ALL AGES ZINE
ALL AGES had the opportunity to chat with singer/songwriter/performer, Plumb about her newest release "Chaotic Resolve," her past songwriting credits, and more.
SOPHISTICATED MODERN ROCK AND ROLL.
2. What does your 4th album, "Chaotic Reserve" offer to fans that your previous material hasn¹t?
NEW MATERIAL. HA. NO, ALL JOKING ASIDE...ITS BOLDER AND ITS WHAT I'D LIKE TO SAY IS MY BEST YET.
3. Which one song from the album do you feel best describes it?
'BETTER'. THE SONG INVOLVES LOOPS AND STRINGS AND ROCK AND MELODIC HOOK AND POETRY ALL AT THE SAME TIME...ALL ELEMENTS THAT MAKE PLUMB, PLUMB.
4. You have been behind the scenes writing songs for Michelle Branch, Mandy Moore, etc... Do you feel that it is because of your past work that so many people have lumped "Chaotic Resolve" into a pop category?
NO. FIRST OF ALL I THINK POP IS AN AMBIGUOUS TERM NOW...IT DOESN'T JUST MEAN 'BUBBLEGUM' ANYMORE, AT LEAST IT DOESN'T FOR PLUMB. IT MEANS 'POPULAR' WHICH CAN ALSO BE TRANSLATED FOR SOME ARTISTS, SUCH AS MYSELF, AS RELEVENT. RELEENT TO ME IS REAL, HONEST, TRUTHFUL ART, THAT APPEALS TO A MASS.
5. How did your deal with Curb Records come about?
I WAS NO LONGER SIGNED AND MY NAME CAME UP TO MIKE CURB BY SEVERAL PEOPLE, ONE OF WHICH WAS HIS OWN DAUGHTER, AND THE REST IS HISTORY.
6. It is rumored that after your first record deal fell apart you were going to leave the music industry. What did Curb Records offer that convinced you to stay?
ITS NO RUMOR...IT WAS TRUE. BUT CURB'S OFFER WAS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT FROM NOT JUST MY FIRST DEAL, BUT OF OTHER OFFERS I'D BEEN MADE, THEY WOULD ALLOW ME TO OWN ALL MY PUBLISHING. THAT SHOWS BELIEF IN AN ARTIST TO ME WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE TO ROB THEM OF EVERYTHING IN ORDER TO BE A 'TEAM'...CURB HAD THE CONFIDANCE IN THEMSELVES AND IN ME TO ALLOW ME TO KEEP WHAT RIGHTFULLY BELONGS TO ANY ESTABLISHED ARTIST.
7. It¹s interesting that you¹re move to Nashville, a country driven town, was what drove you to your break in the music industry. How do you think this move helped you get noticed more than you were?
ITS A VERY SMALL POND WITH BIG FISH FOOD. AND I STOOD OUT...NOT BECAUSE I'M THE BEST...BUT BECAUSE I WASN'T HUNTING DOWN A DEAL LIKE THE REST OF THE 'FISH' IF YOU WILL...AND FOR SOME REASON...THAT MADE ME MORE ACCESSIBLE.
8. What do you get out of performing your songs rather than someone else performing them?
9. You¹ve had a lot of songs appear on a variety of soundtracks, have been featured on television, and so forth and so on. How important is success in the mainstream to you?
I THINK MUSIC HAS A LOT OF OUTLETS TO BE USED IN...AND ANY AND EVERY THAT ARE WILLING TO PARTNER WITH ME TO COMMUNICATE MY ART...I'M FLATTERED AND THANKFUL TO.
10. What piece of advice would you offer to a young musician that is trying to break into the music scene?
DON'T TRY TOO HARD. LET IT HAPPEN AS IT SHOULD...ORCHESTRATING LEADS TO FAILURE I BELIEVE. JUST TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY THAT COMES YOUR WAY, SMALL OR LARGE, AND TRY TO BE FAITHFUL WITH THAT OPPORTUNITY AS BEST YOU CAN...AND SOMETIMES THAT MEANS SAYING NO TO THEM. BEING TRUE TO YOUR ART AND AWARE OF THE OPPORTUNITY THAT'S BEFORE YOU IS AN ART FORM IN ITSELF...THAT'S THE ONLY WAY TO REALLY HAVE LONGEVITY AND RESPECT IN SUCH A FLASH IN THE PAN DRIVEN INDUSTRY.