Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
Plastic. Hey we’re Plastic, we’re an Alternative Rock/Grunge band from Cheshire UK.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Plastic. Well we formed the band in the last couple of weeks of 2015, so we have been a band 2 years. We spent the first year trying to find our feet and figure out our sound, in 2017 we’d recorded our debut album (which is just to be released) and did a couple of tours whilst slowly releasing songs from it, we’ve put out an e.p, a single and a split, the record that’s out in March is our first proper effort.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Plastic. Just 90’s rock bands really from the whole, punk/alt rock thing, non-musical I’m not sure really, we are all really into a lot of different music like The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and Vulfpeck them bands inspire us, but we are nothing like those bands.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
Plastic. Our goal is to make a living from this band, obviously our dreams are to push this to stupid heights and play with massive bands or become one, but if we can make a living through touring we will be happy.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Plastic. Matty & Elliot are a bit of a songwriting duo. Matty writes the bulk of all the initial ideas, like catchy verses and choruses with a bridge, but usually hands it over to the others to mold into something a little more interesting, it’s a team effort, but Elliot is pretty good at conducting that stage of the writing process. Lyrically our songs tap into a lot of different stuff, on the record we are putting out a lot of it is about substance abuse and bad situations, but most of our stuff really is reliant on the imagery we create, especially now.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
Plastic. Well, we’ve worked with quite a few PR companies, we know we need that to promote ourselves, other than all we can do is put the music out and play shows for now, playing shows is the most important part of being in a band.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
Plastic. I haven’t got a chip on my shoulder over it, because whilst that is a problem less people were able to form groups if you go back long enough, so it’s the volume of bands that is the problem (not that i’m saying there shouldn’t be loads of bands). We live in this era and I accept it, we’ve grown up with it, but I would rather be paid in an ideal world when people download our songs, but streaming kind of erases that, and if you don’t play the game, no one will hear you.
PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
Plastic. It’s dying but so be it, music won’t fade out, the internet gives people the opportunity to find what they like so there’s good music everywhere, but it would be nice to see cool bands in the charts that haven’t already been around for years for sure.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Plastic. True Love Waits by Radiohead, it’s the saddest most hard hitting song I have ever heard, that’s all i can say really.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
Plastic. Loud people being loud, people who can’t mold around other peoples comfort zones also.
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
Plastic. Just the feeling of being on stage with your best mates, and touring. Turning something bad times into something good with songs is important also.
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
Plastic. We’ve got an album release show at The Electric Church (a record store in our home town) that should be a really cool night. And we’ll be announcing a tour in the next month for May this year for the UK, so if you like us come hang!
Band location – Winsford England
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