An Interview With Plant Dad
A new single from Plant Dad brings out s super smooth and alluring dream pop tonality to go right along with this mellow jazz backbone while utilizing a soiree of classic synth sounds and a set of catchy vocals to tie it all together with a tasteful character.
"Immature" is a wonderfully silky single and the song absolutely shines with presence and a cinematic vibe at times.
The vocals are melting right into the songs dreamy and atmospheric guitars and keys that all sort of touch on that vintage retro-pop feel.
This song has a strange addictive aspect to it that makes you feel at ease. It's calming but intriguing as hell too.
This really had a way of letting you just get washed away with the soundscape of it all and it actually feels great to just let it happen.
There are a few pleasant surprises including a rapping verse in there that actually has the same kind of mellow character as well, so it really doesn't take away from that feel.
This was graceful in its own right. It has this heart and soul to it and just felt good to listen to in general.
I love the feel and sound of this current indie and dream pop with such a great youthful undertone to it.
With the release of such a tasteful single, we wanted to have a chat with Plant Dad to find out where this all came from.
Here's what happened.
Buzz Slayers: Okay so let's start with "Immature". This record has a great array of styles on it and even some surprising parts! Where did this single come from?
I wrote this one on Christmas break. I was staying at my parent’s home in a town in Baltimore County, and while I was there, I went to a party with a bunch of friends from high school and community college. Surprisingly, my ex was there and it was pretty awkward. We did not end on good terms with both of us acting very toxic and immature. But one thing that really bugged me was they weren’t even trying to communicate or reconcile with the intent of patching things up. Hence came, the song ‘immature’
I sent it to my producer, Sean Mercer, the week after and then went to work at it.
Buzz Slayers: I'm hearing some great genres on this release. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
I really like singer-songwriters and “indie” artists as an influence. I’m very fond of Coconut Records, Voxtrot, Andy Shauf, Gus Dapperton, Vampire Weekend, and many many more. I personally believe that whatever you’re listening to reflects on what music you create.
For ‘immature’, I was listening to a lot of Faye Webster, Father (the featured rapper), Gus Dapperton, and Daniel Caesar. So it was shifted towards a more R&B/pop side. I was very thankful that it worked out seamlessly.
Buzz Slayers: So how did this all begin for you really? When did you fall in love with making music?
I fell in love with music at an early age. I started performing in choirs when I was in elementary school. But I didn't really fully love creating music until high school. I needed an outlet to express myself and that came writing music, listening to angsty songs, recreating those angsty songs, and playing in bands.
Buzz Slayers: What's next for you as an artist?
I have tons of new material that I’m putting out. I’m working on releasing a mixtape in the fall soon. And an EP next summer.
Buzz Slayers: What inspires you guys to write a song?
To be honest, my friends. I am very grateful that I have friends who are equally if not more talented than I am. They inspire me to keep pushing and be more creative. So when my friend writes a banger, that inspires me to make one.
That and life events, haha.
Buzz Slayers: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
My whole life is based on music (where I work full time, part time, and performances). But when I’m not doing music, I try to explore other artistic abilities.
Buzz Slayers: Who are you listening to right now?
I’m listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar, the newest album was intense and I love listening to it back to back. Also, I’ve been listening to a lot of Baltimore locals like Hannah K, Sleepy Gary (who moved to NY but to me still is a Baltimore-an), N A E, and Julien Chang.
Buzz Slayers: Are you doing live performances?
For July and August, I’m doing a lot of secret shows all around Baltimore, DC, Philly, Richmond, New York. In September, I will have more shows with my band.
Buzz Slayers: This single seems like a big undertaking. What kind of advice might you have for other up and coming artists out there?
Thanks so much man. I say keep going and going. It will be discouraging and encouraging at the same time. But all it is refining your skills, practicing, analyzing other performances, creating, and being resilient.
Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Thanks so much for listening! I truly appreciate every single one of you who listened and followed me on social media and all streaming platforms.