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Interview: pluko talks road trips, his musical origins and debut album “sixteen” (coming August 17)

pluko sits in a chair with bright white hair and freshly tanned skin. He looks calm, even after the many obstacles that came his way earlier that day. The 18-year-old is getting ready to release an album, sixteen. We caught up with Sam after his short set at Capitol Hill Block Party.

How was your trip up here? You flew in?
Yeah! I’ve come up to Seattle before, it’s usually nice and easy, but I had a three hour delay. I just barely got 20 minutes for my set.

You were just up here a little bit ago with Odesza. Were you playing all three days or…?
I just played the one. It was a lot of fun! They’re crazy.

And you just performed at Red Rocks with Odesza. How was that?
So much fun. A dream come true! I’ve seen the pictures and was always blown away. But when you see it in person and you realize that it’s found in nature – it was unbelievable!

So.. you were just on an island?
Yeah, I was in Turks and Caicos! I went with my friend who has a house down there. We went snorkeling and filmed some cool stuff. It was like the craziest place I’ve ever been.

Are you going to catch anybody perform today?
I might go nap at some point because I’ve been up since 1 AM. Definitely going to go get food and then come back for Oh Wonder and Brockhampton. I like checking off people on my list of people to see, and I’ve never seen either of them so I’m excited!

Let’s talk about music a little bit. When did you start?
I started when I was 15 on my sister’s computer using Garage Band. I got a MacBook Pro for Christmas a little bit after that. My friend got me an official copy of Ableton software for 30 bucks. That’s when I really started taking it seriously. The opportunity to have access to that software was incredible.

What drew you to start making music?
I’ve always listened to music, and I’ve been in to making videos and taking pictures. I wanted to be able to make music for the videos. A really big influence, that I realized recently, was Vine. I used to watch hockey edits with these cool songs, and I wanted to make music like that. Right before Vine got deleted all those hockey edit accounts I was following started using my music.

That’s awesome!
Yeah it was really cool to see it all come full circle.

You’re releasing a new album in August called sixteen. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
It has all kinds of influences. The music is all inspired by real life experiences and memories. So there’s some dark, bass heavy stuff and some light, ambient sounding stuff. There’s some hip-hop in there and OG Pluto back before I had to change my name. I’m really excited for everyone to hear! I worked on making it cohesive and I think it turned out great. I’m super happy about it!

This saying comes up alongside your name, “Building up a picture of how the body feels”. What does that mean to you?
It goes back to my music connecting to real life experiences. That’s the whole theme of my album. I forgot where I first heard it, but it resonates with how I make music. I can’t just sit and create if there’s no mood. If I’m super sad, I’ll write super sad music. I think that really shows in the album.

What’s your favorite snack food when you’re on tour?
Some sort of chip probably. I always have salt cravings. Lay’s Dill Pickle Chips. Have you ever had those?

No. They sound gross!
I know but they’re so good! It’s like salt and vinegar but with another flavor. I always crave chocolate too.

Okay, say you’re going on a road trip. Your friends put you in charge of the music. What’s the first and last song you play?
Where am I going?

Anywhere! It’s a road trip so you can’t fly away.
I don’t know. That’s a great question! I’d probably put on that song Skrillex did with Vindata, “Favor”. I really like that one. The last one would probably be “Free” by Flume. Or… I love Jamie xx or Tourist. That type of chill music when you’re just going for a drive is nice.

Rad! Time for some rapid fire questions. Sunrise or sunset?
Sunrise.

Sour or sweet?
Sweet.

Pancakes or waffles?
Pancakes.

Hot or cold?
Hot.

You can keep up with pluko here

Nicolita Bradley
Nicolita is a caffeine-addicted photographer based in Seattle. You can follow her work on Instagram at instagram.com/okaynicolita or check out her website at okaynicolita.com.

Interview: pluko talks road trips, his musical origins and debut album “sixteen” (coming August 17)

pluko sits in a chair with bright white hair and freshly tanned skin. He looks calm, even after the many obstacles that came his way earlier that day. The 18-year-old is getting ready to release an album, sixteen. We caught up with Sam after his short set at Capitol Hill Block Party.

How was your trip up here? You flew in?
Yeah! I’ve come up to Seattle before, it’s usually nice and easy, but I had a three hour delay. I just barely got 20 minutes for my set.

You were just up here a little bit ago with Odesza. Were you playing all three days or…?
I just played the one. It was a lot of fun! They’re crazy.

And you just performed at Red Rocks with Odesza. How was that?
So much fun. A dream come true! I’ve seen the pictures and was always blown away. But when you see it in person and you realize that it’s found in nature – it was unbelievable!

So.. you were just on an island?
Yeah, I was in Turks and Caicos! I went with my friend who has a house down there. We went snorkeling and filmed some cool stuff. It was like the craziest place I’ve ever been.

Are you going to catch anybody perform today?
I might go nap at some point because I’ve been up since 1 AM. Definitely going to go get food and then come back for Oh Wonder and Brockhampton. I like checking off people on my list of people to see, and I’ve never seen either of them so I’m excited!

Let’s talk about music a little bit. When did you start?
I started when I was 15 on my sister’s computer using Garage Band. I got a MacBook Pro for Christmas a little bit after that. My friend got me an official copy of Ableton software for 30 bucks. That’s when I really started taking it seriously. The opportunity to have access to that software was incredible.

What drew you to start making music?
I’ve always listened to music, and I’ve been in to making videos and taking pictures. I wanted to be able to make music for the videos. A really big influence, that I realized recently, was Vine. I used to watch hockey edits with these cool songs, and I wanted to make music like that. Right before Vine got deleted all those hockey edit accounts I was following started using my music.

That’s awesome!
Yeah it was really cool to see it all come full circle.

You’re releasing a new album in August called sixteen. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
It has all kinds of influences. The music is all inspired by real life experiences and memories. So there’s some dark, bass heavy stuff and some light, ambient sounding stuff. There’s some hip-hop in there and OG Pluto back before I had to change my name. I’m really excited for everyone to hear! I worked on making it cohesive and I think it turned out great. I’m super happy about it!

This saying comes up alongside your name, “Building up a picture of how the body feels”. What does that mean to you?
It goes back to my music connecting to real life experiences. That’s the whole theme of my album. I forgot where I first heard it, but it resonates with how I make music. I can’t just sit and create if there’s no mood. If I’m super sad, I’ll write super sad music. I think that really shows in the album.

What’s your favorite snack food when you’re on tour?
Some sort of chip probably. I always have salt cravings. Lay’s Dill Pickle Chips. Have you ever had those?

No. They sound gross!
I know but they’re so good! It’s like salt and vinegar but with another flavor. I always crave chocolate too.

Okay, say you’re going on a road trip. Your friends put you in charge of the music. What’s the first and last song you play?
Where am I going?

Anywhere! It’s a road trip so you can’t fly away.
I don’t know. That’s a great question! I’d probably put on that song Skrillex did with Vindata, “Favor”. I really like that one. The last one would probably be “Free” by Flume. Or… I love Jamie xx or Tourist. That type of chill music when you’re just going for a drive is nice.

Rad! Time for some rapid fire questions. Sunrise or sunset?
Sunrise.

Sour or sweet?
Sweet.

Pancakes or waffles?
Pancakes.

Hot or cold?
Hot.

You can keep up with pluko here

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