiON’ video was written and directed by one of our close friends Sean Clancy Donovan. The inspiration behind the video was to create something unique, something the viewer could lose themselves in and finish the video thinking. “What the hell just happened”. Before they know it they’re watching it again and again.
How was the recording and writing process? Our recording and writing process is similar to two curiously entangled sonic wizards casting melodic spells and making beat potions. We’re both massive music fans and appreciate all styles and genres, there’s nothing we don’t listen too! The weirder and more unique the better, striving to invent something brand spankin new is what gets our rocks off. Sonically we just want to sound like us, we want whoever uncovers Plastic Face to listen and hear all the styles and influences that have seeped into our veins over the years and for that to start painting a vibrational portrait of wonders that demonstrate who we are and what we are all about.Depending on whether or not we are both living in the same city or the same country, whether we are in the same room together or on different ends of the globe it doesn’t necessarily matter. We’ve become used to the process of writing a million miles away from each other and also that vibe of having wines in someone’s backyard playing guitar on a sunny afternoon writing tunes, both are quite different but in the end achieve the same result. We are constantly sending each other small snippets of music, vocal ideas, sounds or samples, films, scores, conspiracy videos, books, online sites, art, anything really that makes us excited and inspires us to write something. We quite like always reinventing the way we write , new ideas are constant and it certainly unlocks something that maybe we couldn’t achieve if we were to write in a conventional setting every time .
What role does Sydney play in your music?
What’s not to love about Sydney?! The inner west is awesome ! Having the city and the ocean so close to each other is a really spesh feature, we also love Melbourne too ! But just to visit, it’s just too damn far from the ocean when you need that Sunday swim to wash away your sins from the Saturday night before. But yeah Sydney yay or nay, The way we write remotely doesn’t matter that much at all, opening up an email and hearing what secret sauce has been ladled over a track by one another is especially delicious!
How has Tame Impala and James Blake influenced your writing?Music is a universal language, but it doesn’t translate the same for everyone and we think that’s beautiful. We love both of these artists so much, being legit is so important and these two def are. We’re too busy telling people what to think or how to feel in these modern times, putting people in boxes is batshit crazy, have you ever seen a human in a box? It looks stupid! Nowhere near as cute as a cat in a box. Just like the above two artists, we want our music to spark joy, individuality and imagination especially in these strange uncertain times.
What is it about the 90s that you find so fascinating?
Hanson, Ricky Martin, Eyebrow Rings, Lip Smackers, Frosted Tips, Dawson’s Creek, Alex Mac, Charmed, hyper coloured tee shirts you can put in the fridge, Neighbours.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?Yeah 100% !We have our debut record all mixed and mastered, coming out early 2021! We also have a couple more singles to release before then and some excellent videos written and directed by the talented Sean Clancy Donovan. Sean also wrote and directed our first video ‘HiiViSiON’, heapsa stuff to look out for.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Early 2021 look out for a couple of new videos and we are also dropping our debut record.
What else is happening next in Plastic Face’s world?
We are currently organising our second video single ‘BACK2TOKYO’ . It is shaping up to be quite a unique clip and we are going to be releasing it early 2021 with our debut record. We are also working on our second record but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves here.