Plastic Barricades, like glass ceilings of emotion can be troublesome, so lets talk and find out what makes these particular three young gents tick.
Hands off the Hob Nob’s:
1.) I first wanted to take the time and thank you for doing this interview with me today. For our readers who haven’t heard of you yet, can you tell us about yourself and anything about the band you’d want us to know? Who have been your major influences in your writing style?
Hey, thanks for having me! I am Dan, I sing and play guitars and keys in a London Alt / Indie Rock trio Plastic Barricades together with Daniele Borgato on bass and Frazer Webster on drums. Our debut album called “Mechanics of Life” was released this September. Whenever we go touring we make sure we have everything we may need. Along with gear and equipment, you’ll find a chess set and a couple of board games in our van. A Spotify playlist dedicated to a city we’re going to will boost our morale. Lately we’ve been listening to a lot of Death Cab for Cutie, Biffy Clyro, The Shins, Two Door Cinema Club, Catfish and the Bottlemen.
2.) Let’s talk about what you currently have going on. Any new music or new tours in the works? If you were to say one song of your own perfectly sums up what you are all about which song would that be?
It has been an incredible autumn in PB land – we’ve released our first full length album called “Mechanics of Life” and we’ve been touring with it all around UK. The album is diverse, we experimented a lot both with songwriting and arrangement in the recording studio, so it is pretty hard to say which song sums us up at the moment. It was quite tricky to let the songs go at the mixing stage, but it feels great to hear positive reviews from all around the world. Have a listen to “Around the Sun”
and then to “How Goldfish Grow”
The whole album is up on Spotify for your enjoyment!
3.) When you write any new music, can you tell us what the process is like? Describe to us what happens in a typical writing session.
The process can vary from day to day – sometimes it’s a jam that inspired us to write a new song, and sometimes I come up with a line of lyrics that drives the creative process. When an idea strikes at 3am at night, I only have to cover a very tiny distance to the garden. We’ve built a music studio in the shed – a perfect hideout any time of day. We have a couple of studio spiders called Rick and Morty and a Moth Fader who helps with EQ and levels on the mixer. They have heard the album before everyone did. They like some of it.
4.) With the music industry always changing and evolving, what are the things you like and don’t like about it? What aspects of the industry do you feel have hurt or helped your career? If you could change anything about it, what would it be?
I believe now is the best time to be an independent musician. You can write, record and release so much easier and cheaper than ever before. Streaming helps to spread your message to the world almost instantly and thanks to the analytics you can see if certain cities and countries are lighting up with fans. Reaching people became easier but at the same time young bands are fighting for the same screen time with every major act. Unfortunately, platforms like Facebook are constantly changing their algorithms to make the creatives pay them for visibility. Greed is still driving many aspects of the industry. It should be about the music, right?
5.) Do you or any of your band members have any side projects? If so, what are they?
Dani is regularly playing bass in different musicals around London, Frazer is teaching drums and streaming videogames, I am restoring vintage guitars and writing my first novel.
6.) When you’re preforming how do you handle any mistakes on stage if they ever happen? Do you have any stories that stand out to you that you had to make a memorable recovery?
Some musicians tend to obsess over the smallest mistakes while playing a gig, but for us it is about the overall energy and connection to the audience. If you want to hear our songs with less mistakes – have a listen to the album, right? Some mistakes are actually quite interesting, this is what makes us human and this is why people enjoy going to gigs – to see and hear humans play.
7.) How do you decide which songs go into a set when you perform live? Do you change up the sets or stick to a regular set list? Do you have any covers?
We’ve never played any covers, but we are constantly trying to find a song to make our own. As for the setlists – we do experiment with the order from gig to gig, just to keep it fresh. There are some songs, like “How Goldfish Grow”, which was always last during the “Mechanics of Life” UK tour, old-time favourite “Radar On/Off” is always first, the rest moves around.
8.) If you had a choice to go on any bands tour, which tour would you pick and why?
I’d create a moving festival funfair with all the favourite bands. The Shins and Death Cab for Cutie with their honesty, Foo Fighters with fire and drive, Wolf Alice with angst and grunge, Two Door Cinema Club with light and optimism, Biffy Clyro with their epic bashing. That would be a proper circus on the road!
9.) Do you have any advice for any upcoming artists? What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you when you realized you wanted to be a musician?
Never leave the room without knowing everyone who’s in it. Stay for the sets of the bands on your bill, be nice, you’re not in competition even if it feels it’s a cut throat industry. And don’t try to follow someone else’s path to success, every band has their own winding roads to conquer.
10.) Any last words?
2018 is going to be pretty busy! We will be out on the road again in UK from February onwards, European dates will most probably happen in April and May. There is plenty of material for LP number 2 so I am sure we will release a single or two in the next 12 months.
And here is how a goldfish can conquer the world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYpBYXMzwOg
“Mechanics of Life” album OUT on iTunes and Spotify!
You can hear the album here: https://open.spotify.com/album/71tNyY0qX5fNgTsoXD0r3t